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Beaches

The most popular (and overcrowded) beaches are Playa Talamanca in the north and Ses Figueretes (also called Playa Figueretes) in the south. Don't be surprised to find a lot of nudity. The best beaches are connected by boats and buses. The remoter ones are accessed by a private car or private boat. Both Playa Talamanca and Ses Figueretes are near Ciudad de Ibiza, as is another popular beach, Playa d'en Bossa to the south.

To avoid the hordes near Ciudad de Ibiza, continue past Playa d'en Bossa until you reach Las Salinas, near the old salt flats farther south. Here, beaches include Playa Cavallet, one of the officially designated nudist strands (though nudism doesn't always follow official designations laid down by Ibizan law).

The most horrendously overcrowded beach in Ibiza is Playa San Antonio at San Antonio de Portmany -- if it got any worse, you'd have to stand up instead of lie down! However, a boat or bus will take you to several beaches southwest of the town, all far less congested. These include Cala Bassa, Port des Torrent, Cala Tarida, and Cala Conta.

Santa Eulalia del Río, site of the third major tourist development in Ibiza, has a less crowded beach, but it's also less impressive. If you stay in this east coast town, you can find a better beach at Cala Llonga in the south or at one of the beaches along the north, including Playa d'es Caná and Cala Lleña. These beaches are among the finest on Ibiza.

If you venture to the north coast, you'll discover more good beaches at the tourist developments of Portinatx, which is at the very northern tip, and at Puerto de San Miguel, north of the small town of San Miguel. The quickest way to reach San Miguel from Ciudad de Ibiza is to go inland via Santa Gertrudis, and then head north. Along the way, you'll pass Río de Santa Eulalia, the only river in the Balearics.

Tennis

You'll find five public tennis courts at Port Sant Miguel (tel. 97-133-46-02). Open during daylight hours, they're usually unsupervised. No appointments are necessary for access to these courts, but for information about their condition and whether players are waiting to use them, contact the Hotel Hacienda (tel. 97-133-45-00; www.hotelhacienda-ibiza.com) directly.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.