South Ibiza

A tiny rocky peninsula that's been nicknamed Atlantis for decades, this remarkable place is actually a former quarry, but it's easy to see how hippies viewed the oblique cut-stone outlines as the remains of a lost civilisation. Visitors have added Hindu-style carvings to the rocks, and cliff jumpers plunge into the deep, cobalt water. It's only accessible on foot, a hard-going 30-minute descent south from the parking spot near the Es Vedrà viewpoint and Torre des Savinar.

Above Atlantis is a small cave, a place of sanctuary home to a remarkable Buddha image said to have been etched by a Japanese hermit decades ago.

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1. Cova de Buda

0.04 MILES

Just above the extraordinary old quarry known as Atlantis, this cavern is considered sacred by the spiritually inclined. It's home to a remarkable Buddha…

2. Torre des Savinar


The lofty, spectacularly located Torre des Savinar defence tower boasts sweeping views directly over the enigmatic islets of Es Vedrà and Es Vedranell,…

3. Cova des Mirador

0.31 MILES

A tiny cavern directly below the main Es Vedrà viewpoint, gazing out on Ibiza's most enigmatic islet. It's a spiritual spot, and many people leave…

4. Es Vedranell


Guarding its bigger sister Es Vedrà like a demon from a fantasy novel, the small island of Es Vedranell is jumble of jagged rocks. Its nickname, 'sleeping…

5. Cala d'Hort

1.25 MILES

Nestled beneath the steep wooded hills of Ibiza's isolated southwest corner, opposite the craggy, dramatic limestone islet of Es Vedrà, bijou Cala d’Hort…

6. Cala Llentrisca

1.41 MILES

This sublime little horseshoe bay, backed by wooded hills, isn't accessible by road, but it's only a 10-minute walk from the nearest parking spot, 4km…

7. Es Vedrà

1.65 MILES

Off Ibiza's southwest tip, the exquisite, vertiginous island of Es Vedrà is one of the most startling sights in the Balearics, emerging abruptly from the…

8. Cala Carbó

1.67 MILES

There's little to Cala Carbó, a pretty niche in Ibiza's southwest coast (9km southwest of Sant Josep), its shoreline a mix of sand and pebbles. You'll…