Benirras is probably best known for the drummers that descend on the beach to celebrate the sunset but there is much more to this gem. A ten-minute picturesque drive from San Miguel through some breathtaking hills and valleys brings you to a small car park, at the height of the season it can be very busy so getting there early is always advisable, to prevent a long walk to the beach.
The beach itself is made up of gravelly sand and pebbles, covering the walk into the crystal clear sea, which makes it is another popular spot for snorkelling. The view from the sheltered bay is dramatic, with unusual rock formations piercing the bright blue skyline. Small motorboats and private yachts anchor in the bay, all vying for the best spot to enjoy the setting of the sun.
As sunset approaches the legendary bongo drummers of Benirras assemble and begin their homage to another sun soaked day on the island, reaching a crescendo as the sun finally disappears beneath the horizon. If you have a vehicle then Benirras is an Ibiza must.
We were head to wind and under engine all the way, it was a beautiful day (as always) we passed so e amazing islands and locations well worthy of a visit, but we had looking at Cala Binirras in the pilot book and were convinced it was the place to be !
Out the wind, no swell , Ibizan Shanghai La or there about, we silently edged our way into this quiet secluded bay, the occasional palace built into the heavily wooded hills that lined the Cala, the wealthy owners looking down on paradise each day.
We struck lucky - as we pulled in , no less than three boats upped anchor and left , might have been Nelsons reputation or even his bad breath, who cares it left a big space in prime anchoring location in the middle of the bay and close to the beach - albeit in 12 meters of water .
We dropped the anchor and sat back to take in the surroundings, fifteen minutes after I switched off the anchor the wind backed 180 degrees and we swung with everybody else! then for the rest of the day watched other yachts SAILING in the direction we had motored from ... Frustrating !
This place is stunning, the water is so clear, the rock formations that line the bay are amazing, like natures version of cement, big ish boulders hanging from under cut cliffs held in place by tenuous grip of millennia old hardened sand.
The fish abound and in the centre of it all a rock in the shape of queen Victoria sitting on her throne -( video to come) , kayaking and snorkelling were high on the agenda as was sitting in the beach front restaurants watching the sun set.
This has a big naturist area on the left of the bay among the fishermans huts, men and women of all ages , naked as the day is long, entangled in each other like eels in spawning season, just meters away kids played on the beach , blissfully unaware and innocent, whilst the older kids pulled up a chair on the adjacent wood balconies and had front row seats, that left little to the imagination.
Welcome to Ibiza !