In Ibiza there are beaches and coves very famous for being unique, Benirràs is one of them. Surely you have heard about or seen on the internet a beach where many people gather to play drums during the sunset; this is Benirràs. It is a beach near to the town of San Miguel in the north of the island, really beautiful and special, that’s why in the seventies the hippies created the tradition of going to Benirràs to play drums when the sun goes down, mainly on Sundays. Now it is one of the unmissable shows on the island that even comes in the tourist guides.
Type: Sandy Beach
Benirrás is a lovely sandy beach having one of the best sunsets on the island, crystal water, shallow. Although there is plenty of space to throw in the towel and relax, because it is 160 meters in length, 40 meters in wide, on Sundays, it is too crowded, and the services get saturated.
As it is a very famous beach, the town council of Sant Joan has prepared it with the best services, showers, toilets, lifeguards, wheelchair ramp, garbage cans, bus stop, restaurants, bars, water activities.
How to get there:
Geo: 39º089533 N / 1º453763 E
From Ibiza town is 25 kilometers. Reach it by car, motorcycle, bus, or ferry. By taxi from Ibiza town is over 30 euros. Take the ferry from Ibiza port, Sant Antoni port or Sant Miquel Port. From Ibiza town, take bus number 23 Benirràs-Can Coroner-Eivissa. Driving by car, or motorcycle, from Ibiza downtown, take the E-10 road towards Santa Eulària des Riu, five kilometers after, at the left, there is a way out signed Santa Gertrudis, take it, this is the road PM-804. Continue towards Santa Gertrudis; you pass by the town Santa Gertrudis, but you have to continue towards Sant Miquel, the road is well-signposted. Once you arrive at Sant Miquel town, there is a road sign Benirràs, follow it. From Monday to Friday probably you have not problems to park near the beach, it’s on the weekend and mainly on Sunday when the road to reach Benirràs is closed, people have to park in a parking a bit far and walk or take a special bus that goes to the beach.
Did you know?
In 2010 a terrible fire destroyed a large area of Benirràs, very close to the beach. The fire lasted twelve days and affected between 400 hectares; one thousand five hundred people were evicted; the nature of the beautiful island suffered a lot, which is fragile in summer as there is drought, so the chances of fire increase. That is why it is imperative not to throw cigarette butts from the car, not to make a fire during the summer, and not to leave the glass in green areas.
What to see:
Take your diving glasses and get lost in the marine fauna, the water in Benirrás is so clean and crystalline that when you swim near the rocky areas, you can admire colored fish around you. If you can, stay in the water while the sun hides behind a rock that is in the middle of the sea, and that identifies this beach, called Cap Bernat, the locals call it ‘finger of God’.
What to do:
Take a drum, a percussion and play when the sunset is coming; it doesn’t matter if you are not musician, the drum bit is in our collective unconscious, follow a beat, and don’t stop, you won’t be the only one! Get up and dance to the drumbeat. In Ibiza, nobody judges.
Where to eat:
The most representative restaurant of Benirrás is Elements, famous not only for its high-quality gastronomy, but the locals also attend for the spectacular events that they offer, the best DJs and live bands of the island playing unique music and electronics for the sunset; also there are performance, decoration, etc. This beach club has managed to live up to its reputation. So it is an excellent option for eating and drinking.
Address: Cala Benirras, s/n, 07815, Sant Joan de Labritja, Illes Balears, Spain.
Opening Hours: Every day from 12.00 to 00:00
Phone: +34 971 33 31 36
In the Banirràs beach, the Ibizan owner Joan Escandell has opened a quiet space with a family atmosphere called Restaurant 2000, offering menus with appetizers such as red shrimp, the Ibiza traditional dishes as guisat de peix (fish stew) the bullit (stew) made in different varieties, paella, arroz a banda, black rice, etc.
Address: Cala Benirràs, 07815 Sant Joan de Labritja, Illes Balears, Spain.
Opening Hours: Every day from 13.00 to 23:00
Phone: +34 971 33 33 13
What about drinks, shops and hotels?
To have drinks on this beach, you can enjoy it in Restaurante 2000 or Elements, the main bars around.
About accommodation, you can rent a fantastic villa equipped with three bedrooms, jacuzzi, TV, fully equipped kitchen, WiFi, air-conditioning, a beautiful garden, within walking distance to the beach.
You can go shopping in the Elements Boutique, the trend in Ibiza is the boho style. Every day In Benirràs is a hippie market where you can find handmade clothes, accessories, jewelry, shoes, in the hippie style.
If you really want to experience the famous drumming festival during sunset in Benirrás, we recommend you not to attend on Sundays during the high season. Every day people gather to play for the Sun, Sundays is the day with the most concentration, if you have a car you should leave it in a remote parking lot and take the bus that leaves you on the beach, there is no space to lie down or in the restaurants to have a drink. But if you go another day that is not Sunday, you can enjoy all that this beach has to offer.