Before you arrive in Ibiza you’ll probably already have heard about Playa d’en Bossa, a stretch of beach resort packed full of tourists, hotels, bars, beach clubs and lounges with DJ’s spinning tunes all day as buckets of cocktails, champagne and top shelf Vodka are downed on cabana beds stretching as far as the eye can see.
In some respects this reputation is not wrong but in others it misses the mark, what people forget to mention about Playa d'en Bossa is how incredibly stunning the beach actually is. It’s an absolute heaven of a beach, miles long, with the bluest sea, views to die for and sand so soft you’d swear they hire people to soften it at night (they might actually...). Bossa is so much more than its reputation would have you believe.
Not to destroy your beach clubbing dreams, as there most certainly is that atmosphere if you want to find it, dead centre of the beach is Bora Bora beach club. Everything you’ve heard it to be and more. That’s not the only one either, check out Santos and Ushuaia or just walk along and pick one you like the look of. The centre section of the beach is filled with these bars and clubs and it will be packed all summer with revellers and pumping tunes, but if you walk to either end of the beach it’s a whole different story.
Tranquil beach resort
The Ibiza Town end of the beach is still backed by restaurants but they are of the easy lunch, cocktail or two, nice dinner at sunset variety rather than anything manic. They also tend to come with a much smaller price tag than the restaurants in the centre. The beach here is much quieter, there are sun loungers and parasols but they are rented out independently at around €6 a day rather than the ones rented by the bars which can get much more expensive. The sea at this end is stunning, stone free in all directions and has that beautiful feature of being a bright pale blue in the shallows changing all of a sudden to a glorious deep blue where the sea bed drops away. Bossa is not the most sheltered beach on the island being long and straight rather than a protected cove, it can get a little choppy when it’s windy but there are no big a waves and there are life guard stations and well marked swimming areas all along the beach.
Rustic rocky hideaway
If you walk all the way to the far end of the beach, a mission which will take you over half an hour or longer when you inevitably get distracted, you’ll find the far end to be much more rugged. Backed by rocks and grass and even a few sand dunes, this is the end to head to if you want to do some snorkelling. If you find this end of the beach still too crowded for you then walk out onto the rocks and explore as far around the headland as you can looking for a little privacy. There aren’t many restaurants directly on the beach at this end but you’re never more than a few minutes away from anything you need.
All the amenities you could need
The clubs and hotels that line the beach do impose upon the view somewhat but it’s not as bad as it could be, most are white with beachy terraces, sympathetic colour schemes and signage. It’s a different story once you step off the beach onto the road that runs behind; here you’ll find everything you need and then some; cheap eateries as well as classier restaurants offering every type of menu plus supermarkets, ticket outlets, clothing shops, carnival rides, ATM’s and market stalls, all necessary things but the endless fast food and neon bar signs don’t do it any aesthetic favours, luckily you can't see any of this from the beach which looks out over unspoilt waters, all the way to Formentera island.
Whatever you want it to be
Head to Playa d’en bossa for a truly stunning beach that can be as mad or as mellow, as expensive or as cheap as you want it to be. If you want to ride jetskis, then drink champagne on your private cabana bed whilst listening to pumping house music, do it. If you want to chill on soft white sand and paddle in sandy clear blue waters, enjoy a quiet cocktail or a picnic on the beach, do it. Pick you beach spot carefully and Bossa can be anything you want it to be and it will always have that perfect Ibiza Island view.