110 Ibiza Beaches – Cala Martina

April 12th, 2008 - 10:51 am Posted in Cala Martina, Ibiza Beaches | Comments (0)

cala martinaA flat calm laps the beach almost silently under the gaze of a milky winter sun. The numerous mooring buoys out to sea are unoccupied, as most of the island’s boats are either under wraps or out of the water for the winter. The beach too is deserted and all of this meets with the approval of dozens of cormorants serving as an audience on the nearby rocky outcrop of an offshore island.

We’re sitting on the beach in front of the Restaurant Martina at Cala Martina awaiting the imminent sunset – and life is good. Two old Ibicencos in flat caps row slowly past having cleared the pile of accumulated seaweed from the front of their ancient boathouse.

They disregard the option of an outboard motor, perhaps to better preserve the authentic tranquility of this perfect Ibizan winter afternoon… Sparrows hover expectantly in the sand at our feet beneath the table occasionally brawling over the odd crust lobbed to them by the audience of diners. In the meantime wagtails studiously inspect the water’s edge, as if to prove their superior intelligence and decorum.

A waiter politely breaks into the moment and responds to our request for the menu with a memorized diatribe covering the day’s offerings, and the selection is fairly extensive. They clearly don’t bother with a printed menu, just a crude blackboard facing out to sea beneath the “Perros No” sign. It also becomes clear that none of the many dogs in attendance can read Spanish!

However, the menu is excellent, very reasonable and changes daily depending on the previous day’s catch. After all, this is a chiringuito on one of the most tranquil of winter beaches, and as good an opportunity to sample the way that Ibiza used to be before tourism as you could wish to find – with lunch as an option too?

Tomorrow is another one of our favourite little beaches: Cala Mastella

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