Although it is renowned for having some of the best nightclubs in the world, the island of Ibiza has an absolutely beautiful coastline with dozens of tiny coves to discover, not to mention some of the most stylish hotels in the Mediterranean.
If you’re a beach lover then Ibiza is the perfect Mediterranean relaxation holiday – just stay away from San Antonio’s party scene.
Below is our list of things to do, places to stay, beaches to discover and restaurants to enjoy.
Hidden beaches and beautiful bays:
Starting with our favourite:
Cala D’en Serra – North East of the Island
Although it’s a relatively small bay, first impressions are monumental. Cala d’en Serra is one of those special Ibiza beaches that once discovered, is never forgotten. Facing east, the oval-shaped beach is surrounded by stunning high cliffs, fine blue water and golden sand. There’s an opening between the cliffs in the middle of the sea, where you can catch a glimpse of what appears to be the end of the world on the horizon.
Portinatx – North East of the Island
With three beaches making up the area – S’Arenal Gros, S’Arenal Petit and Playa Porto – it seems just one day at the northern haven of Portinatx is never enough! With plenty of sand complemented by rocky areas and tranquil waters lapping the bay’s shores, there really is something for everyone at Portinatx, very popular with families due to the surrounding resort areas.
Cala Xuclar – North East of the Island
A tiny, horseshoe shaped bay surrounded by rustic fishing huts and crystal clear water, Cala Xuclar is a peaceful hideaway offering a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of tourist-filled beaches in the height of summer.
Cala Conte – South West of the Island
Surrounded by gorgeous scenery, including sand dunes and rocky cliffs behind the beach, Cala Conte boasts stunning views of the amazing sunset each night. The golden sand is perfect for little ones, with gentle, shallow and crystal clear water, while another rockier ledge leads to a sheltered, private cove where the sea is a little deeper, yet amazingly clean and clear.
Cala D’Hort – South West of the Island
Presiding at the bottom of a rolling green hill, just like the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, sits Cala D’Hort, one of Ibiza’s most magical and laidback beaches. The arc-shaped golden beach boasts uninterrupted front row seats to one of Ibiza’s most beautiful natural spectacles, the island of Es Vedra, a rocky limestone formation jutting out of the sea as if it were superimposed on the water.
Cala Carbo – South West of the Island
Arriving at Cala Carbo evokes an instant feeling of being on vacation – whether you’re on holiday or merely on your lunch break! The small, secluded cove is surrounded by pine trees and feels as though it is a private beach – although one and all are always welcome. With retro palm leaf umbrellas, but sun loungers equipped with plush mattresses and sheets, Cala Carbo is the best of both worlds – rustic and chic!
Cala Vadella – South West of the Island
Approaching Cala Vadella is an absolutely spectacular sight – as you snake around the winding road, the first glimpse of the deep blue bay dotted with glam white yachts is amazing. As you wind your way down the hill into the quaint resort town, you’ll see the beach emerge with pretty turquoise green waters at the shallow, calm end.
From lunch time to sunset here’s our top beach restaurants:
Los Enamorados in Portinatx
Boho vibes and bay views
A beautiful beach restaurant in Cala Nova
A hidden beach restaurant in S’Estanyol
A Mediterranean beach vibe restaurant in Es Cavallet
A hip beach club on the sands of Cap Des Falco, Ses Salinas
Stylist beach vines on Cala Nova
Beach House Ibiza
Famouse restaurant in a stunning hotel grounds in Playa D/en Bossa
This is an iconic beach restaurant over looking the beautiful Sol D’en Serra
Pura Vida Beach
Trendy beach restaurant on Playa Niu Blau
Where to stay
Casa La Vista – Private Villa
Set in 30 acres of serene pine forest in northern Ibiza stands a stunning 6 bedroom villa with views of Cala Xucla Bay and located next to Portinax.
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Finca Can Marti
Set in a lush green valley north of the island is one of the island’s best-kept sustainable secrets. Can Martí is a heavenly hideaway with eight rooms, a 100% certified organic permaculture garden, traditional hammam, yoga platform, an eco-friendly freshwater swimming pool theres everything you need to truly disconnect from the world outside.
7 Pines Ibiza
Overlooking Cala Codolar and the mythical rock of Es Vedra, Seven Pines Resort Ibiza is breathtakingly beautiful, bringing a new level of sophistication to the island’s west coast.
Pure House Ibiza
An intimate oasis shrouded in natures abundance offering a peaceful sanctuary where you can simply relax and unwind. Pure House Ibiza offers a unique home away from home experience just minutes away from Ibiza Town.
Nobu Hotel, Ibiza
Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay has brought all the style and excellence one would expect from the world-renowned brand to the shores of Talamanca on Ibiza’s east coast. A beachside sensation with two stunning pools designed to inspire ultimate relaxation, it’s the perfect playground for those in need of sun-kissed days and let your hair down in the evenings.
You can't leave Ibiza without visiting:
The Hippy Market
There’s many hippie markets on the island on different days. The best known is Las Dalias which is the biggest is every Saturday.
The port city overlooking the Mediterranean is the largest city on the island and really does have something for everyone. With so many quaint restaurants where you can enjoy amazing cuisine and watch the world go by.
You'll find a great selection of small boutiques, high-end fashion stores, shoe shops and all kind of novelties. Home to citadel of Dalt Vila whichis a history lesson in itself.
Looking down from the battlements by the Cathedral of Nuestra Señora de las Nieves, there are some wonderful panoramic views over the city, the harbour and the sea stretching out as far as sister island, Formentera. Look down on the red tiled domes of the 16th Century church of Santo Domingo, and from here you can also spot the statue of General Joaquín Vara de Rey, the Ibizan hero of the Cuban War, standing proudly at the centre of the boulevard that bears his name.
Ibiza’s sister island is only one hour away on the ferry which you take from Ibiza Town port. However the best way to visit Formentera is by private boat which you can rent for the day. This is the perfect way to sail to the island and take the day at your own pace stopping to dive into the crystal blue ocean.
A cute little town to stop for lunch as there are a couple of restaurants and you can also visit a quaint church. There are many villas in this area for rent.
At almost 400 metres high, this uninhabited rock island is situated 2km off the west coast of Ibiza and is right opposite to Cala d’Hort beach.
Es Vedrà is shrouded in myths and legend, the most popular of which is that it is in fact the third most magnetic spot on earth (after the north pole and the Bermuda Triangle).
You really need to rent a car while in Ibiza. Don’t worry its really easy to drive around the island and this gives you the freedom to check out all the secret beaches and amazing restaurants.