Enjoying worldwide popularity for being a party island, Ibiza finds its way into most people’s travel bucket lists more often than not. However, that’s not where this Mediterranean island’s charm ends. Ibiza’s bucolic appeal, breathtaking landscapes, cove-hidden beaches, mysterious caves, rich history, and of course, its lively nightlife scene have pinned it on the global map, attracting thousands of tourists not just from the European mainland, but across the world. To think that it was only during the 1960s when this island on the Spanish archipelago started gaining popularity because hippies discovered its many allures. Although small, there is an unexplainable magic about everything Ibiza has to offer. Read on, because we’re taking you through some of the most beautiful beaches in Ibiza, Spain.
1. Talamanca Beach
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Crowning the bay of Talamanca is the calm and beautiful Playa de Talamanca, which enjoys quite a popularity because of its proximity to downtown Ibiza. The beach is rife with many bars and cafes, making it a hotspot all throughout the year. While you’re here, you can enjoy the party-like atmosphere by the shore, or lie back and people-watch.
Address: Carrer Platja Talamanca, 13, 07800 Eivissa, Illes Balears, Spain
Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)
2. Benirras Beach
Benirras Beach is a popular hippie haunt and family hotspot. The grainy sand, strewn with tiny rocks, and unbelievably clear blue waters are a sight to behold. The sand bed is flanked by a wealth of pine trees and lush vegetation on either side. It opens out onto a vista of the horizon, which is dotted with ships and sailboats. Try heading to the beach at sunset on Sundays and you can be one of the hundreds that flock there to see the iconic Cap Bernat rock, standing proud against the orange hues of the setting sun. This, along with the thumping beat of the drums and the gaiety pervading the atmosphere, makes an amazing experience.
Address: Lugar Venda de Benirras, 154, 07815 Sant Joan de Labritja, Illes Balears, Spain
Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)
3. Ses Salines
Occupying Ibiza’s southernmost tip is Ses Salines, touted to be one of the world’s most stunning beaches. It brings an amazing view of the inland countryside, access to some of the best beach bars in Ibiza, and an atmosphere of party and fun. There are restaurants and snack bars where you can grab yummy eats while enjoying a five-star ambiance along the shore and the Mediterranean waters. Do note that this one is party beach through and through, so don’t expect quietude, especially during the summer months. While here, you can also try bodysurfing in the crystal clear waters.
Address: Diseminado Can Gregori, 5465, 07818 Sant Josep de sa Talaia, Illes Balears, Spain
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4. Cala Saladeta
Escape into the serenity of Cala Saladeta and let your soul forget the worries of the world. It can be accessed via a swim or a trek from Cala Salada, which is the main bay. Clamber over the rocky divide and you’ll reach Cala Saladeta. This location offers a plethora of activities to indulge in. While lounging and swimming are definitely a must, snorkelling is also something you can do. Although this beach is beautiful, it has limited commercial offerings so you’ll have to go back to the main bay to access these. We recommend that you make your trip here before the sun is at its peak, so the trek is not too trying.
Address: Sant Antoni de Portmany, Balearic Islands, Spain
Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)
5. Cala Tarida
Cala Tarida is definitely one of the most commercial and famous beaches out of the lot. It is usually crowded but it is packed with activities and offers a great experience. Its sandy white coast and emerald green waters make for the best beach experience. You can lie back and soak in the beauty of the Spanish locale. Else, pack in a game of beach volleyball or head out for some water sports. There’s also a diving school where you can take lessons and return home with a new skill. The water is shallow, so it is perfectly safe for kids to splash around as well. The crowd is at a maximum during August, but the spacious beach can easily accommodate the rush.
Address: Carrer Puig del Mar, 07829, Ibiza Town, Ibiza, Spain
6. Sa Caleta
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Engulfed in the aquamarine waters of the Balearic Sea and picturesque red rock towers is Sa Caleta, a hidden paradise. Quite unlike any other beach in Ibiza, Sa Caleta is entered via a wooden walkway that cuts through two red cliffs and opens onto a stretch of glimmering sands, washed to the shore by the sea’s shallow waters. This one is a popular spot for those with little kids as well as snorkelling enthusiasts. Although, you may want to steer clear off the beach between 2-5 pm as the secluded location can make it a little too hot and uncomfortable. Fun fact: Scrape off some of the red clay from the cliffs and carry it back home with you. If you mix it with some water, you’ll have a wholly organic mud mask for smooth, clear skin!
Address:Sant Josep de sa Talaia, Ibiza, Spain
7. Pou des Lleo Beach
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Much like Sa Caleta, Pou des Lleo beach is also surrounded by red cliffs and peppered with fishing huts all across. This horseshoe-shaped beach is ideal for the excellent snorkelling opportunities it presents to visitors. The superb underwater scenery is quite a sight to behold and explore. This area is rarely crowded, no matter what time of the day or year you head there.
Pou des Lleo Beach
Address: 07849 es Canar, Illes Balears, Spain
8. Cala Codolar
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With emerald blue waters washing up on pebbly sand, an atmosphere of peace, and an utterly relaxed vibe, this beach is a must-visit. A trip to Cala Codolar will be a treat for those of you looking to unplug from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and spend some quiet time. Since it is a tiny beach, it can get slightly crowded at times, so time your visit early in the day to make the most of it. For many, Cala Codolar is an ideal spot for beach bumming and sunbathing, but it’s also a place for others to indulge in windsurfing. There’s a windsurfing school nearby, so you can enroll in some lessons. Among the most famous activities here is climbing one of the cliffs and catching a view of the sunset.
Address: 07829 Sant Josep de sa Talaia, Balearic Islands, Spain
9. Cala d'Hort
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Occupying the foot of a rolling green hill is Cala d'Hort, arguably one of the most stunning beaches that you can visit in Ibiza. Station yourself on the soft, golden sand and admire spectacular views of the island of Es Vedra, a rocky limestone formation that rises out of the turquoise waters of the sea. This impressive experience is heightened amidst the colours that appear at dusk, when Es Vedra looks like a large silhouette pinned against the sky. Pull out those beach mats and bathe in the allure that this beach emanates.
Address: Cala d'Hort, 07830, Islas Baleares, Espana, Sant Josep de Sa Talaia, Ibiza, Spain
10. Cala Xarraca
Rickety paths hidden amidst thick pine forests lead you up to Cala Xarraca, which is a snorkelling enthusiasts’ paradise. The topaz waters, picturesque views, and peaceful quietude make it every bit worth a trip. Plus, you can head up to the naturally occurring mud baths to the right of the main beach area and indulge in some organic treatment.
Address: Lugar Venda de Xarraco, 52, 07810 Sant Joan de Labritja, Illes Balears, Spain
A Mediterranean hotspot
Despite a booming tourism industry, Ibiza has not lost its character. Perhaps this is one of the reasons why it remains to be the vibrant Spanish island that it is. Apart from a cornucopia of attractions, there are more than 50 local beaches and sheltered coves that offer unparalleled respite and relaxation. We’ve covered a limited number of them here, but these are definitely among the most beautiful beaches in Ibiza. A trip to one (or all!) of these will be worth your while. Take some time out of your busy itineraries and check em out!
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