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7 secret Ibiza beaches

A dip inside

Ibiza's beaches are special indeed. As you travel around the island you will see shimmering turquoise waters, wild rock formations, small islets and the black bits of the sea where the Posidonia sea grass grows. The nature changes from beach to beach and often you'll be amazed at how much: for an island of its size, Ibiza has some stunning diversity.

Rob Smith, author of several books about Ibiza and founder of the Ibiza Walking Association, has fully explored the most magical and secluded stretches of sand on the island. He has compiled his discoveries into a book featuring 27 hidden beaches and coves that dot the coast of the White Isle. Called Secret Beaches Ibiza, the book gives you all you need to know about the most far flung beaches on Ibiza and is full of great tips of what to look out for when you get there.

Here we take a bite-size selection of some of the best of the book to get you intimate with beach beauty you possibly never even knew was there.

Cala Conta's satellite beaches

It's the height of summer and you have arrived at one of Ibiza's most popular and sublime beaches. The main bit by the car park is what you might know; if you want more seclusion head left or right of this and you'll find space opening up even in high season. To the left, there are natural terraces made by the waves for sunbathing which are also home to naturists. If the waters are calm, there's a secret bay to the right of the big islet, Illa de Bosc opposite the beaches.

Cala d'Albarca

Surrounded by high cliffs north of Santa Ines is this beautiful little bay with huge boulders that giants could have placed there, including a natural stone arch that looks like a bridge. Do not attempt to cross it though, since weather has weakened it. The great thing is to just see the ancient majesty of those bits of stone. Whilst there is a dirt track road for access, it's better to leave your car at the top of the cliffs and walk down where you will find flat rocks for sunbathing and ledges to lower yourself into the water.

Cap d'es Jueu

Can you get more secluded than a beach you have to swim over a kilometere and a half to? This is one of the book's biggest beach challenges. This western beach offers an open invitation for the super fit to give it a go (when waters are calm). There are great views of Es Vedrà on the way to this place of many tiny pebbles; it also has a partly submerged grotto nearby accessible by land or sea. Once there, you will see an opening where the sun comes in, lighting up the water as if it were a big natural swimming pool.

Cala de Xarraca satellite beaches

A beach to be discovered, if you haven't yet is this big swimming-pool-like calm stretch of sea, but we are here for the beaches beside it. To the left, you have a short climb over some rocks or to the right a short swim to find some special hideaway places just for you. There are dozens of tiny islands from which you can jump into the sea and which are surrounded by lots of marine life. The road there is easy and mainly asphalt, so no worries about cracked axles. Explore around as much as you can to the sides to uncover lots of little beauties of nature.

Cala Llentrisca

Another beach close to Ed Vedrà and easier to get to is this slender stretch of beach with the bluest of blue waters that give off a sheen even above the black of the sea grass. There is a cute old wooden jetty, made slightly rickety with age, adding to its charm. The beach is a mere 10-minutes walk away and is often deserted until late afternoon. Here you can quietly reflect on life, write a book or a song and be mesmerised by the fishing boats bobbing away in the distance.

Cala Blanca

With only a cut out tunnel of around 100m to get to it, this beach near to Cala Llonga will reward your efforts to reach it. There's a wildness to the beach and not just because of recent rock falls. From a plateau that you reach from the tunnel you can safely scramble down to a flat rock where hours of relaxed sun bathing can be enjoyed. From here you can jump around in the sea and swim to sandy spots when the sea is calm and low.

Ses Balandres

Only go here if you know what you are doing. Access is by an old ladder, then scaling 20 metres of rock face with an old rope. Up to it? When you get here, you'll be surprised to see fisherman's huts and slipways that have made their way there via the sea. Try and go over to the small stretch of sand on the bay's far side giving you a marvellous view of the rock arch in the middle of the bay. Be warned that seclusion can be tricky with tourists passing in boats and jet skis from nearby San Antonio.

Hidden beaches of course don't have people cleaning them, so please take your rubbish with you so others can enjoy it just like you. Happy exploring.

WORDS | Julian Heathcote

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