Saturday, 28 January 2012

My favourite Ibiza beaches part 1

Ibiza and Formentera August and September 2011
Ibiza Spotlight - a great source of news and information on Ibiza - has published a fantastic interactive map of Ibiza's beaches.

Hover over each beach and an image of the beach appears. Then click through to another page giving lots of useful information such as location, facilities and accommodation.

Some favourite beaches in Ibiza:

Calla Bassa beach, Ibiza - There beach and the nearby Camping Calla Bassa are very dear to me. This was one of the first beaches I discovered in Ibiza way back in the mid 1990s and we have returned there year after year. Before buying our apartment we camped at Calla Bassa and have enjoyed many happy moments both there and at the nearby beach.
Calla Bassa beach, Ibiza
The beach has a backdrop of wild pine trees which afford shade in the heat of the day. The water is crystal clear blue with a wide, gently sloping beach and good snorkeling. Thanks to the hoards of British tourists arriving by ferry from San Antonio, plus the Spanish holidaymakers, there is never a dull moment at Calla Bassa.
In 2011 the authorities attempted to take Calla Bassa upmarket, selling the beach cafe leases to people who have constructed a place more aimed at the "white linen brigade" than normal people. It remains to be seen how successful this is. It was nice to hear a DJ playing there late last summer in the new cafe.

Benirrás, Ibiza
People having fun at the evening drumming 
Benirras, Ibiza - way up in the north, this beach is beloved of the hippy community who come here at sunset to drum. It has an excellent fish restaurant on the beach. It is also possible to rough camp on the hillside behind the campsite if you want to stay in the area for a few days on the cheap.
There are lots of walks around the coast and headland. This place does get crowded in the summer but it always has a lovely, alternative feel to it. The area suffered badly from the forest fire of 2011 so there are some scorched hillsides still visible.

Edén (HDR)
Salines beach from its quiet end
Ses Salines (Las Salines), Ibiza - In complete contrast to Benirras, Ses Salines (pronounced sa-lin-es) is one of the places to be seen and pose in Ibiza. The long strip of sand has a backdrop of sand dunes with trendy lounge beach bars strung along its length. It is easily accessible from Ibiza Town by bus (twice an hour, E1.80 each way; once an hour in winter). The thirty minute journey there takes you through the middle of the majestic salt pans of Ibiza, home to flamingoes at certain times of year.

1 comment:

  1. I love Ses Salines beach, I would like to find two Ibiza apartments to rent near it!