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10 of Ibiza’s best secret beaches

Be prepared to hike or swim there if you want to enjoy superb isolation amid hidden coves and pristine bays in the Balearic Islands.

Santa Eulalia, Cala Mastella

Northeast of Sant Carles de Peralta, there is a sizable portion of bucolic land with farms and smallholdings, bicyclists, dusty roads, and sleeping dogs. This beach is ideal for the area because it is undeveloped, peaceful, and accessible through a gravel road that winds through cane and pine forests. Clear water and good snorkeling over seagrass patches are indicators of a stony seafloor. In all honesty, the highlight is lunch. Reserve months in advance and have lunch at El Bigotes after a swim in the tiny port immediately beyond the rocks to the far left of the beach. Fish (served noon–12.30pm) or Bullit de peix are the only options, and there are tables right on the harbor’s edge. Outdoor cooking over wood is also available (fish stew, offered from 2 pm). It’s perfect, albeit in a somewhat shoddy manner.

Around 5 kilometres from Sant Carles de Peralta and 10 km from Sant Eulalia, between Punta d’en Ribes and Caló Roig. Restaurante El Bigotes, no website, +34 650 797 633 (call only between 11am and 1pm).

Ibiza Turquoise beach at Punta de Xarraca

Sa Cova de Xarraca, which is only around the rocks to the right, is a little, tranquil neighboring cove that may be explored from this rocky beach, which is relatively busy for the north end of the island (100m). Those who venture too far will bob into S’Illot des Rencl, which is not a bad thing. Swim or hire a kayak. Es Canaret is a stunning deep and turquoise bay that is dominated by a posh mansion with a questionable design and feels secluded but is not. To get there, cross the headland to the left. Although it is feasible to walk, it is simpler to drive to Es Canaret, then walk for about 10 minutes along a trail that is marked with signs. Stay at Cala Xarraca instead; the flat rocks to the far left are typically quieter. The restaurant’s namesake also sells fish, as well as kayaks, lounge chairs, and umbrellas.

C-733 Sant Joan to Portinatx, marked after 17 kilometers. Beware of the one-car-wide, steep descent to the restricted parking. After passing the Es Canaret parking lot, turn right into the third unpaved road.

Ibiza’s S’Illot des Rencli

Similar to adjacent Xarraca, this charming, modest beach and restaurant attracts few visitors, leaving the tiny inlets to the right largely unexplored. It is tempting to simply stay and eat the renown paella here, especially if a table is available among the pine trees on the bluff above the sea. Alternatively, you may paddle out and snorkel around the small island, where the stony seabed gives way to sand and starfish and other aquatic creatures hang out among the drooping posidonia oceanica (seagrass). However, if exquisite seclusion is what you’re after, wade and swim around the small headland with the boathouses or take the route that branches off to the right after turning into the first parking lot to get a view of the water. It begins overgrown before opening up and following a low cliff to a few remote, stony locations until coming to an end at Cala Xuclar.

Sant Joan to Portinatx, C-733, marked at 25.3 kilometers

Sant Joan de Labritja, Cala Xuclà

Keep an eye out for the sign in order to turn off a swift, sweeping coastal road and proceed down a short, steep, rutted path that winds through junipers and pines to a circular cove of sandy beach with gently lapping water and corn growing along the borders. The genuine chiringuito, which is open during the summer and has six tables set up under a sail shade and a wooden shed with a hatch, also rents out lounge chairs and umbrellas. Although it has excellent amenities, this is still a secret treasure. Noting that the parking spot is constrained and uneven, drivers should be aware that turning around on it in a rental car can be challenging.

Sant Joan to Portinatx, C-733, marked at 26.5 kilometers

Sant Josep’s Punta de Ses Portes

A half-day spent in a quarry might not be at the top of the “to-do” list for travelers flying in for the Ibizan beauty. On the other hand, this quarry is more than 500 years old, situated in the Ses Salines Natural Park on the southern tip of Ibiza and overlooking Formentera. Additionally, shallow, smooth-walled designer pools with warm water and breathtaking vistas have taken the place of the blocky holes created when rock was removed to create the Dalt Vila’s walls. Follow the wooden walks south across dunes or through pine forest after parking at the party beach with creamy sand Ses Salines, with its beach clubs, loungers, and people (about 1.5km). Bring water, bug spray, and shade if possible. There are many sights to see and even some structures, such as a weekend-only information center, fishermen’s huts, and a magnificent tower constructed to protect Ibiza from Algerian corsairs, but a chiringuito serving cold beer is not one of them.

Using PM-802, Es Cavallet and Ses Salines are both about 8 kilometers from Ibiza Airport.

Fishermen’s huts at Llentrisca Beach, Ibiza, Spain

This is arguably the island’s most well-known “hidden gem.” The short walk there, some misunderstanding about how to get there, and probably the fact that the beach is somewhat pebbly all contribute to the low visitor numbers. This still feels like a getaway, surrounded by pine forests and typically quiet save for the chirping of cicadas. There are inevitably fishermen’s cottages, but slipways and a well placed pier make for pleasant places to lie down and mull over the return hike. Purchase provisions in Es Cubells before traveling.

Accessible on foot (700 m) from Urbanizació Es Cubells’ end of the road. A trail descends to the beach from the top of the cliff in the west.

Ibiza’s Cala Tarida beach Caribbean Islands

The west coast beach is accessible via stairs from a parking lot roundabout next to the relatively dingy Hotel Club Cala Tarida. It is well-known, 50 meters long, wide, and has amazing rock formations. Get a rock platform for a continuous sea view and sunbathing by going to the rocky sections at the end of the beach. Even better, you may access a second beach, a tiny sandy cove, by returning to the steps beside the Can Yucas bar and going down a track that can be accessible from the no-entry road next to them. The picturesque Es Pujolets, which has a number of fishermen’s cottages, white beach, the most incredible blue ocean, and frequently bobbing boats, is the third option.

Parking in the Cala Tarida Norte car park (signposted) and walking backwards with the sea to the right until Es Pujolet’s huts are visible below are the simplest and least slippery ways to access the smaller coves.

Cala Saladeta in Sant Antoni de Portmany, Ibiza, has a beach and cove.

Cala Salada’s little sister, Cala Saladeta, can be reached by leaving the car at the large, pine-shaded parking lot there and then taking the walk that leads to the beach and up and over a low rocky peninsula. This is a typical example of a beach that extends beyond the main beach. It may not be the quietest beach, but it is quieter, protected from the wind, and has gently shelving sand. For families, the restaurant is a fantastic choice. Lunch at Santa Agnès de Corona’s renowned and laid-back Restaurante Can Cosmi next to the serenely beautiful church is an even better alternative. Make sure to get the tortilla; it’s almost required.

North of Sant Antoni de Portmany is less than 5 kilometres.

Ibiza, Es Portitxol

Here’s one that requires a hike and possibly some scrambling for those who simply must have their own beach. Es Portitxol is a more convenient option than other suitable locations (such as Cala d’Albarca, Ses Balandres, and Cala d’en Sardina), and it is sufficiently exceptional and spectacular to be worth the minimal effort (most associated with finding the start of the 1.5km trail). The ocean is transparent, all green and turquoise over the areas of seagrass, and the beach is nearly circular and shingly. In spite of the numerous fishermen’s huts and the presence of other individuals looking for a secluded location, the area actually possesses the quiet of a long-forgotten planet.

Take the Urbanizació Illa Blanca turnoff from the Sant Miquel to Sant Mateu route. After arriving (less than 1 km), turn right onto a winding road to a fork, then turn right onto a downhill path for 350 m, and park near the stone wall. There will be an arrow pointing in the direction of the trail here.

Chiringuito’s Top, Ibiza’s Calo des Moltons, and.

The northern Port de Sant Miquel still feels distant, clean, fresh, and otherworldly up here at the end of the road – and there’s plenty of space on the vast sandy beach for everyone. It is a resort (with a pug-ugly growth scar). But a path from Restaurante Port Balansat leads up and across a second, very different coastal attraction: Caló des Moltons, a long, deep inlet with flat rocks and pebbles, boathouses, and chilly, motionless water. It is shaped like a dressmaker’s dart. The inlet has its own chiringuito, Utopa, a lovely, white-wood, and surprisingly upscale eatery with delicious cocktails and sardine specials, even though it feels like a private find. Rent stand-up paddleboards from June to September since it’s the ideal time to try the sport out for the first time. Those who can’t catch on now won’t ever be able to.

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Dominick M. Stein

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