Ibiza's secret beaches

Ibiza’s secret beaches: It’s not just the bars and clubs which get rammed in the party island’s high season, many of the beaches are packed too. To find a peaceful spot away from the madness, try one of these hidden gems from Secret Beaches: Ibiza

 

Cala Llentrisca beach,

Cala Llentrisca

In the middle of the crescent-shaped Cala Llentrisca sits a rickety old timber jetty protruding out into the bay that makes a perfect diving platform. This slim stretch of beach can be enjoyed in full sunshine until late in the afternoon and will often be deserted. The waters here are so blue that they colour the sand and sea grass with a subtle fluorescence, something that makes a vivid impression when you see this cove for the first time. Cala Llentrisca is a place that invites repose and reflection, with only the fishing boats bobbing far out to sea offering much in the way of distraction. Keep a sleepy eye on them as they make their lazy journeys home – some of them are stowed away by their owners in the little shacks lining the back of the beach.

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Es Cubells is a small village nestled among the orange, lemon and olive groves on precipitous terraces. Occupying an enviable location on the uppermost terrace, Bar Llumbi‘s uninterrupted view across to Formentera is almost as compelling as the typically Spanish menu. You’ll find all the usual suspects here – fresh fish, paella, copious salads – and the quick, friendly service means you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the extraordinary vista over your coffee. 
• +34 971 802128 Further information, directions and map

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Cala Tarida

 

Hidden among the rocks and cliffs, away from the sprawling tourist hotels that encircle the white sands of Cala Tarida, are several tiny little coves, one of which can be enjoyed only by those willing to get their feet wet. With perfect southerly aspects, these beaches are picture-postcard locations where pure unpolluted waters reflect the sun, making the entire scene resemble the interior of a giant bottle of Bombay Sapphire. Given the popularity of these spots, they are usually occupied by locals brazenly sunbathing in their birthday suits, but they still seem a world away from the crowded main beach in high summer.

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There are plenty of restaurants serving higher quality food in or around Cala Tarida but Ses Eufabies, family owned and run, occupies by far the best position. The entire restaurant has been built atop a vast rock in the middle of the beach with its dining terraces cut directly into the stone, making it feel as though you have hardly left the sand. The menu is typical beach cafe fare: cheap and cheerful with a couple of fresh grilled fish thrown in among the burgers and hot dogs. Book a table here for lunch and you’ll have a base for the afternoon from which to survey the comings and goings all about you. Try to stay for the sunset as the westerly orientation means incredible views out to sea. 
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Es Portitxol

 

Ibiza‘s natural beauty is present in all its glory at this perfect teardrop-shaped beach, dramatically sliced from the cliffs to form a natural harbour of translucent azure water. You reach this tiny stretch of protected shoreline by descending a precarious, rickety path, which adds to the thrill of the location. Once there, it is easy to understand why the beach is so important to local fishermen, who use it as a social focal point as well as a place to store and launch their boats. Our recommended access to the bay allows you to experience the historical rhythm of the island’s spellbinding coast by following the same route used by fishermen, pirates and invaders for hundreds of years. Like them, you’ll be rewarded with incredible views of cliffs plunging into fathomless cerulean waters.

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Ignore the deceptively residential frontage, Can Cires opens up to reveal a wonderfully atmospheric alfresco dining area. The place is run by an eccentric owner who likes to wander around with a parrot on his shoulder. He’s from Alsace and his Gallic roots are well in evidence, from the house speciality – a thin and crispy tarte flambée – to the outdoor pétanque area. The interior is decorated with a restored classic French motorbike and large print photographs of the island’s coastline. The wine list includes an Alsace Gewurztraminer and as many as seven Ibicenco riojas and crianzas. 
• +34 971 805551, cancires.com Further information, directions and map

 

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Cala Llentia

 

The distinctive uninhabited island of Es Vedrà is framed behind the craggy cliffs that overhang this small bay. Cala Llentia is known to a few locals as a place to escape the madness that takes over the island during the high season. The slightly tricky access will put off any fair weather explorers, but those that do make the effort will always find somewhere to lie and enjoy the tranquility.

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It’s a short stroll over the headland to the classic Ibiza chiringuito at Cala Codolar, and it’s a lively contrast to the sandy solitude of Cala Llentia. First set up in 1974 and still owned and run by the same Ibicencan local, it is the type of simple wooden shack that is rarely seen today. Before beach bars and restaurants became ubiquitous, nearly every beach on the island had one or two chiringuitos like this one. They would be set up to serve drinks and simple snacks during the summer months, before being dismantled and taken away at the end of each season. Perhaps their days are numbered, but thanks to the restrictive building laws protecting Cala Codolar, this one is safe for the time being. Bog-standard plastic chairs and tables are shaded by promotional parasols giving the bar an unpretentious, friendly atmosphere. 
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Cala Llarga

 

Cala Llarga is the most southerly beach on Ibiza, and one of the most perfectly formed. A deep pebbled area, linking the shoreline to the woodland of Punta de la Rama, stretches out behind you while you contemplate the views. And as with many of Ibiza’s secret beaches, there is a springy mattress of dried sea grass along the foreshore to keep you comfortable while you snooze. For those in search of more energetic activities, the rocks and platforms lining the bay are so perfect for diving and jumping that they could have been specifically designed for just that purpose. Our chosen approach is equally spectacular, taking you south along the coast from Ses Salines beach and over the headland to enjoy some distant views of Formentera and the satellite islands of s’Espalmador and s’Espardell.

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Set back slightly from the actual beach, Can Masia is a welcome alternative to the sandy dancefloors of the identikit beach bars at nearby Ses Salines beach. As a result, the bougainvillea-shaded terrace gets packed out with locals seeking shelter from the midday sun. The cooking is simple, constantly changing and marked up on the chalkboard. A menú del día is a generous and reasonably priced option, however it won’t feature some of the more interesting à la carte offerings such as jellied octopus. 
• +34 697 457082Further information, directions and map

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Agua Blanca

 

Discovering Agua Blanca’s secret satellite beach will require a short swim or a wade through gin-clear Mediterranean waters to a world of stone stacks and rune-like shells. This is a particularly calm and peaceful place, where the sound of waves drumming into miniature caves will lull you into a peaceful siesta. Just make sure you save enough energy for that watery stroll to the chiringuito for lunch or cocktails.

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Once a chiringuito shack selling cold drinks and snacks to a small crowd of tourists, Restaurante Aguas Blancas has grown gradually over the years, with a little bit of timber here and a few planks of decking there, into today’s fully fledged beach restaurant. Thankfully, it hasn’t lost the charm and friendly welcome that has always marked it out, and the menu is still all-encompassing and uncommonly reasonable. Early birds should come here for a coffee (and or night owls for a nightcap) at sunrise – the blankets of warm colour as the sun appears are spectacular, arguably one of the most impressive sights on the island. 
• +34 971 326862 Further information, directions and map

 

 

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Ibiza International music Summit

Dear Friends, just a little appetizer before the summer starts,

The International Music Summit have announced the initial set of speakers for this years IMS 2012. Some obvious interesting ones from our point of view are Nile Rodgers (Keynote Interview), Tatiana Simonian from Twitter (Keynote Address), Patrick Walker from Youtube (Technology Address), D.A. Wallach from Spotify (Presidential Debate) and Omid Ashtari from Foursquare (Technology Address).

Here’s the blurb:

First speakers for IMS 2012 are now revealed. IMS enters year five at the five-star Ibiza Gran Hotel with speaker executives from Twitter, You Tube, Spotify, Vice, Foursquare, Creamfields, Metropolis, PRS, VUE Cinemas as well as a Keynote Interview with the legend that is Nile Rodgers, plus Diplo, Carl Cox, Luciano, Loco Dice, Paul Oakenfold, Francois Kevorkian and more.

Ben Turner, co-founder and IMS partner said: “IMS is so excited about this year’s line-up starting with the news of Nile Rodgers coming to Ibiza to talk about his incredible history at a crucial time for him. He has just confirmed he’s on production duties for Daft Punk so it’s also a very special moment to get time with him. Aside from this, we have visionaries from Twitter, You Tube, Vice and Foursquare coming, plus the strongest artist speakers we’ve had in five years. Electronic music is in a huge position of strength, so this year’s theme is Connections Count, as we open the doors to some of the biggest partnership companies around. Come to IMS Ibiza and make it count.”

 

Music Artists:

NILE RODGERS – CHIC (Keynote Interview)
DIPLO (Keynote Interview)
CARL COX (IMS Legends Dinner Recipient)
PROFESSOR GREEN (Brand Presentation)
LUCIANO (Keynote Interview)
ABOVE & BEYOND (Emerging Market Focus: India/Presidential Debate)
LOCO DICE (IMS Grand Finale DJ)
PAUL OAKENFOLD (Film & Television)
FRANCOIS KEVORKIAN (The World According to Francois Kevorkian)
SETH TROXLER (IMS Grand Finale DJ)

Music Industry:

JAMES BARTON – CREAMFIELDS (Keynote Interview)
SIMON DUNMORE – DEFECTED (Keynote Interview)
DANIEL MILLER – MUTE (The World According to Francois Kevorkian)
PINO SAGLIOCCO – IBIZA 123 / LIVE NATION ES (Ibiza: Year of Change)
RAY COSBERT – METROPOLIS (IMS Question Time)
BRETT ROBINSON – FUTURE ENTERTAINMENT (Market Focus – Australia)
JHO OAKLEY – JHO MANAGEMENT (Meet Team Chase & Status)

OBI ASIKA – WILLIAM MORRIS ENDEAVOUR (Meet Team Chase & Status)
TED COHEN (TAG STRATEGIC)

Music Brands / Partners:

TATIANA SIMONIAN – TWITTER (Keynote Address)
PATRICK WALKER – YOU TUBE (Technology Address)
EDDY MORETTI – VICE (Keynote Address)
D.A. WALLACH – SPOTIFY (Presidential Debate)
FOURSQUARE (Technology Address)
MARC DE QUERVAIN – VUE CINEMAS (Keynote Address)
JAMAL EDWARDS – SBTV (Under 30 – Next Gen)
BLAISE BELLVILLE – BOILER ROOM – (Under 30 – Next Gen)
LUKE HOOD – UKF Dubstep (Under 30 – Next Gen)
MARK LAWRENCE – PRS MEMBERSHIP & RIGHTS (Publishing – Now, Show Me The Money)

Music Topics

 

INTRODUCING HACK DAY
FESTIVAL BILLING WARS
IBIZA – YEAR OF CHANGE
MARKET FOCUS – AUSTRALIA
EMERGING MARKET FOCUS – INDIA
AMERICA – AFTER THE GOLD RUSH
PUBLISHING – NOW, SHOW ME THE MONEY
VISUAL ARTISTS – THE VISIONARIES
BEHIND THE ARTISTS
IMS ANTHEM BY THE JAPANESE POPSTARS
TECHNOLOGY ADDRESS – TWITTER, YOU TUBE, SPOTIFY, FOURSQUARE

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Ibiza in winter

Ibiza Town in Winter (Eivissa)

Life goes on in Ibiza town throughout the winter months. As the capital of the island, with a population of over 30.000, there is a great deal going on in Ibiza which has nothing to do with the Summer tourism.

First of all one is struck by the genuine Spanish flair to the town, much more than you see in summer; this a chance to see some real locals in the cafés, bars and shops of Ibiza. Take a stroll around the new town, near to theAvenida España, with its large indoor market. Cheap clothes, great value Tapas and real Spanish food, and a wonderful feeling of belonging, of being part of Spanish life.

Suggested Places to Visit

Café SidneyMarina Botafoch
On the waterfront by the luxury cruisers. International cooking, menus of the week, large choice of breakfasts. All year. Tel: +34 971 19 22 43

Nanking Chinese RestaurantClose to Port Area of Ibiza Town
Elegant Chinese. Menu of quality and flavour to the highest standard. All year. Air-conditioned, on the first floor.Tel: +34 971 19 09 51

Talamanca RestaurantTalamanca Beach
Close to Ibiza Town, shady beachside terrace and great night scene. Popular with the locals, especially on ‘Fiesta’ nights. Tel: +34 971 312 463

Shopping

Although almost all the shops and bars right down to the end of the Port are shut, there are many, many shops still open in the lanes just below the city walls and in the Carrer del Mar, running parallel to the harbour. Designer fashion from Diesel, Mango and Levis (at cheaper than summer prices); all sorts of shoe shops, such as Angels and Buffalo (great value); jewellery stores; souvenir shops selling trinkets and knick-knack; even the famous Croissant Show at the foot of the main gates to Dalt Vila is open.

Take a look at our Dalt Vila shopping guide, some of these small shops are open for business in the winter months so it is worth taking a wander upto the old walled town, whilst our Ibiza Town shopping guide can give you a flavour of what you may find in the port area.

The first Christmas decorations are on show, and the Vara de Rey becomes a Christmas Market over the festive season (06.12 – 05.01), (with Gluehwein and all! from 12.00).

And do remember to pay a visit to the wonderfully empty Dalt Vila and the Cathedral.

For those of you used to the summer months of parties, sunbathing and going out, Ibiza in winter will be quite different – (before you shake your head, make sure you read our off-season clubbing special – at the weekend even in winter you can be sure to find some great parties!).

However, if you ask any residents which is their favourite time of year, you will almost always hear ‘winter of course!’ It is a slower, more tranquilo vibe. A time for admiring the architecture and the scenery. A wonderful time to appreciate the clarity of the air, the vibrant colours and the mild climate. A very important time of year for the island and her inhabitants to rejuvenate and recover. After all, without the winter there would be no summer season.

Sightseeing & Exploring in and around Ibiza Town

Dalt Vila

A few hours spent in Ibiza Town exploring the Old Town, Dalt Vila is a must for everybody visiting Ibiza. Simply the sight of the Medieval fortress rising over the horizon as you drive into the town of Ibiza is enough to bring out the romantic in everyone. You can really feel the history as you walk the ancient cobbled stone paths of the ancient fortress.

Remember to bring good sturdy shoes for the walk to the top of the Castle and of course your camera.

Dalt Vila (The Old Town)

The Marina

Focal point of the rich and famous ‘Wet-Set’. Be amazed at the beautiful ships on display, and enjoy a coffee and a snack in some of the many bars and cafés there (our tip: Café Sidney). There is a lovely walk from the harbour right along to Marina Bota Foch (and even further onto Talamanca for the intrepid). Maybe one day one of those ships will be yours…. (we can all dream!)

Ibiza Marina

 

Out on the Town

See our section on off-season clubbing for some tips on where to go out in Ibiza Town adn around the island. Remember there are many of us residents who stay on the island all year, so there is always a good party to be found!

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Out and About

For those who have hired a car, this time of the year is ideal to get out and about exploring the island. To help you on your way take a look at our 4 ‘self drive’ island routes – do them all or choose the one for the area you’re staying in – we’re sure they’ll introduce to another side of Ibiza. They’re printer friendly too – so you can take them with you when you travel.

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