Ibiza is more than just a party paradise. With its whitewashed buildings, crimson sunsets, and horseshoe-shaped bays, there is plenty for the old and young to enjoy in this part of the Balearics. Consider a holiday to Cala Tarida as an opportunity to unwind, whether it is as a family or with your partner. Holidays in Cala Tarida will put you in convenient proximity to the clubs and attractions of San Antonio, minus the hustle and bustle.
Flying from the UK? Expect to arrive on Spanish soil in approximately 2.5 hours. An average high temperature of 30 degrees Celsius (or higher) is pretty much guaranteed during peak season, which starts in May and ends in September. A 13-mile drive to the traditional Ibiza Old Town will expose you to the island's authentic side, which has not been tarnished in Cala Tarida. However, with so much natural beauty to absorb, chances are you won't want to leave this resort's white sandy bays!
Since the resort is sheltered by hills, you can feel a sense of exclusivity when you book a holiday to Cala Tarida. Participate in a game of volleyball at the beach or join a boat trip excursion to San Antonio Bay. Three examples of the world-famous nightclubs you will find in San Antonio Bay are Pacha, Es Paradis, and Amnesia. Alternatively, include a trip to Ses Salines Natural Park or Port de Sant Miguel in your travel itinerary.
When you’re not getting distracted by the tempting scent of local and international cuisine wafting from Cala Tarida restaurants, spare a moment to peruse the souvenir shops. Trinkets of all kinds can be found inside the local stores, including handmade key rings, bags, and even traditional Spanish dresses for the kids. Scuba-diving lessons can be arranged or you can glide around the bay on a pedalo.
Spain's wine culture is nothing short of fantastic and although you can expect to drink plenty of sangria during your holiday to Cala Tarida, you will also have the chance to visit Ibiza's wine-making regions. Malsavia, Garnacha, and Monastrell are three examples of the grapes that grow at the island's wineries.
Nibble on locally-made cheeses washed down with a glass of red wine, or bring out the flavour of seafood dishes with a Muscatel wine. All of the wines produced at Sa Cova winery in nearby San Mateo are soaked in French Oak barrels for an entire year. Covering 20 hectares, this winery can be accessed with ease from Ibizkus Wines.
The food scene is equally as impressive. Cas Mila Restaurant is one of the most high-profile spots for seafood and cocktails in a cosy environment. Vegetarian-friendly options are available at Cotton Beach Club Ibiza and S'Espartar, while Aisea and Ses Eufabies are better options for Mediterranean, European, and authentic Spanish cuisine.
A holiday to Cala Tarida should be fun and educational if you are visiting with the family. On that note, why not rent a car or take a taxi to Sant Miquel de Balansat village? Time spent at this former fishermen’s port will teach you about the small settlement's past and since there is a bay side area, families can savour some beach time here. Conversely, join an organised tour around Cala Tarida and cram a whole lot into just one day.
Getting from A to B is not difficult wheholidaying on the Balearic island of Ibiza. Within less than 30 minutes, you can arrive at aquariums, play parks, and parasailing hot spots. The stalactite caves are certainly worth a visit and should you be jetting off on holiday to Cala Tarida with older children, seek out the crazy golf, go-karting, and bowling options. Don't miss the chance to shop at Ibiza's Hippy Markets either.
Action & Adventure
Holidays in Cala Tarida will allow thrill-seekers to indulge in a variety of water sports and action-packed adventures. Speedboats are constantly skimming across the ocean's surface and for all of you adrenaline junkies out there, it's a good idea to rent a water toy, like a jet ski. You could also look down on the jet skiers from a height of 400 metres with a parasailing session. Parasailing is one of the best ways to take in 360-degree views of the resort and the natural beauty that envelops it.
There is no better way to wake up in the morning and feel refreshed than by jumping off a cliff into shimmering blue waters, so why not add cliff diving to the activity list? Later on in the day, keep the adrenaline coursing through your veins by climbing inside an inflatable sphere and rolling down purpose-built slopes - “zorbing”. Hot air balloon excursions are available, as well as paddle surfing and the Flowrider wave machine in San Antonio.
Natural, fine sand blankets most of the bays around Cala Tarida, with this resort's main beach extending for 300 metres. The water is clear as day in this area and with an array of modern facilities on the beach, you are sure to feel comfortable. You could go as far as to say that Cala Tarida beach is Ibiza's most magnificent, with mounds of white sand creating the perfect setting for volleyball and sunbathing.
Scuba-diving schools are located near the beach resort and due to the waters being fairly shallow, kids can make a splash in safety. Lifeguards monitor the beach, which tends to attract the most visitors on weekends and throughout August. There is no need to fret if you are not a fan of crowds, however, because a scattering of flat rocks jut out of the water. When you're not snorkelling around the rocks, bask in solitude on the smooth surface for an undisturbed sunbathe.
Going on a holiday to Cala Tarida means that yo’l be located just a short distance from the heart of the party scene in San Antonio. A taxi to "The Egg" roundabout will put you within walking distance of bars, clubs, and restaurants along the stylish strip.
You don't necessarily have to venture to San Antonio or Playa D'en Bossa for a taste of Ibiza's nightlife. Watching live music and local entertainment at Cala Tarida bars, like Cotton Beach Club, offers a low-key alternative.
From fly-fishing experiences to boat tours and romantic beachfront dinners at sunset, Cala Tarida attracts just as many couples as it does families and groups. Be kind to the environment and hire an environmentally-friendly vehicle to discover the vibrant countryside. If being on the water is more your kind of thing, slather on the sunscreen and make fond memories with your loved one as you sail around the entire island. Dolphins can be spotted during a boat tour, if you're lucky.
For the typical romantic, Ibiza will not disappoint. As if the picture-perfect setting wasn't enough to make you want to spend your 2018 holiday in Cala Tarida, the wine bars, flowering almond trees, and ocean-view hotel terraces sure will be. Take a walk around Dalt Vila in the old quarter. Alternatively, surf, windsurf, or kayak under the moonlight. Meteor showers are not uncommon during the winter months and San Miguel's Hanging Waterfalls offer a sublime backdrop for a smooch!
Of course, Ibiza welcomes a lot of tourists and there are many western influences noticeable around the island. A Cala Tarida holiday will, however, teach you a lot about the traditional Spanish customs, including Flamenco dancing, fiesta's, folkloristic shows, and bullfights. Speaking Spanish is not necessary, but you'll gain extra respect if you learn some basic words like Hola (Hello), Buenas noches (Good evening), and the all-important word for showing your appreciation, Gracias.
Once upon a time, Ibiza was populated by Arabs, Romans, Phoenicians and eventually, the Spanish. The various settlements that have set up camp around Cala Tarida has shaped the culture over the years. Traditionally, most residents were fishermen, craftsmen, or farmers. Nowadays, a lot of the locals take pride in pleasing holidaymakers, whether it is by working in a hotel or restaurant. Practice good etiquette for your holiday to Cala Tarida by present a gift to the homeowner if you are invited to their house.