Puig de Missa hill in Santa Eularia des Riu, Ibiza, Spain.


Puig de Missa

Top choice in Ibiza

The hillock looming at the southwest end of Santa Eulària was a perfect retreat for the town's citizens during the centuries when Ibiza was plagued by pirate attacks. Crowning its 52m summit is a remarkable fortress-church, with its very own defence tower. There are a couple of interesting museums here, too. The most scenic route up is on the steep stairs from Carrer de Sant Jaume.

You can also walk up to Puig de Missa along an interpretive trail, marked with information boards, that runs from Santa Eulària's seafront promenade to its ajuntament (town hall).

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Ibiza attractions

1. Església de Puig de Missa

0.01 MILES

Sparkling high above town, this beautiful, whitewashed fortified church dates from 1568. Its most impressive features are its defence tower (used as a…

2. Museu Etnogràfic

0.04 MILES

Housed in a stunning old casa pagesa (farmhouse) in Puig de Missa, Santa Eulària's ethnography museum concentrates on Ibiza's rural heritage. In its porxo…

3. Can Planetes


Santa Eulària gets its suffix, 'des Riu' (of the river), from the reed-fringed stream just west of town. There's usually little more than a trickle of…

4. Plaça d’Espanya

0.24 MILES

Santa Eulària's central palm-studded square contains the town's dignified ajuntament (town hall), built in 1795; its arched frontal colonnade is flanked…

5. Passeig de s’Alamera

0.26 MILES

Immediately southeast of Plaça d’Espanya, Santa Eulària's graceful main boulevard is lined with trees and cafes. On summer evenings, dozens of market…

6. Cala Pada

1.88 MILES

About 3km northeast of Santa Eulària, bordered by pine groves and villas, this attractive beach has fine blonde sand and shallow water that's ideal for…

7. Cala Llonga

2.23 MILES

Framed by high wooded headlands to the north and south, Cala Llonga is an attractive, sheltered east-coast bay with a lovely sandy beach. It's a primarly…

8. Cala Nova

3.26 MILES

Just 1km north of the resort of Es Canar (or 5km northeast of Santa Eulària), sandy, exposed, 250m-long Cala Nova sits pretty on a wide bay. The luxurious…