The charming cove Cala Mastella is in Santa Eulalia del Rio municipality, it is a narrow islet protected by cliffs and reed beds, great scenic beauty and marine environment. The visitors will find ample sunbathing comforts and a possibility to practice diving and bath safely.
Type: Sandy Cove
A narrow cove 60 meters long and 15 meters high, consisting of fine natural sand that alternates with rocky areas. The edge, in the beach area, is sandy with rough patches, and underwater vegetation. It is really popular among locals as it has one of the island’s most famous seafood restaurants El Bigotes; but it’s not a pub, you can just eat there on reservation.
It has sunbeds and umbrellas but no lifeguard, wheelchair ramp, showers nor toilets.
How to get there:
Geo: 38°868585 N / 1°317497 E
Cala Boix can only be reached by taxi, car and scooter. It is 28 kilometres from Ibiza Town.
By taxi it costs around 40 euros.
By bus, take the bus number L13 Eivissa-Santa Eulària from Ibiza Town, and from Santa Eulària, take a taxi for another 10 kilometers.
By driving, take the road E-10 to Santa Eulalia town, it is a 16 kilometres drive. Once you arrive at Santa Eulalia del Río follow the road sign to Sant Carles town. Then follow the road sign to Cala Mastella, it’s 4 kilometres from Sant Carles.
Did you know?
The only restaurant in Cala Mastella originally has the same name as the cove, but every Ibizan know it as El Bigotes, which means the moustache, as it is the nickname of the owner. Juan Ferrer, El Bigotes is one of northern island’s 90-year-old legendary fishermen. In his early days, he got up at four o’clock every morning to go out with his llaüt, the traditional Ibizan name for fishing boats. When Juan came back, he lights a fire in his hut to traditionally cook a fresh fish. On some days his family and other fishers gather. The friendly meetings and his seasoning became famous,
so El Bigotes decided to put up a mini restaurant instead of selling his fish, which was more profitable; putting a few chairs and a table in the entrance to his picturesque hut. It is how the well-known restaurant El Bigotest started to be the place to try the real Ibizan fisherman’s stew cooked: Bullit de Peix. The tasty Bullit de Peix is a fisherman’s stew with the daily caught seasoned with sofrito, potatoes and rice. The restaurant serves the Ibizan dish as the unique option; it has been in the same practice for 40 years, in the same hut, and at the same time just 70 portions a day for all the clients.
What to see:
Driving from the town of San Carlos are several road signs that show the beaches and coves. mWhen you come back to San Carlos, make a trip to one of those lovely restaurants, they all have something different: Cala Sant Vicent, Pou des Lleó, Cala Boix, Es Figueral, Aguas Blancas. If you like the cliffs go to Pou des Lleó.
If you want a tourist area with several services, there is Cala Sant Vicent and Es Figueral. If you like to be surrounded by magical forests, Aguas Blancas is for you.
What to do:
Try to go on a Wednesday morning to the north of the island, because it is the day of the Hippy Market Es Canar, 7 kilometers from Cala Mestella. This market is made up of hundreds of stalls selling everything from Ibiza ADLIB fashion to original medieval style leather designs, as well as shoes, sarongs, decoration, handmade organic perfumes, natural cosmetics, antiques, musical instruments. Lots of these objects are specially chosen from Thailand, India, Nepal or are made in the house of the artisan in Ibiza. There are so many attractive kinds of stuff that you will surely buy for yourself, your friends and your family. Calculate your time because, in addition to shopping, you can enjoy the live bands, the performances, and the food on the stands. It was the first hippie market in Ibiza, since 1973 when young adventurous migrants found a new home and freedom in the island.
Where to eat:
Of course, you should try the Bullit de Peix sitting in El Bigotes quaint terrace. If you have well planned your holiday in Ibiza call to book as soon as possible because you might call in July and there might not be any tables until September. Even the ex-president of Spain José María Aznar had to make a reservation with enough time to taste this exquisite dish in such a mythical seafood restaurant. And don’t be late because you can lose your reservation.
Address: Cala Mastella 07850. Santa Eulalia del Río, Illes Balears
Opening Hours: Every day from 12:00 to 16:00
Phone: +34 650 79 76 33
What about drinks, shops and hotels?
Definitely in Cala Mestella you won’t be able to have drinks unless you take them there as the only place there is the El Bigotes restaurant which is not a bar. So we suggest driving to Is Figueral beach where Las Dalias Chiringuito is situated, with a beautiful seafront terrace and a wonderful menu of cocktails. You can also drive back to San Carlos and visit the Las Dalias restaurant bar, popular for the hippie market, its concerts and parties. It is a really Ibizan gathering spot to have a drink on the terrace overlooking the road.
If you prefer to stay in the north of the island and rediscover nature, around the town of San Carlos, there are several agro tourism, usually exclusive villas of country architecture with all the services of a hotel but personalized. One of these is Morna, it is surrounded by gardens in the Ibizan countryside. It features are a shared outdoor pool, terrace and barbecue. It offers modern bungalows and its 10 minutes from Sant Carlos.
To stay in a touristic centre, The Holiday Home Can Pep Jaume is situated in Es Canar, a property with a private pool, air-conditioned rooms, private parking and free WiFi. It has three bedrooms, a TV with satellite channels, an equipped kitchen with dishwasher, microwave, washing machine, and four bathrooms.
To buy something unique, the Hippie Market Es Canar. In this same area Es Canar is the best place to go. There are some clothing and souvenir shops.
Driving to the north is a unique experience, appreciate the landscape, the typical houses and the magical nature. So try to set aside the whole day to live it. Take care of every detail, no littering.