Everytime I receive a visitor in Ibiza I use to organise the same touristic trip.
If this is your first time in the island these are the “must do”: A nightly path around Dalt Vila, visit Salinas beach and arrive to the tower to enjoy the little beaches and take a breath to the rosemary forest. Climb to the highest mountain, Sa Talaia (475 metres), contemplate Es Vedrà Small Island and go in the very morning to Platges de Compte or Cala Conta to get the best place. Sunset views are enjoyed in Punta Galera. These are my “must do in Ibiza”. Normally you can do it within two days. The rest of your holidays do not think about what you can do: Rent a car and explore the whole island with no stress, no complications. Just enjoy it. Today we want to approach you one of the most faraway places, Northern Ibiza.
Farer than Benirrás (I forgot to tell you that on Sundays you must go to Benirrás) exists another world. Farer than the pure Northern Ibiza there are wild and steep spots that you can visit in a single day. Starting by Cala Xarraca. First time you get there you might think is not a spectacular place: Posidonia or seaweed, the meal of the Mediterranean sea, is rich in this beach. Although the place offers very healthy free mud treatments for your skin, just on the left corner of the beach. Small islands in front of the beach are the meeting point of various birds. Most interesting idea for enjoying this place is to get out of the beach and explore the mountains and cliffs to discover the landscape that surrounds it.
Going to the left or the right side of Cala Xarraca will offer you beautiful spots, if you arrive on foot. If you choose the path bordering the cliffs, you will pass by a kind of small beach that it is actually part of Cala Xarraca, protected by a limestone wall with some fisherman houses, . Following the straight rock path, you can just stop, eat something and enjoy in silence the views.
Just a few 200 metres after this spot, we arrive to s’Illot des Renclí: A small beach with fisherman houses leaded by the rock who gives name to the place. From the top of the small island we can see the panoramic view from Cala Xarraca cliffs to Portinatx coast. Moving forward there is another small beach shaped by a U from above where you could enjoy an alone bath in its clear waters. A perfect place for nudists.
We move back to Cala Xarraca. Leaving at the right side the beach, we continue our journey following a path until we can arrive to one of the most hided beaches of the island, Caló des Porc or Es Canaret. There is a parking place that indicates that we must leave the car parked here. This area is known as “Punta de Xarraco”, a land that in the past was a pleasure for hiking lovers.
Now it offers a sad picture after the devastating fire in 2009 that burned about 20 hectares. Better to enjoy the visual show watching the beauty of the Mediterranean Sea from this spot. In fact, there is a circular route for about 10 kilometres (medium difficulty) through paths, tracks and passing even by two coves, cova d’en Jaumet and cova de Llevant. Now is easy to cross over the hill to walk around Punta de Xarracó due to the fire disaster. There are cut trees, shrubs and plants that try to revive after the hell, until arriving to the top of the hill from which we can see the private cala ES Canaret, located between Punta de Xarraco and Cap Blanc.
The public track to get to Es Canaret is good for any public (not for people with reduced mobility). The way gets us into the castle or mansion that surrounds Es Canaret. It is an aberration or an architecture that melts within the landscape depending on the point of view. A resort like a theme park that the property owner had to do “public” due to obvious reasons. Then we go down the magic door we discover a peaceful place surrounded by big rock walls, a sand and rocks beach and even an ancient gypsum mine that adverts us about is danger. All these characters make the beach more interesting because its nature and the curiosity to know more about its history.
Other recommended activities in this area: Snorkelling, diving, kayak routes.