Ibiza Maps holiday travel guide.
Consult most guidebooks and there are about 25 beaches on the White Isle. The Ibiza Tourist Board will tell you there are 50, but even they admit there are others.
Playa d'en Bossa at the centre of its 2.5km ribbon of sand, the longest on the island, famous for it’s the all-day parties of Bora Bora but it's a family favourite thanks to golden sands that shelve gently into clean seas. Every water sport is available somewhere and although mobbed in high season, the crowds thin out as you go towards the headland tower of Torre de se Sal Rossa.
One of the hippest Ibiza beaches is Las Salinas. Named after the Ses Salines salt plains behind it, Salinas pulls a clientele to match three of its chiringuitos (beach restaurants) - Monte Carlo high-fliers at Malibu, Euro Riviera hipsters at Jockey Club and beatnik models and dancers at chill paradise Sa Trinxa. Attracting a similar clubby crew but not so crowded is nudist and premier gay beach Es Cavallet, a less developed stretch around the headland from Salinas.
For more escapist holiday loafing head to: Cala Jondal near the wicked Jockey Club and funky Particular bar, Playa S'Estanyol and Aiguas Blancas, another nudist beach often tipped as the alternative to the overcrowded Salinas. Just as relaxed but with more of a family vibe are:
Cala Mastella, a small notch in the East coast with two top restaurants; the red-cliffed cove of Sa Caleta, with its good restaurant and massage garden, and Cala Salada, another bay of red cliffs that feels far more remote than its 5kms north of San An. All of the beaches around Es Cubells are a good shout, too.
Benirras is another of the White Isle's popular beaches. An isolated fjord-like bay, it's a beach hangout of the Isle of Fun's neohippies, who go bango on their bongos at sunset.
Punta Galera north of San Antonio attracts a similar chilled clan to laze on the rocks and get into reiki and massage. Sound boring? Then head to a touristy beach and watersports, holiday paradise: Playa d'en Bossa, Cala Bassa, Playa de San Antonio, Cala Llonga, Playa de Santa Eulalia near the river mouth, Playa des Figueral and Cala de Sant Vincent are your best bets. For views, Cala d'Hort can't be beaten.
Cala Conta up the coast is almost as impressive, with its view over the island of Sa Conillera, reputedly the birthplace of legendary Carthaginian general Hannibal. True wilderness beaches exist even at the height of summer but you have travel for them.
Cala d'en Serra is an untouched bay almost enclosed by cliffs with a small scrap of sand and a snack shack, which is more than Cala d' Aubarca on the north-west coast can boast but its setting is awesome. Then there's Atlantis, the quarry for Dalt Vila's walls and a famous beach of the first hippies; a Japanese tourist 'consecrated' the area by painting a Buddha next to its cave. The setting's stunning, its waters are crystal and it's free of crowds, which is how locals like it so they keep its location secret. But not a very good one - if you want to find it you will.