This is not an exhaustive review of all Ibiza's many beaches. In the limited time I had I only got to a dozen or so. They are not necessarily the best of Ibiza - but were either ones that caught my interest in my research or easily accessed on the way to these.
BEACHES WEST OF SANT ANTONI
Sand is okay at all these beaches - not white but brown/yellow (the Ibiza guides call it "golden" - he he he he) and pretty clean - I reckon someone does a big clean-up after the crowds leave. The sand is fairly coarse grained.
Water is very clear - some of these spots are pretty rewarding if you have a mask and snorkel. Cool islets offshore and apparently this area has killer sunsets - I was gone by 1600 and can't confirm.
Note some sites refer to this beach area as Cala Conta but I think technically that is immediately south.
L4. I used the ferry from Sant Antoni to access the area - a scenic run every 30 minute from 1030.
(L7). but it is a different one to the Sant Antoni-Cala Comte bus so you can't use it between these beaches.
SANT ANTONI/SAN ANTONIO
If you want a big choice of accommodation and cafes/bars/restaurants etc the nearest big resort town to C Comte and C Bassa is Sant Antoni (I think that's the Catalan spelling).
The yellow route on the image is the main road to Eivissa/Ibiza town - frequent buses connect the two. The bus station is roughly under the t of SanT.
The strip of beach heading south under the Ant of Antoni (S'Arenal) is pretty nice for a town beach, with good facilities including lifeguards, water sports, promenade restaurants/bars......
There are other beaches in the area. Compact and trendy Calo des Moro is at the north end of town and there are several nice patches of sand further north. Ditto to the south of Cala Comte.
BEACHES OF THE FAR NORTH-EAST
I forgot to put a distance scale on this image - the straight line distance between the "St Vincenc" place marker and the "Cala Boix" one is just over 5km.
Aigo Blanca is an official nude beach but is very popular with all beach goers. About 80% of people on the crowded sand were "textiles" - nudists mainly concentrated on the near section of the main beach with a few venturing around to the small beach in foreground (good idea to don foot-wear if you are going to rock-hop to it). There are 2 beach cafe/bars, plenty of sun-lounges for hire. Sand is clean coarse grained brown/yellow and the water is very clear.
The beach background left is Figueral - close in a straight line but 5km by road.
I liked the place - it has 2 okay beaches and a nice harbour where you can jump on daytrip boats to surrounding beaches and Eivissa, all 3 of these are linked by a nice coastal walkway, the promenade behind the main beach is packed with competitive restaurant/cafes/bars, there's more of the same on a wide avenue leading away from this beach and the shopping area was bustling with people.
There is a frequent bus service between St Eularia and Eivissa plus buses to other areas.
I forgot to put a distance scale and direction symbol on this image - it is 600m in a straight line from the "Kandani" place marker to the "to Evissa" one. North is straight up.
I hired my mountain bike at Bicicletas Kandani - their range, prices and service were good. I kept it overnight in my room at Eivissa (bit of a bugger carrying it up the stairs) and rode around the southern half of the island next day. I'm used to 45 minute bike sessions at home and after 2 days of 6+ hours riding I sure was saddle-sore. But a great way to see the island and get some good exercise.
For some reason I took no snaps of St Eularia beaches but Google will find you some good ones.
SES SALINES aka LAS SALINAS
Eivissa is 10km by road, the airport terminals 8 and the center of the long tourist strip at Den Bossa, the nearest resort with lotsa accommodation, abt 7.
Platja Ses Salines from the southern end.
Buses connect Pl Ses Salines with Eivissa ( L11) and Eivissa-Den Bossa-Ses Salines (11B) - for Es Cavalet get off at the roundabout where the nearly 1km road into Es Cavalet meets the main road (near top-left of image). There are big parking areas at Ses Salines, limited at Es Cavalet and the beaches' popularity meant space was at a premium in high season July - no problem for me on my mountain bike.
The seemingly cultivated area immediately north of the Ses Saline's place marker is actually one of the salt mining evaporation lakes from which this area gets its name. There is a bigger section out of frame to the north-west between the main road and the airport.
PLAYA DEN BOSSA
PLAYA DEN BOSSA
PLAY DEN BOSSA FROM NEAR THE SOUTHERN END
The beach has a full range of facilities. It was nice and wide here but some areas further north appear a bit narrow. Sand okay, water shelving gently and pretty clean. Some very flash beach bars along the extended beach and at night some of Ibiza's best known clubs kick off after 0000.
PLAYA DEN BOSSA NORTH END
OTHER SOUTHERN BEACHES
The section of coast to the west of Ses Salines is supposed to have some of Ibiza's nicer small coves and beaches (Ses Illetes/Cala Jondel/Sa Caleta/Pl Codolar). However this area is accessed from a main road the other side of the airport and I had insufficient time to explore it.
Formentera is a smaller island starting abt 6km south of the southern tip of mainland Ibiza. Administratively it is part of Ibiza. The island has some gorgeous beaches and is both a major day trip destination and a holiday location in itself with quite a lot of accommodation. Most of the island is flat and its compact size both make exploring by bicycle/moto very popular.
I wanted to walk from the port up to the tip of the peninsula - I didn't hire a bicycle because the roads and tracks end well south of Es Trucadors. I walked up on the western side and intended to return on the eastern side but a very strong north-easterly wind was blowing making conditions unpleasant that side.
PLAYAS LA SAVINA and EL TIBURON
Getting to Formentera
There are more than half dozen services fom Ibiza (Google will find them), many from Eivissa (including a vehicle ferry) - but some from places like S Eularia, S Antoni and Den Bossa. Most land at La Savina but a few go direct to Illetes. There are also direct ferries from the mainland and Mallorca. Ibiza has the nearest airport.
Tip: if you are heading for Illetes/Levant stick closely to those building in background. I took off along the main road which I found after 10 minutes or so was heading ACROSS and DOWN the island. Duh!
The shot above this one was taken half way through my walk.
I find it a bit poor that the ferry companies don't lay on a free shuttle as at the larger Greek harbours. True, there was a town bus company coach and plenty of taxis - but bottom budget travelers like me are not whelmed by pay transport in such situations.
The old town is from "tezza's digs" to a line between the "ue" of "avenuUE" and the "l" of "Dalt ViLa" which is the extremely old town. The new town is west of here. Plus that area north of the harbour is new - some very new resort accommodation blocks.
Playa Talamenca is the town beach.
CASA DE HUESPEDES LA PENA GUEST HOUSE
Agoda booking site).
TOWN BEACH - PL TALAMANCA
The island has a reputation for being pretty wild but I thought things were not too over the top. The wildest thing I saw was at Es Cavalet where some couples very late in the day tended to get a bit ....um .... affectionate. Crikey! Mum warned me about Euro nude beaches.
IMAGE OF CLUB DANCERS REMOVED ON DIRECTION OF GOOGLE - GOOD GRIEF, WHAT IS THE WORLD COMING TO WHEN READER WOWSERS CAN DICTATE WHAT WE POST AND VIEW?
On top of that, I heard the deejays don't run Barry Manilow any more.
image - Essential Ibiza
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