Ibiza Saints & Patron Saints Days
The many Saints of Ibiza
Ibiza is famous for many things and know by names such as “The White Isle”, and the island does have a reputation for some fairly hedonistic activity in certain areas in the summer months... but the ying & the yang of Ibiza counter balances these sinners as it is also the island of Saints. There are 14 saints who have been honoured & commemorated with a village in their name...and of course a church.
Each of these saintly villages are known by either the Spanish (Castellano) name, or also by the Ibicencan (a form of Catalan) name.
Here are the 14 saints with the Ibicencan name in brackets if it is also known by this name, and the saints’ day when you can expect a few festivities to take place in the town or village.
The largest is Santa Eulalia on the east coast with a large selection of bars, restaurants, matins & promenade. The smallest is San Francesc, which really consists of 1 village, 1 bar & 1 restaurants and is located close to ses Salinas & Es Cavallet beach with a traditional white washed church next to the salt farming & a great place to get a view of the sunset at certain times of the year.
When you are travelling around the island you can expect to see the road signs listed in Ibicencan and many of the locals, particularly in the small & more rural areas will speak Ibicencan as their first language, but of course in bars & restaurants English is widely spoken…phew !!
San Lorenzo (Sant Llorenc de Balafia)
Santa Eulalia des Riu
Santa Gertrudis d Fruitera
San Mateo (Sant Mateu d’Albarca)
San Jose (Sant Josep de sa Talaia)
San Jordi (Sant Jordi de ses Salinas)
San Antonio (Sant Antoni de Portmany)
San Juan (Sant Joan de Labritja)
San Carlos (Sant Carles de Peralta)
San Vicente (Sant Vicent de sa Cala)
San Rafael (Sant Rafal de sa Creu)
San Francesc (Sant Francesc de s’Estany)
San Miguel (Sant Miquel de Balansat)
Santa Agnes de Corona (Santa Ines)
There are other churches in villages that have not been name (d after a saint, such as the village of Es Cubells, and of course in Ibiza Town (or Eivissa to use the Ibicencan name) there are a number of churches including Santa Maria at the very top of the old town “Dalt Vila”
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