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Ibiza Beach of the Week: Benirras

Famous for it's spectacular sunsets and the 'Hippie Sundays', Benirras is a key beach in the north of the island.

Located on the north-west coast of Ibiza, just a ten minute drive from San Miguel, Benirras is one of Ibiza's most famous beaches.

Sheltered by a backdrop of pine forested cliffs, which are now regenerating after being destroyed in a devastating fire in 2010, Benirras Beach is a mixture of pebbles and sand with rocks at each end of the beach. The water here is almost unbelievably clear, making it an ideal place for snorkelling, and it is a popular anchoring spot for private yachts and motor boats.

The usual sun-loungers and parasols are available to rent, there are showers, a beach boutique, and lifeguards are on duty making it a very safe environment for the children. There are three restaurants all serving excellent and reasonably-priced food, and a small beach bar.

In the middle of the cove lies an interesting rock formation known as Cap Bernat; some people say it resembles a praying woman, others that it resembles the Sphinx. Either way, it is this that makes the sunsets at Benirras Beach so extraordinary, with the sun burning bright orange behind it as it sinks into the sea. A truly unique Ibiza tradition takes place every Sunday, when drummers gather to "drum down the sun", a magical experience that never fails to draw the crowds.

Benirras Beach can only be reached by car, but it is a beautiful approach through Ibiza's pine-clad hills and valleys. There is a car park, but it is only small, which makes parking in the peak of the season a little difficult sometimes. We recommend arriving early in the morning if you want to avoid having to park your car on the road, and a subsequent long walk to the beach.

So, if you want to indulge yourself in beautiful, natural surroundings with a warm, authentic hippy atmosphere, Benirras Beach is the place for you!

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Elements Restaurant at Benirras Beach is a favourite – bon appetite!

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