A brief break in Ibiza: 5 secret beaches

A brief break in Ibiza: 5 secret beaches

is renowned for its world-famous clubs that host the globe’s top DJ’s throughout the summer, but the beautiful Spanish island also makes for a wonderful autumn/winter break out of season.

With a coastline dotted with secluded coves, unspoilt bays, iconic whie sandy beaches and sunset spots, and interiors home to pretty whitewashed towns and villages, the White Isle offers the dolce vita all year round. We take a look at Ibiza’s lesser-known beaches off the beaten track that are perfect for some R&R.

Cala Llentrisca

An old timber jetty sits in the middle of this peaceful, almost deserted strip of coast. The crescent-shaped beach offers crystal blue water and tranquillity that couldn’t be further from the madness of Bora Bora. Although it’s a pretty isolated area, its natural beauty makes it well worth the journey.

Where: From Sant Josep, follow the road south to Es Cubells. From here, wind your way down the road to the coast whilst enjoying the lush views. A footpath will take you to the beach from there.

Before you leave: Stop off for a drink at Es Cubells, a small village nestled among lemon, orange and olive groves. Bar Llumbi is a family-owned bar and restaurant that offers unspoilt views of the coast as well as a traditional Spanish menu.

A brief break in Ibiza: 5 secret beaches

Cala Olivera

The calm, clear waters of this untouched cove mean you won’t be able to resist an immediate dip. Make a day of it and enjoy the beautiful views out to sea; however you may be sharing this hidden gem with locals.

Where: On the east coast of Ibiza, past the gated community of Roca Llisa.x
Before you leave: There isn’t much in the way of bars and restaurants nearby, so bring a little picnic.

Cala Salada

This secluded beach is perfect for snorkelling and cliff jumping (if you’re brave enough). For the explorers among you, hike to Ses Fontanelles to catch a glimpse of the famous Bronze Age cave drawings.

Where: A short drive from San Antonio.
Before you leave: Visit one of the local beach shacks for a fresh lime mojito and head to the secluded sister beach Salada for a dip.

Es Xarcu

Another beach favoured by locals. Feel at one with nature as you breathe in the scent of the pine trees and admire the scenery. Be sure to wear flip flops as the sand is quite rocky, although the seabed itself is beautifully soft.

Where: Situated on the south coast, between Es Torrent and Cala Jondal.
Before you leave: Take a short detour to Es Xarco (one bay away) for a delicious seafood lunch and a bottle of wine.

Benirras Beach

Not exactly a “secret” beach, but it’s well worth checking out. This small but picturesque bay boasts crystal clear water perfect for swimming and snorkelling.

Where: On the island’s north-west coast, just past San Miguel.
Before you leave: Enjoy the gorgeous Ibiza sunset, which is often accompanied by drummers who arrive on the beach to “drum down the sunset”.

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