The best beaches in Ibiza are as dazzling as the Balearic island’s world-famous nightlife. Aquamarine water kisses sweeping stretches of pristine white sand just steps from fabulous hotels, restaurants and bars. However, Ibiza’s coastline isn’t just for the party-goers. You’ll find plenty of idyllic coves with little more than bobbing fishing boats and lush pine trees for company. And relaxing, family-friendly towns feature all the facilities you need while travelling with the kids in tow.
When it’s time to put the cocktails down and launch into adventure, water sports like jet skiing, banana boat rides and kayaking keep you active. Try yoga classes on stand-up paddleboards and sail into the sunset on romantic boat cruises.
To explore the magical underwater world, get PADI certified in paradise to dive with colourful marine life and shipwrecks. It’s not likely, but just in case beaches on Ibiza aren’t enough for you, it’s easy to take a quick ferry ride over to gorgeous Formentera.
Map of the Best Beaches on Ibiza
I’ve mapped out my favourite Ibiza beaches below, starting in the capital, Ibiza Town, and moving clockwise around the island.
I don’t recommend you visit them all on one trip. Rather use this guide to direct you to the best beaches near where you’re staying, and perhaps make a special trip to a magical cove to watch the sunset, or to witness the drum ceremony on a Sunday night.
PLATJA D’EN BOSSA
You’re never far from the best beach clubs in Ibiza on Playa d’en Bossa, which is the island’s longest stretch of white sand. With a restaurant and bar-studded promenade, you can start your day with a chilled-out morning lazing on sunbeds, people-watch over a long, luscious lunch and enjoy your favourite water sports in the afternoon.
As the sun sets, the Ibiza beach party heats up each night during the summer season. Then, simply stroll to your hotel, get your glamour on and head out to some of the island’s top mega clubs, including Ushuaïa.
How to get to Platja d’en Bossa / Things to know
If you’re spending beach days at Platja d’en Bossa, it’s probably because you’re staying nearby. It’s not a beach I’d travel to from other parts of the island, but it’s a convenient and family-friendly beach if you’re basing your Ibiza holiday in the capital. It’s within walking distance from Ibiza Town, or you can take the bus.
For a quieter scene, head to the far end, near the Torre des Carregador, and take a walk up the hill for the best views.
SES SALINES & PLATJA DES CAVALLET
Looking for nudist beaches in Ibiza? Soak up the sun surrounded by sand dunes at Es Cavallet near Ibiza Town. To get there, you’ll drive through the Ses Salines salt flats with a nature reserve that’s a favourite among visiting flamingos.
Also located in the nature park, Ses Salines beach is fully equipped with sunbeds, lifeguards and catamarans for hire. There’s a fun beach bar scene with Balearic beats ringing out across the sand and plenty of atmospheric restaurants to choose from.
How to get to Ses Salines & Platja des Cavallet / Things to know
The main car park for the two beaches is clearly marked as you approach the salt flats. It’s a large space, with plenty of parking and was fairly empty at 10am in the morning. However, by midday (in September) it was definitely getting near full. Parking costs €6 for the day.
There are several signs pointing to the various beach clubs on both sides of the headland. The nicer part of Ses Salines beach is the northern end. It’s here you’ll find sunbeds and parasols for hire. However, if you’re looking to escape the crowds, walk a little further up towards the point and you can seek out your own private little cove between rocky walls.
On the other side, Cavallet beach is a long sandy stretch. As noted above, it’s a favourite of naturists, but the area around the Chiringay beach club is also popular with families.
PLAYA ES BOL NOU
A wooden walkway leads you between dazzling orange-clay cliffs towards Playa es Bol Nou, otherwise known as Sa Caleta. Green trees and aqua waters complete an artistic, natural colour palette. Cool off in the calm, shallow sea and create your own mud mask with clay and water for a rejuvenating skin fix.
This is a rustic cove, however, you’ll find a few sunbeds and a restaurant tucked under the trees to keep hunger pangs at bay. A short walk around the headland will deliver you to a cove crammed full of idyllic boat houses. It’s a popular launching point for watersports.
How to get to Playa es Bol Nou / Things to know
There are several carparks serving this small beach, so you shouldn’t have any trouble parking even on a busy day. The closest car park is free and right behind the beach, but there are plenty of overflow lots a little further up the road.
Serenity is the name of the game on a backdrop of lush cliffs at Es Torrent. The protected bay is perfect for paddling, floating and snorkelling, and luxury sunbeds await for lazy hours with your holiday read.
A seafood restaurant of the same name rests by the beach and serves up renowned Ibicenco fish dishes with views of the cliffs, pine groves and glittering turquoise sea.
How to get to Es Torrent / Things to know
The beach at Es Torrent is at the end of a steep narrow road that doesn’t leave a lot of room for two cars. But this section is short, and at the bottom, there’s a well-paved car park awaiting.
Besides the seafood restaurant, there’s also a cute little boutique selling sarongs, hats and sandals, should you forget any beachside essentials!
Legend has it that Es Vedra is one of the most magnetic places on earth and it rests off the shore of Cala d’Hort. The mysterious rock formation rises dramatically from the sea and sets the scene on one of Ibiza’s most beautiful beaches.
Throw your towel down on the arc of golden sand framed by cliffs and cool off in calm, shallow water. When hunger strikes, the famed clifftop restaurant, Es Boldado, serves up succulent fresh food.
How to get to Cala d’en Hort / Things to know
The easiest place to park near Cala d’en Hort actually doubles as a lookout point for Es Vedra. Just look for Mirador Cala d’Hort on Google maps. There is parking closer, but it’s very limited, so it’s better to park on the hill and take a stroll down to the beach via the wide pavement.
Ibiza’s expats love the vibe at Cala Carbo, a postcard-perfect cove flanked by pine trees and peace. It’s a popular spot for mooring boats too, with a couple of restaurants on hand for long, lazy lunches.
This is a place to sink into plush sunbeds and snooze with the breeze before giving in to your urge for Spanish paella as chefs cook up lunch. Then cool off with a swim in the calm, sheltered bay.
How to get to Cala Carbo / Things to know
The car park at Cala Carbo is very small, and there’s limited roadside parking. But it doesn’t seem to get too busy. The beach is mainly pebbles and there are some rocks in the water, so it’s best to wear water shoes to swim here.
PLATJA CALA VADELLA
You’ll fall in love with Cala Vadella as you drive down the hill towards the white sand. The resort itself is scattered among lush, green hills and it’s a favourite among families looking for a relaxing holiday. Sunbeds dot the fine sand and boats bob beyond the calm swimming section.
Launch into water sports with the kids and get your snacks at restaurants right on the beach. Or wander up to Nola cafe for the best views in the seaside hamlet. Don’t forget your snorkelling gear to explore rocky inlets on either side of the sand.
How to get to Cala Vadella / Things to know
The roads leading into Cala Vadella are pretty straightforward, but once you enter the small town, they become narrow. You may also be questioning your GPS as it leads you right onto the beachfront promenade! But rest assured that it is in fact the only way to get through the village.
Cala Vadella isn’t as spacious as some of the other seaside towns, and parking can be harder to come by. There’s a small parking lot behind the beach, but if that’s full, head to the hill north of the beach and you’ll find another dusty car parking area. Or plug Parking playa Cala Vadella Norte into your GPS.
If you’re looking for secret beaches in Ibiza, drive around the headland from Cala Vadella to the tranquil Cala Molí. Enclosed by craggy cliffs and sheltered from the wind, it’s a serene place to swim with the locals.
There’s a trendy beach bar tucked away at arm’s length, complete with a pool and sun loungers, so you can stroll between the bar and the beach as the mood takes you.
How to get to Cala Molí / Things to know
There is no real parking lot for this beach, just unofficial roadside parking on the street leading to the sand (Avenue de Cala Moli). However, if you drive past the beach, up the hill a little, you’ll find some free off-street parking.
There’s also an excellent view if you follow the dirt track out to the headland.
Among the best for families in Ibiza, Cala Tarida boasts one of the longest beaches on the island’s west coast. Incredibly blue, shallow water is ideal for kids and water sports, beach volleyball and a diving school keep everyone smiling. Swim out to the flat rocks for great snorkelling.
Backing the beach, the hills are dotted with hotels, villas and shops, but you’ll also find bars and restaurants right on the sand.
How to get to Cala Tarida / Things to know
Cala Tarida was one of the hardest beaches on the island to find parking at – even when arriving late afternoon. There’s just one central car park in the small resort, and there were queues to nab a spot.
If you don’t get lucky there, try parking roadside on the main Carrer de Sant Ferran, and walking down to the little fishing cove (Embarcaderos de Cala Tarida on Google maps) on your way back to the beach.
PLATGES DE COMTE & CALA ESCONDIDA
Close to San Antonio, Platges de Comte is a group of gorgeous coves with incredibly clear, aqua water that resembles a swimming pool. They face west, so fun-loving crowds gather to watch what might be the best sunset in Ibiza with live DJ tunes at the trendy onsite restaurant, Sunset Ashram.
Two strips of sand greet you on either side of the restaurant for lazing and swimming before the natural show. Cala Escondida nearby is the smallest cove and a popular spot for naturists.
How to get to Platges de Comte & Cala Escondida / Things to know
The road leading to Platges de Comte is unproblematic. However, once you arrive it’s a bit of a free-for-all in the car park! Parking is free, but it’s busy, especially in the few hours leading up to sunset. There’s not a lot of room to manoeuvre between cars, so play it safe and park on the roadside if you’re worried.
From the car park, follow the well-beaten trails that will lead you to the beaches. Cala Escondida is the closest, and the view from above is sublime.
It’s easy to spend the whole day with the family at Cala Bassa, with pedalos to hire, space for sandcastle-building and a backdrop of shady trees. It’ll be hard to drag yourself out of dreamy water that’s beautifully calm for safe splashing.
Set among the trees, the Cala Bassa Beach Club offers no less than five dining venues with everything from seafood to sushi, paella and snacks for the kids. From here, it’s possible to take sunset boat tours, jet ski along the coast and hike along coastal trails.
How to get to Cala Bassa / Things to know
If you’re approaching Cala Bassa from Platges de Comte, beware of the ‘short-cut’ – it’s actually a potholed gravel road! But chances are, you’ll be arriving in a much more civilised fashion on the main road. When you get there, there are several large car parks surrounding the beach. Take your pick! I didn’t have to pay as I arrived late in the day, but I’ve read that parking costs €5 and includes a drink from the bar.
CALA GRACIO & CALA GRACIONETA
Just a couple of kilometres from San Antonio, it’s possible to escape the hustle and bustle with a leisurely stroll to Cala Gracio. Though it’s a popular stretch with serene water, sunbeds and a beach bar, you’ll soak up the sun on a backdrop of pine trees rather than hotels.
It’s a lovely spot for snorkelling, as is Cala Gracioneta just around the rocky headland. This petite golden patch features a charming, rustic restaurant with shady terraces for a bite after swimming. Do stop in for some of the freshest food & flavours in Ibiza!
How to get to Cala Gracio & Cala Gracioneta
From San Antonio, it’s an easy walk to Cala Gracio. There’s limited parking (along the street only), so try your luck along Ctra. de Cala Gració, or park in town and amble down the road instead. Cala Gracio is wheelchair accessible, but you won’t be able to continue the journey to Cala Gracioneta on wheels.
To get to the smaller cove around the bend, follow the stairs up the right-hand side of the beach and follow the road until you see the sign for the restaurant, Cala Gracioneta – Chiringuito. Watch out, from here it’s a fairly steep walk down to the beach. The beach can also be accessed via Calle Cala Gracio 5, or by walking around the headland from Cala Gracio.
CALA SALADA & CALA SALADETA
A sandy, protected beach with crystalline water, Cala Salada is one of the best coves in Ibiza for swimming amid natural surrounds. You’ll enjoy views of pine forests and rocky outcrops, along with a restaurant for fresh paella, a kiosk and a smattering of sunbeds.
Walk across the rocky promontory to picturesque Cala Saladeta, which is free from development and an excellent spot for snorkelling.
How to get to Cala Salada & Cala Saladeta / Things to know
The car park for these two beaches is free, but fairly small compared to the demand of people wanting to visit. The first time I tried to visit these two beaches in Ibiza, it was at 10.30am in the morning and there were guards stationed to turn people away, as the car park was full already. Needless to say, go early if you’re planning on spending the day there.
Alternatively, head to Cala Salada for sunset. It’s a beautiful time of the day to visit, and watch the sun sink into the horizon. I had no trouble parking at 7pm.
CALA DE SA FERRADURA
A sandy isthmus awaits around the corner from the port of San Miguel, and it’s the ideal place to spend a little time in scenic surroundings. With nothing but a tiny rustic beach bar to interrupt nature, the petite cove welcomes you to swim, sunbathe, and do little else.
The sandy side attracts the most attention, but the rocky beach opposite is ripe for exploring the underwater world. So don’t forget to pack your snorkel when you walk along to Cala de sa Ferradura.
How to get to Cala de sa Ferradura / Things to know
There’s a road leading to Cala de sa Ferradura, but I wouldn’t necessarily recommend driving it. It’s steep, gravel, and narrow. i.e. there’s not much room for error. Instead, walk to this little cove from Port de Sant Miquel. It won’t take too long, and you’ll pass some spectacular scenery along the way. Simply follow the trail up to the left of the beach between two beachfront bars.
When you get to the first little bay, you can either follow the coastal trail or head inland. There are several paths up the hill, but they all seem to lead to the same place. You’ll eventually meet up with the road that goes down to Cala de sa Ferradura.
PLATJA DES PORT DE SANT MIQUEL
Once the fishing port of San Miguel, this fun-loving beach rests at the heart of what’s now a resort for families, couples and peace-seekers. Pine-covered hills surround a tranquil cove that’s a playground for water sports fans, with water skiing, kayaking and scuba diving available.
Hotels and gorgeous restaurants line the beach, with souvenir shops and bars wedged in between. If you’re in search of quieter climes, take the trail that leads up the hill to the left of the beach and follow it around to Cala de sa Ferradura, or the little cove that lies in-between.
How to get to Platja des Port de Sant Miquel
The road leading to Platja des Port de Sant Miquel is easy to navigate. There is limited free parking along the road leading to the beach, but I didn’t have any trouble finding a spot at 11 am. The beach is fairly quiet until at least midday, and if you do decide to hire a pedalo, SUP, or kayak, you’ve got a lovely sheltered bay to explore, including a hidden cave just around the headland to the left of the beach.
A health and wellness hub that’s famous for bongo drumming at sunset (only on Sundays sadly), Cala Benirras is a sheltered bay swathed in nature. Climb over the rock formations on either side of the beach and hire a pedalo. A rocky seabed ensures this is one of the best beaches for snorkelling in Ibiza.
Off the sand, you’ll find lovely hiking paths and bike trails. Fuel up at juice bars and traditional Spanish restaurants nearby. Or visit the Hippy Markets that take place here Tuesdays, Fridays and weekends from May – October.
How to get to Cala Benirras / Things to Know
If you’re staying in San Miguel, you may be tempted (as I was) to walk the 4km to Cala Benirras. However, as far as I could tell, there isn’t a coastal path between the two Ibiza beaches, so you have to walk along the road which is narrow, steep, and uninteresting. So I’d recommend driving if you can.
Once you arrive, there are several free car parks to choose from that are just a few minutes walk from the beach.
PLATJA DE CALA XARRACA
One of the most stunning bays in Ibiza, Cala Xarraca offers just a narrow slither of sand backed by a steep cliff and native shrub. The cove is sheltered and calm, and there are plenty of nooks and crannies to explore by sea, or by foot.
The perfect place to blow up your paddleboard, you can navigate slowly through the crystalline water to the little bay of boathouses, or further around the coastline to the wild S’Illot des Renclí beach.
How to get to Platja de Cala Xarraca / Things to know
There’s an abrupt turn into the street for Cala Xarraca from the main road. And once you’ve made the daring move, it’s a narrow, steep road to the beach. There is a small parking lot at the bottom, but do be aware of the somewhat short but nail-biting trip to get there.
If you want an easier option, park in one of the bays alongside the main road (like many others do) and walk down. This way you can take in the incredible view, and the small private swimming cove at the entrance to the bay.
PLAYA DE PORTINATX
Portinatx hosts no less than three of the best beaches in north Ibiza. Unpack at family-friendly resorts and romantic villas before hitting the sand at S’Arenal Gros, S’Arenal Petit and Playa Porto. The main cove (S’Arenal Gros) is a lively spot and a hit with families due to plenty of pedalos, kayaks and beach-loving friends having fun in the sun.
Stroll along the waterfront promenade to the smaller, but just as lovely S’Arenal Petit, or discover sweeping views at the lighthouse near Playa Porto. You don’t have to stray far from the sand for oceanfront dining at any of these beaches, and there are shops & supermarkets nearby for any last-minute needs.
How to get to Playa de Portinatx / Things to know
There is free parking both in Portinatx, and behind Playa Porto, both are easily found by following the street signs. Once you arrive in Playa Porto, there’s the main beach with a mini beachfront bar. If you climb up behind this beach, you’ll find a view of the Punta Moscarter lighthouse and some out-of-the-way bathing spots. You can also climb up, and walk along the promontory to reach another small, discreet bathing spot at the end of the natural harbour.
CALA D’EN SERRA
Just beyond Portinatx, Cala d’en Serra is one of the prettiest beaches in Ibiza for a slice of seclusion in paradise. The sparkling, emerald-hued cove is flanked by high cliffs with an oval-shaped strip of golden sand. Here, you’ll join the locals for swimming and snorkelling with marine life in total peace.
The only development you’ll see includes a small beach bar and quaint fishermen’s shacks. Although, behind the beach, you’ll find the remains of an abandoned hotel that’s been sitting unfinished since the early ’70s. Nowadays it serves as a canvas for local graffiti artists, and it adds an element of mystery to this special spot.
How to get to Cala d’en Serra / Things to know
The last leg of the road down to Cala d’en Serra is unpaved and very uneven, so I’d advise against driving down if you’re in a rental car. Instead, park on the verge just at the end of the paved road, and continue on foot.
Once you reach the abandoned hotel, you can turn left towards the main beach, or right towards a smaller, more remote cove. If you choose to go this route, you’ll find a fence at the edge of the construction – take a right and follow the small sandy path down to the cove. Otherwise, follow the gravel road as it twists down the hill and ends at Cala d’en Serra.
CALA DE SANT VICENT
There’s not much you can’t do along the expansive stretch of Cala de Sant Vicent. With a traffic-free, palm-lined promenade, water sports and a fantastic range of hotels, it’s one of the best places for families in Ibiza and couples love the relaxing, low key vibe.
Get that epic holiday shot with a bird’s eye view from the clifftop lookout. You’ll find fresher-than-fresh food at atmospheric restaurants lining the sand. If you love hiking, hit the shady, pine-clad hills surrounding the resort.
How to get to Cala de Sant Vicent / Things to know
Cala de Sant Vicent is a very small area, so as soon as you arrive, you’ll see the beach. There are two small free car parks at either end. Head left at the roundabout and you’ll find the bigger of the two. When I arrived at 10am it was very easy to find a park, but when I left around midday there was a queue.
There are viewpoints overlooking the beach on either side. Both require a bit of a climb, but the reward is worth it! This is definitely one of the prettiest seaside resorts in Ibiza.
Even during summer, it’s possible to find quiet beaches in Ibiza on the unspoiled north-eastern coast. High, dramatic cliffs set the scene at Aigues Blanques and provide fascinating nooks and crannies among the rocks. The middle section of the beach features sunbeds (when the conditions allow) and it attracts a blend of locals, nudists and travellers.
Join natural beauty lovers in slathering yourself with reddish mud mixed with water. When the wind conditions are right, the swell picks up for body surfing.
How to get to Aigues Blanques / Things to know
The main car park for Aigues Blanques costs €3. But if you don’t mind walking, there’s another, smaller but free car park before you reach the main one. From either, it’s a steep downhill walk to the beach.
The conditions at this beach can be really variable, and on choppy days, there isn’t much beach to seen at all! Luckily, the car park attendant can tell you what awaits before you take the walk down.
PLATJA DES FIGUERAL
Settle in at a fabulous hotel and spend your days on the soft white sands of Es Figueral. You’ll find everything you need, however, the chilled out family atmosphere is world’s away from the party scene.
Surrounded by rocky cliffs and inlets, this is among the best places to snorkel in Ibiza and water sports include pedalos and kayaks. While you’re lazing on sunbeds, you’ll enjoy views across to the privately-owned island of Tagomago. Shops, bars and restaurants are just steps from the beach.
How to get to Platja des Figueral / Things to know
Es Figueral is a fairly small resort with just a sprinkling of hotels. As you enter the area, there are free car parks on either side of the main road, or you can try your luck at the sandy car park right down by the entrance to the beach.
If a low key beach hangout is more your scene, head along to the secluded Cala Boix. Situated well away from the bustling resorts and surrounded by nature, you’ll spend your day uninterrupted by anything but the sound of the waves.
Get there early to claim one of the few sun loungers available, and when hunger strikes you only need to stroll meters from the sand to indulge in simple but tasty tapas, tortillas and tostadas.
How to get to Cala Boix / Things to know
There’s no real town near Cala Boix, just a couple of well-placed hilltop villas, and two restaurants. At the top of the beach, you’ll find a small free car park. But if that’s full, the overflow park along the verge of the road. Once you’re parked, follow the path and stairs down to the beach.
Nature remains almost entirely undisturbed at the discreet Cala Mastella. The sheltered cove flanked by pine tree-clad cliffs makes an excellent place for swimming and snorkelling, and if the pebbled beach gets overcrowded, there’s always a smooth rock to sunbathe on instead.
With two well-regarded restaurants to choose from, you won’t need to walk far to find sustenance. Choose the more casual Kiosku Cala Mastella, or walk around the cove to El Bigotes where you can dine among traditional boathouses.
How to get to Cala Mastella / Things to know
The road to Cala Mastella is narrow and winding, no matter which direction you approach from. There’s a free car park directly behind the beach, but the entrance can get congested on busy days.
The quiet resort of Cala Llenya is one of the best places to stay in Ibiza, and at its centre rests a stunning white sand beach. Cutting a deep wedge into the cove, the main area of the beach is wide and spacious, with room for everyone to do their own thing. Further along, where the beach becomes narrow, it’s a popular area for naturists.
There’s a single beach bar on the sand serving up cool drinks and warm food, and there are plenty of sunbeds to hire, pedalos to rent, and fun to be had!
How to get to Cala Llenya / Things to know
As you approach Cala Llenya you’ll come to an intersection with a garage on one side. From here, take a soft left, not a hard left, as the latter leads to the residential area.
There’s a free car park right behind the beach which is well marked. But if that’s full, you shouldn’t have any trouble finding a spot close by on Carrer de S’Espalmador. From there you can take the stone staircase down to the sand.
The beautiful beaches in Ibiza aren’t known for surfing, but it’s possible at Cala Nova when the swell picks up. Otherwise, this long curve of sand is a glorious spot to relax among rocky red cliffs and pine-topped hills crisscrossed with hiking trails.
There are several areas to set up for the day – both with sunbeds to hire & free bathing – and you can walk around the headland to the family-friendly cove of Cala Llenya for a change of scene. When it’s time to eat, beach huts serve up tasty snacks and the resort of Es Cana is nearby.
How to get to Cala Nova / Things to know
You can approach Cala Nova from either Es Cana, or La Joya. I decided to drive into La Joya and park there as I was visiting both Cala Nova and Cala Llenya. However, there are car parks much closer to the beach – just off the sand at both ends of the cove.
PLAYA NIU BLAU
Pack your hiking boots as well as your beachwear for a day at Playa Niu Blau. Walk along the coast to discover idyllic coves and pine trees, then take a dip in the azure sea. Life’s all about relaxation here, with sunbeds, shower facilities and pedalos to make it extra comfy. This lovely beach is a local favourite for picnics.
How to get to Playa Niu Blau / Things to know
Due to its proximity to Santa Eulalia des Riu, this stretch of coast does get fairly busy. There is parking right behind the beach, but be aware that it’s owned by the Pura Vida restaurant. They’ll charge you €5 for the privilege of parking there, but this comes with a free drink at their bar.
Alternatively, head down to Babylon Beach, where there’s a small free car park. From there you can walk around the headland to Playa Niu Blau.
PLAYA DE SANTA EULALIA
Among the best beaches to visit in Ibiza with kids, Santa Eulalia is a long, wide golden beauty that’s lapped by calm, sparkling water. Settle in on a sunbed to enjoy the resort-style atmosphere and watch the kids on banana boat rides. Take a stroll along the scenic, palm-lined promenade for ice creams and oceanfront dining.
Speaking of which, Santa Eulalia’s culinary scene is legendary, with everything from authentic tapas bars to gourmet Asian fusion restaurants along Carrer de Sant Vicent, otherwise known as ‘eat street’.
How to get to Santa Eulalia / Things to Know
Parking can be scarce in this popular spot, so if you’re not staying local, perhaps jump on a bus, or on your bike (though take care as the main road into the town is busy) to reach the beach instead.
There is some off-street parking, and a main car park behind the marina, plus a few ramshackle parking lots further away from the beach.
Another popular family beach in Ibiza, Cala Llonga is just a quick drive from Ibiza Town and Santa Eulalia, making it a popular choice for the locals. Tranquil, crystal clear water is flanked by hills topped with pine forests and a huge golden arc of sand leaves plenty of space for building sandcastles.
The kids will love the playground on the sand and a mini-amusement park with trampolines and bumper cars. The promenade features a great choice of restaurants, bars and market stalls. Plus, you’ll never run out of water sports options!
How to get to Cala Llonga / Things to know
Cala Llonga is a little busier than some on this list, but it’s still possible to find free parking by the beach. Try your luck on the main street, and if you can’t find a free space there, head to the sandy lot just behind Chringuito Toni.
For a knockout view, take a drive up Carrer des Munt Kilimanjaro, and stop at the lookout point to take in the beauty of the bay.
As one of the more secluded beaches in Ibiza, you won’t find any development at Cala Olivera except a small bohemian style bar. The sunny, sheltered cove is a haven for locals and naturists, with a rocky coastline for serene floating with your snorkel.
Pack a picnic of Spanish treats to spend the day and meander across the low-lying cliffs to get back to nature on land.
How to get to Cala Olivera / Things to know
The way down towards Cala Olivera feels like you’re entering a private resort. That is until you turn off onto the gravel road. Then it feels a million miles from anywhere. The last 1.5km are on a gravel road, but it’s fairly easy to navigate with a regular rental car.
Once you reach the beach, there’s a sandy car park that’s big enough to fit the smattering of cars that make it here.
The best Ibiza beaches offer a variety of sunny personalities to suit yours. Venture around the island to find secluded coves perfect for two or settle in at family-friendly beach resorts geared up to thrill the kids. In the summer season, the beaches surrounding Ibiza Town, San Antonio and Playa d’en Bossa are always in the mood for a party. You simply can’t go wrong in this Balearic island paradise.
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