Sant Josep de Talaia (San Jose), South West Ibiza
The large area of San Josep covers mainly the whole south west of the island and is a gateway to some of the island's most beautiful beaches and to the islet of Es Vedra.
The island's highest point, Sa Talaiassa, can be found here and lends it's name to Sant Josep de Talaia. The actual town of San Jose is charming, situated 16km inland, west of Ibiza town, it's a typical village with a enjoyably slow pace of life, after the craziness of the coastal resorts. You will find traditional Ibicenco food at local prices in the number of scattered restaurants. This isn't a tourist place and for once locals outnumber tourists. Old men playing cards and locals sitting putting the world to rights, are some of the examples of life in this pretty village. There are no high rises here, well, apart from the 18th century church which is three storeys high.
Sights & Attractions in San Jose
The main focal point in this town is the church, fairly large by Ibizan standards it is an imposing sight in the heart of the town. Sadly it is not situated in a pedestrian square, although there is a charming restaurant and terrace across the road so you can sit and contemplate the view from there.
Beaches in San Jose
Although the town in located inland the municipality contains some of the islands most beautiful beaches and coves.
The popular long beach of Cala Tarida offers great bathing and snorkelling plus some more secluded rocky outcrops if you want to escape the crowds. Cala Moli is a more sheltered and tranquil beach but does not have the facilities of many others, such as loungers and sun umbrellas. For a more lively beach with small cafes and restaurants you could visit the white sand beach of Cala Vadella or perhaps the smaller pebble beach of Cala Carbo. Or if you are looking for a spectacular sunset and stunning views over tot he island of Es Vedra than Cala d'Hort is the beach for you!
Things to Do in San Jose
A boat trip to the mythical island of Es Vedra is a must if you are in the south of Ibiza. This small rocky island has been uninhabited with the exception of a monk who came to live here as a hermit in the mid 19th century. Since then, stories of mystical sightings and UFOs have fuelled interest in the rock! There are regular boat trips that will take you to explore this island, or if you prefer to view it from afar then the beaches on the south west coast will offer stunning views with a beautiful evening sunset to compliment it!
Dining in San Jose
The perfect spot to unwind if you are passing through San Jose or travelling across the island is the wonderful Raco Verd in the heart of San Jose. An oasis of calm that offers good food, a selection of cocktails, live music and chilled atmosphere.
San Jose, Ibiza