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Cala Xarraca beach

Portinatx, Ibiza. This beautiful bay with crystalline water is very popular with snorkellers and photographers.


Location: 5 minutes drive coming either from the village of San Juan or the resort of Portinatx
Facilities: Sunbeds, parasols, restaurant
Size: 90 metres long, 15 metres wide
Getting there: Reached only by car on the road to Portinatx. There is a parking but space is limited, so do come early. Steep access road.

The beautiful bay of Cala Xarraca is a favourite with photographers. The small bay is one of the more isolated ones on Ibiza, boasting the most magnificent of views. The sandy beach is surrounded by lush green pine forests dotted with white houses, rugged red cliffs and rocky pathways, which make it ideal for adventure walks and exploring.

The seabed is only sandy at the beginning, then the waters stretch shallow over rocks - thus the water is very clear, which makes this beach perfect for snorkellers. You can swim out to and around the interesting rock in front of the beach; brave ones climb it and jump into the water - but please check beforehand that the water is deep enough! 

Spotlight tip: A unique feature of Cala Xarraca is its natural mud bath, which can be found to the left of the bay. This is said to have healing properties for the body, and has been known to soothe tired skin.

Beach bars and restaurants

There is one typical Spanish restaurant with spectacular views, which is also popular with the locals. Specialties include fresh fish and rice dishes.

Accommodation nearby

The nearby resort of Portinatx offers a very good choice of hotels and apartments, from large luxury resorts and family clubs to budget apartments. Alternatively, go for a private holiday villa; there are many gems hidden in the green hills surrounding the beautiful village of San Juan.

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