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Ibiza Beach of the Week: Cala Xarraca

Looking to escape the madding crowd and see more of Ibiza - Cala Xarraca is a fantastic place to lay your beach towel

For this week's Beach of the Week, we head to the north of Ibiza to the beautiful bay of Cala Xarraca.

Situated 3.5 kilometres from Portinatx, in between S'illot d'es Rencli and the mountain of Puig de Sa Xarraca, Cala Xarraca is best reached by car due to its steep access road, although it is also possible to travel there by bus.

At only 90 metres long and 15 metres wide, this is one of the most isolated bays in Ibiza, boasting the most magnificent of views. It is surrounded by lush green pine forests dotted with white houses, rugged red cliffs and rocky pathways which make it ideal for adventure walks and exploring.

Cala Xarraca - clear waters

The unusual dark sand contrasts perfectly with the natural surroundings and the clear aquamarine waters. The rocky coastline of Cala Xarraca makes it a perfect place for snorkelling, and it remains a firm favourite with photographers.

Cala Xarraca is divided into three areas; the middle is the busiest and most popular, with the two smaller areas to either side being more secluded and tending to attract nudists.

A unique feature of Cala Xarraca is its natural mud bath, which can be found to the left of the bay. This is said to have healing properties for the body, and has been known to soothe tired skin.

Cala Xarraca - Pedillo

If you are looking for peace, tranquility and total relaxation away from busier resorts of Ibiza, Cala Xarraca is the perfect tonic. There is only restaurant, aptly named the Cala Xarraca, which has been run by the Tur family for over thirty years, and offers a variety of excellent food. Specialties include fresh fish and rice dishes.

Car parking space is limited and even though it is not a very well-known beach, it is still very small, so it is recommended to arrive early in the day to secure a good spot.
It is also a great place to visit to enjoy a peaceful evening swim whilst watching the sun set over Ibiza.

Cala Xarraca - hidden gem

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