Sant Antoni de Portmany (aka San Antonio Abad or simply San Antonio) is the second largest town in Ibiza, and is considered by British clubbers to be the clubbing capital of the world. It is on San Antonio Bay, on the west of Ibiza.
For two thousand years, Sant Antoni was a small fishing village, but it began to grow in the late 1950s when many hotels and tourist resorts were built as part of a mass tourism initiative which took place across Spain.
By the 1980s, Sant Antoni had acquired the stigma of being the holiday location of choice for British football hooligans, which lead to a decline in tourism in the area. However, it regained its popularity in the mid 1990s when it gained a reputation in Britain as being the best place to stay whilst having access to all the island’s night clubs, often quoted as the best in the world who also host the best DJs in the world.
Young British clubbers make up the vast majority of visitors to the area.
Most locals speak English quite well. Or to put it another way, most of the British tourists here don’t bother trying to speak any Spanish.
- 1 Oficina de Turismo (Tourism office), Passeig de Ses Fonts, 1 bajos, ☎+34 971 343 363, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Summer: M-F 10:00-20:30; Sa Su 10:00-14:00, 17:00-20:00. (updated Sep 2015)