Seven days, seven completely different Ibiza beach experiences – because endless sunbathing by the hotel pool really can become a bit of a chore, right?
MONDAY – Swim at sunset
When the temps are hitting the 30s every day, a sunset swim is definitely not out if the question – in fact, it’s an essential Ibiza experience. West side is where you’ll find the best sunset spots, none more beautiful than Cala Conte, a unique corner shaped beach where you can swim out as the sun is sinking into the water on the horizon, right at your eye level. Breathtaking.
TUESDAY – Strap on your snorkel
Get amongst the amazing Mediterranean marine life at S’Estanyol – just below the surface, quite literally, you’ll discover a vast array of colourful fish, octopus and plenty more fascinating underwater critters. Fancy diving? Go deeper to discover stingrays, luminescent fish and more. Safety tip: keep your eyes peeled for translucent jellyfish (Spanish beachgoers will warn you of ‘medusas’) – they’re pretty but oh-boy-do-they-sting!
WEDNESDAY – Get your rocks off
Forget getting sand in places you never want to have sand – Ibiza offers beaches made completely of pebbles meaning you’ll never have to scratch that itch again! Book yourself a sunbed at Yemanja or Blue Marlin at Cala Jondal, where a convenient little bridge takes you over the pesky pebbles and gets you straight into the sea, no mess, no fuss!
THURSDAY – Get down and dirty
Turn off the phone, and head up north to Cala Xarraca, a tiny private cove where you can indulge in a purifying mud bath. Slather yourself in the natural clay and then dive into the sparkling turquoise water to wash it off for exactly the kind of holiday glow you’ve been searching for!
FRIDAY – Embrace your inner child
Just because you’re all grown up doesn’t mean you can’t get in on the kid’s stuff! Head to the family friendly surrounds of Cala Llonga, where you’ll find all kinds of fun activities to get you up off that sunbed, like pedaloes complete with slippery slides, boat rides, beach volleyball and all the watersports you can think of. Or nip to the nearby supermarket and grab yourself a lilo and paddleball kit to join in the festivities at the water’s edge. Those looking for a great place to take kids to eat should take a detour to Sol D’en Serra – just to the right and a two-minute drive from Cala Conte – and visit Amante, who have an amazingly delicious kid’s menu, plus special kid’s cocktails, to indulge the mini-mes out there.
SATURDAY – Do a seaside bar crawl
With a string of super-cool beach bars to frequent, plus a host of beautiful people strutting their stuff, it’s easy to see why Playa D’en Bossa has recently been touted as Ibiza’s very own South Beach. Grab an early, healthy breakfast at Passion, before working your way down the beach, stopping by Sands (for to-die-for fish and chips and sushi!), Nassau Beach Club (check out the beautiful boutique), Ushuaia (famous for its day-to-night party vibe, with special weekly parties hosted by top DJs like Sasha).
SUNDAY – Get hippy with it
Making the pilgrimage up north to Benirras* – a pristine, tranquil cove with perfect temperature water – is a long-standing Sunday ritual in Ibiza. Be sure to stick around for sunset, when the last of Ibiza’s remaining hippy tribes come down from the hills to join in an amazing drumming ensemble performance that provides the perfect soundtrack for the end your day on the beach.
*On Sunday, August 23 2010, the beautiful area of Benirras was affected by devastating fires, which continued to burn for almost three days, across up to 300 hectares of land and causing the evacuation of approximately 1500 people from the area. The fire has been called an ecological disaster by the Prime Minister of the Balearic Islands, Francesc Antich and at the time of writing, emergency workers are continuing their efforts on the scene to prevent any further re-ignition of the flames and restore peace to the once tranquil bay and mountain area. White-Escapes would like to extend our deepest sympathies to those affected by the fires – our hearts and thoughts are with the people, the beach, the forest, the animals and the brave firefighters at this time. May the drummers return one day soon…