Deliciously wild coves for plunging straight in from the rocks, honey-white sweeps overlooked by boho-chic bars, calm golden bays washed by emerald waves: Ibiza’s seductive, sun-soaked beaches evoke all that’s magical about Spain’s Balearic Islands. 

With over 200km (124 miles) of glittering coastline, it’s possible to escape the White Isle’s crowds – often by heading out on foot – even in peak summer; shoulder season (May/June, September/October) is quieter yet still warm enough for lying out.

Outdoor adventures abound year-round, from sunset kayaking to thrilling snorkeling to hiking along the island’s rugged shores. Some of the island’s most blissful stretches of sand sit within fiercely protected nature reserves, and local beach clean-ups offer the chance to have a positive impact. Here’s our list of the best beaches in Ibiza.

Head to Ses Salines & Es Cavallet for natural beauty and beach parties

Sweeping across southeast Ibiza to Formentera, the Unesco-listed Parc Natural de Ses Salines takes in the island’s two most unbelievably beautiful beaches, awash with pine groves, salt flats, dunes and underwater Neptune grass. With silken, sugar-white sands, Platja de Ses Salines is loved for its toes-in-the-surf Balearic-beat parties, hosting legendary bars such as Sa Trinxa along its turquoise shores. Equally divine Es Cavallet is Ibiza’s prime LGBTQ+ beach, centered around buzzy Chiringay bar-restaurant. Parking is a nightmare in high season, so head out early or catch bus 11/11B. For a change of pace, walk out to the 18th-century Ses Portes watchtower on Ibiza’s southeast tip. 

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Enjoy a beachside feast at Cala Mastella

Electric-green pines, gentle jade waves and a no-frills kiosk mixing up zingy mojitos make for an irresistible northeast-coast cove near pretty Sant Carles. But tiny, tranquil, silver-sand Cala Mastella is also the setting for one of Ibiza’s most sought-after xiringuitos (beach-shack restaurants), El Bigotes, where (if you’ve booked ahead) fuss-free feasts of bullit de peix (fish-and-vegetable stew) and fresh grilled fish end with a spiced café caleta (a hot coffee with brandy and sugar). 

Take the kids to Talamanca

It’s all about taking it easy on sheltered Talamanca, just northeast of Ibiza Town, whose shallow waters, seafront promenade, golden sands and lively restaurants (simple seafood at Fish Shack, uber-glam offerings at Nobu Ibiza Bay) make it a top pick for families. Talamanca is also one of Ibiza’s most accessible strands, with wheelchair-adapted boardwalks, amphibious chairs and more. 

A little further west lies pebbly S’Estanyol, a hidden jewel where ibicencos go swimming off a wooden jetty and relax at stylish Cala Bonita restaurant.

Escape the crowds at these rugged north-coast beaches

Some of Ibiza’s dreamiest secret beaches are folded into the wild-feeling north coast. After a 20-minute stroll, you’ll emerge beneath spine-tingling cliffs in a blissfully quiet turquoise bay with just a few sun-bleached wooden fishers’ huts. This is Es Portitxol, one of the island’s most secluded rocky coves, 5km (3 miles) northwest of Sant Miquel. 

It’s a similarly peaceful scene at nearby Cala d’Aubarca, a 3km-wide (1.8-mile) horseshoe where paddling straight off the rocks is the reward for arriving on foot (20 minutes), and at lovely, cliff-edged Port de Ses Caletes, on Ibiza’s northeast tip. Pack water, picnic supplies and walking shoes. 

A wide shot of people spreading out on the sand under umbrellas on Cala Benirrás, as turquoise waters lap the beach
Cala Benirràs is an Ibiza beach with a bohemian vibe © Pawel Kazmierczak / Shutterstock

Feel the bohemian vibe at Benirràs

A bohemian, off-grid vibe obtains at Benirràs, which is wedged into a pine-wooded valley along Ibiza’s untamed northern shoreline. Sunday sunsets happen to the sound of bongo drumming, against a backdrop of crackling bonfires, orange-pink cliffs, and myth-rich Cap Bernat islet. This beach is as popular with families as with gangs of friends, with loungers, three restaurants, and pale-gold sands folding into an aquamarine bay. 

Skip the swimsuit at Aigües Blanques

A magical spot to catch the sun rise as it casts its rosy glow over the Mediterranean, this wild, gold-sand beauty sits at the foot of lushly forested cliffs near Sant Carles in Ibiza’s northeast corner. Lather up with a natural mud bath, then plunge into the teal waves, before grabbing a bocadillo (filled roll) at the popular xiringuito toward the quieter southern end. No swimwear required: Aigües Blanques is an official nudist beach.

A woman checks the water at the secluded Cala d’en Serra beach on Ibiza’s northern shore.
Cala d’en Serra, near Portinatx on Ibiza’s northern coast, is a beach that’s popular with a local crowd © Annapurna Mellor / Lonely Planet

Choose your own beach adventure in low-key Portinatx

Northern Ibiza’s main low-key resort, Portinatx is surrounded by beautiful beaches. Dive straight in from the shelf-like rocks at Punta Galera, where sunsets feel magical and there’s a local, naturist vibe. A view-splayed walking trail wiggles along the jagged coastline from Portinatx to its 52m(170ft)-high lighthouse (the Balearics’ tallest), after which the waterside terrace at Los Enamorados is a joy. 

Or head to azure Cala d’en Serra, just east of Portinatx, popular with a local crowd. Tranquil Cala Xuclar is a minuscule rocky crescent with a good xiringuito and rustic fishing huts overlooking crystalline water, 2km (1.2mi) southwest of town; another kilometer on, the escape-it-all-treat of Cala Xarraca has good snorkeling off its tiny sand-and-pebble shore, natural mud baths and a no-fuss xiringuito.

Discover the beaches of Formentera on a day trip

Ibiza’s smaller, calmer, little-developed sister island conceals some of the Balearics’ most exquisite beaches. Lapped by electric-blue waves, Formentera’s sugar-white sands feel plucked from the Maldives, particularly around the pearlescent Trucador Peninsula (within the Parc Natural de Ses Salines), glowing Cala Saona, undeveloped Platja de Migjorn (a swirl of salt-white bays with nudist areas) and Es Caló’s sapphire coves. You can day-trip over from Ibiza by 30-minute ferry, though once you’ve savored Formentera’s barefoot beauty you’ll want to stay forever.  

Snorkel in the rocky coves of Pou des Lleó

Never too busy (even in summer), this string of delightful, little-known rocky coves takes in wood-walled fishing huts, pine groves, curious rock formations and perfect snorkeling. After you’ve dried off, soak up the serenity from the 18th-century Torre d’en Valls watchtower. Pou des Lleó is 5km (3 miles) east of Sant Carles, and makes a refreshing add-on to the Las Dalias hippie market.

A view of Cala d’Hort Beach at sunset, with the Es Vedrà rock formation in the distance, Ibiza
Cala d’Hort offers stellar views of rocky, mysterious Es Vedrà island © Alex Tihonovs / Shutterstock

Contemplate mysterious Es Vedrà from Cala d’Hort

A strictly protected nature reserve, Cala d’Hort feels like one of Ibiza’s most enticing slices of paradise. This golden southwest-coast strand seduces sun seekers with its knockout views of Es Vedrà, the spectacular mystery-wreathed outcrop looming offshore. Linger over lunch at Es Boldadó – where classic ibicenco recipes include caldereta de llagosta (lobster stew) and bullit de peix – then savor the sunset. Cala Carbó, just north, is another lovely swimming-and-snorkeling spot. 

Make an easy escape from the club scene at Cala Gració & Cala Gracioneta

Powdery alabaster sand disappears into shimmering water that fades from cerulean to cobalt blue at this surprisingly secluded duo – you’re worlds away from club-tastic Sant Antoni, just 2km (1.2mi) south. Cala Gració’s calm nature makes it a hit with families, while tinier Cala Gracioneta is hemmed in by rocky cliffs and has a chic, Mediterranean-vibes xiringuito. The clear-blue sea around the pine-dusted headlands is perfect for snorkeling. Both beaches are most peaceful outside high season.

Watch the sun set at Platges de Comte & Cala Bassa

With blazing sunsets, aquamarine shallows and powder-soft cream-colored sand, the Platges de Comte are an unmissable succession of west-coast coves; arrive early to catch the show from boho-feel Sunset Ashram or sustainability-driven Chiringuito Cala Escondida. Just east, Cala Bassa rivals Comte in its pure, white-sand beauty and has a lively beach club, stylish restaurants and pine forests. Quick boat links to Sant Antoni mean both strands get packed in summer. 

People relax by the pool at Ushuaia hotel and club in Ibiza
In Platja d'en Bossa you can relax by the pool during the day and then party all night © Atlantide Phototravel / Getty Images

Live your best EDM life at Platja d’en Bossa

For a taste of Ibiza’s glamorous party-queen side, you can’t beat Platja d’en Bossa, the 3km(1.9 mile)-long golden-white sliver of sand just southwest of Ibiza Town. By day, chill-out beats waft across the water, Unesco-listed Dalt Vila twinkles in the distance, and boho-chic Bali beds fringe aqua-tinted waves (Beachouse is a fabulous beach club). Later on, the world’s top DJs grace the stage at Ushuaïa, Hï Ibiza and others. 

Visit in the off season to fully enjoy the beauty of Cala Salada & Cala Saladeta

The all-natural beauty of Cala Salada, 5km (3 miles) north of Sant Antoni, makes it one of the island’s most beloved beaches. Caribbean-blue waves ripple onto bleach-blonde sand beneath rust-colored cliffs topped by scented pine trees, and there’s a relaxed, families-and-couples vibe. Clamber past the stone-built fishers’ huts or follow a shady path to Cala Saladeta – a pearl-white, 100m(328ft)-long strand caressed by teal water. Sidestep high-season crowds by popping by in June or September. 

Find serenity at the hidden cove of Es Torrent 

To uncover this delectable southern cove, meander past pine forests and ochre-tinged headlands to the foot of a seasonal-river valley, 8km (5mi) south of Sant Josep. A few sun beds sit under straw-topped umbrellas, and calm turquoise waves wash onto the pebble-studded shore (that’s ideal for snorkeling). Waterside Es Torrent is a smart, go-to restaurant for traditional seafood and arroces (rice dishes). 

Channel the Carthaginians at Sa Caleta

Craggy rust-red cliffs give way to a clutch of sheltered, silvery-gold sand-and-pebble strips with shallow, translucent waters, 10km (6.2mi) southwest of Ibiza Town. One has sun beds, another is framed by fishers’ huts, and a long-established restaurant serves sizzling arroces under fragrant pines. Don’t miss the Unesco-protected cliff-top ruins of Ibiza’s first Carthaginian settlement, founded in the 8th century BCE.

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