Sa Caleta – Es Bol Nou
Sa Caleta – Es Bol Nou
Not many people have the knowledge that the real name of what they call Sa Caleta beach is Es Bol Nou. Moreover, fewer people know that this ravishing beach is the newest beach in Ibiza.
Tourists and locals often visit this beach; it is common to see yachts near as it is the real Ibizan landscape. Continue reading to discover the history behind this fascinating place.
Type: Sandy Beach, Rocky on the sidelines
Es Bol Nou or Sa Caleta is 100 meters in length and 10 meters in width. It is on the San Josep de sa Talaia municipality. A horseshoe shaped bay lined with many homely fisherman’s hut. The seabeds of Sa Caleta are rocky and if you go further deep, it is plentiful in seagrass meadows.
A small cove with natural slightly dark brown soft sand, clear turquoise shallow water enclosed by unique red colored small cliffs, an authentic jewel of the Mediterranean Sea. When you are in the parking area, you can’t imagine the natural beauty of this magnificent beach hiding behind the cliffs.
- Bus stop
How to get there:
Geo: 38º868272 N / 1º3319000 E
Sa Caleta is 16 kilometers from Dalt Vila, the most central location in Ibiza town and is accessible by car, scooter and taxi. For the bus, Bus 08 and 10 has the routes that stops nearby.
Sa Caleta is 4 kilometers from Ibiza airport. Take the main road until the last roundabout to Es Jondal and follow the direction towards Sa Caleta. On the left side of the road, take the rough ground with a sign indicating the way to Restaurante Sa Caleta. Though the way going to Sa Caleta is very well sign posted, the parking gets really busy in summer so we suggest you to go as early as possible.
Did you know?
Out of all the beaches in Ibiza, Es Bol Nou or Sa Caleta is the newest. It was only in the 80s when a Valencian acquired the concession of a restaurant and had an excavator cut the cliff to access the paradise.
But there is more about its fantastic history, in the 20s this unreachable beach was discovered by the fishermen who used to fish in Cala Jondal, the next beach to the west. For some reasons, the fishes suddenly shifted to Es Bol Nou and the fishermen went after them in the beach which at that time didn’t have a name. The fishing technic was using a mesh net to fence the fish and this new zone was perfect for doing it. The fishermen called this mesh Bol, in the Ibizan dialect, Es Bol Nou means “the new mesh”, and so that’s how they baptized the beach.
Left to the beach on the cliff is an Archaeological site of the first Phoenician settlement in Ibiza (8th century B.C.) which has been the most essential archeological discovery for the Ibiza History. It was declared a UNESCO Heritage Site in 1999.
The settlers came from the Peninsula looking for metals; they built a mini-city in an area of approximately four hectares, houses, small square, furnaces to cook bread, and some others for the iron, bronze, and other metals that they found on the island. The archeologists discovered many pieces of ceramic, kitchen utensils, fishing hooks, stone mills to grind and more.
What to see:
Undoubtedly, you have to take a stroll on the cliffs to see the Phoenician settlement. It is really impressive to see evidences that Phoenicians settled here before moving to Eivissa and founded a new city; Dalt Vila, that still exists 2600 years later.
In this crucial spot, you will find the ruins of a system based on the juxtaposition of rooms in terms of orientation between themselves and with the cardinal points, narrow alleys, small irregular squares and the platform of a communal bread oven.
Let your imagination run free when you explore the Mediterranean Sea around this mini peninsula where the first settlers found this exquisite island and decided to stay 2800 years ago.
What to do:
Sa Caleta is a quaint, traditional fishermen’s cove, situated between Es Codolar beach and Es Bol Nou. Locals used to come to disconnect from the routine and the intense summer because it is not a touristic spot; they lie down, read, relax, take a bath. Sundays are the day when the owners of the huts come to spend the day, sailing, having lunch, enjoying the sun and spending time with their families.
The eastward beach to Es Bol Nou is Cala Jondal, where the famous beach club Blue Marlin is found as well as Yemanjá and the Tropicana beach restaurants. The three offer diverse experiences but most of all comfort and leisure after the astonishing experience of Es Bol Nou. This beach is perfect if you want to take a design cocktail or tropical drinks, dance to the newest house music or salsa, buy trendy clothes or merge with famous figures. Take a look to at our beach recommendation Cala Jondal.
Where to eat:
Sa Caleta is the only restaurant in Es Bol Nou, but its quality is exemplary. You can enjoy the best local and Mediterranean cuisine, seafood, meat, paella, the original Ibizan specialties cooked traditionally. The owner Pepín Pujolet is the son of a fisherman and the inventor of the famous Café Caleta. He and his family assist the customers personally.
Address: Platja d’es Bol Nou, s/n, 07830. Sant Josep, Illes Balears
Opening Hours: Every day from 13:00 to 18:00
Phone: +34 971 18 70 95
What about drinks and hotels?
To have a drink, the Sa Caleta restaurant is the only option on this beach, the place represents the real Mediterranean experience. Sit next to someone you love, friends or family on the terrace and have a tinto de verano grass or a fresh Spanish beer admiring the blue turquoise heaven.
Or you can drive to the next beach Cala Jondal where the Blue Marlin always has its doors open to the tourist looking for luxury. Next is the fusion tropical concept of Yemajá.
This beach is small, in the summer it’s very crowded but worth the hustle, arrive early morning or after lunch.
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