Location: 10 minutes’ drive from Playa d’en Bossa or Ibiza Town
Facilities: Loungers, parasols, restaurants, bars, massage, beach boutiques, small supermarket, lockers, showers, lifeguards, beach security, access for the disabled (also into the water under supervision of the lifeguards with amphibious wheelchair and walker-rollator)
Activities: Pedalos, sailing, stand-up paddle, kayak
Size: 1.5 kilometres long, 25-30 metres wide
Getting there: Reached by hire car, taxi, bicycle or bus from Playa d’en Bossa (6 km) or Ibiza Town (10 km) – see timetables at ibizabus.com (L11 and L118). In peak season the main road becomes clogged with parked cars as people try and park for free, however, there is a paid parking area (left at the roundabout) with good facilities and covered parking bays.
Named after the salt lakes in the south of Ibiza, the beach at Las Salinas is the southernmost tip of the island and is considered (as far as beaches can be so) to be very cool.
The very long, wide crescent of the pale sandy beach is bordered by pine woods. The water is crystal clear with breakers that appear on windy days, perfect for body-surfing. Small catamarans (available for hire) sit on the sand at the southern-most end of the beach, then walking towards the pirate tower you will pass a string of popular bars and restaurants whose gourmet food, attractive clientele and gorgeous location more than make up for the exclusive prices. The bars all play a quality selection of dance and Balearic music which spills out onto the beach, and will often bring cocktails and food orders out to you on the sand! Further down the beach, you will come to a quieter section which is popular among nudists and beyond the nudie-gauntlet, a small stretch of sand with a rocky entrance to the water which houses the lively Sa Trinxa.
It should be noted that whilst Salinas is always a lovely place to relax, it is not quiet. During the heat of the day in summer months expect a steady stream of party parades, ticket sellers and would-be beach merchants making their way along the beach and engaging those on the sand in conversation. In the quiet of winter, Salinas is especially good for adventure walks, as the surrounding terrain is Ibiza’s Wildlife Conservation Area.
Tip: If you have the energy, walk towards the watchtower. In the off-season, it’s a great walk to blow the cobwebs away and you can return via the woods. In the summer months, it allows you to discover the small coves dotted along the rockier part of the coastline; you may even find your own private beach!