View of Cala Vadella from the viewpoint of Sa Torrassa

Cala Vadella

Cala Vadella (Cala Vedella in Catalan) is a small cove and tourist destination on the west coast of the island of Ibiza. The cove is located in the municipality of Sant Josep de sa Talaia, 8.5 km west of the village of the same name.

Cala Vadella Beach

Cala Vadella is best known for its main beach of fine white sand, ideal for families and small children. The beach is about 30m wide at its narrowest point and about 60m at its widest point and has an average length of 200m.

It is located at the eastern end of Cala Vadella, a small enclosed cove located between two capes crowned with pine trees. The promontory on the north side of the cove is called Sa Torrassa, and it ends in a small rock called Es Torrassí. On this side of the cove there are several fishermen's dry docks with easy access to the sea.

Fishing boats in the crystal clear waters of Cala Vadella
Fishing boats in the crystal clear waters of Cala Vadella

It is a shallow beach with crystalline waters that guarantees the safety and fun of its bathers, especially the youngest ones. This makes it a very popular beach for families with children. Behind the beach is a small complex of low-rise hotels, villas, flats and a number of restaurants, bars and shops that make up the small tourist resort of Cala Vadella. If you are thinking of buying a house in Cala Vadella you will be interested to know that, despite being a tourist area, it is still a quiet area to live in the island of Ibiza.


The beach of Cala Vadella is an accessible beach for disabled people, with gentle slopes down to the sand. With the help of the lifeguards you can even access the water. It also has amphibious chairs, so you can enjoy swimming or stroll along the sand in a wheelchair without any problems.

Just behind the beach of Cala Vadella there is a paying car park, although there are also free parking areas in the surrounding area.

In addition, Cala Vadella beach also has the following facilities and services:

  • Public toilets
  • Rental of sunshades and sunbeds
  • Showers and footbaths
  • Litter bins
  • Bars and Restaurants
  • Boats' restricted area
  • Diving zone

How to get to Cala Vadella

The best route to get to Cala Vedella is to take the PM 803 from Sant Josep de sa Talaia in the direction of San Antonio. After one kilometre there is a brown sign indicating Cala Vadella to the left and then there are more signs directing to the cove easily.

It can also be reached by bus, all year round. In the summer months you can get there on line L26 from Sant Josep and Sant Antoni de Portmany, and in winter on line 42B from San José.

The weather in Cala Vadella

The weather in Cala Vadella is usually warm and sunny during the summer months, with pleasant temperatures. On average, maximum temperatures in July and August are around 30 degrees Celsius and minimum temperatures are around 20 degrees Celsius.

Activities in Cala Vadella

If you enjoy water sports, at Cala Vadella beach you can go snorkelling, kayaking, stand up paddle or scuba diving.

If you need to, you can also rent pedal boats, kayaks or arrange a boat trip or a professional diving excursion at the diving school in Cala Vadella.

For lovers of hiking, there are endless hiking routes all over the island of Ibiza. Several of the best routes in the area of Sant Josep de sa Talaia start from Cala Vadella, including the route that runs along the Serreta d'en Toni Pere and leads to Cala Carbó, a circular route of 11 km and of medium difficulty, which can be completed in about 3 and a half hours. Throughout the route you can enjoy panoramic views of the islet of Es Vedrà.

Fonoll Marí Stairs
Stairs des Fonoll Marí, on the Route of a thousand steps. Photo taken by ppibz in wikiloc.com

Another of the most spectacular routes, but of a slightly greater difficulty, is the so-called Thousand Steps Route, a 10km circular route that starts at the beach of Cala Vadella and goes around the cliffs and caves of the adjacent coves, such as Recó de ses Puntes Roges, Clot des Llamp or Caló d'en Real.

Where to eat in Cala Vadella

Restaurante Can Jaume en Cala Vadella from the inside
Restaurante Can Jaume. Photo taken by sergiSCHP in Tripadvisor

There are several popular restaurants in Cala Vadella, some of which are known for their local and international cuisine. Some of the most famous restaurants in the area include:

  • Can Jaume Restaurant & Beach Bar: It has been considered one of the best and most famous restaurants in the area. This restaurant specialises in Mediterranean cuisine and offers a wide variety of dishes based on fresh fish and seafood. Can Jaume is known for its relaxed atmosphere and sea views, and has been praised for its friendly service and customer care.
  • María Luisa Restaurant: Known for its delicious rice dishes and fish. Here you can enjoy a good lobster and a white wine while contemplating the whole cove. Magnificent!
  • Cala Vadella Beach Bar is a perfect place to enjoy lunch or dinner in a relaxed atmosphere with sea views.
  • Restaurante Bon Sol: If you fancy eating at the best Italian restaurant in Cala Vadella, this is the place for you. Famous for its pizzas and quality pasta, it is one of the favourites of visitors.
  • Maya Beach Club: Maya Beach Club is the epitome of Ibiza's famed summer vibe. Situated on a serene cliff overlooking the idyllic Cala Vadella, this all-white sanctuary offers a plethora of experiences. Whether you're savoring Mediterranean cuisine at its waterfront restaurant, lounging on king-sized sunbeds, or celebrating special moments on the exclusive privé deck, Maya Beach Club ensures a luxurious and unforgettable experience. Don't miss their Champagne toast to capture the true essence of an Ibiza summer.