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Las Salinas beach (Ses Salines)

Playa d'en Bossa, Ibiza. Soft sands, clear waters, beautiful people and great beach bars - Salinas is the cool beach for those in the know.

Location: 10 minutes' drive from Playa d'en Bossa or Ibiza Town
Facilities: Loungers, parasols, restaurants, bars, massage, beach boutiques, small supermarket, lockers, showers, lifeguards, beach security, access for the disabled (also into the water under supervision of the lifeguards with amphibious wheelchair and walker-rollator)
Activities: Pedalos, sailing, stand-up paddle, kayak
Size: 1.5 kilometres long, 25-30 metres wide
Getting there: Reached by hire car, taxi, bicycle or bus from Playa d'en Bossa (6 km) or Ibiza Town (10 km) - see timetables at ibizabus.com (L11 and L118). In peak season the main road in becomes clogged with parked cars as people try and park for free, however there is a paid parking area (left at the roundabout) with good facilities and covered parking bays.

Named after the salt lakes in the south of Ibiza, the beach at Las Salinas is the southernmost tip of the island and is considered (as far as beaches can be so) to be very cool.

The very long, wide crescent of pale sandy beach is bordered by pine woods. The water is crystal clear with breakers that appear on windy days, perfect for body-surfing.

Small catamarans sit on the sand at the southern-most end of the beach, then walking towards the pirate tower you will pass a string of popular bars and restaurants whose gourmet food, attractive clientele and gorgeous location more than make up for the exclusive prices. The bars all play a quality selection of dance and balearic music which spills out onto the beach, and will often bring cocktails and food orders out to you on the sand! Further down the beach you will come to a quieter section which is popular among nudists and beyond the nudie-gauntlet, a small stretch of sand with a rocky entrance to the water which houses the lively Sa Trinxa.

It should be noted that, whilst Salinas is always a lovely place to relax, it is not quiet. During the heat of the day in summer months expect a steady stream of party parades, ticket sellers and would-be beach merchants making their way along the beach and engaging those on the sand in conversation. In the quiet of winter, Salinas is especially good for adventure walks, as the surrounding terrain is Ibiza's Wildlife Conservation Area.

Tip: If you've the energy, walk towards the watchtower. In the off-season it's a great walk to blow the cobwebs away and you can return via the woods. In the summer months it allows you to discover the small coves dotted along the rockier part of the coastline; you may even find your own private beach!

Beach bars and restaurants:

Just across the road from the beach is the wonderful Boutique Hostal Salinas, a bar, restaurant and boutique hotel which is particularly popular in Ibiza's clubbing industry worker scene. On the beach front itself, the famous Jockey Club restaurant is quite the scene, as is the more rustic and casual Sa Trinxa, down the far end of the beach.

If you're on a tight budget, there are cheaper restaurants along the road at the southern end of the beach.

Nearby accommodation

The nearest resort is Playa d'en Bossa, where you can find some great beach front hotels and budget apartments.

In the green hills nearby Las Salinas you'll find the Boutique Hotel Casa Munich, an oasis of calm with two beautiful swimming pools and a wellness area. Only 5 minutes from the beach, Boutique Hostal Salinas with its well-known restaurant, is a stylish meeting point for cool clubbers.

Or choose the idyllic seclusion of a nearby private holiday villa.

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