The Northwest of the island has been cultivated since Phoenician times and remains untouched from mass tourism which is a mere 15 minutes away. From the foothills of Forada with its far-reaching views and sweeping lines of sight to the bucolic setting of Santa Agnés, famous for its Almond Blossom at Valentines Day.

The aquifer of Es Broll nurtures this region through a system of canals, ditches and cisterns installed during the time of Arab domination. This lifeblood makes the Buscastell valley one of the most cultivated areas of the island and where one will discover Ibiza’s boutique wine production region, growing Monastrell and Garnacha grapes.


Buscatell and Forada are located north of San Antonio and juxtapose beautifully to their larger and at times, unruly neighbor. Whereas San Antonio is a mass market these areas north of the populous are rural with a distinct character with sensitivity to its immediate surrounding countryside. Forada has Can Tixedo which is well known by locals and pupular for its multicultural hippie style. Every Saturday morning there is a Farmers Market selling produce grown in the area.

The drive to Santa Agnés from either Forada and Buscatell is equally dramatic. Climbing through winding and well-maintained roads gives way to exceptional panoramic views of rich cultivated fields and its’ lush natural basin. In late January and early February, locals make an annual pilgrimage to admire the ethereal scenery created by the flowering almond trees. Local legend goes, that an ibicenco man planted the hectares of almonds so that his Japanese wife would not feel so homesick. Night walks under the full moon are a special recommendation for the most romantic and amorous visitors. As it happens, Valentines Day is one of the best times to see the almonds in full blossom. School children on excursions, elderly residents and artists walk freely through the fields of a ‘’snowscape’’ made by almond flowers and the lush green winter grass. Another natural highlight of Santa Agnés is Puertas del Cielo, with its exceptional coastal light and dramatic cliffs dropping off to sweeping, far-reaching sea views. Many trails and walks interconnect Puertas del Cielo and on route a small hut offers tapas overlooking the spectacular view of the islets of Ses Margalides.

Sant Mateu is further Northeast and like Buscastell it is locally known for its’ terroir and vineyards. The center of the hamlet is formed by the whitewashed walls of the local Church which dates form the XVIII Century. This quant locale is a panacea for city-weary folk and consists of a local bar, restaurant, cemetery, and school. From Sant Mateu there are also two beautiful hikes: the trail that takes down to Cala d’Albarca and the trail to the archaeological site of Ses Torres d’en Lluc.


These rural areas are some of the islands’ most peaceful and undiscovered. An agricultural history of terraced fields and ancient waterways means that properties in this area are country home and garden style with their thick walls, exposed timber beams paired with rectangular volumes. Phoenician flat-roofed white walled proportioning means that the houses may lack the versatility of modern living but with endeavor and creativity many of these fincas have been subject to extensive renovation. The resultant homes have a domestic austere and connectivity with the land around them. These large farmhouses combine privacy with natural beauty and make for wonderful family homes.


Despite its’ stunning surroundings the area remains untouched from mass tourism and the locals prefer it that way. It doesn’t matter what month it is, there is never many people in this area, with the notable exception of two weeks when the almond blossom is at its most striking. Travelling from these rural hideaways to Ibiza town or the airport will take about 20 minutes. Similar in duration and distance to San Juan in the North or Cala Carbo in the Southwest. There aren’t many options for villa rentals in this area and therefore demand and availability reflects that.


Hiking the coasts and cliffs are the main attraction in this area rather than bathing in the golden sands of nearby Cala Salada or the Beach Clubs in the Southwest. Access to the sea is limited but there are many secret beaches including the secluded bay of Es Corrals d’en Guillem which is part of a trail starting in Santa Agnés. There you will find complete seclusion with islands, caves and clear water excellent for snorkeling.

High cliffs surround Cala d’Albarca to create an epic backdrop for this secluded suntrap. Access is challenging but at the waters edge the fortunes of the brave are rewarded by large flat rocks perfect for sunbathing and lowering yourself into the clear, deep waters.


Las Puertas del Cielo, translated as the Doors of Heavan is an epic name for an epic location. The small restaurant prepares traditional tapas at very reasonable prices with the added bonus of an incredible view. Hiking in this area is popular and the fortunes of the brave are rewarded with Paella on Sundays followed by a coffee and brandy aperitive called café Caleta.

Can Cosmi in Santa Agnés has an friendly vibe which is teeming with islanders during the Almond Blossom when it serves seasonal roasted lamb amongst their traditional menu. At most times of the year you will find locals lunching.

Juntos House serving local, organic produce is a shining example of the Farm-to-Table trend set in the countryside of Sant Mateu. Juntos and is a big part of the community with events for local residents throughout the year as well as a charming wedding venue for lucky guests.


Hiking the coastline
Puetas del Cielo
Almond Blossom in the Winter
Wine tasting at Can Maymó
Juntos House