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One of Ibiza’s stunning blue flag beaches, Cala Vadella is a small cove on the southwest corner of the beautiful Balearic island of Ibiza, which has a reputation as a party island. On Cala Vadella, this repute could not be further from the truth. The picturesque bay offers pristine beaches, spectacular views and a sea that is ideal for swimming and snorkelling. There is no transportation in the beach area itself though buses make the trip here between June and October. The most convenient way to get in and out of the small bay is with car hire in Ibiza Cala Vadella.
Who to Book With
Europcar is the main car rental provider in Ibiza Cala Vadella though there are many more options available at Ibiza Airport. Avis, Europcar, Enterprise and Hertz all have counters at the airport. During peak seasons, it is hard to hire a car on the spot due to high demand, so book early.
Best Time to Go
July and August are the busiest and most expensive months to visit Cala Vadella though visitors arrive here throughout the year. Many UK citizens like to visit in the winter to escape the cold weather at home, but it is not as hot and sunny in December, January and February as some expect, with the average temperature being around 13°C.
Need to Know Essentials
You must show the car hire representative the following documents before you can drive away with your car rental:
- Both parts of your UK driver’s licence
- A second piece of ID, such as a utility bill or passport
- A credit card with the driver’s name on it
- Booking conformation
The small streets within the village can get congested in the busy summer months but throughout the rest of the year, there is little or no traffic. The PM-803 is the main access road into the village and connects it to the rest of the island. There is a free car park close to the beach, while visitors staying in one of the resorts will have access to their accommodation’s dedicated car park.
See our guide to Spain for a more detailed guide on driving here.
Cala Vadella is only 275 metres long and around 60 metres wide so there is no need for a car here as everything is within walking distance. There is also no public transportation here though buses make the trip from Sant Josep de sa Talaia. Visitors can take a taxi here from any other destination on the island though this can be expensive.
Local buses have service to and from Cala Vadella from 1 June to 15 October 15 though services are infrequent. Buses run between here and Sant Josep de sa Talaia, from where connections can be made to the airport, San Antonio, Ibiza Town and other locations across the island.
Taxis should have a metre but are expensive. Fares between cities are usually between £15 and £25 or more. Some taxis work on a fixed price basis, which can be even more expensive than metre fares, especially for journeys from the airport. It is therefore best to stick with metre taxis.
The PM-803 makes it easy to get in and out of Cala Vadella, and the drive along this route is stunning. This route offers access to all areas of the island, but in particular the southern half. Here, visitors will find the Sa Caleta Phoenician Settlement, the Ses Feixes Wetlands and the island’s nightlife capital, San Antonio. The drive into Cala Vadella overlooks the beach and the sea, making it something to remember.
Ses Feixes Wetlands – These important wetlands are just north of Ibiza Town on the west coast of the island and are accessible from Cala Vadella via the PM-803. It is a resting place for many migratory birds, while also being home to a variety of tropical plants and rare reptiles and bats. It has been recognised by UNESCO for its biodiversity.
Sa Caleta Phoenician Settlement – This UNESCO World Heritage site dates back to 650 BC and is often overlooked by visitors. It is the first Phoenician settlement on the island and can be found around six miles outside of Ibiza Town. The site covers an area of just four hectares and consists of small streets, a square and remains of small stone buildings on a rocky headland overlooking the Iberian coast.
San Antonio - The busiest city on the island is the place to go to dance, shop, wine and dine. This former fishing village is now pegged the ‘clubbing capital of the world’ and is where you can dance from 14:00 until 06:00. It is less than a 30-minute drive from Cala Vadella and is an ideal location for those looking for party action.