There are over 80 beaches dotted along Ibiza’s coastline, which means there’s no end of choice when it comes to picking a sun spot for the day. From the tiny, shingle coves to long stretches of fine golden sand and the breath-taking, Caribbean-esque coves in between – there’s a beach every mood. Whether you’re a newcomer to Ibiza, a regular visitor looking for a new hangout or a local in search of inspiration for this weekend, these insider tips are just the beginning – our recommendation is that you pick one and use it as a starting point for your own beach-inspired Ibiza adventure. Sometimes there’s pure magic to be found at the end of that bumpy dirt track, over that crest or just around the shoreline.
For unbridled foodie satisfaction – let’s face it, there’s not much better than a long beach lunch in Ibiza – head to Es Cavallet on Ibiza’s rugged south coast, home to golden sand, gentle waves and two of Ibiza’s finest seaside restaurants. There’s El Chiringuito, famed for its chic and laid-back beachside vibe, mouth-watering menu and jet-setting crowd, and La Escollera, a family-run seafood restaurant that’s been at the heart of the local scene for decades. Those closer to the north should make a beeline for Cala Nova, where white sand is met by crystal clear water and the occasional big wave, and the cuisine is prized as much as sunshine. Atzaró Beach is a much-loved pitstop, while the trademark kaleidoscope parasols at Aiyanna Ibiza provide the perfect respite for savouring its health-inspired offerings.
If you’re holidaying with your partner – or you want to hit the beach with that special someone you met on the dancefloor the night before – you need a beach where you can get lost in your own world. While the five-kilometre hike down to El Portixol won’t scream romance for everyone, for those in the know this arc-shaped cove of turquoise waters is ideal for lovers. For a start, the walk there means that often you have the shingly shores all to yourself, but you can also take your own picnic, swim (naked if the mood takes you), and lounge to your hearts’ content. For somewhere slightly more accessible, try Cala Contita – the hidden cove tucked away to the side of its iconic big sister, Cala Conta – where the sun sets the sky alight at dusk, inducing tears and quite often proposals from even the coldest of hearts.
Those seeking a more active beach day will be pleased to know this island is not all about relaxation! And while it may not be fitness in its most blood-pumping form, trust us when we say it’s hard to beat a day that begins with a yoga session overlooking the cove of Sol d’en Serra. Surrounded by red-hued cliffs, pine forest and the sparkling Med, you limber up as the sun starts creeping over the horizon – breakfast at the iconic beachfront restaurant, Amante Ibiza, is included in the price of the class. For something more high-octane, head to Calo des Moro on the west coast, where Cotton Fitness Club resides. A gym and sports facility with classes, high-tech gym equipment and unparalleled views, it delivers the dose of energy required for a productive day, and you don’t have to walk far to hit the sand after your workout.
Got kids in tow? Then you’re in luck – so many of Ibiza’s beautiful beaches boast safe, shallow and clear water that it’s easy to pitch up for the day and let them run free. A charming resort on Ibiza’s east coast that’s had quite the revival of late, Cala Llonga is the perfect spot for fun-packed days with little ones. The sparkling waters are safe and shallow, allowing kids endless hours of splashing around in the gentle waters, and the beach is surrounded by family-friendly restaurants, which means maximum opportunities for snacks and drinks. On the other side of the island, opt for Port des Torrent. Lots of local families hang out here, and it’s also home to Sirenis Aquagames Waterpark, a little known gem with water slides, sprinklers, splash barrels and giant sharks for when they want to do more than just build sandcastles.
If you’re a fan of sunset swimming, get off the beaten track and head towards the north-west of the island, where Punta Galera presents an outcrop of terracotta-hued flat rocks that just out of the cliff face and down into the turquoise waters. Bring a snorkel and marvel at the sights and sounds of a magical, underwater world. A little further up north is Benirras, a beautiful bohemian beach with not much more than sound of quietly lapping waves and jaw-dropping views to look out on – unless you’re there on a Sunday, when the ubiquitous bongo drumming draws a huge crowd. Speaking of crowds – if it’s a party you seek, all roads lead to Cala Jondal on the south coast, home to Blue Marlin, Tropicana and a host of other beach restaurants. For the most adrenalin-fuelled party experience, it has to be Blue Marlin, where the sound of champagne corks popping is par for the course.
Back home at Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay, Talamanca is right on your doorstep, with its crystal clear, shallow water, long promenade ideal for jogging or walking, watersports, restaurants, bars and buzzing social atmosphere. It’s ideal for those days when you want a beach day but you’re not inclined to pack up the car (or call the driver!) and travel. All you have to do is step outside our wooden gates and the bay is your oyster…