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Ibiza's enchanting secret beaches

We offer a bite-size selection of some of the best secret beaches around the island, all of them special and pure Ibiza.

Ibiza's beaches are the things that dreams are made of. Shimmering, crystalline waters of turquoise and green, fringed with fine sand in gorgeous coves or over long stretches of coast are all around.

Sometimes though, you want something a bit more special, a secret beach away from the crowds.

If you want solitude, peace and seclusion, then it's worth trying to discover one of the many smaller beaches off the beaten path. It might mean taking a good drive to the less populated north of the island, a boat ride or a sturdy hike but your efforts will be rewarded

Pretty, pebbly coves surrounded by towering cliffs or lush pine forests await, offering freedom and tranquillity away from the hustle and bustle of Ibiza's more lively areas. If you’re visiting out of season, you may even find you're the only people there!

For the best experience in high season, it is always advisable to plan ahead so that you arrive early and take sufficient supplies to last the day. Parking can always be an issue, so maybe consider going by scooter if you want to get close.

And, of course, please always make sure you take your refuse home with you…


Port de ses Caletes

Very far to the north is one of the most remote beaches that you can still actually drive to. As its name suggests, this was once one of Ibiza’s original natural ports, although nowadays it is home to some traditional fishing boat huts. Emerging through a forest of tall canes, you are met with an eye-wateringly pretty view of a semi-circular cove surrounded by excellent rocks to snorkel among. Head to the village of San Vicente and look out for the signs.

Es Portitxol

Another absolute beauty and a perfect natural harbour, this almost circular cove is entirely surrounded by cliffs. Accessible only by foot or boat, the long walk down to the beach from the parking is a pleasure, the walk back up on a hot day, less so… Nevertheless, one of Ibiza’s true gems is there to be discovered and possibly the best spot for a picnic you will ever find. Take plenty of water!

Cala d’en Serra

A more easily accessible option is Cala d’en Serra. Very popular with the locals, there is usually parking available at the iconic, abandoned hotel. Once considered an eyesore, this crumbling edifice has since become a beloved landmark. The beach itself is great for swimming and there may even be a chiringuito open in high summer for a welcome beer.


Playa Galera

Very close to San Antonio, yet a million miles away, the beach itself is small and pebbly but the scenery surrounding is majestic and wonderful. It can be busy in summer but you should be able to find space to let it all hang out on the rocky gallery if the beach is full. Be prepared to stay until sunset for front-row seats at one of the island’s greatest spectacles.


Cala Llentrisca

Best reached by boat or a 4km hike, this hidden gem boasts clear turquoise waters and a small pebble beach fringed with beach huts and forest. Park at the church of Es Cubells and admire the beautiful houses and spectacular views of the southern coastline and Formentera before picking up the trail down to the beach. Here it is so tranquil 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 Pluma

A little bit gay and a little bit nudist, Cala Pluma offers a peaceful and tranquil setting for visitors looking to escape the crowds of the island's popular Salinas beach. Very pretty, especially out of season when there are fewer people there, the beach is known for crystal-clear waters and spectacular rock formations surrounding its fine sand. Situated 200m from the pirate defence tower Torre de ses Portes, it is advisable to go early morning or sunset to avoid the worst of the heat.


Cala Olivera

Close to the island’s only golf course, in the urbanisation of Roca Llisa, is one of Ibiza’s prettiest and most secluded little coves. Get down early to make the most of the morning sunshine and snag that important parking spot. Offering one of the cutest beach bars you are likely to find on your travels, you can eat and drink here for reasonable prices while soaking up the ludicrously calming vista.


Pou d’es Lleó

Not quite so secret but still very mellow in summer, there are plenty of options here. This beach is great for swimming and access is quite easy, so it does attract water sports enthusiasts who like to kayak or paddle board. There is an excellent chiringuito bar here for a cold drink or traditional snack. The more energetic might enjoy a short hike to the nearby defence tower Torre d’en Valls, whilst others will prefer to just while away the hours on a quiet little bay that is quintessentially Ibiza.

If you’d like a private guide to lead you to some of these hidden gems, contact Stivi @ Balearic Outdoor Adventures. He will be happy to help you.

Check out our beach guide covering a vast selection. Each beach page is full of lots of useful information, including facilities, tips and how to get there.

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