One of the few not so well known beaches in the island of Ibiza is Es Xarco. A tiny hidden beach of small width alongside Cala Jondal. It is a typical quaint cove where fishermen keep their boats and traditional fishing gear in a wooden hut. Surrounded by a forest of pine and juniper trees, as well as local vegetation.
Although Es Xarco seems unexceptional at first sight, its surroundings make the beach quite charming. This cove is quiet, a great place for taking a break, swimming and an ideal and fun place for snorkeling.
Type: Sandy, pebbly Beach
Es Xarco is a cove in San José municipality with small proportions of 100 meters in length and 15 meters in width next to Cala Jondal. The sand is coarse with some pebbles on the shore but still comfortable to lie down on. The sea floor is a mixture of sand and pebbles with abundant spectacular underwater life. Going into the water is a little bit challenging, it is best to bring water shoes to avoid slips or scratches when entering the sea.
How to get there:
Geo: 38.86870 N/ 1.310821 E
Accessible only by a winding gravel road, to reach Es Xarco you need a taxi or rent a car or a scooter. It is around 18 kilometers from Dalt Vila and the Ibiza main port, the most central location in town. The taxi can cost over 20 euros.
From Ibiza town follow the indications to Cala Jondal where the famous beach club Blue Marlin is located, Es Xarco is the continuation of the same bay.
The way is well signposted. Take the main road to the airport, and in the last roundabout follow the direction towards Cala Jondal. Go pass the Blue Marlin parking and continue to the dirt road. Some signs indicate the car park of the only restaurant of the cove, Es Xarcu.
Did you know?
Es Xarco and Cala Jondal offers a connection with the real Mediterranean landscapes and are both popular spots for yachts and boats. Among its main attractions are the pine trees in its surroundings and calm blue water. The nature in this area remains untouched as the big hotels and buildings are a bit far from this coast side.
Es Xarco refers to the tiny size of this small cove. It is not a busy beach even during the peak season. The main reason tourists come here is to experience the typical Ibizan restaurant with an ample terrace that reaches the seashore, Es Xarcu.
What to see:
Cala Jondal the neighboring beach of Es Xarco is home to the famous and prestigious Blue Marlin and the Tropicana beach clubs. Both offer enthusiastic ambiance, exceptional quality food, refreshing drinks and terrific music. After watching the sunset in Es Xarco, these places are the best spots to party like a boss! If you are into tropical, Brazilian and salsa rhythms, Tropicana beach is the ultimate place to go. Nevertheless, if you are into dancing with the beat and loves modern electronic music, the Blue Marlin will never let you down. Check the Ibizadvisor beach recommendations: Cala Jondal.
What to do:
Es Xarco is the best place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city during high season. Lie down on the sandy part of the beach, take a refreshing dip and be amazed with the spectacular underwater life while snorkeling. Have drinks in a restaurant that has a large shaded terrace with fantastic views directly to the sea.
Where to eat:
Es Xarcu is the restaurant that represents the Es Xarco cove. For over thirty years, Mariano Torres and his wife Caridad Cabañero have been serving authentic Ibizan dishes. The menu is well known because of the fresh red prawns and the Spanish ham, the local ingredients, and their traditional way of cooking. Day and night, the terrace location gives a unique atmosphere beside the calm sea. For wine lovers, this restaurant has an excellent wine selection to choose from and the owner is always happy to suggest the perfect taste for the dish of your choice.
Address: Cala Es Xarco s/n, 07839. Sant Josep, Illes Balears.
Opening Hours: Every day from 12:00 to 23:00
Phone: +34 971 18 78 67
What about drinks and hotels?
The Es Xarcu restaurant has the best options to eat and drink local cocktails, beer, wine, sangría, tinto de verano any time of the day. You can find trendy shopping in the Blue Marlin or the Tropicana boutiques: bikinis, boho style dresses, t-shirts, chic jewelry etc. The nearest place with ample options for accommodation is Playa d’en Bossa beach at 15 kilometers distance.
Es Xarco is a beautiful, enjoyable natural place. It’s advisable to carry a mat to lie down, water shoes to go into the sea, swimming goggles to admire the underwater life, some drinks and snacks because the only options you have for drinks and food are from Es Xarcu restaurant and the Cala Jondal beach restaurants.