Ibiza is widely known for its 300 days of sunshine each year. Making it a certified hot spot for tourists and travellers, the myriad of beaches all holding their own unique character and beauty provides the perfect backdrop to a summer break. La Bella Verde team spend approximately 210 days every year out of sea, constantly exploring new and untouched territories and rediscovering some of the best settings available on the white island. We asked our eco-captains about their own favourite and sometimes ‘secret’ beaches and here’s their top 5 to incite your next Ibiza adventure.
Cala D’en Serra
Cala d’en Serra is a northern, east facing beach that is naturally surrounded by dramatic cliff sides providing the ideal picture frame to the sea. Located minutes past the tiny resort of Portinax, the rocky road down to the beach instantly gives you a sense of pleasure knowing this scene is something special. To the right of the beach is an old abandoned hotel, which further adds to the mystery of this engaging location. The hotel itself is locked off from the public, due to a number of fatalities with enquiring tourists, so as a construction site we advise looking at it from afar and sticking to the sultry beach it overlooks. If you take the road to the left you are welcomed by the small beach front which is accompanied by a character filled chiringuito perfect for enjoying traditional cervezas and sangria all day long as the waves lap the shore and locals enjoy the serene surrounds.
Cala Tarida Secret Beach
Hidden away from the tourist beach of Cala Tarida, to the right are several smaller coves that ensure some private relaxation time is kept to those in the know. Two of these, sit side by side and capture some of the most buoyant blue waters in Ibiza, turning to turquoise as the days progress. Take the main Cala Tarida Road and once you reach the roundabout at the bottom an indication of what’s instore is presented by a cheeky cheshire cat spray painted on the weathered wall. Take the worn track that leads to the top of the cliff and here beyond the edge you will see a ‘picture perfect’ spot poised with a small bed of white sand. Make your way down by foot, navigating past the boulders toward the bottom paradise. For those wanting to take their secret beach escapade even further, you will need to get wet! Swim to the right of the rocks and you wind round to the next cove along, usually with no one in site, you can sit back and take it all in and even sunbathe naked if that’s your style.
Cala Conta / Cala Escondida
Cala Conta is known for its glorious sunsets and delicious iconic restaurant, Sunset Ashram. If you walk left along the markings imprinted by the old car park, you will find some rocks cascading down to a quieter beach that’s thankfully overlooked by the masses at the main location. Perfect for escaping the ensuing summer crowds, here you will find a lovely eco-chiringuito serving delicious cocktails all day long. If the waters are calm, you can swim out into the deep blue and explore further along the coastline, including another small bay to the right of the large islet, Illa de Bosc opposite the beaches.
If you are looking for solitude, then we suggest you escape to Es Portitxol where one of our favourite beaches awaits. However, getting a beach to yourself doesn’t always come easy… this setting involves a challenging hike ahead. The rewards at the bottom are well worth the trek in our books and the beach itself is circular in stature and teased with translucent waters. This little but leisurely lagoon holds a unique tranquility which is perfect for those requiring a peaceful retreat from the abundant tourists in the peak of the summer months.
Es Niu de S’Aquila
Located in the South of the Island at Es Cubells lies this hidden beach, 200 metres of brown pebbles and textured gravel sinking directly into the treasured turquoise waters of the balearics.
Es Niu De S’Aquila isn’t the easiest beach to approach out of the 5, so it’s best not to visit if you have mobility issues or have young children alongside. That being said, the walk down is picturesque and casually suggests the natural beauty ahead when you reach the breathtaking and relatively untouched beach below.