Best Beaches in Ibiza
Ibiza in Spain is famous not only for being one of the hippest party islands but also for having some of the most picture perfect beaches in the world.
Set in the Mediterranean Sea the island of Ibiza has a varied range of Best beaches for you to choose from, some are lined with hotels and resorts that enjoy beautiful views of the coastline, flea market inspired shops and bars and restaurants; while others are quieter and less commercial with very few beach amenities and other sandy coves set against hills covered in rich green Pine trees. Whichever beach you land up at you will be promised soft golden sand and clear as crystal turquoise blue water.
Here is a list of the top 10 beaches in Ibiza and what to expect when you’re there so that you can make the most of this dreamy island.
Cala Bassa Beach
The beach of Cala Bassa is located on the west coast of the island and is a 15-minute drive from the popular town of San Antonio.
The beach is approximately 300 meters long, 30 meters wide with large rock formations on either side and offers all the regular amenities like sunbeds, umbrellas, showers, toilets, changing rooms, massage centres, lifeguards, access for the disabled, restaurants, bars and other recreational water activities like the banana boat ride, pedal boats and jet skis.
You can get to Cala Bassa by road either by bus or taxi or your private car, as parking facilities are also available here. You can also get here by boat, which is always a great way to arrive at a beach destination; there are regular ferry services available all through the summer.
The transparency of the waters here make it a good place to go swimming and for kids to wade around, there are plenty of trees around for shade, a few shops and restaurants and a DJ who plays the perfect music for lounging around.
The beach of Cala D’Hort is on the south-west side of the island and is directly opposite the small mystical and magnetic island of Es Vedra. It is very close to the town of San José and a 20-minute drive south of San Antonio, which is the most popular town on Ibiza’s west coast.
The beach made up of sand on one side and pebbles on the other is a small 150mt long stretch where you will find most of the regular beach amenities available like sunbeds and umbrellas, showers and toilets, lifeguards, a few shops etc.
Even though you can only get to this beach by your private car, taxi or scooter there aren’t any parking facilities forcing people to park on the road that leads up to the beach which can sometimes cause a nuisance and traffic jam for the others who are either heading to or leaving the beach, especially in summer.
This quaint little beach backed by rocky cliffs makes for a great place to watch the sun setting over the island of Es Vedra, which is just a several 100 meters off the coast.
This is a great beach to body surf on windy days when the waves get a little higher and come crashing against the shore.
Cala Comte Beach
The beach of Cala Comte also known as Cala Conta is on the west coast of Ibiza close to the town of San Antonio and just next to the popular beach of Cala Bassa.
There are several small coves along this 800mt stretch of beach that has two stretches of sand, a rocky coastline on the western side and sand dunes on the other. A smaller cove at the far eastern end is an unofficial nudist area.
The water is clear but the sand is limited and hence remains quite crowded during summer. The beach offers all the popular amenities for you to avail off and is easily accessible by cars and taxis all year round; there are also public buses from San Antonio and ferries departing from the San Antonio Harbour throughout summer.
You will find a few landmasses that stick out of the water that is within reach for you to swim to, you can also enjoy some snorkelling here. Since Cala Comte faces the west it is one of the island’s favourite beaches to enjoy the sunset.
Cala Vadella is another popular beach on the western coast of Ibiza. Spread over 275mts of white sand this beach is 30-70 meters wide and hence, it will be relatively easy to find a spot to lie under the Mediterranean sun. It is easily accessible from the nearby towns and is closest to San José. You can use the public bus, a shared or private taxi or bike to get here and parking is available though limited.
The beach of Casa Vadella is a small cove surrounded by green covered hills and as you approach the beach through a winding sloping road you are treated to the views of the blue bay studded with shiny white yachts.
This sheltered bay, wide arc of sand and shallow transparent waters is a very popular beach where you have a host of beach facilities and water sports to indulge in. There is even a dive school nearby and many people come here to go swimming and snorkelling in the caves that are on the left-hand side of the beach.
A satisfying selection of beach restaurants and bars known also for their nightlife line these shores. Many boats drop anchor here to enjoy the setting sun over the western horizon.
Cala Aguas Blancas beach
The beach of Aguas Blanca, which means ‘white waters’, is located on the northeast of Ibiza. Like other beaches on this side of the island, it remains relatively empty even during peak season and this maybe because of its challenging accessibility. It is more than 300mts long and only about 10mts wide, at the southern end, there is a small cove with a satellite beach, accessed only through the clear waters.
You might prefer to get here by private transport, as the nearest bus stop is half a kilometre away. It is a 15-minute drive from Santa Eulália or 5 minutes from San Carles. The descent to the beach is down a steep slope and steps that you will have to get to by foot.
Since the terrain here is quite rocky, high cliffs keep the beach in the shade for the most part of the day and coming here for sunrise is definitely recommended.
It is an official nudist beach but not compulsory. There are only a few beach amenities and only 2 restaurants, if the wind is good you can go body surfing if it is calm you can go swimming and snorkelling along the rocky coastline.
Cala D’En Serra
On Ibiza’s north coast is Cala D’En Serra located just beyond Portinatx. A 30minute drive north of Ibiza town and a 25minute drive from San Antonio this relatively small east-facing bay is surrounded by steep cliffs. This small beach is only a little over 9mts long and about 15mts wide.
When you’re making your way to the beach and you reach the furthest point for cars, it is a 10-15 minute hike down to the shore where the sea promises to be clear showing off its sandy bottom. It is also why you will find very few people who frequent this beach as its accessibility is not convenient for the disabled and families with strollers etc.; also making it a little private haven for those who do make the effort to come here.
With one restaurant and limited beach amenities, you can be ensured that you’re not completely marooned on this beach. You can find rocks to jump into the turquoise sea and fantastic snorkelling because of the clear waters without being disturbed by boats and other swimmers.
The sun starts to disappear behind the cliffs by mid afternoon and that’s when some people will start to make their way back up the mountain.
Cala Benirrás is a popular beach located on the north-west coast of the island of Ibiza and is a 10-minute drive from San Miguel only accessible by car along a very scenic route. You will find that limited parking is available here. This medium sized beach is 160 meters long and 40 meters wide with a pebble like sand and a rocky seabed.
The water like most of the beaches in Ibiza is crystal clear making it a great spot for snorkelling and the beach offers most of the regular facilities like sunbeds and showers etc., a few shops, restaurants and a beach bar. There are also Pedaloes that are pedal boats available for rent here.
The beach faces an interesting rock formation known as Cap Bernat, which is referred to by the locals as ‘the hand of God’ and it is quite dramatic to watch the sun disappear beyond it.
This beach is most famous for the drummers that gather here every Sunday to play their bongos while the sun goes down and this has now become an iconic hippie ritual that attracts large crowds.
The sheltered bay of Cala Benirràs is also a popular anchoring spot for private yachts and boats that come here to take in the view of the setting sun.
The beach of Talamanca on the east coast of Ibiza is very close to Ibiza Town and a 25-minute drive from San Antonio on the west coast. This large curved beach is 900mts long and 25mts wide and so it will be easy to find a spot here even during peak season.
This popular beach has all the facilities that you could want as well as various options for watersports like pedaloes, jet skis, banana boats, a dive centre, kayaks, volleyball nets, fly-boarding etc. The beach facing the South East lies in a sea inlet and is protected from strong winds making its shallow waters safe, calm and clear attracting families travelling with children. You will also find youngsters sleeping off a hectic night of partying and locals working on their tan amidst the people who frequent this beach.
There are plenty of restaurants and bars along the wooden boardwalk that stretches across the length of the beach and some of them remain functional all year round making Talamanca a year-round favourite.
The beach is well connected by car, bus and ferry with sufficient parking also available.
On Ibiza’s south-east coast close to San José and just past the airport is where you will find Cala Jondal surrounded by pine trees and jagged cliffs. It is a 225mt long and 15mt wide stretch of white pebble-like sand and is considered to be a slightly more posh beach popular with private boats.
It is a 15-minute drive from Ibiza Town and a 25-minute drive from San Antonio, you can get here only by private transport and of course your private yacht. The beach offers you the regular amenities of sunbeds, umbrellas, showers, lifeguards etc. and you will also find pedal boats available to rent here.
There are only 3 stylish beach restaurants with private parking that offer a dinghy service (Zodiac service) to either serve you on your boat anchored just off the coast or to bring you to the shore to enjoy your meal. This beach also has one of the most popular beach clubs on the island, The Blue Marlin Ibiza, which is located in the centre of the beach.
This isolated beach free of most tourist activities offers you both five-star dining as well as cafes and ‘chiringuitos’, which are beach shacks that will serve you more casual meals.
Cala Martina beach is located on the flat northeastern coast of Ibiza. At the southern end of Es Caná on the road that leads to the famous Hippie Market, you will find this sandy beach that is 150mts long and 20mts wide located opposite the small islands of Illa de Santa Eulària e Illa Redona. You can get there by road following the signs and is a 10-minute drive from Sant Eulària.
This beach with coarse dark sand faces the South East and receives light winds making it excellent for water sports. You can hire pedal boats, catamarans, go sailing, kayaking, stand-up paddling, kite or windsurfing and there is even a dive school here. The usual sun beds and parasols are also available on the beach. The wide variety of water sports attracts a lot of adventure-seeking people.
This beach casually known as a hippie beach is near the Chirincana campsite. There are a few beach restaurants and a famous hippie bar where you can often enjoy some live music all through the day.