Cala Sant Vicent
Cala Sant Vicent is a beautiful long beach in the north-eastern island, the last one in the municipality of Sant Joan from west to east. It has big hotels and some bar-restaurants, its beauty lies in the middle of hills, cliffs and forests. The beach is hidden and access to get there is not easy as you have to drive for a few kilometers to get to this hidden gem. Well, nobody said it would be easy to find paradise.
Type: Sandy Beach
Cala Sant Vicent is a large beach measuring 320 meters long and 40 meters wide, it has crystalline turquoise waters and fine sand with several spaces to sunbathe, to enjoy the day and to marvel at the miraculous landscape. The shore is shallow with soft bottom. You can walk for several meters on fine sand until it’s submerged with water.
It has all the most important facilities, and you don’t have to move to another location because there’s nothing but a few houses beyond this cove.
You can count on a lifeguard, showers, toilets, umbrellas, deckchairs, sports activities such as a volleyball net, restaurants, bars, hotels. But, the beach does not have a wheelchair ramp.
How to get there:
Geo: 39°075964 N / 1°592154 E
Cala Sant Vicent can be reached by car or scooter from Ibiza town.
By taxi it is over 40 euros for 30 kilometers.
By bus, take the bus number L13 Eivissa to Santa Eulària and from there take another bus L16B that goes from Santa Eulària-Sant Carles-Es Figueral to Cala Sant Vicent.
Driving, take the road E-10 to Santa Eulalia town, it’s 16 kilometres. Once you arrive in town follow the road sign to Sant Carles town. Once in Sant Carles follow the road sign to Cala Sant Vicent.
Did you know?
If you know a little about the history of France at the beginning of the last century, you might have heard of Jean Jaurès, a central figure of the French Left, defender of pacifist and anti-nationalist positions who was killed in 1914 while eating at the Café du Croissant. The author of the murder was Raoul Alexander Villain who escaped to Ibiza where he was called El Loco del Puerto. There he met the artist Paul-René Gauguin, who helped him build a defense tower-house on the hill of Cala Sant Vicent in the 1930s. At that time, Cala Sant Vicent could only be reached by mule or boat, which is why he made his home there to watch out for the arrival of any enemy. Even Gauguin decorated a frieze with fleur-de-lis. On 13 September 1936, a detachment of anarchists who were returning to Barcelona from Majorca disembarked in the cove. The patrol was perhaps struck by the crucifix of Villain’s house, which was very blessed. They thought he was a spy and locked him up and shot him twice. Legend has it that this was revenge for the murder of Jean Jaurès.
What to see:
In the middle of the forest, near the beach of Cala Sant Vicent, is a Punic refuge, the Cave of Es Culleram, recognized as the Cave of Tanit. Tanit was the main Carthaginian deity, attributed to fertility, love and war.
Remains from the Bronze Age were found in the cave, but it became important during the Punic period between the 5th and 2nd centuries BC. It is believed that there were pilgrimages to the grotto to celebrate rituals, animal sacrifices, for example. In the centre of the cave, there was an altar to the goddess Tanit.
This sanctuary was discovered in 1907, and to date, archaeologists have found parts of terracotta sculptures, ceramics, a carved bronze plate and some inscriptions, the oldest dating from the 6th century BC, linked to the god of light Reseph and the navigation god Melkart.
What to do:
Get lost in the middle of the Ibizan paradise, Cala Sant Vicent represents what the Balearic Islands boast, nature, fresh air, turquoise sea, fine sand, peace. You can play beach-volley and do snorkeling.
Where to eat:
Cala Sant Vicent is where the restaurant Can Gat is located. It is a perfect place to enjoy not only the typical Spanish tapas but also the Ibiza’s Mediterranean classics, steak houses, sushi, pizza, seafood, fish and much more. The restaurant terrace is in front of the stunning beach.
Address: Carrer Cala de Sant Vicent, Cala Sant Vicent, 07811. Sant Joan, Illes Balears
Opening Hours: Every day from 09:30 to 21:00
Phone: +34 971 32 01 23
On the Beach Ibiza
Perhaps one of the cleverest restaurants in Cala Sant Vicent is On the Beach Ibiza. The concept is a tropical chill-out, which means that you can choose an area to sit, relax, take a drink, eat a snack in comfort.
The decoration is unique and original in every detail, some tables are surfboats, for example. Every corner is like an exhibition full of creativity. The menu is part of this concept, all kind of natural juices, smoothies, cocktails, contemporary dishes, a fusion of tropical and Mediterranean, fresh vegetables, seafood, salads, etc.
Address: Cala Sant Vicent, 07811. Sant Joan, Illes Balears
Opening Hours: Every day from 10:00 to 01:00
Phone: +34 971 32 01 15
What about drinks, shops and hotels?
On The Beach Ibiza is perfect to have drinks in an atypical bar, a cool chill-out to connect with the essence of Ibiza. Have unique drinks, craft beers, natural juices, cocktails and tapas.
For accommodation, you have the hotel Grupotel Cala San Vicente, a modern concept with the essential services, a big pool, chill areas, beautiful views from the balconies. Bar, restaurant, Wi-Fi, evening’s entertainment of shows and live music.
Cala Sant Vicent is one of the farthest beaches from any urban center on the island; going there is an adventure, the locals know that it is relatively far from everywhere but worth visiting.