Beaches In Ibiza
In Ibiza, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to beaches, as there are apparently well over fifty beaches on the Island! Whether you’re after a laid back beach with a restaurant, a lively beach with a bar and music, or one with stunning views to simply sunbathe and relax, here are what’s on offer. Below are only some of the beaches that have been memorable to me for various reasons, usually due to their uniqueness and beauty. These beaches can be reached by taxi boats, bus or car, and water sports are regularly enjoyed at all.
Cala Tarida (San Jose) is a personal favourite of mine. You will immediately notice the cleanliness of its crystal clear waters. With sunset bars overlooking it and restaurants, it’s the perfect place to spend the day. This beach is extremely popular amongst families.
Cala Conta (San Jose) is another busy beach, especially in the height of season, and it’s no surprise why. With its stunning views (islands around the coastline), unique looking restaurant and two beaches to choose from, as well as a third small cove, it’s the perfect place for all. Not only does the outdoor restaurant sell food, but there is also a stall to purchase craft items, jewellery, clothes and accessories: Sunset Ashram.
Playa d’en Bossa (Eivissa), the longest beach of the island, is perfect for those that want to fine dine in the beach restaurants, or dance away in one of the many bars. Sunday is the most popular day for the Bora Bora beach party and is extremely popular amongst the tourists. The entrance is also free!
Cala d’Hort (San Jose) is a lovely little beach, complete with some boutique shops and restaurants. There is also the stunning view of Es Vedra!
Cala Vadella (San Jose) surrounded by grassy hills, restaurants and bars in a quaint resort town is a lovely small, white sandy beach.
Cala San Vicente (Sant Joan) is a great place to spend the day, especially with children due to the activities that take place there. In the corner, ‘On The Beach’ bar is a cosy little place to enjoy food or cocktails, inside, or on the roof terrace, and has a Reggae night.
Cala Salada (San Antonio) is a chilled out beach, with rocks separating another beach, which also has a restaurant.
Cala Bassa (Sant Josep) has stunning clear waters, and as it’s situated in a dessert area, there are no buildings in sight. There is a nice restaurant on the beach, CBbC (Cala Bassa Beach Club.)
Santa Eularia beach is perfect for those also wanting to explore the little town with its many shops, boutiques, markets and restaurant.
For those situated in San Antonio / Cala Be Bou not wanting to travel too far, Playa Pinet (Reggae Reggae beach) with its reggae bar, old school Reggae tunes, and barbecues make an enjoyable visit. Port Des Torrent, Caló des Moro and Cala Gracio are also within walking distance.
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A white boat moves across the bay towards Capri, the wide triangle in its wake turning the water from aquamarine to indigo. Stefano is taking a small party of holiday-makers on a circuit of the island.
I force myself to concentrate on the painting of Vesuvius I’ve been working on, begun on a day when the volcano was shrouded in mist and looking as mysterious as a silent film star. Soon I will need to phone the travel agents and book my return ticket to London; carrying on with my old life and pretending that my heart isn’t broken.
Stefano and I met six months ago in a Kentish apple orchard on a sunny April morning. I was studying art, he was learning English.
“You are more beautiful than the apple blossom, Rebecca,” he told me after our first date.
I did a painting of him in the orchard, his eyes dark as sloes against the pink and white blossom. His ambition was to start his own travel business, showing people the hidden magic of Sorrento.
He persuaded me to spend the summer with him in Italy.
“You be my rabbit,” he said, “I show you everything.”
“I think you mean ‘guinea pig’,” I said with a giggle as I snuggled into his arms.
Our romance was as hot and sultry as the weather, and at times as stormy as the thunder and lightning that sweeps across the Bay of Naples, but the sunshine always returned just as quickly. I tried to concentrate on the magic of being with him, not daring to hope we had a future together. I ignored emails from college about what course to take in September, feeling jealous if he spent time talking to a pretty girl.
Stefano’s best friend Enrico told me that he had a reputation for wanting the fun of a relationship, but not the commitment. “Stefano finds somebody, he loves them, he leaves them,” he said one evening, when a group of us had gathered for pizza and red wine outside a café by the sea.
There were a group of English girls on the table next to us. Stefano had spent a lot of time with them talking about his business, handing out leaflets and flirting with a blonde girl in a low-cut black t-shirt. I noticed how their fingers had brushed when he handed her his business card.
I sat, tears stinging my eyes, my pizza unfinished. I’d hoped this time it would be different.
Last night over dinner on the terrace, I told him I was going back to England. Lights twinkled on the boats anchored in the Bay of Naples and I imagined him sweeping me into his arms to persuade me to stay.
“All things come to an end, Rebecca,” he said. His mobile rang, another tour was booked and the subject was closed. It was obvious he didn’t care.
This morning, Vesuvius dominates the Bay. Her crater is clearly visible, with the thousands of houses on her slopes looking like carelessly tossed lumps of chalk.
I gaze at the view in front of me, committing it to memory, unable to bear the thought of leaving Italy and Stefano.
The sound of a scooter’s whine cuts across the machine gun rattle of a wren. I turn as I hear footsteps crossing the terrace.
For anyone visiting an island like Ibiza or even for people living there the idea of a beach garden may seem like an impossible dream. Certainly, building a garden by the sea brings problems in that most plants will not tolerate salt water. Even if plants are watered with fresh water salt can be brought into a garden by wind off the sea so careful thought would be needed to construct a garden close to the sea. However there are plants that will survive in this habitat such as Nerium Oleander, Eleangues, Pittisporum Tobia, Yucca Euynomous, Rosa Rugosa and Osteospurnams. It would also be a good idea to use pots or containers to grow plants in which could be moved to a more sheltered spot once the winter approaches. But a garden inland or even in the UK can be themed as a beach garden and this can be done by using gravel and different sands to create a beach look which can be enhanced by using rocks and wood which can be aged to look like drift wood. Selecting garden furniture which would look at home by the sea is another way to create the effect. Painting walls of a garden with pastel colours and even with murals will help the seaside look as would collecting a variety of seashells to place in gravel or sandy parts of the garden. The whole effect is much easier to create in a sunny climate like Ibiza and it may be a bit too much work to carry out in parts of the UK but beach themed gardens have been successfully built in the south of England which has a more temperate climate than the north. One way to enhance the beach ambiance would be to build an pool with a sloping entrance to the water with rock pools around the sides of the slope this of course would be very expensive to do as would installing a wave machine but this type of pool does exist in Ibiza so one can find a company to carry out this type of work. A garden laid of with ponds with fish in can also be used although it would probably be better to fill it with fresh water fish as it would be easier to keep maintained than one with saltwater. Some other plants that do well by the sea are Agapanthus, Lavender and Cistus also known as the rock rose. This is the plant that grows wild in the countryside in Ibiza which has the crimson flower that flowers in the spring. It is possible to create a really good beach garden away fro the sea but as with all projects careful planning and thought will bring the best results.