Beaches in Sant Joan de Labritja

Nicole Torres

Cala-san-vicente-NT-150914As you drive up the east coast of Ibiza, the first beach you can find when entering the municipality of Sant Joan de Labritja is 1. Cala Sant Vicent – commonly known by the locals as Sa Cala. This beach is big in Ibizan terms, 390 metres long and 90 wide, with soft fine sands brought from undersea sand banks, surrounded by clear waters. This beach offers many water sports services and there is a volley ball net. You can also enjoy the lovely Passeo that runs parallel to the beach with its bars and shops.

Close by there is a natural stone bay called 2. Port de ses Caletes, surrounded by rock cliffs and a lot of vegetation. It is only 60 metres long and 15 wide and it is known to have crystal clear waters. Because of its completely untouched location – don’t expect to get a mojito – this is a highly recommended place for photographers, also nice for snorkelling.

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Cala-d'en-Serra-NT-150914Because of the rocky nature of the northern coast line, the next beach, 3. Cala d’en Serra, is 43 metres long. But it has a baby sister right next to it, 4. Cala des Pouet Vell, only 20 metres long! The horse-shoe shape of this small bay makes its crystal clear waters calm and perfect for snorkelling.

S'Arenal-Gros-Portinatx-NT-150914Next following the coast line is 5. S’Arenal Gros and it is the biggest beach in Portinatx. This beach is 125 metres long and 55 wide consisting of white sands. You can enjoy a variety of water sports or take the glass bottom boat, or even the small water park. This beach is very family friendly. A passeo filled with bars and shops joins it to 6. S’Arenal Petit, the smallest beach in the Portinatx area, is 60 metres long with clear coloured sands. This beach is a bit quieter than its bigger counterpart.

Then you find the 7. Port de Portinatx, a small almost square beach – 40 metres long / 35 metres wide – of soft sands that take you into slow deepening waters with a considerable amount of fauna, rocks and vegetation in shallow waters. Highly recommended for snorkellers!

Cala-Xuclar-new-NT-150914Next we find another snorkeller’s piece of paradise, 8. Cala Xuclar, a small, 35 metre long bay enclosed by pine covered mountains. It is a natural beach with thick grain sands surrounded by vegetation.

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S'illot-des-rencli-2-NT-150914Another great beach for snorkellers is 9. Cala S’Illot des Renclí. This small bay has a 50 metre long beach enclosed by rocky cliffs. Its natural sands are thick and there are rock formations on the sea bed. I recommend you snorkel to the nearby island that gives name to the cala.

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If you turn off at kilometre 17 of the Portinatx road, you come to 10. Cala Xarraca, of natural thick-grained sands, it is long and thin – 85 metres long and only 20 metres wide – and surrounded by rocky areas. The seabed is sandy but beware the big rocks.

Benirras-NT-150914I have to admit I have a soft spot for 11. Benirrás and it brings back so many great childhood memories. It is 145 metres long and 45 wide, surrounded by mountains filled with pine trees, and its waters are filled with fish. Its emblematic obelisk right in the middle of the bay makes this beach unique to watch the sunset. Benirrás is also known for its hippy musical sessions that start close to the sunset (A tip for residents: it is also a great spot to watch the sunset and enjoy the music on Sunday evenings in the winter).

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Port-de-Sant-Miquel-new-NT-150914Following the coast south you will reach the 12. Port de Sant Miquel, also known as Port de Balançat. With a length of 110 metres and a width of 68 metres, this beach is between two mountains filled with pine trees. There is a wide variety of water sports to enjoy. Close by to the beach are the Coves de Can Marçà, old hiding place for pirates to leave their contraband, which are open to the public.

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On the left side of the Port of Sant Miquel you will find a path with beautiful views that will take you to the 13. Cala des Moltons. This 30 metre long cala is immersed in nature and divided in two by a big rock – on one side there are rounded stones, and on the other you will find thick-grained sands. If you want to spend a calm day on a beach with a small amount of tourist, this is a good option! Also recommended to snorkellers and photographers.

Platja-des-Pas-de-S'illa-des-bosc-NT-150914Right in front of, and from where you can see, the Port de Sant Miquel is the 14. Platja des Pas de S’Illa des Bosc. 50 metres long and only 10 wide, visitors will find thick sands with rocks at one of its ends.

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And the last beach before we enter the municipality of Sant Antoni de Portmany is 15. Cala de Portixol. You can reach it through a small path between pine trees close to the Illa Blanca urbanization. This is a small – 40 metres long – natural cala with only a few fisherman’s sheds, which makes it a perfect location to relax and enjoy nature. This beach is a great place to go fishing, snorkel or scuba-dive.

The Can Marçà Caves

Can-Marça-caves-NT-150914-2A few minutes drive from the Port of Sant Miquel you can find another of those things that make Ibiza beautiful and magical, the Can Marça Caves. Their formation is dated back 100.000 years and were used for years as refuge for pirates and smugglers.

The opening of the caves for tourist visitation was during the decade of the seventies and thanks to Belgian speleologist Jean Pierre van der Abelle, who together with the hotel promoters of the area made its 300 metres of path and galleries safe for visitors. Nowadays there are programmed visits every 45 minutes from 10.30am until 8pm (the guides have a lunch break from 1.30 until 2.30, so I recommend you try a nearby restaurant or visit the nearby Port of Sant Miquel while they eat).

Can-Marça-caves-NT-150914There are guided visits in various languages and it will only take you 40 minutes.

Some of the cave galleries have curious names, my favourite is the Buddha temple, which receives its name from a big rock that sort of resembles Buddha. There are 2000 year old seagull fossils surrounding this temple. As you keep walking in you come to the illuminated wishing lakes – a tradition of making a wish and throwing a coin into the lakes started in the sixties.COVES-CAN-MARÇA-entrance

Another of my favourite spots of the caves are the waterfalls, which are accompanied with coloured lights and soft music.

When you come back out I recommend you stop and enjoy the view of S’Illa Murada – a little island with a mansion in the middle, if you ask the locals who live there, you will get all kinds of answers. From here you can also contemplate the Port of Sant Miquel.

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