Holidays to Es Cana Ibiza (or Escana) - hotels & tourist info

Es Cana - sometimes alternatively spelled Es Canar or Escana - is a relatively small town on the east coast of Ibiza. The nearest large town is Santa Eularia, which is just south of Es Cana, but Sant Carles is only a few kilometres away to the north.

Map of Es Cana

Es Cana is most famous for its hippie market, which takes place every Wednesday between May and October, opening at 10am and closing around 6pm. Located at Club Arabi, one of the local resorts, the Es Cana hippie market now draws in huge crowds. As with most of the hippie remnants on Ibiza, this market enjoyed its heyday in the late 1960s and during the 1970s, and is now becoming little more than a tourist attraction. That said, it is without doubt the island's biggest and best hippie market, with literally hundreds of stalls selling all the usual things: t-shirts, jewellery, tourist souvenirs, candles, imported pottery and tie-dye clothes. On Wednesdays, there is boat service to Es Cana from both Ibiza Town and San Antonio.

Es Cana was the ideal location for a hippie community back in the 1960s and 1970s, since it was at the end of a dusty old track, literally in the middle of nowhere. A number of hippies who wintered in India would return with all manner of goods to sell, and thus the market was started. Now, however, the summer population is made up largely of tourists, and there are numerous property developments, bars, pubs and restaurants springing up.

The town is pleasant and still retains some of its rustic charm, with small fishing boats in the marina and a rugged coastline stretching out into the north. The beach has been awarded Blue Flag status, and is wide, sandy, and shaded by pines. What attracts many visitors is the fact that Es Cana is still relatively peaceful and ideal for families.

Es Cana is in an ideal location for exploring some of Ibiza's most unique beaches. To the north there is Cala Nova, where the seas can be turbulent and good for watersports, and which tends to be uncrowded. The small, sandy cove of Cala Llenya is just a little way further on from Cala Nova, and is well worth a visit. To the south, things start to get a little more crowded, whether on the beaches of Santa Eularia itself, or the almost completely English resort of Cala Llonga that lies just beyond. Essentially, visiting Es Cana is a great excuse to discover the overlooked and very beautiful north-east of Ibiza - and hiring a car is definitely recommended.

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