At the end of the Avenida 8 Agosto one stands on fine white sand in front of the bar Flotante. Behind of the Illa Grossa behind the harbour basin only few meters away of the Marina Botafoch, stretches in a bow the attractive beach of Talamanca. The shallow water is save for children. In spite of the fact that here, as on all larger beaches of the island, a whole tourist quarter with hotels, apartments, restaurants, and shops was developed. It is still considerably quieter than Ses Figueretes or Playa d'en Bossa. Part of Talamanca belongs to the municipality of Santa Eulalia, but we count it to Ibiza town, because of its nearness to town and its easy access from there (there is a bus and a water taxi to the town centre).
Behind Talamanca rises Cap Martinet, where many prominent people spent the summer in their mansions. Near the main street high above the beach is the leisure park Aqualandia, where children and youths can amuse themselves on different water slides.
At the other end of Ibiza town in a Western direction the town part Ses Figueretes joins
on. From the end of the Avenida de España it is only few meters to the pleasant beach promenade. Here town-hotels with restaurant service pile on top of each other, but are open only in summer. The whole quarter sprang up during the boom of the first tourist wave. The small beach in the near of so many hotels is overcrowded during high season, but the town centre can easily be reached on foot.
Where the beach of Ses Figuerettes reaches the rocky cliffs, lies the town quarter Es Viver. There is hardly anything left of the original fishing harbour, also here tourism dominates. According to newest plans a pleasure harbour is to be built in front of the tiny Isla de las Ratas. While businessmen of Es Viver welcome the project, because it promises to revive the quarter, the residents of Ses Figueretes reject the harbour, because the boats would further pollute the small beach.
Playa d´en Bossa
Behind Es Viver begins the fine white sand of the Playa d'en Bossa, the longest beach of the island and the border to the municipality of Sant Josep. For a long time Playa d'en Bossa was regarded as the most beautiful beach of Ibiza: now the locals leave the pleasure to swim in the shallow waters behind the solid chain of hotels to the tourists, who like the bustle. The many aircrafts flying over Playa d'en Bossa to the nearby airport can be disturbing. On some sections of the beach, e.g. on the Bora Bora disco beach, the blaring music drowns out the noise of the aircrafts.
Near of the usual restaurants, bars and shops are discotheques, like the Space which causes a craze as a day disco with those who want to dance for 24 hours enjoying Ibiza's high life. Directly along side Space is Aguamar another water park a bit smaller than Aqualandia of Talamanca.
At the end of the beach at the border of the natural reserve of Ses Salines arises the watchtower of Torre de la Sal Rossa, one of the oldest on the island. In the Middle Ages guards watched out for pirates, to warn the workers in the salt works with smoke signals of impending danger.
Sant Josep de sa Talaia (San José)
Playa d´en Bossa
With its 3km the longest beach of the island. The municipal boundary between Ibiza town and San José passes between the Hotel Algarb and the Club Garbi. Playa d'en Bossa with its fine white sand sloping gently to the sea, was for a long time regarded as the most beautiful beach of Ibiza. Now the locals leave the bathing fun in the shallow water in front of the unbroken chain of hotels to the holiday makers, who like it noisy. The many aircrafts can be disturbing, as they fly over Playa d'en Bossa to the nearby airport. On some sections of the beach, e.g. the Bora Bora beach, the blaring music drowns out the noise of the planes.
With the usual restaurants, bars, and shops are some discos, among them Space, which as a day disco causes a sensation with those who crave to dance for 24 hours. Directly along side is Aguamar, another water park a bit smaller than Aqualandia in Talamanca.
At the end of the beach on the border of the natural reserve Ses Salines arises the watchtower Torre de la Sal Rossa, one of the oldest on the island. In the Middle Ages guards looked out for pirates to warn the workers in the salt works with smoke signals of impending danger.
Circa 1km of sandy beach in the natural reserve with a wide landscape of dunes. Behind are the saltpans of Ses Salines. Es Cavallet is one of the two nude beaches of the island (the other is Aguas Blancas in the municipality of Santa Eulalia). At the entrance lie the restaurant S'Escoller and the beach hut El Chiringuito, further on the Chiringay, which is frequented by homosexuals. In certain parts the beach banks steeply. Always a light breeze is stirring. There is an interesting walk to the end of the peninsula, where the old watchtower Torre de ses Portes watches over the most Southern corner of the island.
Playa de Las Salinas
The other wide sandy beach in the nature reserve of Ses Salines is 1km long and slopes gently child friendly into the water. On Sundays Ibicenco families enjoy a picnic under the pines in the dunes. Different beach bars ranging from the noble Jockey Club to the hip Sa Trincha supply at times with their own DJs the background music. On some summer evenings ambient parties are organized. It is quieter further down the coast in the small rocky bays, which stretch to the old watchtower of Torre de ses Portes.
Playa de Es Codolar
A 3km long sand less beach with round washed pebbles. Because of this, even during the high season, few tourists use the beach. It too lies in the air corridor of the airport, which is directly behind the beach. There are some nice bars. Recommendable is the restaurant at the most Southern end of the beach at the Cap des Falcó beside Ses Salines.
A quiet little fishermen's bay surrounded by boatsheds North of Es Codolar. The sea bed is stony. On the rock plateau above it, the first Phoenician settlement of Ibiza was discovered; it too is on the world inheritance list of the UNESCO.
Playa de Es Bol Nou
On the other side of the rock plateau of Sa Caleta lies this little narrow bay with fine sand und shallow water, picturesquely surrounded by steep red rock walls.
Because the sea sweeps away the sand every year, the town hall of San José gave up trying to replenish the sand each season. Now the some hundred metres long beach is a rock and pebble beach. Numerous beach bars and restaurants create a Caribbean atmosphere. Live-music is usual.
Playa de Es Xarcu
Pretty little pebble beach between Cala Jondal and Porroig, away from all the seasonal action.
Playa Es Torrent
Pretty little pebble beach between Cala Jondal and Porroig, away from all the seasonal action.
Playa de es Cubells
In the wide bay between Punta de Porroig and the Cap Lientrisca are several smaller beaches, difficult to reach, as they are below a bluff. The Playa des Cubells below the place of the same name, is one of those mini beaches. The steep path down is a challenge for the procession for the Saint of the seafarers the Virgen de Carmen, which is celebrated on the 16th of July each year. The statue of the Godmother is carried down from the church to the little bay and then accompanied out to sea, where flowers and laurel are spread as sacrifice on the sea.
A roughly 200m long sandy beach opposite the dramatic scenery of the 382m high rock island Es Vedrà. The beach is family friendly. At its end are some boat sheds. Several restaurants offer their services. A dinner with a sunset out of which the black silhouette of Es Verdrà arises, can become a highlight of the holiday.
Little sandy beach in a narrow calm bay with two excellent fish restaurants.
This bay cutting deeply into the coast has a beautiful sandy beach, but is regrettably completely built up with hotels and holiday accommodation. Those, who like such developed surroundings, are in the right place: there are a beach promenade, pubs, restaurants, diving schools, everything that a holiday maker could wish for.
A little bay with short sandy beach, used mainly by boat owners. The rocks offer good snorkelling; There is a diving school.
A short stretch behind Cala Molí opposite of the island group Ses Bledes, lies Cala Tarida. This family friendly 3oom long sandy beach is fully developed. All the slopes around the bay are densely built.
The small sandy bay Cala Codolar with shallow water is calmer than its busy neighbours. One has only to take care of the many surfers. There is only one beach hut on this beach; on the slopes above lies the tourist development Delfin Playa.
Playa de Comte
Several short sandy beaches with a good view of the island s'Espartar, Illa des Bosc, and Sa Conijera. The sea cut little bays into the sandstone cliffs and generously deposited sand on the beach and in the sea. Crystal clear water and a steady wave causing breeze are good fun. A pleasant low-density area.
On the Southern side of the bay of San Antonio lies the Cala Bassa, a short, deep, sandy beach with pines. During summer it is much used by English youths, who come from San Antonio on excursion boats. In the near lies a camping place.
Port d'Es Torrent
Around the attractive sand bay with a row of old fishing huts, a large tourist centre sprung up reaching far into the hinterland.
Cala de Bou
Cala Bou with five little sand beaches covers the largest part of the Southern side of the bay of San Antonio. Break less the big hotels stand side by side. Behind them are two main roads and several side roads with shops, car rentals, pubs, and restaurants. On the small Playa des Pouet is the border between the municipality of San José and San Antonio.
Sant Antoni de Portmany
Caló des Moro
Next to the broad sandy beach Es Arenal in the harbour basin, which should be used only for sun bathing, is the tiny Caló des Moro, the second sandy beach of San Antonio. Worth mentioning is the near by Aquarium Cap Blanc; in a natural grotto separated from the sea by bars, fish can be marvelled.
Cala Gració y Cala Grassioneta
Further to the North in easy walking distance along the coast of San Antonio, lies the small Cala Gració and beside it the still smaller Cala Gracioneta. Shorter but less attractive is the route along the main road. There are two attractive well cared for sandy beaches, which during high season are totally overcrowded due to the proximity of tourist developments and hotels.
Punta de sa Galera
For a long time the rocky point in the form of a galley sticking far out into the sea was considered a secret tip for those who looked for a quiet bathing place during high season. But the tip was too often given away and is no longer a secret, large crowds of in- and outsiders lie on the flat rocks. Only the landscape has stayed original; there are neither hotels nor beach huts, and also no sand. From San Antonio drive in the direction of Can Germà, turn into Cala Salada and after 300m turn left.
An attractive deep bay with two little sandy beaches separated by a rock plateau. The water is shallow near the beach, but there are sea grass and pebbles hidden below the water. A restaurant, a beach hut, and a row of old fisher huts line the main beach. If one is lucky there are not too many Sunday captains moored, the water is crystal clear and the snorkelling along the rocks good.
Less suited for swimming than walking is an excursion to Ses Fontanelles. Those who start by foot from the Sala Salada in the North, have a long and beautiful walk in front of them. One can also take the car for the first stretch. Down in the Cala where the covered road turns left in a sharp curve to the beach, a small path comes from the right, and snakes around the Puig des Cocons. We follow the path to a junction. On the left it follows the coast line back to the Cala Salada, to the right the path leads up the 356m high Cap Nunó. We keep to the right and soon reach a red signpost indicating the direction to the Cova des Vi. From here one can only continue on foot. Descending to the sea one reaches half way the Cova des Vi. Bars protect, where archaeologists detected prehistoric paintings on the walls, which are difficult for lay people to decipher. The dreamlike view alone makes the walk worthwhile. The path continues further down to a larger cave at sea level, where multi coloured rocks are impressive. Because of the many cliffs it is difficult to get into the water.
A large bay with the high cliffs, which is open to the North, is still untouched nature. No human construction disturbs the countryside. A 1km long steep path down to the sea is not signposted and thus difficult to find. On the short beach the sea deposited sand, but far more pebbles. The way back is tiresome. Something for adventurers. On Cap Rubiò to the East of the Cala d'Albarqua lies the municipal border of San Juan.
Santa Eulària del Riu (Santa Eulalia)
Pou des Lleó / Canal den Martí
The little fishermen's bay that derives its name from a sweet spring (Pou means spring) hidden secretly between the cliffs, is for romantics. The sandy beach is small; there is lots of sea grass. A beach hut and two good fish restaurants -one on the rocks, the other on the road inland, do not destroy the peace and quiet. A nice walk leads around the Southern side of the bay to the old 17th century watchtower Torre d'en Vals opposite of the island Tagomago.
A speciality of the Cala de Boix is the black sand, unique for Ibiza. The bay is cut deeply into forested rocks and is screened from Northern winds by Cap Roig. The path is steep and like most beaches, where there is no vehicle access, well protected from construction. Down on the beach is a beach hut and above near the car park are two more restaurants.
Playa Es Figueral
A typical family beach with lots of sand and shallow water, where a club hotel settled. During high season the broad beach is completely covered with deck chairs. The few shops nearby do not create the atmosphere of a tourist urbanisation.
On the relatively small Playa des Canar and its wide sandy beach the first holiday urbanisation of the island was built. Now Es des Canar has become the biggest tourist centre of Ibiza. Many hotels, shops, bars, and restaurant make here good business. In the Club Punta Arabi at the end of the main street, each Wednesday Ibiza's oldest and largest hippie market happens: a sea of stalls, where the search for souvenirs becomes a shopping spree. Those with patience, who are not deterred by the dust and crowds, might discover among the consumer goods an original piece of art and craft.
The most Northern beach of the municipality of Santa Eulalia distinguishes itself with crystal clear, flat water and fine white sand. High rough rock walls close it in leaving no space for hotel constructions. The road down is steep. Aguas Blancas is the second nude beach of Ibiza (the other is Es Cavallet in the municipality of San José), but the nude bathers prefer the second smaller beach, which is separated from the first by a rocky point reaching the waterline. The beautiful view on Tagomago and the pleasant little beach hut are further attractions.
To the South of Santa Eulalia the little bay Cala Longa cuts deeply inland between Punta Roja and Cala Librell ; as the name says (Cala Longa = long bay).The short but wide sandy beach is crowded with the guests from the hotels built into the cliffs.
Water sport is offered along with restaurants, pubs, and mini discos - the Cala Longa is a place for young holiday makers who want to be animated.
Es Caló de s´Alga
On the North end of Cala Nova, where the steep coastline covered in holiday houses rises, the pine forest reaches nearly to the beach. Under the trees is a camping place. Sandy beaches alternate with flat rocks in the wide bay. In one place a telephone booth stands surrealistically alone in the sand. A promenade along the shore leads from an urbanisation in the South to the Playa des Canar.
Cala Mastella became famous for the well moustached fisher "El Bigote" who serves freshly caught fish in his rustic restaurant built on planks in the original manner into the sea. But his fame has also its dark side: without booking in advance one gets nothing to eat, at least during high season. Because there is no telephone one has to drive past personally. One can bath in this with fishermen's hut flanked part of the bay; more attractive is the short white sand beach over the rocks to the South.
Sol d'en Serrà
Much quieter than Cala Longa but harder to reach over a long dirt road, is the short beach Sol d'en Serrà to the South of Cap des Librell. There is no tourist urbanisation, but a nice restaurant.
The wide sandy beach with its attractive promenade surrounds the whole bay. At the South West end behind the river mouth lies the tourist urbanisation La Siesta, at the North East side the promenade ends in the Marina of Santa Eulalia.
The last of six beaches in easy reach of San Carlos. The lovely small sandy beach looses some of her attraction with the presence of a construction ruin. The guests in the surrounding holiday urbanisation bring life to the two beach huts. From here to Santa Eulalia the whole East coast is seamlessly urbanized.
Cala d'Olivera / Roca Llisa
Behind the only golf club of the island and the noble villa development Roca Llisa lies the tiny Cala d'Olivera. The entrance is difficult to find: one drives past the golf club and turns at the beginning of the villa development to the left, until the road narrows into a path. It leads down to the sea.
Cala Martina / S´Argamassa / Cala Pada / Niu Blau
Between the holiday resort Es Canar and Santa Eulalia are several smaller beaches, partly sandy. On each beach is a restaurant and/or a beach hut. Because of the many hotels in the surroundings, they are all completely full during the high season.
The Cala Martina, also called Playa s'Argamassa, lies South of the peninsula Punta Arabí and serves visitors and the hippie market salesmen as a bathing beach along with the many guests from the surrounding hotels.
Cala Pada is a pleasant, family friendly sandy beach with many water sport offers. The Club of the same name lies discreetly in the back.
Niu Blau is a good restaurant.
S'Estanyol has a short sandy beach. You are in for an adventure when you try to find the Playa d'Estanyol. But the enchanted little bay with a sand beach is worth the effort. We start in Jesús and drive a short stretch in the direction of Talamanca and in front of the old tower we turn left. After circa 2km a path on the right goes straight on while the covered road coils to the left around the hill. We follow this path for another 2km to the sea. Those who passed the tower and end up unforeseen on Cap Martinet must not loose courage: the road in the Northern direction changes into a path, which we can follow to the end, then turn to the right down to the beach. The hand painted signposts "PK2" are helpful. This is the name of a queer beach hut, which opens only in the late afternoon. "PK2" is the witty abbreviation of Pecados = sins.
Below Cap Martinet lies the flat widely swung bay of Talamanca with a broad sand beach and a tourist urbanisation. The municipal border of Ibiza town passes in front of a hotel.
Sant Joan de Labritja
On the East side of Cap des Rubió lies the small fishermen's harbour Es Portitxol. Because it is difficult to reach and has little sand and plenty of pebbles and rocks, one is even during high season undisturbed. One drives from San Miguel in the direction of Isla Blanca. Isla Blanca is the name of a large urbanisation, which was once stopped by the administration. From here an uncovered road goes down ending in front of a small path leading around the bay to Es Portitsol, a little natural harbour with several boat sheds. The path can be only managed by foot. One has to take ones own picnic; there is no beach bar.
Es Pas de S'Illa des Bosc
Private Insel mit kleinen Sandstrand.
Port de Sant Miquel und Cala des Moltons
In the harbour of San Miguel ships no longer anchor, only kayaks and rubber dinghies; it is long since a tourist centre. The beach is short and reaches far inland, several large and small hotels, restaurants, and shops spread a holiday atmosphere.
Less crowded and with a more attractive landscape, as it is less overbuilt, is the tiny Cala des Moltons. With only one beach hut where once per week the owner grills fresh sardines. One can easily walk there on the small coastal path from Puerto de San Miguel.
The bay with its wide sandy beach cuts deeply into the coast and is not spoilt by hotel construction. In the middle of the bay a prominent rock arises out of the water. Old fishermen's huts on the sides provide a romantic setting. There was first a small beach hut and now there are two new restaurants. Benirràs became famous as the hippie beach, where still today at sunset on full moon nights drums are beaten for peace. In 1987 the rock star Nina Hagen celebrated her marriage here. The idyllic situation is threatened by a planed urbanisation, and by the many Sunday captains.
Cala de Xarraca, Playa s'Illot und Cala Xuclar
The broad Cala de Xarraca high in the North before Portinatx is one of the most beautiful bays on the island. The coast is rocky, but not steep. One can take a walk along the cliffs. On one side stands a private home directly on the waterline, far away to the East towers an apartment building, but in between undisturbed one can enjoy the wild romantic nature.
In the middle of the bay a signed path leads down to the little Playa s'Illot.
At the waterline is a small pebble beach offering a delightful view of a little island and a newer restaurant with a pebble path and lantern light.
A short bit further on is another signed sand path, which leads steeply down to Cala des Xuclar, the only sandy beach of the bay. Here a lot of reed grows and a beach hut exists.
Portinatx mit s'Arenal Petit, s'Arenal Gran und Playa des Port
Portinatx lies on the most Northern point of Ibiza. In this ample bay are two fine washed white sand beaches; a smaller and a larger beach (s'Arenal Petit and s'Arenal Gran). A large Holiday centre has developed here with many hotels, several streets, bars, restaurants, shops, mini golf etc. During summer the beaches are accordingly overcrowded. At the far end of the covered road lies another small beach, the Playa des Port, which is a bit quieter. There is also a diving school. If one continues by foot over the flat rocks to the peninsula Sa Gladiola one is suddenly completely alone.
Two towers invite a longer walks: on West side of the bay stands the old watchtower Torre de Portinatx, now completely surrounded by a holiday urbanisation. From here the view on the Cala de Xarraca is beautiful. A walk to the green-white painted lighthouse on the Punta des Moscater in the East is further away.
Es Port Cala d'En Serra
A dreamlike little bay with a short sandy beach East of Portinatx, long since spoilt by the unfinished ruin of a hotel complex. The first reason given for not pulling it down was, that the owner could not be found. Now the Island Council is considering whether the building, which is supposed to be designed by the well-known Catalan architect Joan Luis Sort, could be saved. A small beach bar ensures the well being of the bathers.
Port des Ses Caletes
A small fishermen's harbour in a rocky coast. Except for a few old boat huts there is no sign of civilisation, even not a beach hut. The beautiful drive from the village of Sant Vicent de sa Cala into the loneliness leads past terraced fields and old peasant houses.
Cala de San Vicente
The broad sandy beach inclines softly into the water and is especially family friendly.
On the left the Punta Grossa 175m high sticks out, straight out lies the island Tagomago, a nature reserve, and to the right in the far distance is the beach of Aguas Blancas below the cliffs, which already belongs to the municipality Santa Eulalia. At the back of the bay is a row of hotels and apartment buildings which spoil the pretty landscape.