Gray Area Guide to Ibiza's Best Beaches

Feb 28, 2023

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Hayley Morgan

6 min read

Although an island of reasonably small proportions, Ibiza is surrounded by a stunning coastline that stretches around 210km. Dotted along this coastline are a collection of hidden gems and long sandy stretches, each with their own individual charm.

Here we share some of our favorite places to top up your tan and while away the hours.

Cala Saladeta - South West

Positioned just outside of San Antonio, Cala Saladeta is a tiny cove that packs a big punch. Slightly hidden over the hill from Cala Salada - its slightly larger sister beach - a little effort and a small hill climb is required to reach it.

However, with crystal clears all year, it is well worth the push. Be aware this is a very popular spot, so much so that security will monitor one-in-one-out in high season, so get there early to bag your spot.

Bring enough to set yourself up for the day as there are no sunbeds or restaurants after the climb. Keep an eye out for the mojito man though, always a refreshing interlude to a day's tanning.

To get here: Head to San Antonio and follow the signs to Sant Agnes. Car parking is available but this does fill quickly. Buses are also available from San Antonio bus station but will require a walk from the stop.

Cala Vadella - South West

The sweeping descent down to Cala Vadella is a worthy mention in itself, with stunning sea views that glisten as you make your way down towards the bay. The hills that surround are lush and green and envelope the calm waters.

There’s a real chilled but friendly vibe here, which is probably why you’ll find families and groups making a full day of the beautiful spot.

Lined with a great selection of restaurants, why not spend the day on the sand and the evening feasting at one of the local venues.

To get here: The best option is by car, or taxi if you’ll be enjoying a caña at one of the many bars. Parking is available behind the beach but will be very busy in summer. You can park further up the hill but just be prepared for the walk. Buses were available from Ibiza Town and then via San Josep but were halted during covid. Hopefully these will resume for summer 2023.

Las Salinas - South East

One of the cooler beach hangouts, Las Salinas or Ses Salines is the place to be seen throughout the summer. A natural park, its beauty and soft sands are a calling card for the seasoned crowds in the know.

There's always a buzz about this sandy stretch, with the vibey Sa Trinxa and more refined Jockey Club providing a Balearic musical backdrop to the sun-worshippers.

Expect hawkers, nakedness and a little naughtiness as clubbers straight off the dancefloor join you on the sand.

To get here: Not far from Ibiza Town, if you’re driving take the beautiful route through the salt flats and find a spot in the paid car park behind the beach.

Buses are also available from Ibiza Town and San Jordi throughout the day.

Aguas Blancas - North East

Its rugged cliffs, slim stretch of sand and lapping clear waters make Aguas Blancas a coveted place to be. Space can be in demand, so tread carefully as you find your way around the beach dwellers before laying your towel.

Never more than a few steps to access the water, remember your snorkel as the underwater world here is just begging to be explored. If you fancy a bite, then the local chiringuito offers fresh food, chilled wine and stunning views.

To get here: Santa Eularia and San Carlos are the closest towns however this is a slightly more difficult spot to access, so a car or motorbike is really your best option. There's a paid car park at the back, which can fill up in high season.

Cala Xuclar - North

When compared with its neighbouring sandy destination of Portinatx beach, Cala Xuclar may seem a teeny and maybe passable place to stop. However, its pebbly cuteness and rustic beauty make this a splendid spot to catch the afternoon rays.

The crystal clear waters rest within a rocky bay and are filled with snorkelers taking in the views below. The small beach bar is the perfect place to taste the sea and relax with a cool vino in hand as you enjoy this idyllic location.

To get here: Drive towards Portinatx beach and keep an eye out for the signs on the left that will lead you down to a small car park. If this is full, then on the top main road there are laybys that can also be used. Buses will go past on their way to Portinatx although this will involve a walk to the beach entrance.

Cala San Vicente - North

Almost at the tip of the island, Cala San Vicente sits at the end of a long but stunningly beautiful drive. A larger bay, its green hills make for lush views as you relax on the golden sands.

You’ll find plenty of sun loungers for hire here and there’s a collection of restaurants that enclose the bay, all offering great menus. Most notably The Boat House, which is a very popular spot from day-to-night, so make sure to book ahead.

Not far from San Joan, it's worth stopping for a little wander here along the way. To get here: Around 10-15 minutes drive from San Joan and San Carlos, along one of the prettiest drives of the island. Just remember to keep your eyes on the road! Buses also go from both towns to the beach. Make sure to know the return times, as its location will make for a long walk home.

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