About Platja d’es Carbó
Platja d’es Carbó, also known as Es Carbó, is a long stretch of white sand beach with crystal clear blue waters in the southern tip of the island. The beach is backed by sand dunes, pine trees and low lying desert bushes and little else. The popular resort town of Colonia San Jordi is the nearest town and from where you depart on foot to access this rather beautiful and remote beach.
Es Carbó is over 1 kilometre long, but there is little going on here in terms of action and activities. There are no umbrellas or lounge chairs, no water sports activities for hire, no facilities, and no restaurants. The beach attracts many local residents, Spanish mainland tourists and Germans, and because of the lack of amenities and access, you’ll see more of a younger-middle age crowd here, hikers and the hearty beach goer, and less families with children.
You’ll notice a lot of seaweed along the beach, called posidonia meadow. It’s harmless and just part of the natural deposits left by the sea in this area. So, bring a backpack with water, food and a good book and enjoy a peaceful day at the beach!
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Safety and Access
Es Carbó is only accessible by foot or by boat. On foot from Colonia San Jordi you must walk 2.3 kilometres, about 30 minutes along low lying cliffs and sand to reach the beach. You can also reach it from Ses Salines beach, but that is a 6 km walk. It is possible to anchor your boat here, which many do and it would be the easiest way to arrive.
This is not a wheelchair accessible beach as the path is not paved. There is no lifeguard on duty and any emergency access is quite a distance which is important to keep in mind. In this resepct, you should be vigilant while visiting Es Carbó.
Things to do on Es Carbó
Nearby Es Carbó
Colonia San Jordi is a popular, family-friendly resort town in south. It stretches around a large bay and has a nice boardwalk with shops, restaurants and plenty of water sports and activities. There are many hotels and self catering apartments in this town which serves as a good base for exploring the southern part of the island. Ses Salines is a bit further afield and is a charming village with a handful of good quality restaurants and boutiques and nice sized public playground for kids.
Another beautiful beach option is Es Trenc, a long, Caribbean style beach, and the nature reserve surrounding it is great for bird watching and hiking.
The inland village of Santanyi has a lively ambiance, many good restaurants, galleries and shops and a great Saturday market.
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