Check our favourites… a locals guide to the amazing beaches on our island.
North West, Ibiza, Spain
One of Ibiza’s most talked about beaches, as much for the atmosphere as for the scenery, Benirras is a medium sized beach with rocky, grainy sand and almost unbelievably clear water.
As you drive down the winding road leading into the valley where the bay opens up, you’ll see the regeneration of thousands of fragrant pine trees – which were destroyed by a devastating forest fire in 2010 – a symbol of hope for Benirras to retain its beauty in the future. Very popular with families, bohemian hippy types and plenty of Ibiza’s tight knit northern community. You’ll also find plenty of animals running around – everyone’s welcome! Limited parking is available, but if you arrive after lunchtime, expect to park along the winding road leading into the valley and have to walk the rest of the way – unless you get lucky!
The iconic Benirras Sunday sunset ritual – looking out at the striking rock of Cap Bernat, as the sun burns orange behind it, saying its goodnight as you listen to the sound of the hippy bongo drummers bid it farewell – there’s nothing like it.
Be sure to head to Roc Y Mar for your food… tell them Santi from Can Gall and Can Fita sent you!
South West, Ibiza, Spain
Surrounded by gorgeous scenery, including sand dunes and rocky cliffs behind the beach, Cala Conte boasts stunning views of the amazing sunset each night. The golden sand is perfect for little ones, with gentle, shallow and crystal clear water, while another rockier ledge leads to a sheltered, private cove where the sea is a little deeper, yet amazingly clean and clear. Cala Conte is also one of Ibiza‘s most renowned sunset spots, boasting breathtaking views as the sun slowly melts into the sea. Whether you choose to take a front row seat in one of the three restaurants or keep your feet firmly planted in the sand, one thing is for sure – this surely is the perfect way to end a perfect day.
North East, Ibiza, Spain
One of the only beaches in Ibiza that can actually lay claim to providing conditions good enough to surf, the dramatic backdrop of Cala Nova is unspoilt and rustic with a long arc of dark golden sand surrounded by rocky red cliffs and pine-clad hills. While the water is quite shallow, it does have a tendency to have quite strong rips so take care when swimming. Banked by two great beach club restaurants, you won’t struggle to find good food and drink after a hard days surfing/bodyboarding/chasing the kids around around in the waves….
North East, Ibiza, Spain
A wide, almost horseshoe shaped bay, Cala Llonga retains a slightly retro feel thanks to the quaint plastic fringed umbrellas dotting the sand and the many resort-style restaurants surrounding the beach. Surrounded by an amazing pine forest, the 360-degree view from the sand is postcard perfect and the tranquil waters are shallow, crystal clear and safe – a very popular choice for families with young children. The water is very shallow so it’s perfect if your little ones are small and not quite swimming yet. The resort is banked by two large hotels and supported by an array of cheap cafes and supermarkets for picnics on the beach. Free parking is everywhere just a few minutes walk from the beach.
South East, Ibiza, Spain
Quite possibly one of the most iconic of all Ibiza beaches, Las Salinas is a long expanse of soft golden sand surrounded by a nature reserve including sand dunes, pine forests and spectacular salt flats. The sea is particularly salty here, which makes it incredibly easy to stay afloat when swimming. Dotted with famous chiringuitos, DJs spin Balearic beats until the sun goes down and dancers parade along the shore promoting the island’s famous nightlife. Parking can be tough in high season, so get down early. Remeber to take some cash as you’ll need to pay for parking.