12 Top-Rated Beaches in Ibiza
Ibiza is a ruggedly beautiful island in the Mediterranean, about 100 miles off the coast of Spain. Best known as the epicenter of electronic dance music, most tourists come to dance and enjoy themselves in the warm sunshine. The main city is known as Ibiza Town (or simply Vila), and it's on the south part of the island. Other major resort areas (each with a range of beaches) include Portinatx in the north, San Antonio in the west, and Santa Eulalia in the east. Even the farthest beach takes no longer than an hour to access from Ibiza Town.
The beaches on Ibiza range from wide, well-manicured carpets of sand to rocky beaches in rugged, unspoiled coves, surrounded by cliffs. The environments around those beaches also vary wildly. Some beaches are fronted by developed promenades filled with hotels, restaurants, and cafés, while others only have small beach huts or "chiringuitos" selling snacks and drinks. Ibiza is a territory of Spain, and Spanish is spoken here, but the residents speak mainly Catalan, a language unique to the region.
Discover the best places to soak up the sunshine on the island with this list of the top-rated beaches in Ibiza:
Benirras beach is on the northwest coast, near San Miguel. Benirras is known for its beautiful sunsets and spectacular scenery. It's a small cove, and part of the beach has fishermen's shacks where they clean their catch after fishing all morning. It's the perfect combination of the area's sheer physical beauty; a compact, well-protected, beautiful white beach; and the lack of development that make it the ultimate Ibiza beach.
The small beach has course, rocky sand, and the edges of the beach are rocks not sand. Aside from the spectacular sunsets, the beach holds a famous drum circle on Sundays at sunset. The water is crystal clear, like an aquarium. There are some small chiringuitos selling food and drinks, as well as beach chairs and umbrellas for rent. The Hotel Ole Galeon Ibiza is a modern resort property nearby in San Miguel.
2 Ses Salines
If you want a remote, rugged beach but like cafes, electronic dance music, and funky stores, Ses Salines is for you. Named for the salt flats and marshes nearby, this is a broad, wide beach with soft, fine sand. It's popular and can be very crowded during the summer. The sand is powdery soft, and the water is especially clear here. Beyond the beach, there's a nature reserve, an attraction worth exploring. The ocean's saline content is high on this side of the island, so it's a great place for floating around in the sea. Like everywhere else on Ibiza, there are DJs spinning music all day long at the cafes and beaches. Restaurants, music venues, and small shops line the beachfront. Some of the establishments rent sunbeds and beach chairs, and there are plenty of beach vendors. Although you won't find hotels directly on the beach, the luxury Grand Palladium Palace Ibiza Resort & Spa is only a six-minute drive from here, and other mid-range accommodation options, like the Royal Plaza Hotel, are in Ibiza Town, about 15 minutes away.
This long, curving beach is only a mile from Ibiza Town, next to the cruise ship port. There's a wooden boardwalk on the beach lined with cafes and restaurants. You have a full range of water sports rentals along with multiple volleyball courts. There are several lifeguard stations along the beach. Beachgoers can set up on the sand, or you can rent a sunbed and an umbrella. The Simbad Hotel is a stylish, beachfront hotel in the heart of Talamanca.
4 Playa d'en Bossa
This is Ibiza's longest beach and the most commercial. It's about 10 minutes from Ibiza Town and lined with entertainment venues, restaurants, and shops. During the busy season, the beach is crowded, lively, and music is playing non-stop, which is part of the attraction. It's not a place to relax and enjoy a quiet beach, it's more a place to have fun and people watch. The Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza is at the center of Playa d'en Bossa and offers modern, stylish rooms, all with pool or ocean views. Staying here will put you in the heart of the action.
5 Pou des Lleo
In a secluded cove northeast of Santa Eulalia, Pou des Lleo beach is like a postcard come to life. The small horseshoe-shaped cove is surrounded by low red cliffs. The tourists enjoying this secluded beach are joined by local fishermen, who moor their fishing boats on one side of the cove. The water is clear, and this beach is popular for scuba diving and snorkeling. Your only food options are a tiny snack bar or a small beach restaurant known for its fresh fish and paella (Spanish fish stew). The beach is about 30 minutes from Ibiza Town. It's a great beach to visit while you're sightseeing around the island. The Iberostar Santa Eulalia is a large, luxury beachfront resort hotel with all the usual amenities, and it's about 10 minutes from Pou des Lleo.
6 Cala Pada
On the island's east coast, near Santa Eulalia and Es Canar, Cala Pada is one of the island's best undeveloped beaches. There are a few snack bars but not much else. It's a small, sandy beach that slopes downward towards the water. Except for August, it's usually fairly empty and is a nice place to have a more pure beach experience than some of the party beaches. There are no hotels at this secluded beach, but the Invisa Hotel Ereso in Es Canar, about ten minutes away, has several pools and a mini waterpark.
7 Cala Jondal
Cala Jondal ("Cala" means beach in Catalan) is a wide stretch of beach, surrounded by cliffs and pine forests. Much of the beach is made up of huge pebbles (they're hard to walk on without shoes), but the south end has a lovely stretch of golden-colored sand. At the other end, there's a few fancy restaurants, and cafes. Cala Jondal is on the southeast coast of Ibiza, near San Jose, about 15 minutes from Ibiza Town.
8 Cala Tarida
Cala Tarida is a beautiful, wide beach on the west coast of the island, near San Jose. It's a long stretch of beach with fine white sand and strikingly beautiful blue-green, shallow water. Lifeguards are on duty, and you can rent beach volleyball courts and a range of water sports equipment. The ocean has big, flat rocks a few yards offshore that are popular for sunbathing, too. There are umbrellas and beach chairs for rent. The Hotel Playasol Cala Tirada is a good, mid-range accommodation option right near the beach.
Portinatx is a more family-friendly resort town on the north part of the island. The area has three main beaches, and all are quite beautiful. It's much less visited than the beaches around Ibiza Town, so it's not crowded, even during the busy summer season. The largest beach (it's less than a football field in size) is called S'Arenal Gros. Around the rocks is its little brother, S'Arenal Petit. Both are beautiful, with nice, flat sections of white, sandy beach. The third beach is Playa Porto, which is more like a little fishermen's village. It's in a cove, surrounded by cliffs. Tourists share the space with fishermen and their boats, and there's a lighthouse there, too. S'Arenal Gros has some small restaurants and cafes, along with beach chair and umbrella rentals. The Portinatx Beach Club Hotel is a luxury resort overlooking the bay near S'Arenal Gros.
10 Sol D'en Serra
Sol D'en Serra feels and looks a bit like Hawaii. Just past the curving, pebbly beach, there's a small mountain rising up dramatically, like a mini Diamond Head. There are a few small cafes and restaurants, along with beach chair and umbrella rentals. It feels more like a private resort than a public beach. It's about 20 minutes from Ibiza Town, near the larger (and more crowded) Cala Llonga beach. The El Pinar Aparthotel is a clean, inexpensive property in a good location in Cala Llonga.
11 San Miguel
Close to the iconic Benirras Beach, San Miguel is more of a family resort. There's a beautiful sandy beach, in a cove with cliffs on both sides, and a nice selection of boutique hotels and restaurants. It's on the north coast, away from the craziness of the southern beaches, so it's quiet even in high season. San Miguel is about 30 minutes from Ibiza Town. If you feel like splurging, the Hacienda Na Xamena, Ibiza is perched high above the turquoise bay. The resort combines spectacular architecture with luxurious accommodations.
Figueretes feels and looks like the Nice of Ibiza. It's an authentic Mediterranean resort, with miles of wide, white sandy beaches, joined together by a beachfront promenade. It's the closest beach to Ibiza Town (a 10-minute walk) so it's also popular with locals. The beach is lined with luxury hotels and apartments, along with restaurants and shops. The water is shallow and warm, and the views are great, too, all the way to the neighboring island of Formentera. The Hotel Ibiza Playa is a perfectly located oceanfront hotel, a few steps from the Figueretes beach.