Ibiza is an island surrounded by azure waters and bejewelled with some seriously stunning beaches… and what’s a trip to the Med without a spot of seaside sunbathing?
The White Island is so well-known as a destination for raves and luxury yoga retreats that its 80-something (80!) beaches are almost taken for granted. There’s no such thing as a ‘bad’ beach here, but it’s easier than you might think to find yourself following the masses and ending up at an overcrowded beach. Trendy beach bars and stylish lounges on the most beautiful beaches provide entertainment and chilling hours. On the coast, fine sand bays alternate with rugged cliffs, so that even water sports enthusiasts can pursue their passion.
Las Salinas is reputed to be one of the best beaches in Ibiza, so if you’re trying to escape the tourist hordes, you’d do well to avoid it. But why focus on the negatives when this iconic stretch of sand has so much to offer? Soft sand? Check. Dunes? Check. Majestic pine forests? Check. Salt flats? Erm… check. Las Salinas is naturally stunning, and all that beauty is only enhanced by the presence of a few of the island’s most famous chiringuitos: The Jockey Club (perfect for a spot of breakfast after staying up the entire night…) and Sa Trinxa are some of the best beach clubs in Ibiza.
Chilled vibes and unbridled bliss await you at Benirras, Ibiza’s pre-eminent hippy hangout. This modest slice of sand has a distinctly laid-back atmosphere, making it popular for those in search of a little zen during their trip to Ibiza. Swing by on a Sunday for a sunset soundtracked by tribal drumming, fire pits, and more. With all that and some unbelievably clear water, it’s no surprise this supremely serene spot has become one of the most talked-about on the island.
Don’t tell anyone, but Cala Olivera might just be the best-kept secret on the island. Close to Roca Llisa, a luxurious gated community, this pocket-sized beach enjoys crystalline waters and a refreshing scarcity of crowds. Those that are in the know (you’re welcome) can top up their tan on what is essentially their own private beach, shared only by locals and a few naturists (if that’s what you’re into). If you really do want a beach of your own, there are a few more places you can check out. Reaching Es Portixol might involve a bit of a hike, but the stillness of this tranquil bay is worth the journey – there’s nowhere else quite like it on the island.
Picturesque and surrounded by fragrant pine groves and a rugged coastline, the bay Cala Llonga stretches along the place of the same name. Bars, restaurants, mini markets, shops, car rental, mopeds and bicycles, as well as some hotel and apartment complexes characterise the cityscape. The approximately 200m long, fine strips of sand cut fjord-like into the rock. Also, here in the east of the island, everything needed for a relaxed break has been thought about: There are beach umbrellas and loungers, beach bars selling ice-cold drinks and snacks, and water sports facilities include surfing, scuba diving and pedalos.
While we’re on the subject of hidden beaches, allow us to draw your attention to Cala Xarraca. A local favourite to the north of the island, Cala Xarraca is vibrant enough to create a good atmosphere, but the main reason to visit isn’t the beach itself. Branch out from the beach and you’ll find natural mud baths in the surrounding woodland, and even quieter neighbouring coves like Sa Cova de Xarraca, S’Illot des Renclí and Es Canaret, all easily reached on foot or by kayak.
Playa de Talamanca is located in a sheltered bay in the south-east of Ibiza, north of the island's capital Ibiza. Couples and families especially appreciate the 900m long and 25m wide beach. In addition to fine, white sand and shallow, turquoise waters, many water sports facilities, such as a diving and surfing school, as well as a pedal and jet ski rental business are also available. After the sporting activities, several gastronomic venues along the promenade provide for physical well-being. The rentable sun loungers provide comfort, and umbrellas provide pleasant shade. The public showers will wash the sand and salt off of your skin.
The Playa Pinet extends into the wide bay of the bustling resort of San Antoni de Portmany, on the west of the island. The crescent-shaped, expansive strip of sand is a popular address for young, communicative holidaymakers. It offers parasol and deck chair rental, and plenty of space for walks on the shallow shore area. Beach bars have tables and chairs on the bright sand and provide thirsty and hungry guests with snacks, ice cream and refreshing drinks. Let your eyes wander as off-shore yachts glisten with chrome and banana boats glide over the waves like jet skis.
With a length of 300m and a width of 35m, Cala Tarida is one of the largest bays. Entry into the sea is flat, the sand is white and fine - perfect conditions for families. From water skis to pedalos and banana boats, sports enthusiasts will find plenty to choose from. For your convenience there is a sun lounger and parasol rental service. In the turquoise blue sea rises a ledge on which you can make yourself comfortable with a towel. White crests dance on the waves, while snorkellers watch fish in the rocky outcrops.
Lovers of water sports will experience their true paradise at Cala Martina: quaint stalls rent surfboards, kayaks and diving equipment on the 200m long beach. Sun loungers with umbrellas are available for more sunbathing. Beach restaurants have placed tables and chairs on their verandas or directly on the fine sand and provide beach holidaymakers east of the holiday resort of Santa Eulària with ice cream, cold drinks and sandwiches. Or would you prefer a delicious cocktail? For a drink in a relaxed atmosphere we recommend the beach bars with chilled live music in the evening.
On the Balearic island of Ibiza, the Playa d'en Bossa is one of the top beaches. A few kilometres south of the capital Ibiza, almost 3km in length, is the widest sandy beach. On the 35m wide coastline, bathing fans can rent sun loungers and umbrellas. It is mostly young people, who spend hours relaxing here in the fine, white sand. Some walk along the shallow shore, others play beach volleyball, canoe, ride pedalos or the banana boat. A stylish promenade with restaurants, bars and nightclubs runs along the Playa d'en Bossa.
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