Ibiza is a fairly small island measuring just under 40 km at its widest point and 210 km magnificent coastline. The island has many contrasts; unspoilt countryside, bustling beaches and magical locations. But most people probably associate this certain island with the buzzling nightlife and I guess Pacha is not entirely unfamiliar to young ears. As yacht charter operators in Ibiza, we want to share things that the island has to offer. We would like to give you inspiration and tips on what to see and do along the stunning coast of Ibiza.
Sail around Ibiza and Formentera
Sailing around Ibiza is no match for the experienced sailor. For the more inexperienced, it is not particularly difficult and like Mallorca in many ways; a fairly comfortable journey. Just follow the safety buoys when unsecure. Especially in the area between Ibiza and Formentera, safe sailing is to recomend when there are some shallow water and rocks to avoid. As Majorca, Ibiza is a around the year destination with cool winter temperatures and warm pleasant summers. During the winter months the wind becomes somewhat stronger and the weather changes faster than in the summer. During high season it is mostly weak easterly winds and neither tides or currents is something that creates problems around the Balearic Islands. April until October is considered to be the best months to sail in.
We love September and October with warm water temeratur and slower pace in both bays and harbours. During high season it is best to pre-book a berth before your charter starts. You can always stay In your home port unless otherwise stated. But you shouldn´t worry to much about berths here when it is such great places to anchor at the island. The party people will be on the south side of the island, while the north side is much calmer and easier to find a bay where you can anchor undisturbed. Obviously more difficult to find a deserted beach during summer among the approximately 65 beaches available around the island but for the rest of the year, the easier it becomes. On a one-week charter you make your way easily around Ibiza and also a unforgetable side trip to Formentera. The smallest of the Balearic Islands is probably the most beautiful and sweetest you will visit for a while.
Suggested sailing routes around Ibiza
Our suggested tour described below gives you tips on bays, coves, harbors and other inspiring information you might want to read before your adventures around Ibiza starts. The first part will take you on a journey south, starting in San Antonio and ends in Formentera.
Ibiza sailing guide – Part 1
San Antonio – Cala Bassa
Our route begins at the west coast of Ibiza, in port San Antonio were almost all of our yachts have homeport. The port is not one of the busiest in Ibiza which is nice. San Antonio is however the heart of Ibiza’s nightlife so avoid the city if you are tired of drunk people. Set sail towards Cala Bassa and the wonderful sandy beach that lies undisturbed between two large rocks, surrounded by pine forest. The shallow water makes it a perfect place for families with children. It features a restaurant and a bar!
Cala Bassa – Cala Conta
Continue south and feel free to detour around the island Conejera. Not only for the wonderful sailing but also because it is a simpler way without dangerous cliffs to parry. Cala Conta is a cool cave with plenty of sunshine but less suitable as overnight accommodation and shelter. Set sail on towards Cala Tarida with good anchorage. Here is the widest and longest beach in this part of the island. One side of the beach is shallow while the other deeper with more waves.
Cala Conta – Cala Verdella
Next stop is one of the local population absolute favorites, Cala Verdella. Please go ashore for a lovely walk on the hills covered with pine trees. A great beach for kids with shallow water and in addition various water activities for the elderly to try. It is also a very romantic place in the evenings and many remain here even for the night.
Cala Verdella – Es Vedra
The narrow foreshore at Cala d’Hort is popular mainly during the summer. Here are several bars and restaurants to choose from. Many get here to watch the mysterious island of Es Vedra. The Rock formation Es Vedra, located just southwest of Cala d’Hort, is said to be magical and disseminate a special energy. If you are not feeling it then please stay a while and enjoy the yummy seafood at restaurant El Carmen, right by the water.
Es Vedra – Cala Jondal
Please be aware of difficult waters where you among other things, also passing the legend of Atlantis. Here can winds shift and accelerate rapidly. Choose to anchor at the slightly smaller and quieter bay of Cala Porroig or the livelier Cala Jondal for those who prefer that. It is a great atmosphere at Cala Jondal and it is very popular place for charter boats. You can even get drinks driven out by zodiac from the bar Tropicana. What more could you ask for! Do not go barefoot when arriving with dinghy at the rocky beach. To soak up some culture, sail on to Sa Caleta. The village became a cultural heritage in 1993 when it was considered an important part of the Phoenician occupation of Ibiza. A very popular family destination!
Cala Jondal – Ses Salines
At Ses Salines you have to anchor further out together with the majority of luxury yachts. Or yo pre-book a colored buoy to anchor at. The beach is very long with lovely sand which has become a haunt of the rich and famous. There are many good restaurants and bars where the Jockey Club perhaps is the best known. Guarana has been around for 42 years under the same ownership and is the oldest on the beach with black tagliatelle as their special dish, www.guarana-salinas.com. For nature lovers the natural park west of the beach extends over the entire headland with excellent trails to hike around. A perfect beach for children and for the elderly, there are plenty of water activities such as windsurfing and kayaking to try out.
Ses Salines – Formentera
Formentera is very easy to navigate and is just south of Ibiza’s southern tip. Just before you reach Formentera, is the privately owned island Espalmador. A beautiful beach with pink tones, a place that can only be reached by boat. From here to Formentera the area is a protected World Heritage Site. At Formentera´s northwestern tip is the chic restaurant Juan y Andrea. A popular place among celebrities and famous people. The price level is high but it is a pleasant and enjoyable experience.
Cala Sahona is another paradise. Snorkel or just enjoy the surroundings full of cliffs and caves. There are quite a few caves on the island only accessible by dinghy so take the opportunity to explore the old pirate caves. Puerto de Sabina is the only port at Formentera. It has a limited supply but can provide you with the essentials. You do not need wharf. Choose instead to anchor at some absolutely amazing places you will find around the island. Enjoy the silence of Formentera and do not forget to take some pictures that make them at home full of jealousy!