Ibiza’s Top 5 Secret Beaches & Hidden Coves
There’s no doubt that you’re heading to Ibiza for the parties, but you definitely deserve a little bit of rest and relaxation along the way. The good news is that the island has some beautiful hidden gems which are just perfect for escaping the madness for a few hours. When you take a trip to any of these secret beaches and coves, be sure to wear comfortable footwear and bring plenty of water and snacks so that you can tackle rocky terrain and escape in peace for as long as possible.
If you want to get away from the crazy main island for a little while, a boat trip to Es Vedra and a trip to its Cala Llentia is a great way to do it. You’ll need to be prepared for bit of walk over some rocky areas, but the effort is truly worthwhile as this little beach is beautifully tranquil. You’ll be able to lie back and have a good sleep in silence with no interruptions; perfect for re-energising and getting back into the party spirit.
Another location that is perfect for a day trip away from the parties is Es Portixol. This cove is located on the North side of the island beside a small residential area called Isla Blanca near Sant Mateu. To reach the cove itself you’ll need to walk for roughly 30 minute down the cliffs; there is a clear path but it can be a little uneven in places so wear comfortable shoes. It may be a bit of a trek but if you do make the effort you’ll be rewarded with some truly amazing views along the way, and a picturesque little cove that is perfect for swimming and relaxing.
If you like a bit of adventure and aren’t averse to a touch of hiking, then a trip to Cala d’Albarca is for you. Like Es Portixol, this cove can be found on the north side of the island, but it requires a good hour-long hike to get down to it from the main road. There are a couple of steep, narrow sections so be sure to bring some good quality trainers or hiking boots if you plan on tackling this trek. You should also note that since it’s a very rocky cove it’s not exactly suitable for sun lounging, but you can easily throw down towels on some of the bigger rocks and have a picnic overlooking the spectacular bay.
Translating as “white water”, this beach is named in reference to the white waves often seen in its waters as a result of strong breezes. A trip to this north-easterly beach will certainly blow away the cobwebs and make you feel utterly refreshed, but to experience true escapism you need to head down to the southern end where a small satellite beach is hidden. You have to swim or paddle to reach this little cove, but the water is beautifully clear and the extra effort only adds more excitement to your adventure.
Located on the west coast of Ibiza, Punta Galera is a wonderful place to explore at a quieter pace than in the south. This flat rocky cove offers some incredible views, and since it is so craggy it’s reasonably easy to find a secluded spot for a bit of peace and quiet. Although more well-known and therefore less secluded than some of the other secret beaches and coves on the island, those who visit the area tend to be in the same mind set; they want a break from the madness and some fresh sea air, and wouldn’t dare to spoil the peaceful atmosphere.