By Orosol | On 15 January, 2013 In Places of interest, Restaurants
It would be difficult to say where the main street of San Antonio is or where the centre of our beloved town is. But we can say that the Carrer Ample is at least one of its main references for its central location and the service made available to its visitors for decades.
The Carrer Ample goes from the Paseo de Ses Fonts to the famous monument “Es Verro” (Payés shouting to Uc, an old Ibizan tradition that was used to communicate between farms).
Halfway down the Carrer Ample we find the church, with that beautiful yard with porches, so Ibizan. a church with an ancient past, dating back to 1305 (at first it was just a humble chapel and it has, of course, undergone numerous renovations and expansions over time until today).
The Ample Carrer was called Sant Vicent until the early 80s, but was changed because everyone knew it as Carrer Ample, its popular name. And that simply refers to the fact that someday it was a “wide street”, but today we do not seem to say this.
Formerly, the Carrer Ample was the epicentre of the social and commercial life of San Antonio de Portmany, it served the villagers and the farmers living in remote farms who periodically travelled in to shop, go to church on Sundays, take a walk, visit bars or go to the barbershop.
Obviously this activity today has spread around the town, but the Carrer Ample has continued to be a major centre especially with regard to trade in Sant Antoni. Find all kinds of shops, clothing stores (Oleh Oleh), decoration, shoes, perfumes etc.
It is a street that despite the mass tourism has continued to have its own identity and not given in to “just” the tourist business. Yes it is true that on one side of Paseo de Ses Fonts we saw a Burger King and a Chinese restaurant, but later we found a traditional Ibizan restaurant “Es Rebost de Can Prats”. There is also Can Alfonso, one of the oldest shopping
streets that has now become a modern supermarket, offering all kinds of Ibizan products. And the Es Clot cafeteria is always open. Also, there are two snack bars with terraces, Don Quijote and Es Verro, a delicious ice cream parlour, Capítulo Dos and a typical bar, where they make some good mojitos, Babel.
Neighbours and street traders (many of them active members of the Associació Amics del Carrer Ample), are proud to have the privilege of living in the historic centre of San Antonio de Portmany.
The past and future of Sant Antoni’s trade. Carrer Ample.