Jose's favourite beaches in Ibiza
The Best Beaches in Ibiza – Whatever Your Interests
For families: Cala Saona, on the west coast of Formentera, is – for such a small beach – an amazing and very sheltered cove, considered one of the island’s best. Its fine, white sand and shallow access to the turquoise sea makes it perfect for a family day out, and being a little less crowded than most other shores, a more peaceful one.
For couples: The north of Ibiza is more precipitous and wild than the rest, home to shores like Benirras, Cala Xarraca, Portinatx, Portixol and Puerto de San Miguel. The latter is a broad, sandy bay, sheltered by the surrounding pine-clad cliffs. A world away from the bustle of bigger resorts in Ibiza, it’s a favourite with couples seeking an escape.
For party animals: West of Salinas and Ibiza airport, you will get to Cala Jondal, well known for the world-famous beachfront club, The Blue Marlin. Only 15 minutes from Ibiza town by car, you can live it up Ibiza style with the club’s rich, famous and beautiful clientele.
For nature lovers: Cala D'Hort, on the southwest corner of Ibiza, offers the best views of the magic islet Es Vedrà. Sandy in some parts, pebbly in others, it is backed by cliffs and lies at the end of a rather steep road… probably not one for those panicking in the hire car. It’s known for its fantastic beachside eateries, which serve up fresh fish just steps from the shoreline.
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When you hear about Ibiza, the word "party" probably comes to mind – but Ibiza is much more than that. As a matter of fact, Ibiza is more than just one island; it is a small archipelago of three islands known as "Las Pitiusas", including Ibiza, Formentera and Espalmador, only 100km east off the coast of Alicante, in mainland Spain. About half of Spain's top ten shores are located on these idyllic islands.
Next to the port of Ibiza town, you can find Cala Talamanca, the most family friendly beach on the island. Heading south you will arrive at Playa d'en Bossa, a beach famous for its discos like Ushuaia, Space, and Bora Bora. Sailing through "Es Freus", the strait between Ibiza and Formentera, you will get to Espalmador, a tiny island with a white, sandy, horseshoe-shaped beach which is considered to be the best beach in Spain. The thing is, this article will probably only take you a few minutes to read – but you'll need at least a week of serious beach bumming if you want to see the best of Ibiza.
Want to be more selective? Here's my guide to Ibiza's must-see shores.
Jose's guide to the finest shores on Ibiza
The smallest of the three islands in Ibiza, Espalmador has the best beach in Spain. Turned into a natural park a few decades ago, do not expect any sign of civilization here; not even a chiringuito (beach bar), or anywhere to buy a bottle of water. You'll need to plan ahead and fill your backpack. Located in the south of Espalmador island, this beach is more than a kilometre long and pretty wild. If looking for a quiet, private, white-sand beach with turquoise waters, though, this is it. Rumor has it that the sulphurous mud next to the lagoon is good for your skin (but not so good for your swimming suit). There are only two ways to visit Espalmador: you can walk the 100 metres of sea, with water up to your waist, from the north of Formentera; or you can sail there on a charter boat. There are no ferries.
This tongue of sand splits the north of Formentera island into its two best beaches: Illetes Levante (East) and Illetes Poniente (West). The tiny islets off the west side, "Illetes" meaning "little islands" in the local ibicenco language, give name to this fine, white-sand beach with the most amazing turquoise waters you'll have ever seen in the Mediterranean. You can get to Formentera by ferry or charter boat from Ibiza town and Salinas beach, so it's not particularly difficult to reach.
Salinas Beach is located on the southernmost part of Ibiza, and is the largest beach on the main island. It's the equivalent of L.A's 'Venice Beach', so be prepared to run into some celebrities taking a stroll along the shore or at the trendy-but-pricey beach bars. If you are looking for some "Ibiza action", this is definitely the place to be: the top discos in the area put on promotional parade for the coming night's party at Salinas Beach. Thankfully, you can take a bus from Ibiza town or drive here from pretty much anywhere on the island.
Platges de Comte
Platges de Comte, a.k.a. Cala Conta, comprises three narrow sandy beaches with the most crystal-clear waters in Ibiza. Two are easily accessible sandy stretches, while the third (where naturism is accepted) can only be reached via steps carved into the rock. Imposing sunsets from the nearby cliffs, with views out to Isla del Bosque, should be expected – along with great restaurants, accompanied by DJs playing into the night. The parking lot does get full quickly here, so arrive early, especially on weekends, or any day in July or August.
Calabassa, in the heart of San Antonio bay
This spacious and sheltered cove is one of my favourites; it has everything a tourist desires from a beach. Spectacular waters, wild vegetation sprawling almost to the shore, white-cum-golden sand, a range of nice restaurants and chiringuitos, and even water sports and activities. It's located only 15 minutes by car from San Antonio, but there is also a bus line connecting Calabassa, Cala Conta and San Antonio. When it comes to facilities for a day in the sun, Calabassa can't be beaten.
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