Sant Josep de sa Talaia
Cala de Badella en Sant Josep de sa Talaia
The main attractions in this part of Ibiza are the quality of its beaches and coves, its beautiful rural landscapes, and its cultural heritage.
San Josep de sa Talaia is in inland Ibiza, just 15 kilometres from the capital, Eivissa. Its name comes from Sant Josep mountain, the island's highest. It reaches 475 metres above sea level and is a spectacular viewpoint. The municipal area has more beaches and coves than any other in Ibiza, with 80 kilometres of coastline. They include famous coves such as Cala Comte, Cala Bassa and Cala Vedella, with crystal clear waters, surrounded by pine groves that reach right to the beachfront.
It is well worth exploring the typical Mediterranean landscapes of the inland area, where small white houses with traditional regional architecture abound. Here you will find both of the island's nature reserves: Ses Salines and Cala d’ Hort. Sant Josep's heritage is also very interesting, with many medieval churches to see; there are archaeological sites such as the Phoenician village of Sa Caleta, which has the UNESCO World Heritage designation, as well as defensive towers to be found along the coast. Be sure to visit Cova Santa cave, a beautiful natural grotto. Sant Josep is, in short, a perfect place to enjoy the beach, and to go on outings on foot, by bike, or, if you prefer, on horseback - there are several riding schools in the area. Also worthy of mention are its traditional folk dances, such as the "ball pagés", which is as spectacular as the traditional costumes worn when it is performed.