Nestled in a very fertile region, Santa Agnès de Corona or Santa Agnès (also known as Santa Inés de Corona) is renowned for its almond trees and amazing countryside.
The area of Santa Inés is also where peace and tranquillity reigns. Situated north of San Antonio away from the hustle-and-bustle of the bigger locations, it is one of the best-preserved villages, maintaining the traditional atmosphere without being affected by the inflow of the thousands of visitors. Many countryside enthusiasts come to this north-western corner of the island to get away from its clubbing and beach scenario, as Ibiza is much more than that.
This way, the location is ideal for a family holiday in an idyllic setting. Second home buyers will find here authentic country houses and unique villas. Properties offer spectacular views ranging from the gentle rolling mountains to incredible sea views with dazzling sunsets. Set in the valley fields of lemon, orange, cherry, carob and olive trees the residential area will provide you some shades to unwind.
The village itself is small and mainly comprises a 19th-century parish church, a few stores, a couple of cafes and bars serving homemade dishes and Hierbas (an island liquor), and some surrounding houses. But not much apart from that, which only adds to the rural charm here.
Nevertheless, from this oasis of tranquillity, you can conveniently reach lots of beaches and nightlife. It is just in 10 minutes drive from the resort of San Antonio, and the nearby crystal clear turquoise waters of the nearby coves of Cala Salada, Punta Galera or Cala Gració sure will be of your liking.
Anroir, Cala Salada (CC BY-NC 2.0)
For partygoers, Santa Agnès is in 15-20 minutes drive from the popular clubs such as Amnesia, Pacha and Privilege.
In Santa Agnès, you still find some examples left of traditional rural house architecture. One of them is in the museum of Es Pujol, which is presented as a typical house in 18th century Ibiza. It features over 2,000 fascinating relics and artefacts, many of which are said to date back over 2,500 years.
The local whitewashed church is a beautiful sight to see as you sip your coffee on the terrace of the nearby Can Cosmi restaurant. It is also known as the best place on Ibiza for a Spanish omelette (tortilla).
The countryside around near the village is just spectacular. Here you will admire the greens of rolling pine-clothed hills and fertile valleys of vines that together with the fields of orange, lemon and almond trees set against the red-earth.
Pablo Guzmán Torres (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
Time seems to stay still in Santa Inés except during full moon nights in January and February when many Eivissans get together in the plain to admire hundreds of almond trees in full blossom. This is one of the most beautiful spectacles of nature you could ever see as the entire valley is wrapped in a silvery-white covering and glow under the moonlight. This scene has given the area the status of a protected area of special interest.
Santa Agnès, as well as the entire western region of Ibiza, is very popular for cycling and road biking. The roads are quieter here than in the east and you easily get out to the countryside. The circular routes that pass through the area wind their way through the olive and almond groves and are especially fragrant with blossom during the spring time.
From the 401 meters high peak of Es Camp Vell you can admire the most dramatic panoramic scenery ranging from the cliffs to the entire island including the Mola of Formentera on the horizon.
In the surroundings, just 1.9 km north of the village, you will find a secluded rocky cove of Ses Balandres. This beach is probably the most hard to access on the whole of the island. However, the route with a majestic rock jutting out of the sea is so spectacular that it was nicknamed by hippies as Heaven’s Gate. By experiencing this, you will easily discover why it is compared to the gateway to heaven.
The local tapas bar & restaurant ”Las Puertas del Cielo” serves wonderful Spanish food.
For hiking enthusiasts, also fascinating is the walk to Es Amunts, the most mountainous area in the north part of the island. On your way to the cliffs, you get a bounty of surprises including the lime, orchids, and charcoal ovens, old stone beehives, and farmer’s haystacks. As a reward for this charming walk, you will see the dazzling sunset over the blue sea and the falcons flying over the cliffs, and no doubt receive powerful revitalizing emotions.
This way, Santa Agnès is a great place to discover the real authentic Ibiza. It is also attractive to the second-home property buyers who want to admire the natural surroundings and relaxed atmosphere and be away but still close to the hustle-and-bustle of the bigger resort areas on the island.