Sant Josep, a cosmopolitan mountain village
We can say that Sant Josep is the most mountainous village in Ibiza, an island with very hilly landscapes but not very high mountains. Behind the village rises majestic the highest peak of Ibiza, Sa Talaia, which is 475 meters high. Sant Josep is also the administrative center of the municipality, which also includes the villages of Es Cubells, Sant Agustí, Sant Jordi and Sant Francesc. Reason why it houses the Sant Josep Town Hall building.
But the most remarkable of this village is its church. A typically Ibicenco church, with whitewashed walls and a very ornate altar. Its origin dates back to 1726, when the village residents asked the archbishop of Tarragona to allow them to build the temple. The rest of the church’s architecture is based on typical Ibizan constructions, without much height. It’s a small town, concentrated around the church, but very pleasant to stroll around its streets.
Right in front of the church is the Plaza, where they usually celebrate the festivities of the village with music concerts and parties, including the famous Flower Power party which takes place in March, coinciding with the festivities. A time when the village is full of flowers, people dressed in hippie-style and 60s and 70s music. And of course, exhibitions of the traditional Ibicenco folkloric dance “Baile Payés”.
Sant Josep has many bars and restaurants, where you can have from simple and easy dishes to more fancy and elaborate cuisine. Vintage bars, great terraces where you can have from breakfast to appetizers and drinks overlooking the church. Places with a relaxed atmosphere and restaurants housed in traditional buildings yet refurbished with a new look, offering a more selective cuisine.
Sant Josep has a quiet atmosphere, ideal for taking a walk and do some shopping in craft shops and fashion and decor shops, as there are many genuine and unique shops where you can go. It also has a tobacconist shop, a small supermarket and other shops and groceries stores.
Also, if you wish to do something cultural, you can visit the art exhibition Can Jeroni, where you can see artworks of local artists, always with a changing programme. There is also a library attached to the Town Hall, located in the center of the village. It’s also very common that the different bars and restaurants of the village organize live concerts and events throughout the year.
Sant Josep is also a cosmopolitan place. Its population is composed of a great mix, native Ibicencos and people from all over the world. This is another attractive aspect of this small corner of the island. Also a meeting point where you can make beautiful excursions and hikes, such as climbing the highest peak of Ibiza, Sa Talaia.