The island of Ibiza is packed with glorious beaches, perfect for chilling out on. San Antonio is the island’s bustling hub but if you fancy trying somewhere a bit less crowded when visiting Ibiza, here is a run-down of the best secret beaches.
Popular with island residents, this is an ideal beach to escape to if you want to get away from the crowd. Surrounded by striking cliffs, it is only accessible by car, making it the perfect getaway. The views are spectacular, although by about 5pm the sun has dropped behind the rocks, so get there early to maximise your tanning time. Fine golden sand and clear waters great for snorkelling make this a truly dazzling spot. Although officially a nudist beach, many bathers wear clothes, so there’s no need to feel awkward. Loved by aging hippies, friendly locals and families, this beach is home to a charming bar that typifies this most welcoming of secret beaches.
Well-liked by families, this beach has some of the most breathtakingly clear turquoise and emerald waters you’ll ever see. At nearly 1km long, this is the largest white sandy beach on the island’s west coast and although lots of people visit here, especially at the weekends, it’s so big that there’s plenty of room for everyone. The shallow waters and on-duty lifeguard make this a great spot for children to bathe and there are plenty of water sports to enjoy too, from pedalo hire to snorkelling. With ample cafes offering variety of food and a view of some truly spectacular sunsets, this is a fabulous spot.
The most southerly beach in Ibiza, Las Salinas has a vibrant bar culture and has become the place for the rich and famous to be seen. Fringed by the forests of Punta de la Rama, it’s a great place for an adventure walk. There are plenty of facilities here, including catamaran hire, electro boats and a diving school. If you’re looking for a beach with a buzz, then this is the place. However, just a short distance away through the woodland is the beautiful Cala Llarga. This secluded cove offers fantastic views, plenty of privacy and an array of magical rocks and platforms, perfect for diving from.
Venture off the tourist trail to this quiet spot on the south west of the island. With little to do apart from watch the fishing boats, it’s the perfect place for peace and quiet and is largely deserted. Dive into the crystal waters from the wooden jetty, climb the hill for astounding views of Es Vedra or simply relax in this most tranquil of settings.
Also known as Atlantis, this spot is truly magnificent. Although not strictly a beach, this stunning spot on the south-west coastline is simply unmissable. A world apart from the typical golden sands, this rocky beach is surrounded by cliffs that have been carved by sculptors and stone masons over the years. Marvel at the intricate designs displayed at this unusual site for a real taste of old Ibiza. There are plenty of opportunities for snorkelling and rock climbing for those who feel a bit more adventurous. Atlantis also enjoys magnificent views of the enchanting island of Es Vedra, making it an utterly delightful experience.