On Moon Beach, Ibiza

April 11th, 2010 - 10:11 pm Posted in ibiza | Comments (0)

There are two ways of getting to Moon Beach, one of the northern coves on the island that’s great for swimming where no-one else is around, and which is also a real buzz location for children and dogs. One way that’s good for hikers is to cut through the woods from Benirras and continue north along the west coast for about 45 minutes. This is a fantastic hike, and is best done in very good walking shoes and when there hasn’t been any rain for a while. If you’re planning on walking back to Benirras afterwards though, make sure you leave Moon Beach well before sunset.

 

 

The other easier route is by car via Xarraca (instructions here), and walking down across the rocks after parking. The car parking spot (a tiny clearance really) is about a kilometre past the Xarraca turning. It’s worth doing a recce first before you plan to spend any proper time there though.

 

There are no signs for Moon Beach, one of my favourite spots in the still completely unspoilt northwest corners of the island, and I don’t even think that’s its real name, but who cares.

Moon Beach’s situation is just north of the Benirras bays and south of the Portinaitx ones. So you can also sail there if the boat is small enough, or take a dinghy or even swim in. Snorkelling in this part of the island is amazing.

The still relatively secret word-of-mouth parties that take place here from time to time are mainly made up of locals and long term Ibiza resident beachies from just about everywhere in the world. It’s the site of many of the old trance party gatherings in the eighties and nineties, and there are still vestiges of this scene in smaller form even today. Thankfully it has never crossed over with any of the more commercial parties, or advertised scenes on the island.

The charms of Moon Beach include the walk through the pine covered landscape, with limestone escarpments that are eroded and continually changing; and as with Punta Galera, in many ways a sister location to this northern gem, every season the geology that makes up the cliffs has shifted and fallen away, creating new spaces and craters on the lower level that runs straight into the Mediterranean. Given the aspect, sunsets here can be really special.

The beauty of visiting out of summer season is that you feel completely alone and lost in time, although the area is hardly any more crowded in summer, outside of the small full moon and other parties. There isn’t a shop, or even a chiringuito in sight, the nearest one probably being a couple of kilometres away at Cala Xarraca. Round the bay the 1958 film South Pacific was filmed. With all the charms to be found all over the island, especially in the beautiful April springtime, there’s still something extraordinary about this timeless spot, and the views around the bay to the north and west, full of the brightest blue, and the green, and more blue. Whenever the dogs get to spend the afternoon there they come back exhausted and happy. I recently read that dogs see blue and green more clearly than any other colour. Now I know why they get so excited as we pull off the road and head through the cliff pine forests…

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