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7 secret Ibiza beaches to go to now

When you want something a bit more special, a hidden Ibiza beach makes for the perfect escape.

Ibiza's beaches are the things that dreams are made of. Shimmering crystalline waters of turquoise and green and fine white sand in gorgeous coves or over long stretches of coast are all around. Sometimes though, you want something a bit more special, a secret beach away from the crowds.

If you want solitude, peace and seclusion, then it's worth making the effort to go to one of the many beaches that are off the beaten path or often, just a short walk away from some of the more popular Ibiza beaches like Cala Conta or Cala Tarida.

Changing vistas and nature on the many hidden Ibiza beaches means you are sure to find one that suits you. You may be going down long dirt tracks or even clambering through tunnels to get to them, but the reward of seeing these jewels of beaches will be there when you arrive.

Here we offer a bite-size selection of some of the best secret beaches all around the island, all of them special, all of them pure Ibiza.

Cala Conta's satellite beaches

It's the height of summer and you have arrived at one of Ibiza's most popular and sublime beaches. The main bit by the car park is what you might know; if you want more seclusion head left or right and you'll find space opening up even in high season. To the left, there are natural terraces made by the waves for sunbathing which are also home to naturists. If the waters are calm, there's a secret bay to the right of the big islet, Illa de Bosc opposite the beaches.

Cala d'Albarca

Surrounded by high cliffs north of Santa Ines is this beautiful little bay with huge boulders that giants could have placed there, including a natural stone arch that looks like a bridge. Do not attempt to cross it though, since weather has weakened it. The great thing is to just see the ancient majesty the stone. Whilst there is a dirt track road for access, it's better to leave your car at the top of the cliffs and walk down where you will find flat rocks for sunbathing and ledges to lower yourself into the water.

Cap d'es Jueu

Can you get more secluded than a beach you have to swim over a kilometre and a half to? This western beach offers an open invitation for the super fit to give it a go (when waters are calm). There are great views of Es Vedrà on the way to this place of many tiny pebbles; it also has a partly submerged grotto nearby accessible by land or sea. Once there, you will see an opening where the sun comes in, lighting up the water as if it were a big natural swimming pool.

Cala de Xarraca satellite beaches

A beach to be discovered, if you haven't yet is this big swimming-pool-like calm stretch of sea, but we are here for the beaches beside it. To the left, you have a short climb over some rocks or to the right a short swim to find some special hideaway places just for you. There are dozens of tiny islands from which you can jump into the sea and which are surrounded by lots of marine life. Explore around as much as you can to the sides to uncover lots of little beauties of nature.

Cala Llentrisca

Another beach close to Es Vedrà and easier to get to is this slender stretch of beach with the bluest of blue waters that give off a sheen even above the black of the Posidonia sea grass. There is a cute old wooden jetty, made slightly rickety with age that adds to the charm. The beach is a mere ten-minutes walk away and is often deserted until late afternoon. Here you can quietly reflect on life, write a book or a song and be mesmerised by the fishing boats bobbing away in the distance.

Cala Blanca

With only a cut out tunnel of around 100 metres to get to it, this beach near to Cala Llonga will reward your efforts to reach it as you sit in awe of its wildness. After the tunnel you board a plateau from which you can safely scramble down to a flat rock where hours of relaxed sun bathing can be enjoyed. From here you can jump around in the sea and swim to sandy spots when the sea is calm and low.

Ses Balandres

Access to this beach is via an old ladder, then scaling 20 metres of rock face with an old roope, so only go if you know what you are doing. When you get there, you'll be surprised to see fishermen's huts and slipways. Try and go over to the small stretch of sand on the bay's far side giving you a marvellous view of the rock arch in the middle of the bay. Whilst secluded, many tourists pass by in boats or even jet skis.

Hidden beaches of course don't have people cleaning them, so please take your rubbish with you so others can enjoy it just like you. Happy exploring!

Check out our beach guide covering a vast selection. Each beach page is full of lots of useful information, including facilities, tips and how to get there.

Article revised and updated May 2018

PHOTOGRAPHY | Secret Seeker and Walking Ibiza

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