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Playa Figueral

Playa Figueral Holidays

Playa Figueral is named after the abundance of fig trees that grow in surrounding fields and is also known as Es Figueral or simply Fig Trees Beach. Head down to the coast though and there's not a field in sight, but there is a wide, golden sandy bay backed with gently sloping, tree-lined cliffs. A quiet holiday base, there are some great little restaurants and bars to lounge in at your leisure and lots of water sports to take part in. The accommodation in Playa Figueral is beachside or set into the cliffs, providing brilliant views out to sea.

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Stretching sands

The sands at Playa Figueral roll out for 400 metres and they're so beautiful you won't want to move all day. As it's such a wide bay, you get brilliant panoramas across the sea and out to the private island of Tago Mago. Booking Ibiza package holidays within this area mean you won't have too far to wander to these stunning views each day.

The beach has a windsurfing and diving school, as well as water-skis, banana boats and pedalos for hire, so you can try your hand at something new. And if you're that way inclined, there's a nudist sunbathing area to the north of the bay, in a separate cove called S'Aigua Blanca.

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Beachside eats

Everything revolves around the beach at Playa Figueral, including the restaurants. There are a couple of good choices to eat on either side of the entrance to the beach. One of which is Las Dalias, a rustic beachside cafe, that has been on the beach for 60 years but still looks fresh with its modern decor. The food is Mediterranean with a difference, such as seabass with ginger.

Set just back from the beach but elevated with great views from its shaded terrace is Geco Gastronomia Ecologica y Vegetariana. Part of a retreat hotel, this restaurant serves delicious and healthy vegetarian and vegan food that even an ardent carnivore will love.

Night times

While the other half of the island takes part in raucous parties and booze cruises, in Playa Figueral nights are far more effortless. They'll usually start and end at one of the beachside restaurants, where you can get a tasty Ibizan meal and a nightcap or two.

FEEL Ibiza is one such hangout, serving delicious meals with a side of relaxation. The evening lights and music create a magical atmosphere.

The Ibiza Express

Although a quiet place to while away your days, Playa Figueral is also the starting point for the Wednesday tourist train – the Ibiza Express. Pick a hotel for cheap Ibiza holidays in this area and you can keep costs down further by exploring via the train. You can hop aboard and see some other stunning northern Ibiza destinations with plenty of swimming breaks to cool down en route.

The first stop is the beach of Cala Boix, reached via coastal lanes with stunning views, passing the seven watch towers of the island on the way. Next is Cala Lena beach then the famous Hippy Market at Es Cana, where you'll have a chance to pick up authentic Ibizan goods before you head back.

Northern sites

There are lots of other places to discover at your own pace. Playa Figueral is linked to the surrounding towns and villages by bus – or you could hire a car if you prefer to run on your own timetable.

The next village along the coast is Cala San Vicente, which is home to one of the most important historical sites of the island. The Cova d'es Cuieram are a set of ancient caves that were once a Punic shrine to the Goddess Tanit. If you visit on a Saturday, you can catch a guided tour.

A 10 minutes' bus or car ride will take you to the former hippy haunt of San Carlos, which retains its bohemian vibe. It has a collection of quirky boutiques and also comes with a pretty whitewashed church. Visit on a Saturday to experience the hippy market on the edge of town, or on a Monday evening when it comes alive with lights and laid-back music. What you'll always find here is a plethora of stalls selling clothes, handcrafted jewellery, locally made shoes and musical instruments.

Further afield

Choosing package holidays to Ibiza in Playa Figueral, gives you the opportunity to enjoy this area whilst making it easy to explore further afield. Ibiza Town is half-an-hour away for full-on sightseeing and shops, or you can get to Santa Eulalia in 20 minutes for some very good museums and galleries. You might prefer to travel here by boat as local ferries will take you to this harbour town via the stunning coves of the east coast.