Platja des Riu
Platja des Riu
The official beach of the village of Santa Eulalia del Río or Santa Eulària des Riu is made up of three sandy beaches linked by a promenade. The last stretch to the southeast is called Platja des Riu, as it ends just where the Santa Eulalia River flows into the sea.
Type: Sandy Beach
Platja des Riu is an urban sandy beach with all the essential services for everyone who visits and stays in the area. The water in this area is usually calm, shallow and sandy at the bottom of the sea. This beach is 400 meters long and 90 meters wide.
- Bus stop
- Water activities
How to get there:
Geo: 38°980629 N / 1°531702 E
The Platja des Riu is 16 kilometers from Ibiza town and it can be reached by bus, car, scooter or ferry.
Taking the taxi costs around 30 euros while taking the ferry is only 20 euros back and forth from Ibiza Port.
By bus, take bus number L13 Eivissa-Santa Eulària, once in Santa Eulalia, walk to the final section of the promenade.
Driving from Ibiza town, take the E-10 road to Santa Eulalia town, 16 kilometers away. When you arrive in Santa Eulalia del Río, follow the road sign to Riu de Santa Eulària. You can park and walk in the middle of the town.
Did you know?
The Santa Eulalia municipality is where the only river in the Balearic Islands can be found, hence the name Santa Eularià des Riu or Santa Eulalia of the river. This river runs for 17 kilometres from the most mountainous area of the island, Es Amunts, in Sant Mateu. It always had a vital flow until the end of the 20th century when the tourist exploitation of the island increased considerably. Nowadays, the water does not flow continuously in this river, just a few rainy years that the island has lived through. In recent years, the rainy season has decreased. One of the main characters in Ibiza’s history is the river in Santa Eulalia. Punics and Romans took advantage of its banks to cultivate olive trees and vineyards for export. The Arabs used it as an irrigation area. From the 12th century onwards, several mills were documented on the island that operated thanks to the river. In the 1980s the municipality created a promenade that links the Pont Vell with the mouth of the river at Platja des Riu beach.
What to see:
You should take a walk down the Santa Eulalia River as a time travel. Start on the beach Platja des Riu and continue along the promenade to the Pont Vell bridge. Cross under this incredible old bridge, you will see old orange trees and orchards. Continue along the path that leads to the Can Planetes interpretation center, which still has one of the oldest rural buildings on the island. Go to the foot of the hill of the church Puig de Missa and continue your walk admiring the views of the village, the river and the sea, until you reach the church and the ethnographic museum.
What to do:
Once you are in Santa Eulalia and have crossed the river, follow the path that takes you to Puig de Missa, one of the few walled churches on the island where Can Ros is located, an old farmhouse fitted out as the local ethnography museum.
Can Ros is an excellent example of Ibiza’s rural architecture having: the “porxo” (main room), the kitchen, the different “sleeping houses” (rooms), the oil mill, the “porxet” upstairs (balcony), the well and the cistern.
Inside there is an exhibition that covers everything from clothes, jewelry, a multitude of domestic objects, country and craft utensils, musical instruments, weapons and articles for personal use. There are also monographic exhibitions. You can also ask to see some of the historical-ethnographic videos that make up the video collection.
Some days there are Craft Workshops; various traditional artisans show us the elaboration of musical instruments, clothing, espadrilles, toys and objects made with vegetable fibers.
Where to eat:
Es Xarc is a beautiful beachfront restaurant. The terrace is magical and familiar as well as the atmosphere. Usually, during the summer, you can enjoy live bands, salsa, flamenco, rumba. The menu is based on a grilled meal, seafood, meat, vegetables and incredible homemade desserts.
Address: Calle des Riu 17, 07840. Santa Eulalia Des Ríu, Illes Balears
Opening Hours: Every day from 11:00 to 00:00
Phone: +34 971 09 30 93
Next to the river is the Mariners Ibiza, one of the oldest seafood restaurant in Santa Eulalia del Río. The terrace is enormous and on the beach. The menu is about fresh fish and seafood. It is one of the favorite restaurants for locals.
Address: Avenida Ricardo Curtoys Gotarredona, 24, 07840. Santa Eulalia Des Ríu, Illes Balears
Opening Hours: Every day from 11:00 to 23:00
Phone: +34 971 33 00 04
What about drinks, shops and hotels?
You can order drinks from the lounger either in the restaurant Mariners or Can Xarc as they close late and usually have live music. If you want to change spot check out Chiringuito Blue a few meters from the river towards the beach of Santa Eulalia.
Walking along the promenade, you will find several bars where you can have a drink, beer or cocktails.
Crossing the river is one of the most popular five-star hotels: The Insotel Fenicia Prestige, which includes a beautiful spa, open all year round. In Santa Eulalia, you can find many accommodation options, check out the Grand Palladium Santa Eulalia del Río or the Buena Vista Suites Hotel.
There is a boulevard that passes from the town hall to the Pase de S’Alameda promenade. Every day, there’s a craft market, clothes, souvenirs where you can shop a little, but in the town of Santa Eulalia there are a variety of shops with all kinds of products.
The Platja des Riu is practically part of the beach of Santa Eulalia del Río; it is divided only by a few rocks where you can not cross, but by a promenade.