A mix of secluded and popular tourist beaches are dotted along the coastline of Ibiza. Think majestic landscapes, white and golden stretches of sand and sparkling sea waters. The white sands in Cala Bassa are worth sinking your toes into and avid sunbathers flock here for a sun-soaked day, with a tranquil atmosphere. The quaint and secluded resort – Protinaxt, offers peace and quiet away from the hustle and bustle of some of Ibiza’s tourist beaches and is home to some of the most outstanding panoramic views.
Benirras is an authentic Ibiza beach on the North West of the island that is steeped in history and culture, and is loved by families, tourists and locals.
It is a ten-minute drive away from San Miguel, but is also accessible by bus during peak seasons. It is made up of pebbles and gravely sand, and there is a rocky seabed beneath crystal clear waters that are terrific for snorkelling.
There are ample facilities at the beach, including a pretty shop and a beach bar, as well as three terrific restaurants using locally sourced fresh food. There are also lifeguards on site to keep you safe, and pedalos available for hire.
It is also home to beautiful scenery, including a unique rock formation known locally as “God’s finger”. It is worth staying till late to witness the stunning sunset, especially on Sundays, where it is famous for being accompanied by a hair raising hippie ritual known as “drum down the sunset”. It dates back to 1991, where it started as a protest against the first Gulf war in Iraq.
With 300m of light soft sand and beautiful blue waters to boast, it’s not hard to tell why Cala Bassa is one of the most popular beaches in Ibiza. It is on the north west of the island, just a 15-minute drive from San Antonio, and is also accessible by bus and ferry. It’s manned by lifeguards and a shallow swimming area is sealed off making it very family friendly.
Banana boats, pedalos and jet skis are available to hire to keep you busy, and there is also a massage treatment area to help you unwind. There are even DJs who play a variety of smooth, chilled music all day, but also play livelier music on a night.
There are also numerous bars and restaurants on site, including the Cala Bassa Beach Club. The restaurants serve a range of dishes including Mediterranean food and sushi, and there is also a snack bar if you just fancy a light bite. Multiple quaint shops are on the beach as well, selling a variety of clothes, jewellery and accessories.
If you want to get away from the lively atmosphere at San Antonio, then you can take a short walk north to the more tranquil and peaceful Cala Gracio beach.
It is a small, horseshoe shaped beach with golden sand and calm, unspoiled waters enclosed by rocks which make for great snorkelling. It is manned by a lifeguard and because it is a deep cove it is protected from vicious waves, making it very safe for children. There is a small café at the back of the beach, and there are more restaurants nearby just behind the beach.
The Cala Gracio’s sister beach the Cala Gracioneta is only a short walk further from the Cala Gracio beach, and can even be reached by swimming round from the Cala Gracio. It has the same features of Cala Gracio but is even quieter, and sits in front of the El Chiringuito beach bar, which is ran by the highly respected Mambo Group.
At almost 200m long, Cala Llonga is one of the biggest beaches in Ibiza and it is suitable for all visitors.
It is a wide, sheltered, blue flag beach surrounded by a pine forest neighbouring a beautiful bay, meaning it boasts fabulous views. It has soft fine sand and shallow, calm waters that are very safe for children, making this a particularly popular beach with families. It also has a children’s play area which includes a mini-amusement park, so they will still have plenty to do if they get bored of swimming.
If you are on the more adventurous side, there are plenty of terrific water sports facilities on hand as well, including parasailing, windsurfing, jet skiing, and a scuba-diving school. There are also pedalos for hire. You don’t have to worry about being too far away from the nightlife either, as there are transport links to the best clubs on the island from the area.
There is a wide variety of restaurants surrounding the beach, as well as multiple shops, including a pharmacy, a supermarket and a gift shop.
The Calo Des Moro is a small, 60m cove at the tip of Sunset Strip in North West San Antonio, that is just a 10 minute walk from the city centre.
It is very accessible, with ample parking nearby and disabled access. The water is soothingly warm and shallow, making it terrific for swimming, and is popular amongst tourists for going for a swim while watching the sunset. It is one of the only sandy beaches along Sunset Strip.
Although it is a small beach there is plenty to do. The rocky verge beneath the clear water is one of the best spots in San Antonio for snorkelling. There is also a range of water sports available, including jetski’s, banana boats, kayaks, wakeboards and diving tours. There is also an aquarium nearby where you can see local marine life.
There is a wide variety of shops, bars and restaurants just behind the beach on sunset strip, including the Café del Mar, world famous for the relaxing music that can by heard on music compilations.
Platja Santa Eulalia Des Riu is a unique beach that sits at the mouth of the Riu de Santa Eulalia river, which is the only river in the Balearic Islands. It is a long, 400m beach that is very clean and tidy. It has gently sloping, fine sand and calm, shallow seas that are safe for children, and there is also disabled access. The beach has loungers, parasols and showers available.
The promenade that sits behind the beach has an array of bars, shops and restaurants, so there are plenty of places to purchase refreshments from throughout the day. The promenade also makes for a pleasant walk if you want to take in the views and atmosphere. There is also plenty of activities available. There are pedalos and a banana boat available to hire, and trips on a glass bottomed boat leave from the small, pretty harbour nearby that is worth a visit in itself.
If you are looking for a quiet alternative to the busy atmosphere of San Antonio, then a short 15-minute drive north will bring you to Playa Cala Salada. It is a sheltered cove popular amongst locals and tourists of all ages.
It is a beautiful soft sandy beach, with glistening, shallow, turquoise waters, that are safe for children and great for snorkelling. It overlooks rocky cliffs topped with a pine tree forest, providing an absolutely stunning view. It also has its own rocky features and caves, and is nearby to the Set Fontanelles caves, which house famous cave paintings which have existed since the bronze age.
Boathouses are built into the cliffs, so there are a lot of private boats and yachts, but they certainly don’t detract from the view. There is also a safe swimming area separated off from the boats, and the beach is manned by lifeguards, so the boats don’t have an impact on the safety of the swimming either. There is also a restaurant where you can purchase refreshments from throughout the day.
At over 2 kilometres, Playa d’en Bossa is Ibiza’s longest beach and is also one of its most lively. The beach is lined with a vast array of bars, shops and restaurants to keep you refreshed throughout the day and entertained on the night, when DJs fill the bars to provide one of the best party beach experiences on the island.
The beach is very accessible, just a 5-minute drive from Ibiza Town, from which buses also run to the beach. There is disabled access to the beach and also lockers and lifeguards. Multiple water sports are available throughout the day, including jet skis, kayaks, water skis, catamarans and banana boats. There is also a beach volleyball court and a diving school.
This long crescent of fine, pale sand has great views of Ibiza Town’s older area. This beach attracts people from all over the world, including families and even some celebrities.
Playa Es Cana is a long, 300m horseshoe shaped beach popular with families and British couples for its golden sand and calm clear waters that are ideal for children.
It boasts great coastal views and is famous for its range of water sports facilities, including pedal boats, banana boats, parasailing and water skiing. For those looking for a more relaxing way to spend their time, there are also boat tours departing from the small port at the end of the beach, which is also great for a peaceful fishing session.
There is also an abundance of restaurants, bars and shops surrounding the beach that cater to a range of tastes. There are small cafes and sports bars, and some even with swimming pools. They really come alive at night as well, playing great music all night and providing top level entertainment. It is also manned by a lifeguard and is only a short walk from the local accommodation.
The Puerto de San Miguel is a 110m family beach on the north west coast of Ibiza. It boasts naturally beautiful soft white sand, and shallow turquoise waters that are ideal for kids and great for snorkelling. It is surrounded by beautiful pine covered hills, meaning it is also home to spectacular views.
There is an array of water sports on offer at the beach, including windsurfing, water-skiing, and banana boats. There are also pedalos available to hire as well as a sailing school and a diving school, so even the most active families will have plenty to do. There is a lively port nearby from which plenty of boat trips depart. The Can Marca caves are also close by, which host a spectacular light show. There are regular tours of the cave, which originated as a haven for pirates.
There are several shops, bars and restaurants nearby, including one of the most famous restaurants on the island.