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Cala d'Hort, one of the magical coves of Ibiza

November 17 2020

One of Ibiza’s most iconic beaches lies on the Southwest of the island, soaking up the sun and sea breeze next to the magical Es Vedrà islet. Cala d’Hort is in the part of Ibiza with most beaches and coves, but despite the tough competition for ‘best beach’ Cala d’Hort is easily ahead of the rest.

Cala d’Hort is one of the best beaches in Ibiza and at the heart of the island’s Natural Reserve. The islet Es Vedrá is accompanied by its sister islet Es Vedranell and visitors can enjoy the view of both from this sandy cove.

The cove is perfect for family trips because it’s still calm off season, though it is becoming more trendy among all age groups. This has brought just a handful of exclusive Cala d'Hort restaurants to cater to hungry swimmers: enjoy refreshments, breakfast or some fresh fish at Del Carmen, Cala d'Hort or Es Boldadó.

Watch the golden sunset from Cala d’Hort beach 


At dusk, the best place to be is at the cove of Cala d'Hort in Ibiza. The stunning sunset from the cliffs near the beach frames the white sand with darling fishermen's huts before a glistening sea.

Here, Cala d'Hort, Cap Llentrisca and the peak of Sa Talaia, which is the highest point in Ibiza at 475 meters tall, all huddle together to form a closed, protected bay. This adds interest to your sunrise and sunset snaps for social media, and envelopes visitors to the intimate cove.


A cove rich in history


The area surrounding Cala d'Hort beach is important for the Phoenicians, Romans and Byzantines. Just a few kilometres away, Ses Paisses of Cala d’Hort is an archaeological site. Here, visitors with an explorer’s spirit will find an ancient settlement that dates back to the 5th century. Archaeologists believe the ruins mark residences that were used as a small village for three centuries.


Get active in the sun


You can enjoy swimming and sunbathing on the shore, or grab your surfboard. The cove of Cala d'Hort in Ibiza is known as one of the best surfing spots on the island, because the surrounding cliffs cause waves to crash against the shore, such that when windy, it’s easy to catch a wave.

Anyone that’s visited seaside holiday spots will recommend kayaking along the shore, and this is a water sport we can confirm is perfect for exploring the edges of Cala d’Hort beach. You’ll watch in wonder as marine life swims by you and only from the water can you appreciate the islets and cliff’s vastness in totality.


Legendary islet energies


Es Vedrà is considered a place of legend that tourists visit to see for themselves. Es Vedrà and Es Vedranell have inspired cineastes and musicians to write songs and films, having felt the mystical energies for themselves: Mike Oldfield who pictured Es Vedrá on the album ‘Voyager’; and Barbet Schroeder to direct ‘More’ on the island.

A magical aura emanating from the island seems to impact the surrounding seas too. Sailors and pilots have registered a ‘triangle of silence between Alicante, Mallorca and Es Vedrà, where the energies tamper with their equipment and some have even claimed sightings of UFOs.

The islets have a rich biodiversity, much like the surrounding sea. Es Vedrà is one of the protecting nesting places of the Eleonor falcon, a species that found peace and quiet on this isolated piece of land.

Like so much of Ibiza, we think a boat trip is a perfect way to explore the shores. By boat, you can get close to the magical islets, explore the cliffs of Cala d'Hort in Ibiza and if you rent a sailboat you’ll even work up an appetite to enjoy the lush cuisine at the Cala d'Hort restaurants.

Anyone who comes to Ibiza must put a day aside to enjoy Cala d’Hort and the neighbouring Natural Reserve.

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