You could call it an urban beach: Talamanca bay is just a stone’s throw away from the centre of town.
If you live in Ibiza or are staying in one of its hotels, all you have to do is to take a boat over to the Botafoch yachting marina and then walk the few hundred metres to the beach, but the long sandy beach that stretches all the way around the bay has a lot to offer, and not just for city residents. Families will also feel at home here.
The promenade is tidy and the bars, restaurants and shops are easy to reach. The sea is easily accessible with no stones on the beach or the sea bed.
Colourful sun umbrellas provide shade and comfy recliners are there for the taking. If you’re feeling more active, you can go for a walk down to the end of the bay to see the rockier and more romantic part of the coast.
The sheer length of the beach means that it is not overcrowded with recliners – a common sight on many of the island’s beaches in the summer season and there’s no need to worry about the crowd. On the contrary: even at the height of summer, Talamanca beach is a surprisingly peaceful place.
Maybe this is because most of the travel guides don’t mention it, or give it a worse rating than it really deserves.
The beach is particularly popular with bright young things taking “after club” breakfast served by the sea in the morning sun and the “after beach” drink that rounds off a perfect day at the beach. The sandy beach is the perfect place to sun yourself or to get in a little sport.
“Talamanca is much nicer than it used to be”, says Carmen Turro, who has been managing the Hostal Talamanca for the past year. She knows what she’s talking about. Together with her husband, Salvador, and their children, she has been running La Brasa restaurant in Eivissa for many years now.
When the previous owner of the Hostal Talamanca decided to retire after 30 years, it didn’t take Carmen and Salvador long to step in and buy the guesthouse. Since then, they have breathed new life into the Hostal Talamanca. The excellent restaurant is not just for holidaymakers, local residents are equally welcome.
If you feel like taking an aperitif before enjoying a good dinner in relaxed surroundings, you can stop off at the tiny beach bar located right next to the guesthouse. Bury your toes in the sand, drink in the gorgeous view of the sea and relax to the rhythm of reggae and salsa.
In recent times, the Hostal Talamanca has become a big favourite with night birds. By the time the sun rises over the bay, the guesthouse cafe is already serving its early morning breakfast. There are delicious, home-made cakes, sandwiches and plenty of other options to choose from. If you’ve danced the night away in a club and want to see in the new day, then the Hostal Talamanca is the place to do it. The atmosphere is peaceful and the CD player is never switched on before late morning. “We only start to play music at 10.30 a.m., so even the all-night dancers can come here to relax and wind down,” Carmen tells us.
It’s an unusual concept, but one that has been very successful so far, according to the Hostal manager.
Hostal Talamanca is located in Talamanca bay, right next to the Bar Flotante. Breakfast is served from 6.30 a.m.
How to get there: It is at the far end of the Avenida 8 d’Agost from Eivissa.
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