Ibiza’s south east coast boasts an array of cosmopolitan hotspots ranging from rustic chic restaurants to high-end beach clubs peppering the picture perfect shoreline. And speaking of beaches, the south east selection is also the island’s most stylish, social and talked about – the people watching here is as beautiful as the scenery itself.
Who you’ll meet
Rub shoulders with the who’s who of Ibiza, international fashionistas and the glamorous jetset in the beach clubs and restaurants or mingle with local families and young, fun holidaymakers on the sand. The south east, particularly Es Cavallet, is renowned as being gay-friendly – don’t be surprised to see sunbathers shedding their clothes here (and occasionally at the north end of Salinas) as it’s recognised as one of Ibiza’s official nudist beach.
A UNESCO World Heritage site graces the area, the Phoenician ruins just beside the beach of Sa Caleta displaying the first evidence of colonization on the island. Ibiza’s spectacular salt flats (also heritage listed) glisten beautifully in the sunlight at Ses Salines and truly are a sight to behold – well worth the bottleneck bumpy dirt track drive to witness the huge two-storey pile of salt! Keep your eyes peeled for flamingos just out-of-season in October as they nest in the flats, plus there’s plenty more rare bird watching in the trail-marked area.
If conquering a paella is on your to-do list, this is the place to do it! Fresh seafood dominates the menus at many of the restaurants in the south east and the high-end clientele at the tables demand only the best so satisfaction is basically guaranteed! Cala Jondal’s Blue Marlin is famous for its star studded guest list if you like a spot of celebrity watching while the surrounding waters are chock-full of glam super yachts moored for the day. As the suns starts to go down, Cap D’es Falco is the place to be, as you can watch the sun set behind Es Vedra in the distance while lights from the airport runway sparkle opposite.
When to visit
The restaurant and beach bar scene is active from late March through until October, reaching its peak in August, when reservations are essential at almost all venues. For those who prefer to stroll deserted beaches, the south east offers many walking routes ideal for the sunny winter months.
Photography by Sofia Gómez Fonzo Photography