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Ibiza Beach of the Week: Cala Xarraca

If you are into snorkelling and want to explore Ibiza's wilder side, Cala Xarraca, near San Juan, is just the ticket!

For this week's Beach of the Week, we head to the north of Ibiza to the beautiful bay of Cala Xarraca.

Situated 3.5 kilometres from Portinatx, in between S'illot d'es Rencli and the mountain of Puig de Sa Xarraca, Cala Xarraca is best reached by car due to its steep access road, although it is also possible to reach it by bus then stroll down on foot.

At only 90 metres long and 15 metres wide, this is one of the most isolated bays in Ibiza, boasting the most magnificent views. It 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 unusual dark sand contrasts perfectly with the natural surroundings and the clear aquamarine waters. The rocky coastline of Cala Xarraca makes it a perfect place for snorkelling, and it remains a firm favourite with photographers.

Cala Xarraca is divided into three areas; the middle is the busiest and most popular, with the two smaller areas to either side being more secluded and tending to attract nudists.

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.

If you are looking for peace, tranquility and total relaxation away from Ibiza's busier resorts, Cala Xarraca is the perfect tonic. There is only one restaurant, aptly named the Cala Xarraca, which has been run by the local Tur family for over thirty years. Open in the summer season, it offers a variety of delicious dishes, with specialties including fresh fish and seafood as well as classic Mediterranean rice dishes.

Car parking space is limited and even though it is not a very well-known beach, it is still very small, so it is recommended to arrive early in the day to secure a spot.
Depending on the precise time of year, it's also a great place to enjoy a relaxing evening swim as the sun goes down.


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