Although it’s a relatively small bay, first impressions are monumental. Cala d’en Serra is one of those special Ibiza beaches that once discovered, is never forgotten. Facing east, the oval-shaped beach is surrounded by stunning high cliffs, fine blue water and golden sand. There’s an opening between the cliffs in the middle of the sea, where you can catch a glimpse of what appears to be the end of the world on the horizon.
With three beaches making up the area – S’Arenal Gros, S’Arenal Petit and Playa Porto – it seems just one day at the northern haven of Portinatx is never enough! With plenty of sand complemented by rocky areas and tranquil waters lapping the bay’s shores, there really is something for everyone at Portinatx, very popular with families due to the surrounding resort areas.
A tiny, horseshoe shaped bay surrounded by rustic fishing huts and crystal clear water, Cala Xuclar is a peaceful hideaway offering a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of tourist-filled beaches in the height of summer. Surrounded by hills covered in green trees and rocky coast, the raw nature of the area feels like one of the last undiscovered bastions of Ibiza beach life…
It may be hard to pronounce, but the tiny, pebbly Ibiza beach S’llot des rencli is a breathtaking beach that looks like it’s been lifted straight off of a postcard. Just a few metres long and surrounded by gentle, red cliffs and pine forest, it’s ideal for those seeking rest and relaxation away from bigger beaches, as well as for adventurers and snorkelers who want to check out the local fauna and fish.
One of our favourite beaches on the north of the island, Cala Xarraca is almost a well-kept secret… until now! The picturesque bay boasts crystal clear water and a small beach – you’ll feel as though you’ve stumbled onto your very own private patch of Ibiza. Surrounded by lush, green forest areas and rocky pathways, you’ll also find natural mud baths in the area – the perfect reason to make the pilgrimage up north.
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.
Cala Saladita can be spotted from the neighboring bay of Cala Salada, but getting there is a just a wee bit of a challenge in the peak of summer – be prepared to clamber over the rocky divide! The (potentially sweaty) result is well worth it, when you arrive at the smaller, quieter beach with amazing snorkeling opportunities – after all, a quick dive into the sea and you’re instantly refreshed. There are no tourist amenities or chiringuitos (unless you want to trek or swim back over to Cala Salada), so pack a picnic, bring an umbrella and enjoy the chilled out vibe!
At the foot of a pine forest, Cala Salada is a beautiful, rustic Ibiza beach that seems to have been relatively unscathed by the overdevelopment of its neighboring areas. Here, nature abounds with a small strip of sand, very few sun beds, and clean turquoise water make it a popular choice for those looking to escape the noise, hustle and bustle of San Antonio.
Beneath the rocks, the sparkling azure Mediterranean Sea glistens, beckoning sunbathers to cool off by diving off the rocks, while surrounding rock pools prove popular with snorkelers. A truly unique Ibiza experience and one that shouldn’t be missed.
The pretty little sister to next door neighboring beach Cala Gracio, Cala Gracioneta is a quaint, rustic cove on the island’s west coast that’s small in size yet packed with character. Surrounded by plenty of shady trees, rocky headland and a golden patch of sand extending all the way back to the chiringuito, it’s no surprise that it’s busy from morning through until sunset every day of the summer. The shallow calm sea is great for snorkeling and verysafe for swimming, making it a very family-friendly location.