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Cala Gracio - peace and seclusion

Featured beaches of Ibiza

Where and what?

Just outside San Antonio are these lovely secluded beaches, Cala Gracio and Cala Gracioneta, a mere 15-minute walk from the town centre. Boasting golden sands, pristine crystalline waters and pretty outlying rocks, they are up there with some of the best Ibiza-style beaches.

Why go?

If you are staying close by, in one of the hotels, lucky you because these are your local beaches. They are great for families as the two coves are free of tormented waves and are well protected so kids will be safe. Although both beaches get crowded in the summer months, they retain a certain tranquility, attracting many locals and tourists in the know. Cala Gracioneta is just around the corner from Cala Gracio and only a short walk...or swim. This tiny sister beach almost has a touch of the Caribbean and has a feeling of splendid isolation.

Things to do

The rocks at the side of both coves are great for exploring or sunbathing and just below the rocks on Cala Gracio lie some cool snorkelling adventures. If hunger and thirst hit, at the back of the same beach is a cafe/bar and at Cala Gracioneta, you have the classy beach club, El Chiringuito, famous for its paellas and the place where you can hire a luxurious Balinese bed. The relative peace you get on both beaches means you'll probably just want to lie back and relax and soak up the sun.

How to get there

Either by walking or getting a ferry or bus from San Antonio. If staying further afield, you can drive there. Parking is available on the streets above near the hotels and clients of El Chringuito have their own private car park.

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WORDS: Julian Heathcote

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