Exploring the North: the soul of San Carlos

Driving from the north of the island (let’s say touring from San Joan to Cala San Vincente and up again) you can see a small village of white houses immersed in the countryside full of almond, figs and carob trees with white country houses scattered here and there.
It is in these areas that in the 1950s many intellectuals chose to come and settle down, just as in the 1960s the hippies established their base here to live in community. The cultural ferment and recreational activities took place around the famous Bar Anita (Ca n’Anneta), bar, restaurant, meeting place and also the post office box of all the houses around the town. Just opposite stands the white church surrounded by green gardens.

The “modern” part of the village was built respecting the Ibizan style with low white houses on the ground floor of which you can find shops and clubs. Since the Las Dalias adventure began two kilometers from here, the area has become very populated, especially during market days.
The Iglesia de Sant Carles is one of the most elegant churches on the island. Built by Bishop Abad y Lasierra at the end of the 18th century; the large portico with columns, arches, well, rush and rectory were instead added later. It is not uncommon to see weddings, even foreign and rather special ones, celebrated in this beautiful little church.
But the real reason to visit Sant Carles is Bar Anita, an institution that has kept its spirit since 1876, when it was born as a grocery-bar in the beating heart of this town. Founded by Josep Noguera Rosselló, it has been handed down from generation to generation ever since. The boom arrived in the 1960s together with the hippies (some of whom still roam these parts, recognizable and eccentric now as then) who chose it as a meeting point and second home. When the bar also worked as a post office, money was sent here to support these foreigners from all over the world (whom the Ibizans called peluts, hairy). Anita, the one who took over the place, not only gave him credit, but she literally took care of them, so much so that she was nicknamed “mom“. Now the tour is significantly increased, tourists come on pilgrimage, but the familiar atmosphere seems to hover in the air. Don’t leave without trying the hierbas, homemade at Bar Anita, according to the traditional recipe.

San Carlos is very small, but in the small streets there are several clothing stores, including Papillon, which has basic but special linen garments for both men and women and Aguas Blanca, with a selection of women’s / children’s clothing and home textiles. In general, in these two streets there is a good concentration of interesting shops where you can find clothes, accessories and complements with a decidedly boho-Ibizencan flavour. If Bar Anita it’s too crowded, or you wanna taste something different, there are couple of places around: from the Mei Sushi bar to La Lokura, home made argetinian food; from pizza place Enfarinarte to the parrilla of the San Carlen grill just outside of the way to Es Figueral.

Before going for a swim in Cala Lleña, one of the closest beach from here, you can stop at Es Trull de Ca n’Andreu, a 17th-century estate with a country house transformed into a museum on the rural world of pitiusas. San Carlos areas is a “must feel” to breath a little bit of the authentic spirit fo the island.