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Cala Codolar Beach

San Antonio, Ibiza. A small and pretty bay with a small, sandy beach that's off the beaten path and free of big crowds.

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Location: On the west coast near San Antonio
Facilities: Beach bar with loungers, parasols and toilets
Activities: Snorkelling (bring your own gear)
Size: 70 metres long, 40 metres wide
Getting there: Reached only by car, 10-minute drive from San Antonio Bay, 20 minutes from San Antonio

A small bay on the west coast of Ibiza, below a clifftop residential area but with no buildings right next to it. As it is off the beaten track, you will find that this beach is not as busy as some of the better-known beaches of the west coast. It is accessed mainly by a long dirt road camino and cannot be reached by ferry, so it never gets over crowded.

The beach is sandy but interspersed with pebbles (called codols in Catalan, hence the name), especially by the shore. Entering the sea can be difficult as here the pebbles are bigger and there are many of them, so you might want to take bathing shoes so it's easier to get in and out of the water. There is a more well-beaten path into the water in the middle of the sandy beach with fewer stones, though there are still a good deal of them. A small distance out though and the sea bed is pure sand. Less sand is stirred up here making the water even more transparent, so it's perfect for snorkelling.

There is a beach bar chiringuito serving cool drinks and snacks as well as pizzas, burgers and some main dishes, though the food is quite pricey. Here you can also rent a comfy sunbed and parasol. If you just want to spread your towel out on the sand, bring your own shade, because no trees or rocks provide any protection from the sun.

Cala Codolar remains a beach for insiders; a small bay with a very relaxed vibe, loved by the mostly local visitors. In the evening the colourful sunsets, for which Ibiza is famous, can be enjoyed in blissful tranquil surroundings, either with a cocktail from the bar or with your own cool box drinks.

Accommodation nearby

At the top of the cliff there is a residential area. Within the complex is the new Seven Pines Resort, a luxury hotel with several bars and a restaurant, where non-hotel guests can also go. The resorts San Antonio Bay and San Antonio both with a wide choice of accommodation are only a 10 to 20-minute drive away.

If you travel with a group of friends or the family, a private holiday villa also is a great option – you will be surprised how reasonable the per-person price can be.

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