Ibiza’s Best Beaches
Long before Ibiza was a place where party tragics filled their face with narcotics and broke their ankles to repetitive robot beats, it was an island of immense natural beauty. Still today, revellers can find Ibiza’s best beaches by travelling a short distance away from the tourist ghettos of Playa d’en Bossa and San Antonio. Indeed, Stoke Travel’s own beach camp is located on a spectacular cala, just far enough away from the chaos to still be paradise, but close enough for you to find a party whenever you want one.
But when we visit Ibiza we like to explore! And there’s no better way to see the highlights of the island than by taking a little trip around Ibiza’s best beaches, bays and coves. We sent our resident spiritual guru/party monster around the island to document some of the most beautiful beaches, but if you can’t stomach his shenanigans, here’s a little list of the best beaches, perfect playas and classic calas on Ibiza, one of the most stunning islands in the world.
A stunning slice of white sand, peppered with small reefs and facing the magnetic island of Es Vedra. Cala d’Hort is laidback, spectacular, and fills up pretty quickly in summer. Great for a snorkel, but beware if you sleep in – if you miss the parking at the bottom it’s a savage hike back up the hill at the end of the day.
This little treat is walking distance from the lager-lout filled tourist ghetto of San Antonio. Cala Gracio is a lovely little cove, and if you continue following the coast to the north you can jump off the friendly little cliffs for a fun little splash, or continue walking around until you find Cala Gracioneta, which is a bit smaller and considerably less crowded.
Oh boy this is a gorgeous port-like cala with long cliffs extending out either side and beautiful islands sitting just offshore. The location is surrounded by hills and the hills are covered in pine trees and everything is just too nice to be true. If there was to be something to complain about, however, it’s the hippies that congregate there to beat bongo drums – but the thing is most of you probably like that, so I guess that’s not a downfall at all.
Less a beach worth visiting than a nice cliffside walk out to the lighthouse. Portinatx is made up of three coves, but they are filled with families making their holidays in the quieter north of the island. A little further around though is a cliff line that at times seems like the edge of the world, and when we were there we found a dead dolphin, which is either incredibly sad, or uplifting, because the dolphin was alive once.
Cala Martina and Caló des Gats
On either side of the Stoke Travel campsite you’ll find Cala Martina and Caló des Gats. Cala Martina is a longer, sandy beach, where you can find bars and restaurants and take a stroll and have a dip. Caló des Gats is a small cove covered in nudes and with a fun little jetty to jump off. There is great snorkeling off Caló des Gats, and some foolhardy Stokies have been known to snorkel all the way out to the offshore islands and then dodge the ferries as they steam up and down the coast. This is our front door and a spectacular place to do absolutely nothing after a huge night/morning/day of raging.
And this is just a taste of the beautiful beaches to be found around Ibiza. When you come there will be so many more for you to explore. But you’d better book soon, because the Ibiza beach camp does sell out every summer, and you don’t want to miss out on the fun, the frolicking in the sea and the all-night disco-candy fuelled fiestas.