A busy highway (C733) speeds you north out of Ibiza City towards Santa Eulària d'es Riu on the east coast. More scenic is the slower coastal road via Cala Llonga, which winds through low hills and olive groves, with detours along the way to several beaches. To follow it, take the turn-off to Jesús a couple of kilometres northwest of Ibiza City.
Sant Antoni de Portmany
Sant Antoni, widely known as 'San An', is about as Spanish as bangers and mash. While its still known for its booze-ups, brawls and lairy Brits-abroad reputation, it does have a more mellow side, particularly along the cafe-lined sunset strip, home of the legendary Café del Mar.
Santa Gertrudis de Fruitera
Blink and you might miss tiny Santa Gertrudis. This once sleepy, whitewashed village at the island's heart is a gem. You'll find art-and-craft galleries, antique and bric-a-brac shops, plus several good cafes and bars around the central, pedestrianised Plaça de l'Església.
Sant Llorenç de Balàfia & Around
Overlooking the quiet hamlet of Sant Llorenç is a brilliant-white Ibizan, 18th-century fortress-church, built at at time when attacks by Moorish pirates were the scourge of the island. The church boasts a broad entrance porch while its nave has an attractive barrel-vaulted roof.
Portinatx is the north coast's major tourist resort. Busy, yes, but a good spot for families and positively underpopulated when set against the megaresorts around Ibiza town. Its three adjoining beaches – S'Arenal Petit, S'Arenal Gran and Platja Es Port – are each beautiful but often crowded.
Sant Miquel de Balansat & Around
A former fishing village, Port de Sant Miquel is now a busy resort, with a fine beach dominated by the huge concrete honeycomb of Hotel Club San Miguel. In this attractive, deep-sunk bay, you can waterski, canoe and hire snorkelling gear to explore the rocky shoreline.