Santa Ines, Ibiza

February 8th, 2009 - 1:18 pm Posted in ibiza, santa ines | Comments (0)

santa ines, ibizaThis isolated village of Santa Ines (Sant Agnes) in the north of Ibiza is one of the most unspoilt to be found. It’s isolation ensures this, and that’s the way the locals like it.

However, over recent decades they have become accustomed to the occasional flurry of tourists passing through, when the Cultural Road Train (locally referred to as the ‘wally wagon’) pays a visit. The other annual flurry of activity is the pilgrimage in February when the almond blossom can be enjoyed by the light of the full moon.

bar can cosmi, santa ines, ibizaThe tourists on this occasion, however, are Ibiza residents as it’s far too early for the tourist hordes. Santa Ines is basically a service centre to the many homes that decorate the surrounding crown of hills, which give the village it’s name.

Opposite the ancient village church stands the “Bar Tienda Can Cosmi”, which is the oldest establishment in Santa Ines. It has been run by the same family for over sixty years providing the locals with their groceries, woven straw hats and baskets and, of course, liquid refreshment before the journey back to their fincas, laden with shopping.

On the other side of the junction you’ll find “La Palmera”, which is the other bar in town and has been since the early 70’s. It’s an unusual arrangement with a garden terrace arranged over different levels and tiny chairs to remind us all that, historically, the Ibicencos are tiny people. The decor hasn’t changed much since the 70’s and the food – well they specialize in Ibicenco dishes and are open all year round.

Next door to this is the only other shop in town, “Cas Cabater”, which is a leather craftsman’s workshop. The smell of leather wafting through the door is too much for most people’s curiosity and invites them in to watch the craftsman at work surrounded by shoes, belts and brilliantly coloured handbags and wallets.

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