The “Isla Blanca,” or White Island, as Ibiza is called thanks to its typical whitewashed buildings, is known for its incredible beaches.
From secluded coves with gorgeous turquoise waves to white-sand beaches where you can soak up the vibe at stylish seaside beach bars, Ibiza boasts lovely stretches of coastline for every type of beach aficionado.
Regardless of whether you’re into snorkeling and kayaking, or else prefer to lounge on the sand with a cool cocktail in your hand, read on to discover more about the best beaches in Ibiza.
Ses Salines Beach
If pristine nature speaks to you, you’ll quickly understand why Las Salinas Natural Park, along with Las Salinas beach, or Ses Salines in Eivissenc, the local dialect, ranks up there as one of the best beaches in Ibiza.
The park, with its abundance of seagrass, protected wetlands, thick pine forests, salt flats, flowing dunes, plus a variety of migratory bird species, is a place of wild beauty.
The crescent shape of Ses Salines beach—along with the many amenities on offer here—draws sun-lovers and hedonists from all over the island.
Ibiza is known to have some of the best sunsets in the world, and Ses Salines is the spot to arrive late morning as the beach bars are filling up and stay until the last rays turn the sand gold. There’s no shortage of hip, upscale eateries here, along with beachside clubs spinning Balearic rhythms.
For cool beats, a rocky shore, colorful cocktails, and an overall laid-back vibe—not to mention fresh seafood—swing by the hip beach bar Sa Trinxa, which for many is a Ses Salines rite of passage.
Playa d’en Bossa
Playa d’en Bossa, close to two miles in length, is undeniably one of the liveliest and most happening beaches on the island.
The beach itself is set up for fun in the water. You can explore the surf on a rented paddle board, or book a jet ski tour. And of course, there’s no shortage of sandy shore or modish-looking Balinese daybeds for you to stretch out on.
Beach bars and clubs are abundant at Playa d’en Bossa, with everything from a cool beer to a reviving coffee close at hand.
Also, if you enjoy seaside strolls, check out the Torre Es Carregador watchtower, located at the southern end of the beach, with magnificent views of nearby Formentera Island.
Cala Conta Beach
Cala Conta, although rather diminutive in size, is one of the most beautiful beaches in Ibiza. Located along the island’s southwestern shores, Cala Conta, or Cala Comte in Eivissenc, is made up of the picturesque Cala Conta and Racó d’en Xic beach coves.
The attractive white sands here face several pretty islets, and the larger uninhabited Illa des Bosc, which looks like a massive, rock-carved whale surfacing just offshore.
From the fine-grained sandy beaches, you can go for a swim in the clear aquamarine sea. If you fancy a nibble or a cold beverage, there are several chic beach bars and chiringuitos (seasonal open-air bars and bistros) close to the shore, like Sunset Ashram, where you can enjoy a globally-inspired menu while watching the waves break against the shore.
If the idea of a ritzy, secluded beach appeals to you, Cala Jondal’s exclusive ambiance and alluring shore of white pebbles should be the answer.
Cala Jondal, bordered inland by groves of pine and juniper trees, can only be reached by car or by boat. The area, located along the southern coast of the Mediterranean island, is known for its upscale clientele, who, when not basking in the sea or swimming in the gentle surf, can likely be found at one of the area’s stylish clubs or restaurants.
One place you can mingle with the jet-set crowd is at the oh-so-chic Blue Marlin Ibiza, where glamorous beachgoers tend to congregate to sip refreshing cocktails and dine on gourmet fare like Chilean Wagyu beef (steaks and burgers), lobster, maki rolls and other tastefully prepared dishes—all while being entertained by DJs and accomplished musical artists.
Es Cavallet Beach
You can count Es Cavallet Beach among the best beaches in Ibiza thanks to its turquoise water, unspoiled charm, white sand, and sheltering dunes, and its vicinity to Ibiza’s Old Town.
Be warned that Es Cavallet is an official clothing-optional beach, so pick somewhere different if your tastes are more conservative. While Ibiza is a very spiritual island, it also leans towards hedonism and an “anything goes” attitude.
The southern end of the beach is an LGBTQ+-friendly spot, centered around Chiringay restaurant, which features seafood, salads, more substantial dishes like truffle risotto, and a legendary chocolate brownie. The constant beat of dance music contributes to the happy, laid-back vibe.
When the wind picks up, Es Cavallet is also a hotspot for windsurfers, and kitesurfing devotees, who rip across the frothing waves, powered by their kites and sails.
This curved splinter of sand on the southwestern coast boasts restaurants, beach sports like volleyball, plus shops selling inflatable beach toys, along with fins, masks and snorkels that will let you explore the world beneath waves.
Cala Tarida features plenty of soft white sand and azure-colored water for a revitalizing dip.
Cala Tarida is also lined with bars and bistros. Check out Ses Eufabies for some appetizing burgers, grilled sardines, pasta plates, octopus and fresh fish—accompanied by a glass of refreshing wine—while you kick back on a terrace next to the sea.
Cala Xarraca, on the island’s rugged northern shore, is close to both San Juan and the village of Portinatx. Xarraca is a small, steep beach bounded in by rocky cliffs and Neptune grass.
This sheltered ribbon of sand features shimmering clear water lapping against the shore, and a stony seabed rich in marine life, which is ideal for a snorkeling adventure.
You’ll also encounter natural mud baths here, where you can indulge in a free mud bathing experience, reaping in the therapeutic benefits of a good soak in wet clay.
Be advised that Cala Xarraca is a clothing-optional beach; this is Ibiza, where anything goes.
Cala de Sant Vicent
Precipitous slopes clad in scented pine trees cascade down toward Cala de Sant Vicent’s promenade. This fairly wide, crescent-shaped beach is close to 1,300 feet in length, with the sand gradually giving way to the shallow blue water.
The pretty cove that Cala de Sant Vicent occupies, on the northeastern reaches of Ibiza, offers up all kinds of seaside diversions.
Apart from the sunbeds and kayak rentals on offer, there are plenty of bistros and cafés along the promenade where you can simultaneously soak in the sun and the fabulous view. Some establishments here even have hammocks for the ultimate post-lunch snooze.
Mysticism often seems to be in the air at one of the most beautiful beaches in Ibiza, Cala d’Hort, in the southwest.
This immaculate arc of white sand and pebbles (depending on which side of the beach you choose) is nestled inside the embrace of steep cliffs that enclose the beach.
Cala d’Hort comes with dramatic views of the limestone islands of Es Vedra, which is believed to have otherworldly magnetic powers, and Es Vedranell. The smallish beach itself will offer you blissfully clean water and some cool places to dine.
On the northwestern side of Cala d’Hort, you can sample some flavorsome Mediterranean fare at the cliff-top restaurant Es Boldado, which overlooks the beach.
Restaurant El Carmen, at the southeastern end of Cala d’Hort (and closer to the beach proper), is where you should head if you’re in the mood for some fresh seafood and tasty tapas.
Playa de Talamanca
If you plan on spending a few hours in Ibiza Town but still want to fit in some beach time, Playa de Talamanca should slot nicely into your day.
Talamanca beach, a little over a mile from the island’s capital, is a big expanse of sand lined with cafés, chiringuitos, and beachside clubs. A wooden boardwalk extends the length of the beach, some 3,000 feet.
As well as swimming, stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking are popular here and there are parasols to rent. Take up residence in the shade of your umbrella and revel in the beach culture that Spain is known for.
Cala Saladeta, carved out of Ibiza’s south western coastline, is one of the best beaches in Ibiza largely in part due to the snug—yet exceptionally beautifully—green, tree-lined cove from which it emerges.
Clear, turquoise sea, plus a rocky trek down to the beach, sun-warmed sand, and clear water give you a feeling of being immersed in Spain’s nature.
You won’t really encounter much in the way of amenities at Cala Saladeta, which is part of its charm. If you plan to visit this beach, bring some snacks, water, and sun protection.
Puerto de San Miguel Beach
Puerto de San Miguel Beach, located in the north, close to the village of San Miguel, is where the fishing-village-turned-resort vibe that pervades much of Ibiza meets the aquamarine sea.
Slopes laden with pine trees, and pine forest hikes, frame the backdrop of Puerto de San Miguel as it faces the Mediterranean.
The sandy beach here typically doesn’t get as hectic as some spots on the Spanish island. If you like trinkets, you’ll find shops close by selling clubbing gear, floaty dresses, and jewelry; Ibiza is famous for its boho fashion scene, a legacy of the days when the island was on the famous Hippie Trail.
Another one of the best things to do in Ibiza is to spend some time underground at the nearby Can Marçà Caves, where you can see an impressive array of stalagmites and stalactites.
Cave tours come with a light show that’s projected across the cavern’s artificial waterfall and can be a good distraction from the hot sun if you’ve got kids in tow.
Sol d’en Serra
If you’re looking for a picture-perfect sliver of beach that truly is only a sliver in length, relatively speaking (around 16 feet wide), look no further than Sol d’en Serra.
This gorgeous Ibiza beach, in the north east, ends abruptly due to the steep cliffs bordering it on the inland side. Sol d’en Serra’s charm lies in the fact that it’s a public beach that feels like a private slice of sand.
The beach is rather rocky, and the currents moving along the contours of Sol d’en Serra’s curve are fairly powerful. Divers and snorkelers do all right here, but it’s not a spot for young kids.
Restaurant Amante, on the cliff directly above the beach, is perfect for uninterrupted sea views. And even though Amante is the only restaurant around, the gourmet Mediterranean, Spanish and Italian cuisine—with meat and fresh fish cooked on a Josper Oven (a grill and oven combo)—should keep you more than satisfied.
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