Sunsets are one of the most popular visual spectacles among tourists and residents in Ibiza. The island boasts an almost infinite number of sites from which to observe these shining spectacles. Almost the entire north and west coast are suitable for watch sunsets in Ibiza, although the areas vary depending on the time of year.
Many prefer to view the sunsets in Ibiza accompanied by the sound of music in any one of the island’s well-known beach clubs, while for others watching the sunset on the sandy beaches is one of the greatest privileges offered by the white island. In this post we will focus on the second option, citing six idyllic spots from which to say goodbye to the Ibizan sun. Which are your favourites?
1 Punta Galera: does not appear in most Ibizan beach guides. Access is not easy, as the road is not signposted. Perhaps it’s for these reasons that Punta Galera is one of the least crowded beaches of Ibiza, where finding yourself alone is not a complete oddity. In addition, as indicated by its welcome sign, Punta Galera is a nudist zone. This is a very unique cove as there is no sand on which to lie down, instead huge plates of rock are piled one upon the other, making it one of the most impressive landscapes of the island. Its crystal clear waters are ideal both for swimming and snorkelling, but watch out for jellyfish, which regularly populate this area. The sunset in Punta Galera claims one of the most relaxed island environments, and certainly offers one of the most striking snapshots.
2 Cala D´Hort: Inside the natural reserve of Cala D’Hort we find ourselves on an impressive cliff face facing the islets of Es Vedra and Es Vedranell. It is certainly one of the most striking places to watch the sunset, either from the cliff itself, lying on the sand of Cala d’Hort, or from the famous ‘Torre del Pirata’ (or Torre des Savinar). Many consider the Torre des Savinar to be one of the most beautiful places in Ibiza. What is for sure is that it offers one of the best-known and spectacular sunsets in Ibiza.
3 Natural Park Ses Salines: If you feel like witnessing a sunset with a difference, get up and check out the spectacle of light and colour that is created in this moment of magic at the salt flats of Ibiza. On this occasion, the sun doesn’t disappear at sea level, but loses itself in the mountains and the waters of the salt flats (depending on the time of year). When there is no wind, the sun is perfectly reflected in the water, creating a mirror effect worthy of immortalisation in a photograph. It is the perfect place to finish off a day on the beaches of Ses Salines and Es Cavallet.
4 Benirrás: A ten minute drive from San Miguel will lead you to Benirrás Creek and one of the most famous Ibizan sunsets. This comes as no surprise given that in this small cove is one of the most authentic audio visual shows the island produces: the tamborrada Benirrás is organized every Sunday and includes hundreds of people who come with their drums and timbales. In the summer months you can also enjoy less crowded “tamborradas” on other days of the week. This might appeal to many as some Sundays find this beach crammed resulting in serious parking problems.
5 Cala Conta: (Platjes Comte) is one of the most famous and popular beaches of Ibiza. Located just 15 minutes from San Antonio de Portmany, this cove offers crystalline waters, ideal for snorkeling and many other water activities. It also has a large area of sand making it an ideal beach to spend the day in comfort. To this we must add its idyllic conditions to watch the sunsets in Ibiza: either from the beach itself or from the beach bar which crowns it, Sunset Ashram, one of the most legendary beach clubs of Ibiza.
6 Las Puertas del Cielo (The Gates of Heaven): Sa Penya Esbarrada is a truly unique enclave, and one of the most picturesque places in Ibiza to enjoy a sunset. On this cliff you’ll find a small restaurant by the name of “Las Puertas del Cielo”, from which the area has taken its name. During the summer months, when the towering cliffs do not hide the twilight, this cliff is witness to a unique festival of colours and shades across the island.
Translated by: Éamon Heavey