Updated: Jan 22
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 attraction to this cove.
It is a family beach with pedal boats rentals as well as very fashionable with the high quality services of the famous CBBC restaurants, cala bassa beach club. You can get your drinks and meal served on the beach at your lounger (for rent by the day), the offer extends to VIP bali beds, masseurs, jet skis, etc. Our tip: there is a Dj playing beach house at the main restaurant from around 12h to19h. So if you like it more familial choose your spot further away on the beach.
Between San José and San Antonio, Cala Conta or "platjas del Comte" is made up of several smaller coves. There is a large free parking close to the beach, the later you arrive the further away you will be able to park. Count a maximum of 5 minutes walking. When you arrive on foot on the cliff you get a view of all the coves and you can choose your spot. In front of the beaches lay scenic islets S’Illa des Bosc.
With its 800 m length, its 2 rocky sides, crystal clear waters, Cala Conta is certainly one of the most beautiful places on Ibiza, also very famous for the sunsets, that you can enjoy in one of the 3 restaurants. This is why it gets very crowded in July and August , so it is better to arrive early or the other way around, quite late at 19h to enjoy the sunset at around 21h.
SA CALETA or Playa es Bol Nou
A few km from the airport, Sa Caleta is characterized by its firing red cliffs and crystal clear turquoise water. The beach is covered with pebbles stones, but the actual sea shore to get in the water is sand. There is a public car parking just off the beach. Sa Caleta is nature gem, there is only one restaurant Sa Caleta, famous among other things for Caleta coffee. So for kids there is not much entertainment on offer.
Our tips: To see this natural wonder from above you can walk up the path 50m and take a right just before the house. take the small path, through a tunnel you can see the entire cove. Going up further along the coastal cliffs there are archaeological ruins of a Phoenician settlement from 3000 years ago. It is worth to continue to stroll another 100m to see a large group of lovely authentic fisherman houses and dry docks. Location on Google Maps: Playa Sa Caleta
BENIRRAS - SAN MIGUEL
Located in the north of the island, 10 minutes from San Miguel, it is a beach made of gravel and sand with some authentic fishermen barracks on the sides. In the middle of the cove lays an original islet "Cap Bernat" or "finger of God". At sunset all eyes lock upon the falling sun, which meets the horizon at this large rock formation, jutting out from the sea. Note that it is not possible to park near the beach: to cater for the larger crowds on summer Sundays there is a bus service from 16h leaving from the Sa Plana parking, 6 km away. There are loungers and umbrellas for rent by the day, and 3 restaurants on the beach. Our tip 1: Elements Beach Restaurant is a quality reference in the region offering fusion Mediterranean-Asian cuisine, and has a separate pizzeria and a souvenir shop.
The fame of Benirras, in addition to the beauty comes from the presence of the hippies. There is a small market on Sundays and ... the tradition of the drumming. Our tip 2: Every Sunday afternoon, hippies and friends gather to celebrate the glorious sunset. The legendary drumming ritual has, at its heart, a profound history related to the generous spirit of tolerance. On Sunday August 18, 1991, known locally as “The Day of the Drums”, many hundreds gathered on Benirras beach, to protest against the first Gulf War in Iraq. This anti-war gathering later grew into a huge, free, annual event, attracting thousands of hippies and peace-lovers from all over the world. Since then, a dedicated collective of drummers have turned up faithfully every Sunday afternoons at Benirras to continue the tradition and drum together. During the summer, they attract crowds of people who sit and gaze at the scene in wonder or rise to their feet charmed by the freedom, the beauty and the natural magnificence of the scene.
Location on Google Maps: Cala Benirras