Cala Xarraca Ibiza Beach and its stunning sapphire waters.

Discover the Best Beaches in Ibiza

15 Nov 2018 By Danielle Gunner
Cala Xarraca Ibiza Beach and its stunning sapphire waters.

This Balearic Island beauty has a combination of award-winning Blue Flag beaches, party sand spots and stretches for pure relaxation. With a coastline that will mesmerise, Ibiza’s idyllic shores come in all shapes and sizes – some are flawless and white, others sun-drenched and golden, while the more secluded beaches are pebbled.

Dance under the moonlit sky with the sand between your toes as DJs fill the air with the sweet sound of music. Explore whitewashed towns with bustling promenades and quaint beachfront bars. And if that wasn’t enough, take on the alluring Mediterranean waters on a jet ski, paddleboard and beyond.

Also known as the ‘White Isle’ for it’s Caribbean-like shores, let’s check out the best beaches in Ibiza.

Las Salinas Beach

The white shores of Las Salinas Beach and turquoise-tinted waters of Ibiza.

Location: Next to the vibrant resort of Playa d’en Bossa, Las Salinas is a little slice of paradise off the beaten track. At the most southern tip of the island, warm weather is a given, making it the ultimate sunbathing spot.

Why visit? If the powder white sands and clear shimmering waters don’t make it obvious, this Spanish gem is one of the most popular and picturesque beaches on the island. Known to attract celebrities, keep your eyes peeled for Calvin Harris and Shakira – just a few of the famous names spotted here.

The nearby beach clubs welcome party-goers from across the globe, so if sipping daiquiris whilst listening to the latest athems is your thing – you’ve come to the right place.

Luxury is second nature at this fancy stretch, with food delivered right to your sunlounger you won’t have to lift a finger. And if that wasn’t enough, dive into the underwater tropics or hire a catamaran for a Mediterranean adventure.

How to get there: Travelling by car? Follow the signs for the airport, once you’re at the roundabout near the Hippodrome market, take the turning for Salinas and follow further signs. Bus routes are also available from Ibiza Town.

Need to know: Sunloungers are rented and usually cost around €10, this price includes an umbrella. Alternatively, lay your towel down on the beaches’ fine white sands and don’t pay a thing!

Cala Llonga Beach

The secluded cover of Cala Llonga one of Ibizas finest beaches

Location: Based in the mini resort of Cala Llonga and just 10 minutes away from Santa Eulalia or Ibiza Town – you’re in the heart of all the action. Bordering seafront cafes, boutique-style shops and cosy bars, you’ll be lured in by ice cream parlors and tasty lunch spots, while the kids are tempted by colourful buckets and spades.

Why Visit? This special stretch is one for the kids. Not only does this beach have some of the shallowest waters, there’s a playground, volleyball court, pedalo boats and a whole range of first-class facilities.

The essentials include – toilets, showers, parasols, sunloungers, lifeguards and it’s easily accessible for those with a disability or the tinest of tots. Diving enthusiasts, or those who wish to learn, can also find a nearby school on the sand. It’s safe to say you’re in expert hands in Cala Llonga.

To top it all off, the surroundings are breathtaking. Lush landscapes full of pine trees tower over this magnificent bay, making it a sun trap for those seeking an all-round tan.

How to get there: Whether you’re travelling by car or bus, the windy road from Santa Eulalia to Cala Llonga offers some spectacular scenic views. Take interesting cycling routes or stay in a nearby hotel, either way you’re never far away from this toe-sinking beauty.

Hotels near Cala Llonga:

The nearby picturesque resorts and super-stylish hotels will place you just moments from the beach. Some luxurious, others budget-friendly and many All Inclusive – whatever you choose, you’re guaranteed sea views. Check out some of our favourites –

  • Palladium Hotel Don Carlos: Designed exclusively for adults, this ultra-modern 4 star establishment is bursting with bars, a la carte restaurants and Balinese beds – perfect for soaking up the views of the Mediterranean.
  • Ibiza Tropic Garden: The ideal hotel for families, head straight for one of the three swimming pools, take the kids to the playground or connect to the free Wi-Fi.
  • Grupotel Santa Eulalia: Show-cooking, a spa area and fitness facilities – do we need to say more? This stylish complex has it all.

Cala Jondal Beach

Mixing pebbled shores with soft grains of sand, Cala Jondal beach is breathtaking in Ibiza

Location: A quick 15 minutes from Ibiza Town and on the southeast coast of the island, this 225-metre stretch won’t disappoint.

Why visit? Escape the hustle and bustle of the popular tourist coastlines and opt for the upmarket shore of Cala Jondal. This flawless beach flaunts a unique pine forest backdrop, powder white sands, alongside white pebble speckles. An iconic spot for the rich and famous, expect plenty of beach clubs along this stunning seafront. One of which, is the best on the island – we’re talking about the iconic Blue Marlin Ibiza.

The service here is impeccable, you’ll be waited on hand and foot. And if you’re heading on a boat trip, take full advantage of the Zodiac service – where restaurant staff will bring drinks directly to your catamaran or yacht.

Sunbathing is a must with Balinese-style beds dotted around the shoreline, but the real party starts when the sun sets. Guest appearances from well-known DJs such as Radio 1’s Pete Tong, the king of electric dance, come here to mix beats and fill the sand covered dancefloor – a real treat for music lovers and beach bums alike.

How to get there: We suggest hiring a car to get to this secluded spot, and follow the signs from Ibiza Town, or you can reach Cala Jondal straight from the airport – that’s one way to get your holiday started. Alternatively, private yachts will be provide exclusive access if you fancy travelling in style.

Cala Salada Beach

Caribbean-like waters dotted with fishing boats in Cala Salada Ibiza

Location: Renowned for its azure waters, find the unspoiled beach of Cala Salada next to the lively resort of San Antonio. Over 200 metres in length, this delicate stretch is one of the island’s most enticing shores.

Why visit? Not only is it famous for its overwhelming beauty, but it’s also adored for the caves of Ses Fontanelles – you’re bound to be impressed by this hotspot’s historical roots. Considered a must-visit when you’re at Cala Salada, these iconic caves are home to Bronze Age paintings.

This sandy cove is protected by red towering cliffs and lush greenery – you won’t be able to resist pulling your camera out. Thrill-seekers will be in awe of the surrounding hillsides which are frequently used as a diving point, and the shallow depths make snorkelling an absolute treat.

Take a stroll to the stone tower that dominates Cala Salada, it will also point you in the direction of the nearby Cala Saladita, a secret spot of sand for those seeking tranquility.

How to get there: Easily accessible by car, from San Antonio head for Santa Agnes then take a left at Cala Salada, where you’ll find a small car park waiting. During the summer months a bus route is also available and a water taxi is another way to venture to this delightful beach.

Top tip: Escape the busy beachfront and head down the stone steps at the caves of Ses Fontanelles, where a secluded spot of sea awaits.

Hotels near Cala Salada:

Located next to the island’s party capital, San Antonio you’ll find an abundance of accommodation types to suit your personality and budget. Our top picks will place you in easy reach of Cala Salada’s mesmerising seafront.

  • Bellamar Hotel: Ideal for families and couples alike, this chic hotel features Turkish baths, al fresco dining, sports facilities and a large swimming pool perfect for making a splash.
  • Fiesta Hotel Cala Gracio: Relaxation comes as standard here, with areas specifically designed for adults. This All Inclusive establishment will welcome you with all-you-can-eat buffets and cocktails by the dozen.
  • Intertur Hotel Hawaii Ibiza: Food, drinks and entertainment are completely covered in this 4 star retreat. There’s a chill out bar exclusively for adults and a mini club for the kids – it’s a win-win.

Sa Caleta Beach

Sapphire waters and pebbly coast of Sa Caleta beach in Ibiza

Location: 10 minutes from Playa d’en Bossa and a quick jaunt from the airport, lies the enchanting stretches of Sa Caleta.

Why visit? You only have to take one look at Sa Caleta to see what all the fuss is about. With gleaming red cliffs and contrasting sapphire waters, you’ll be captivated from the get-go. This horseshoe-shaped cove has knee-deep waters making it ideal for mini travellers, and a great spot for snorkelling.

Considered a hidden paradise in Ibiza, the beach of Sa Caleta is protected from the wind – making lazy days on the sand easy to come by. That’s not all, find ancient Phoenician ruins nestled nearby, which are also UNESCO World Heritage sites for a slice of culture.

Say goodbye to those aches and pains, this sun-drenched beach has a massage service ready and waiting – the perfect way to finish a day exploring the surrounding hills.

How to get there: Coming from Ibiza Town? Take the number 26 bus, which runs four times a day. Alternatively, make your way to La Caleta via a taxi and take a 10-minute stroll.

Top tip: The red clay from the circling cliffs mixed with water is meant to be a the ultimate face mask combination for silky smooth skin.

Playa d’en Bossa Beach

Luxury Balinese beds on the stretches of the bustling resort of Playa den Bossa Ibiza

Location: Directly in the resort of Playa d’en Bossa, say hello to Ibiza’s longest beach. Lined with bars, restaurants and shops – you’re in easy reach of hotspots such as Nassau Beach House and Bora Bora Bar.

Why visit? With everything you could possibly imagine to make your beach day unforgettable, why wouldn’t you visit Playa d’en Bossa?

We’re talking about jet skis, diving, banana boats and other adrenaline-pumping activities at your disposal. Three kilometres in length, this idyllic stretch is split into two, with a family-friendly section full of pedal boats and sandcastle building alongside a spot dedicated to music lovers dancing to Balearic Island beats.

You’re in walking distance from the Old Town of Ibiza, where the medieval watchtower provides views of the dramatic coastline, another one for the bucket list.

How to get there: It’s simple! Stay in one of the beachfront hotels and you’ll be a flip flops throw away from the shimmering emerald waters of Playa d’en Bossa. Holidaymakers situated in Ibiza Town can rest knowing they’re only 5 minutes away from this island charmer.

Hotels near Playa d’en Bossa:

Just 15 minutes from the airport, holidays to Playa d’en Bossa start from the moment you arrive. Welcoming you with sun-drenched shores, you’re at one of Ibiza’s most sought-after resorts. Here’s some of our beachfront favourites –

  • Grand Palladium White Island: Prepare for 5 star luxury at this stylish retreat, boasting hydro-massage baths, hot tubs, spa facilities and more – you’re in for a treat.
  • Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza: Private cabanas, infinity pools, swim-up bars and iconic music memorabilia, just a few of the perks at the Hard Rock.
  • Club Bahamas Ibiza: The name says it all, you’re just footsteps from Bora Bora and Nassau Beach House at this ultra-modern hotel.

Now you’ve got the lowdown on Ibiza’s finest stretches, the choice is yours! Whether you opt for an all-singing, all-dancing beach or a hidden away sand spot, you’re bound to be impressed by these showstoppers.

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