Also known as Port de Sant Miguel or Port de Balansat, the Playa del Puerto de San Miguel is set within a very sheltered cove in a narrow inlet between two mountainous hills covered in pine trees. The profound cove makes this beach perfect for swimming and the multitude of water activities available here. With beautiful, crystal clear waters particularly in lower season and coarse golden sand with rocky surroundings and lined with fishermen’s huts, it is also great for snorkelling. Traditionally used as a natural port by local fishermen given its deep structure offering protection from winds and waves, its port today is limited to recreational use by tourists and sport boats. Should this cove’s waters appear less clear due to movement of the sand in high season, two smaller beaches can be reached nearby heading south: Cala des Moltons and Es Pas de S’Illa des Bosc. Only a short walk away, these charming little beaches have crystal clear waters and more privacy. Along with Portinatx and Sant Vicent, Puerto de San Miguel is one of the few touristic areas in the north of the island. Particularly the right side of the bay holds many hotels and other residential building that, together with too many people, can sometimes obscure part of this cove’s charm—except for those observing the view from within the structures, of course. Besides the beach, both sides of the cove offer enchanting walks. Heading north we find Cova de Can Marçá. One of the main natural attractions of the island, later used by smugglers, this 100,000-year-old cave is 14 meters high with bewitching surreal-looking lakes inside it lit in alien colours, a perfect excursion for the little ones as well as adults, as well as providing great views along the way. Climb higher up the steep cliffs surrounding this cove and the views get even grander, including of the S’Illa des Bosc (Island of the Woods), a private islet with the luxury villa of a Russian billionaire, linked to land by a stretch of sand that is a public beach. The southern side of the cliff leads to the Torre de Balansat o des Molar. Dating back to the 18th century, it was an integral part of Ibiza’s defense system. Unarmed, it perennially guarded this part of the littoral, with beautiful views of S’Illa des Bosc y S’Illa Murada. Cala Benirras is also a short car ride away along a lovely panoramic road heading north which leads to a stunning aerial view of the nearby hippie beach. The Playa del Puerto de San Miguel has everything you may need in terms of facilities and restoration. Of the numerous restaurants, the closest to the water is Restaurante Port Balansat, an island favourite and one of those deemed the best by some. There from 1971, its seafood and local specialties are guaranteed to be delectable. The restaurant of Hotel San Miguel is next in line and open to external guests during the day, followed by Casey’s Irish Bar, which takes the spotlight at night as the heart of San Miguel nightlife with its super friendly atmosphere. Further along the beach, the Chiringuito Pasqual provides relaxed and familiar atmosphere, with favourite dishes, from salads to tandoori, a great terrace, fresh sangria, and sweet prices. On the other side, the San Miguel Beach Club has a Chinese restaurant, which needs a reservation, and the Western Saloon, which offers light meals, snacks, and games. Finally, the Can to Thom surrounded by palm trees, with a full view of the beach offers an authentic taste of Mediterranean cuisine and Ibiza specialties, from fast food faves to pizza, seafood, and vegetarian options, as well as being open year round.