Ibiza is known around the world as a place to party and unwind in the sun. Every year, upwards of seven million tourists descend upon the tiny island and the stunning beaches are a large reason for this. With over 80 beaches, Ibiza is one of Europe’s most popular beach destinations.
The beaches on Ibiza are unanimously scenic and gorgeous, the warm Mediterranean waters and intense Spanish sun make the beaches here some of the best in the world. Every beach along the coast is different, and whether you’re looking for limitless cruising and all-night parties or quiet coves of relaxation, you’re guaranteed to find the ideal location on this sun-soaked island.
Playa Es Cavallet: An epicentre of the gay scene on Ibiza, Playa Es Cavellet is removed from the bustle of Ibiza Town and offers guaranteed relaxation. The beach is home to Chiringay – an all-day restaurant that is almost exclusively gay in its clientele and arguably the most popular hangout for the island’s gay locals and visitors alike. Es Cavallet is vast, and the surrounding area has a rugged quality that adds to the charm.
In the peak summer months, the beach is packed with, mainly, gay sunbathers and sun-seekers. Playa Es Cavallet is located off of the beaten track and the walk from the car park is roughly 20 minutes, however, the walk is worth it when you see the stretching white sands and the billowing rainbow flag. The dunes behind the beach are also a popular cruising destination.
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Sa Caleta: With a striking and dramatic coastline and crystal clear water, Sa Caleta Beach is easily one of Ibiza’s most beautiful and unique locations. The rugged beach is a favourite amongst locals and offers a peaceful getaway from the island’s busier locations. However, it isn’t the relaxing atmosphere that draws most gay-travelers here – the beach is completely clothing optional.
You will immediately notice the nude bodies dotted along the small rocks of Sa Caleta beach and the clothing-optional policy is the beach’s most popular feature. The horseshoe-shaped coves that make up this stretch of coastline provide ample privacy and seclusion in which to unashamedly sunbathe and the water is easily accessible. The local restaurants are known across Ibiza for their mouth-watering seafood dishes.
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Cala D’Hort: For breathtaking views of the arching bay and the 400-metre tall El Vedra rock-island, make the trip to Cala D’Hort beach. This small beach is one of the most untouched and naturally beautiful areas of on Ibiza’s coastline. The water is calm and clear and gently laps the warm sand. Cala D’Hort is not a large beach, yet it is very popular, so be sure to arrive early to ensure that you get a great spot with the best views.
The clear water here means that snorkelling is a popular activity and equipment can be either hired or bought from a number of stores along the seafront. Just behind the beach is a cluster of small bars serving drinks and tapas, the atmosphere here is incredible and at night some of the tiny venues slowly morph into lively and vibrant spots.
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Es Cavallet Dunes: Just behind the Playa Es Cavalett and renowned throughout Ibiza’s gay scene, the Es Cavallet Dunes are the island’s most popular cruising destination and offer an expanse of wilderness to explore. The dunes are particular alive in the evening when the rolling sands are invaded by local and visiting gay guys.
Located near Chiringay, the dunes are part of the Es Cavallet gay area that is a popular hangout for the island’s LGBT+ community. The dunes end close to the waters edge in places and are a fascinating and beautiful environment in their own right.
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Las Salinas: The epitome of Ibizan glamour, Las Salinas beach is situated on the southern tip of the island and is enshrined in a protected nature reserve. The crystal clear blue waters that gently lap onto the sand here have made Las Salinas one of the most sought after beaches on Ibiza for decades. The beach has long been associated with the island’s cool and trendsetting crowd and the lively house beats that flow out of the many clubs that occupy its length.
The south-facing nature of Las Salinas means that you can enjoy all that the beach has to offer from sunrise till sundown. You can hike in the nearby forest, pedalo around the bay or just sit and sip and cocktail on this unspoilt and lively staple of any Ibiza trip.
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Cala Jondal: The pristine white sand of Cala Jondal is littered with upmarket sunbeds and classy parasols and there is a wooden boardwalk that runs the length of much of the beach. It’s these extra touches that make the beach so popular amongst international celebrities, who can often be seen sipping a cocktail or reading a book on beautiful Cala Jondal beach. The cove within which Cala Jondal is located protects beachgoers from harsh winds and this means that during quiet times, the area is a location of absolute peace and quiet, away from the crowds of Ibiza Town.
The high-end nature of Cala Jondal means that there is now an impressive range of restaurants and bars that line the beach. The iconic Blue Marlin is also located on Cala Jondal, one of the world’s most exclusive beach clubs and offering the highest luxury available on Ibiza. To avoid disappointment, if you want to visit any of the big clubs and lounges during your visit, book a few weeks ahead of time.
Best beach in Formentera
Playa Illetes: Though not on Ibiza, Formentera is Ibiza’s more glamorous sister and only a short ferry ride away. Most people will head to Formentera for a few days to relax after the busyness of Ibiza. Formentera is its own unique nearby island with incredible white sandy beaches and turquoise-blue waters. You can get around easily on scooter or bike.
Playa Illetes is the main beach in Formentera – about 5km away from the ferry terminal. It isn’t a gay beach but has been ranked in the world’s top ten beaches so well worth a visit. The further along the beach you wander, the less crowded it becomes and you’ll also stumble upon a nudist area that is free of sunbeds and a little more overgrown.
There are a few restaurants at the beach, though they can be expensive so it is better to pick up something at a supermarket in nearby La Savina which is where the Ibiza ferry goes to.
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by George Pizani | On: Gay Ibiza