Spain Guide


Ibiza Beaches

When it comes to Ibiza's beach life you'll be spoilt for choice. The island has nearly 60 beaches ranging from long sandy stretches packed with bars and watersports to delightful hidden coves nestling at the foot of towering cliffs.

At the height of the summer, the temperature can soar above 30 degrees centigrade and even the sea temperature nudges 30C. So there's no better place to be than down at the beach.

Ibiza offers safe, child friendly beaches for families, gay beaches, naturist beaches, small pebble coves.

The beaches range in size from the smallest coves just a few metres long to Blackpool style lengths of sand stretching for more than 3,000 metres.

The most popular tourist beaches are well served with bars, restaurants, showers, sun beds etc with a wealth of sports and leisure activities including sailing, windsurfing, parasailing, pedaloes and banana rides.

Playa d'en Bossa, Playa Figueretes and Playa de Talamanca are the main beaches near the town of Ibiza.

On the western side of the island at the big tourist centre of San Antonio there are two main beaches packed with leisure facilities Playa de San Antonio (also known as Playa de S'Arenal) and Es Pouet. But just a short distance along the coast you'll find some lovely little coves in natural settings of pine trees and conifers.


Cala Longa in Santa Eulalia, north east along the coast from Ibiza town, is a wide sandy bay, popular with families.

San Jose, the south west part of Ibiza, has many good beaches with water sports and leisure services. Be warned if your sensibilities are offended by naked nether regions and amorous homosexuals because Playa des Cavallett and Playa de las Salinas are both popular gay haunts and Playa des Cavallett is also an official naturist beach.

Some of the most beautiful coves are to be found in the north eastern corner of the island. Many are only accessible on foot, with a 4x4 or by boat.

Portinatx, at the extreme northern tip of the island, is one of Ibiza's most attractive beaches a horseshoe bay with fine, white sand encircled by pine woods. There are bars and restaurants, a sailing school and good beach facilities here so it does tend to get a bit crowded in high season.

Cala Benirras, to the west of Portinatx, is a favourite hippie haunt and is worth a visit on Sunday evening when you can listen to dreadlocked drummers playing on the beach as the sun goes down. Nearby Cala Xarraca is a great spot for swimming (don't forget your snorkel when you go exploring these coves because there's a wealth of marine life and the water is crystal clear).

For a totally "untouristy" spot, try the beautiful cove of Cala Mastella, at the north east tip of the island. This is a lovely small, sandy cove surrounded by pine woods. Pop over the rocks to the left of the beach and you'll find one of the best seafood restaurants in Ibiza. Don't expect any frills at El Bigote just some of the finest fresh fish you've ever tasted washed down with jugs of the local vino.

If you take the boat over to Formentera (an hour by ferry from Ibiza town) you'll discover an island paradise of dunes, cliffs and coves with some of the cleanest unspoilt beaches and clearest waters in the Mediterranean.