Guide to some of the best beaches on Ibiza
Despite its’ relatively diminutive stature, the Ibizan coastline offers a very diverse range of rocky coves, long expanses of fine white sand and everything in between. Here’s our take on which are the best places for anything from a quick dip to a full tanning marathon.
One of if not the most well known stretches of beach in Ibiza is Las Salinas. A short drive from Ibiza Town (or an even shorter one from the airport), past the iconic club DC10 and then through the salt flats and there lies a long, wide ‘playa’ that caters for most tastes. On the far left as you look out to sea is the area in front of restaurant San Trinxa. This may be considered the more ‘adult’ end of the beach, lots of flesh and Balearic tunes all day long. Moving southwards the beach is lined by several restaurants including the Jockey Club and recent import from Formentera, Beso Beach. Although the whole beach is family friendly, the very southern part also hosts the watersports area with some great things for kids to do. Also of note is the sea is shallow for quite a way out, great for young swimmers! Please note, arriving early or late is advised, Salinas can get super busy in the middle of the day.
Having featured numerous times on various ‘secret beaches’ write ups, Cala Llentrsica is no longer the best kept secret in town. That said, the chances of being on this beach alone are still pretty high and it’s unusual to find more than four or five people here even in the busiest weeks of the summer. Make sure you bring drinks and snacks, it’s a good 10 minute walk and then 10 minute drive back to the nearest bar. The beach itself is mostly small stones, a stunning crescent shaped cove overlooked by steep cliffs. Remember the only way in or out that isn’t the path that runs along the cliff edge is by boat!
Coming from San Jose, the drive down to Cala Vadella is one of the most scenic in Ibiza. There is even a new view point on the cliff on the southern side looking down at all Cala Vadella has to offer. This is an exceptional beach for families. There is even a floating net to keep out the ‘medusas’, the jelly fish which are known to occasionally frequent waters all over the island and whose sting can ruin anyone’s day. There are pedaloes and little boats to rent and although the beach isn’t huge there is always enough space for a game of bat and ball. The beach is backed by several restaurants. Our favourite for low key, well priced pizza and pasta is Bon Sol. Next door is the slightly more upmarket Cana Sofia, the food and service here are worth the extra few Euros!
Aguas Blancas is possibly the north of the island’s most iconic, unspoilt beaches. Crystal clear, turquoise waters lapping against a long stretch of golden sand backed by imposing cliffs that look like they might collapse at any moment! This is another spot where it’s advised to take a picnic although there is one small, very basic beach restaurant as well. Be aware, this is one of the few areas that have fairly consistent waves. Great if you’re a surfer (although frankly not such surfy waves) and not so great if you or your kids aren’t the best swimmers. Also worth bearing in mind that the cliffs can mean losing the sun relatively early in the afternoon.
If you’re looking for a small, peaceful beach not too far from Ibiza Town the drive to the residential area of Roca Llisa and head to Cala Olivera. This is a very cute little cove down a dusty track with parking in the trees which often look like a Christmas scene because of the dust. It’s impossible not to relax here and the small chiringuito offers freshly caught fish and other delights served simply with salad and chips.
Cala Salada and Saldeta
These two beaches, separated by some rocks and boat houses are both great places to spend the day. It can be a bit of mission getting there, for the last few years you now have to park by the Can Coix sports centre and take the bus down to the beach. Cala Saldeta is known as being the more hip of the two beaches, maybe because it’s slightly more difficult to reach. If you forget to bring any refreshments there are usually people selling all sorts. Cala Salada, the more family oriented beach also has a decent restaurant selling typical Spanish cuisine including an excellent paella.
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