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Discover these great Ibiza sunset spots

Some of our favourite spots to catch one.

Sunsets on Ibiza are easily some of the best the Mediterranean has to offer. In fact they are pretty spectacular, with beautiful rich colours of oranges, reds, pinks and purples that seduce those viewing one with sights of pure dreaminess.

Each site and each day is unique, so when you go for the magical time when day turns into night, you can expect your own minor miracle. Here are some of the best places to catch the sunset on Ibiza.

Benirras Beach

Located on the north side of the island about 10 minutes from San Miguel by car is Benirrás beach. A pretty sandy and slightly pebbly beach, you go here for picturesque views of the rock formation known as Cap Bernat, colloquially known as the "finger of God".

This beach's sheltered and intimate nature make it a popular sunset spot. A must do is to go during summer on Sundays when drummers "drum down the sunset". Head on over to Elements Ibiza for food and drink, enjoy its boho chic, recycled interior and vantage point for stunning sunset views.

Cala Conta

Cala Conta's beaches need no introduction, being one of the most popular set of beaches in the west, known for sublime days spent in the transparent deep blue waters or lolling on golden sands. Being only 15 minutes from San Antonio or San José, many make the pilgramage here, just for the the sunsets, which are considered by many to be without rival, thanks to its western facing position.

You'll find two beaches side by side and a nudist beach, all with views of the islet of S'illa des Bosc, or Forest Island, which although now devoid of trees, is still a sublime sight. You'l find restaurants aplenty, though do go early for sunset to bag a table and book ahead if you can. For a luxury treat head to one of the restaurants or bars at the 7Pines resort.

Es Codolar Beach

Close to Playa d'en Bossa is the quiet and less frequented beach of Es Codolar. Fewer people go there since this beach is entirely covered in pebbles, though this is soon forgotten when you catch a glimpse of the the sunsets here, which are truly awesome.

You can get to this beach from either end, from the road to Sa Caleta off the airport road from the San José to Ibiza Town highway or from the road to Las Salinas beach. If arriving via the latter, you might want to try a cocktail during summer at the Experimental Beach Club and catch the sinking sun lounging on a sunbed.

eS vEDRà

Looming almost eerily off the south coast of Ibiza is the rock of Es Vedrà, an islet that raises as much controversy as it it attracts people to go and see it. Many urban myths surround it, from it being the third most magnetic place on earth, the tip of the sunken city of Atlantis and the island that inspired the Sirens from Homer's Odyssey. Whilst it's unlikely that any of these are true, the magic of the place has most likely inspired these legends.

You can see it from various points on the Ibizan coast from Cala d'Hort or from the viewpoint (mirador) nearby, to many stretches on the south west coast, such as above Cala Conta or the approach to Cala Carbo. Seeing it at sunset is especially beautiful. Remember to make a wish.

San Antonio Bay

Whilst not as well known for its sunsets as the Sunset Strip, San Antonio Bay, has some equally enviable sites for this time of day - after all it is only on the opposite side of the same bay facing west. It's especially beautiful after the end of the main strip of the bay going towards Port des Torrent beach and any beach facing west.

If you want a more elevated view, Sol House's rooftop bar offers views of the bay in its entirety from one end to the other, plus there's lots of areas to lounge and enjoy cocktails with local DJs spinning tunes. Kumharas, an island intitution, and where you'll get great food and cocktails, is a refuge for sunset lovers. At either place, you can't go wrong.

Sunset Strip

Probably the most well-known part of the island to enjoy the sunset is San Antonio's Sunset Strip, which covers a long distance around this part of the bay. Whether you want to sit on a bench, on some rocks or sit at a bar, you can have it. We suggest taking a long walk and stopping wherever it takes your fancy.

If it's cocktails you want, then Café Mambo and Café Del Mar are amongst the most famous spots, especally if you want to see some of the most notable DJs playing lively sets. You certainly won't run out of places to eat and drink either, so really, this part of Ibiza is what you make of it.

Regardless of where you choose to watch the sunset, make sure you stop to really take in at least one or two on your visit to Ibiza. You'll never be the same again.

WORDS | Peter Byun and Julian Heathcote

Article completely revised in September 2019

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