Updated: Oct 3, 2020
There are exceptional days-out to have in Ibiza. We are talking about a major attraction of Ibiza the white island. With its 220 km of coastline, Ibiza and Formentera offers a wide range of over 80 beaches and coves, all very beautiful in their own way and quite different from each other. Choosing the best one all depends on what you are looking for your day out. That is why we provide our selection of beaches and coves according to 3 categories: - beaches with family atmosphere - beaches where you find tranquility and possibly nudism - more fashionable beaches with animation Most of the beaches are reached by car within 45 minutes plus a short walk. We indicate when beaches need serious hiking before getting the cooling down plunge into the azure waters. Roads are of good quality and usually safe. Traffic congestions can occur in July and august. If you get in one stay relaxed as everybody else does. Note that the sun in Ibiza is quite strong, but you might not feel it due to the lovely breeze. After a few hours this can become a situation so you better wear a cap or a hat. We suggest you always keep a bottle of water with you or in your car. Also, if there would be a health situation on a beach, you can call 112 for emergency assistance. All set? Let´s dive in...
1 - BEACHES FOR FAMILIES AND CHILDREN
Cala San Vicente Located 10 minutes car drive from San Carlos in the north of the island, it is a fairly large sandy beach, with services and restaurants. There is car parking not far from the beach, but it it gets very busy in July and August. On the horizon you can see the Tagomago islet.It was one of the first beaches to develop family tourism in the 80s and remains one among the favorites of the Ibicenco people. It offers all kinds of services as loungers and umbrellas for rent by the day, restaurants and souvenir shops. Out tip: our favorite eatery is the Boat House with a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
Located 8 km from San José, Cala Vadella (Cala Vedella in Ibicenco) is a wide white sand beach protected on its flanks by beautiful cliffs. A natural port with an area of fishermen sheds and dry docks for giving an authentic atmosphere. Car park in the summer months is not available close to the beach. There is some parking on the road “Carrer de sa Torassa” with a few minutes walking. Cala Vadella offers all the services with loungers and umbrellas for rent by the day, jet ski rental, diving center, restaurants. Our tips: the renovated Beach Club Maya on the side of the beach with a classy terrace, or the traditional Restaurant María Luisa 30 years in service right on the beach, serving excellent paellas. Location on Google Maps: Cala Vadella
CALA LLENYA This large white sand beach is located 10 minutes car drive from San Carlos. It is around 200 m long, boarded on one side by red cliffs and on the other sides surrounded by forests. It offers shallow water ideal for children and there are spaces between pine trees for picnics while being protected from the sun. The car parking is fairly large at sea level in the forest and on the road leading to the beach. There are loungers and umbrellas for rent by the day, changing cabins, toilets and a kiosk serving snacks and drinks but there is no restaurant. Location on Google Maps: Cala Llenya
Our tip: if you are going to Cala Llenya on a Sunday, there is a fun hippie market near-by. It is accessible from the beach, see the 10 minutes walk on the map above. Take the small path when facing the sea on your left hand. After a short hike up the cliff with some 50 stairs you keep walking straight ahead. After 100m and a left turn you reach a colorful flea-market with live music animation and stalls like in times gone-by.
A 10-minute drive from Santa Eulalia, Cala Llonga is a spacious beach with fine sand with all the services as loungers and umbrellas for rent by the day, showers, various restaurants and bars, shops, a diving school, a beach-volleyball playground , etc. There is a large car parking at the back of the village only 3 minutes walking.
You can´t miss the large building of hotels and apart-hotels very close to the seashore, but the beach is very pleasant for family vacations. Location on Google Maps: Cala Llonga Our tip: on the 3rd Sunday of September there is a very popular live music festival “Playing For Change” with 40 concerts right in the sand of Cala Llonga Beach. For more information: https://www.facebook.com/pfcdayibiza/
Located in the north of the island, Portinatx presents 3 beaches for family entertainment with a children's amusement park, pedal boats rentals in addition to all the beach services, loungers and umbrellas for rent by the day, diving school, many restaurants and bars. Parking is on the side of main roads and can become very busy in July and August after 11h. Our tip: see on the map below, you can walk on a wooden path between the main beach and its second beach “Playa de Portinaxt”. Passing through the village 200m towards the north there is the smaller beach “Cala Portinatx” with Los Enamorados restaurant and hotel. From there, when walking a bit more north behind the beach by clear weather you can see the Spanish mainland.
The pleasant village of Portinaxt is lively at night in the Summer season and offers many possibilities for accommodation.
With its neighboring Cala Saladeta, Cala Salada is one of the most beautiful coves in Ibiza, located a few kilometres from San Antonio. Surrounded by a barely urbanized green environment, it has golden sand and crystal clear water that reflects bluish colors. During the July and August it is quite crowded and you have to park at 300m before a barrier that prevents cars from going down to the cove. If you are looking for more tranquility, you can walk 3 min passing by Cala Salada a winding path through the rocky cliff on the shore to reach Cala Saladeta.
In Cala Salada you will find all the services as loungers and umbrellas for rent by the day, showers, restaurant, etc.
Between San José and San Antonio, Cala Bassa was awarded many times a blue flag for the quality of its water. As the beach has soft slope, the water temperature is quite warm. Parking is organised by the beach club just 200m from the beach and will cost a few euros per car per day. Upon arrival there is a rocky area that resembles a lunar landscape which adds further