Just 15 kilometres drive from the tourist hub of San Antonio and on one of the island’s most westerly points, this beautifully peaceful beach seems like the complete opposite to the party atmosphere on the many resort beaches in the region.
Cala Codolar offers visitors the chance to be at one with nature, with the sound of waves cascading over rocks and the breeze gently passing through the trees. It’s clear why the geography of Ibiza is easy to fall in love with and keeps visitors coming back to treasures such as Cala Codolar. Being on the edge of most tourists’ radar, this beach is rarely crowded and attracts a more laid-back clientele, albeit a great mixture of young and old. Those wishing to spend the day will have to follow their maps carefully, as it’s poorly signposted and the gravel road appears to be leading to a dead end, snaking into the forest before eventually resting at a small but ample car park. Access to the beach can be found via a path leading down from the dramatic cliffs, which also serve to provide seclusion and privacy from the world beyond.
The beach itself is a mixture of sand and gravel, with larger stones at the ocean’s edge, and it’s advisable to bring appropriate footwear when entering the water. For the safety of swimmers, the beach has an enclosed swimming area to protect against incoming jellyfish; also serving to help keep the waters clean and clear. As Cala Codolar is not a tourist resort, the facilities on offer are limited, which is only to be expected. There are a small number of sun loungers and parasols available to hire from beach vendors and beach dwellers can purchase snacks and refreshments from a few small kiosks on the beach side, although it is recommended you come prepared for the day as the options are limited.
If you want an adventure, a short hike from the beach is the amazing Time and Space artwork and the Doors of Es Vedra, a must do visit when in Ibiza.