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Sa Caleta beach (Es Bol Nou)

Playa d'en Bossa, Ibiza. With red cliffs and clear waters, the small beach of Sa Caleta is a spectacular sight.

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Location: On the southern coast of Ibiza, close to the airport (see the planes coming in over the sea) and 10 minutes drive from Playa d'en Bossa
Facilities: Lifeguards, smoke-free beach (please respect this!), beach boutique, restaurant with toilets, shower (payment with one-euro coins) and massage
Activities: Relaxation, snorkelling
Size: 100 metres long, 10 metres wide
Getting there: Reached by car, past the airport towards Cala Jondal. There are two parkings on rough ground, the smaller one next to the restaurant (a tip to the attendant is recommended); the other, larger one at the entrance of the sandy access road is free. Even in high season here, you'll always find a spot.

To the east of Cala Jondal and reached by an unsurfaced access road, the beach of Sa Caleta, officially named Es Bol Nou, is in an absolutely beautiful setting.

The beach is backed by dramatic red cliffs, creating a feeling of seclusion compounded by its horseshoe shape. There are fantastic photo possibilities from the top of the cliffs, but please be careful and refrain from getting too near to the edge as the rocks might be unstable.

This sandy beach has very shallow, crystal clear water. As the bay is very sheltered, the sea here is warmer than on other beaches. With the rocky promontories to the left, the beach is also a great spot for snorkelling, with many fish to spot.

Sa Caleta is very popular with the locals and, being only a narrow stretch of sand, it can get very full, especially on weekends. Via a path over the rocks to the right, you'll reach two tiny bays that are popular among naturists. Alternatively, find a quiet place on the rocks to the left near some rustic fishermen's sheds.

Tip: This picturesque cove is also home to the ruins of the first Phoenician settlement on Ibiza, dating back to 654 BCE. Declared a world heritage site in 1999, it is free to look around, and there is plenty of historical information available. Walk up to the top of the cliff on the left-hand side. On the way, you also pass some bunkers from the Spanish Civil War.

Bars and restaurants

There is one restaurant called simply Sa Caleta. Beautifully decorated in a rustic, nautical theme, this seafood-focused eatery is popular amongst locals and open year-round. In summer, it offers a weekly programme with live music and cultural events.

Nearest resort

Playa d'en Bossa, where you can find many great hotels, or for something even more special, there are some beautiful villas in the San José area, only minutes away from this beautiful beach.

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