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Ibiza, Balearics beach vacations

The Balearic Islands can be found off of the east coast of Spain and consist of Majorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera.  Out of the four islands, Ibiza has a wild party reputation.  It is popular with partygoers worldwide and playground to the rich and famous.  But don’t let this reputation prevent you from visiting the ‘White Isle’, look beyond this and the beauty of its glistening shores, secluded beaches and quaint old town will charm you.  You will see it in a very different light.

Here are a few of the best beaches in Ibiza:

Cala Mastella
This tiny cove on the North East of the island is a hidden gem, only accessible by car or boat it is a spot that is not that well known about. Probably.  Crystal clear waters make it a great place to snorkel; protected by the rugged coastline you will love this private spot.  El Bigotes fish restaurant has an idyllic spot right on the waters edge and is a very popular eatery, so much so that it is advisable to book a table well in advance, especially in high season. Although they have no phone so you have to make a reservation in person, it’s worth it though.

Es Cana
Found near Santa Eulalia on the East coast, this is a lovely family friendly spot, with a very clean beach and picturesque harbor and a good choice of bars and restaurants.  The beach has lifeguards and there lots of watersports to keep you occupied.  The calm waters are perfect for children, I learnt to swim without armbands for the first time here, aged three!  Es Cana is home to the famous ‘Hippy market’; handmade clothes, leather goods and jewellery fill the market stalls.  On every Wednesday it is not to me missed.  The markets are a reminder of Ibiza’s past, the island became popular with artists and designers in the 1960’s looking to experience its laid back Bohemian vibes.

Cala Xarraca
This lovely small, secluded beach is a short drive from Portinatx, in the North.  This is a great beach for snorkeling, the pebbles in the water make it crystal clear.  Take a wonder to the mud baths near by, they are said to have healing properties. There is café on the beach to pick up refreshments. Even in the height of the season it never gets too busy, so head here for the ultimate in relaxation.

Santa Eulalia
Found on the East coast of the island, Santa Eulalia is Ibiza’s third largest town.  This resort has a lot to offer and is perfect for families.  It has a promenade on the beach lined with restaurants, bars and shops.  A day of swimming, sunbathing and watersports is definitely on the cards here!

Arrive early to get the best pick of sun beds, then stay all day and enjoy a meal overlooking the beach as the sunsets.  If you fancy exploring the rest of the island jump on the mini tourist train that starts in the town center and will take you on a cultural tour of the island.

Formentera
Formentera is the smallest of the Balearics.  It has some fabulous beaches with pure white sands and azure blue waters.  You can get to this little island by ferry from Ibiza.  Many of the beaches are flanked by sand dunes and have lovely wooden paths through them.  It is good for watersports such as windsurfing, kite surfing and diving.

Apart from the beaches Ibiza has a rich history and there is a lot to see around the island.  The old town of Ibiza called Dalt Vila, meaning ‘upper town’ is lovely to explore during the day.  Follow the narrow, winding cobbled streets, admiring Gothic Catalan buildings as you go.  The streets meander up towards the 14th century cathedral at the top.  Flat shoes are recommended for this walk, once at the top the views are stunning.

Even if you are not up for a wild night out, it is worth heading to Ibiza town in the evening to have a drink or a meal.  Sit back and watch the parades of partygoers heading to one of the many clubs.  People on stilts, in costumes, circus acts, fire-eaters; you name it, you will probably see it!  It’s a crazy lively and loud evening that must be witnessed. When you’ve had enough you can escape back to your tranquil beach paradise.

 

Article written by Nicola Dunkinson.


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