Ibiza is famous for its sandy beaches and iridescent turquoise water inviting visitors to bathe in the sun and plunge into the sea. The following five beaches are among the most popular in southwest Ibiza.
Just a 20 minute drive from San Antonio lies Cala Bassa beach. With its golden sand and clear water this is an extremely popular and busy destination, especially on weekends, so plan to arrive early and get a spot. For those who prefer shade to sun there are ancient Salima trees offering refuge from the heat. Rock formations surround the beach and are popular with rock divers. As popular as it is with teenagers, it’s a welcoming beach for families with small children and there is a roped off area in the sea that keeps swimmers safe from boats and jet skis. It’s easy to spend the day here with a variety of options for a midday meal. Under the umbrella of the Cala Bassa Beach Club visitors can choose from a snack bar, a Sushi Restaurant, the restaurant, Chiringo, that serves traditional Mediterranean cuisine and CbBC Restaurant with fancy fusion cuisine.
Cala Conta is located near Cala Bassa. Visitors can choose between two regular beaches and one nudist beach. All offer views of several small islands off the coast as well as spectacular views of the sunset. Along with its golden beaches and beckoning water, there are several popular lounge and dining areas including Sunset Ashram, S’illa des Bosc and Ses Roques restaurants. Each of these restaurants has great views and food that ranges from Mediterranean with an emphasis on fresh seafood to curries and vegetarian options.
As an alternative to the bare rocky backdrops of Cala Conta and Cala Bassa, plan to visit Cala Jondal just a 20 minute drive from Ibiza Town. The beach is tucked between the sea and the cliffs and verdant pine forests that line the coast. Popular with the chic crowd, you can enjoy people watching while floating in the crystal clear blue water. There are both rocky beaches and sand beaches with piers and bridges built to make it easier for swimmers to reach the water without stumbling over rocks or burning their feet in the sand. For entertainment and fine dining check out Blue Marlin Ibiza, one of the most popular VIP beach clubs in Ibiza. In addition, both Jondal and Es Xarcu restaurants offer excellent fish and seafood dishes.
Another beach set against the dramatic cliffs along the coast is Cala d’Hort. It has a fabulous view of the island of Es Vedra that rises from the sea not far from the beach. This small but lovely beach also has sandy as well as rocky stretches along the coast. Es Boldado is a restaurant set on the cliffs high above the beach. It has a splendid view of Es Vedra with a culinary focus on fresh seafood.
Cala Tarida offers one of the longest and widest beaches in Ibiza and is family and kid friendly. Unlike the other four beaches mentioned in this article, Cala Tarida is situated in front of hills that are populated with homes as well as the Tarida beach resort. The famous Cotton Beach Club is located here and is popular with the jet set crowd. Designed all in white with stupendous sea views, its cuisine ranges from sushi to seafood, meat dishes and curries.
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