Big changes in San Antonio Ibiza for 2016
During the last week two major changes have been announced in San Antonio to help improve the town for the upcoming summer season.
In a bid to make the town more inviting and to get those visiting to explore a little more of the town, there is a plan to move the evening craft market from Passeig de ses Fonts (beside the fountains), to s’Era d’en Manyà, (the square where the Ship Inn is located).
There will still be a craft market held in the Passeig de ses Fonts on Friday afternoons throughout the summer season.
Those who run the craft stalls are uncomfortable with the change of location which moves them from the main front of San Antonio where they have been for the last 30 years to further into the town. However, the idea seems to be to try and reinvigorate the whole of the shopping area of San Antonio.
The hope is that as people seek out the evening market they will pass by other shops and cafes that they may have not found when visiting the market on the fro. It is hoped to increase trade for all, as well as keep the market a thriving attraction for visitors and locals alike.
Our thanks to Martin Makepeace (Maninsanan) for additional details on this story
The other big change announced this week is that shops and supermarkets will no longer be able to sell alcohol between the hours of Midnight and 0800 am.
This means that when you have finished in the West End or at a Super Club you will no longer be able to grab a couple more beers and head to the beach in San Antonio to continue the party until dawn.
This might be a little sad for some of those that want to party all night long and into the next day but the upside should be that the smaller bars and businesses will keep their customers for longer around the town and that the rubbish left on the beaches in the morning will be much less than it has been in recent years.
It also means that for the first time in a very long time San Antonio will actually have a few hours of “dry time” where alcohol will not be available from any outlet.
Both proposals will have a 30 day consultation period before coming into effect where minor tweaks may be made however both are expected to be put in place ahead of this year’s summer season.