The party image of Ibiza is only one facet of the stunningly beautiful island of Ibiza. In fact, if you are a person who likes to get far away from the madding crowds and craves the peace and solitude of hiking, then you may be surprised to learn that Ibiza is the ideal destination for a walking holiday.
As Ibiza is blessed with a very varied geography both along the coast and in-land, the island naturally lends itself to being the ideal location for those who enjoy hiking. The best time to take a walking holiday in Ibiza is from early October to early June as most days will be blessed with sunshine but temperatures are generally mild. In addition, the summer crowds that descend upon the island will have gone making your walking time even more peaceful. January and February see the island at its greenest and prettiest when the almond blossoms are in full bloom and is a great time to choose to walk away those Christmas excesses.
So if you are interested in taking a hiking holiday in Ibiza here are five examples of beautiful walking trails in Ibiza- why not check them out on your next holiday:
Hiking San Antonio – Cala Salada
If you leave San Antonio harbour and along the coast road north, this hike will take you approximately 3.5 hours. It is considered to be a ‘medium-level’ walk and will afford you some of the most spectacular views over the stunningly beautiful bays of Cala Gracioneta, Cala Gracio and the more popular bay of Punta Galera. You will be further rewarded at the end of your hike with your destination, of Cala Salada which is stunning being a small sandy cove protected by pine forested hills. Here the water is shallow, beautifully clear and therefore perfect for a quick dip after your walk. After your swim why not enjoy lunch at Cala Salada Restaurant before your return journey.
Hiking San Jose – Sa Talaia
Of all the walks on Ibiza, this hiking trail is perhaps one of the most memorable due to its striking panoramic views of the island. You will set off from the village of San José to the summit of Ibiza’s highest peak, Sa Talaia where you will be richly rewarded with a fantastic breath-taking 360-degree view of the entire south of Ibiza. This may sound like quite a daunting hike, but in fact the trail is only 475 metres high, so the San José to Sa Talaia hike is very manageable for those who walk regularly as it only covers 14 kilometres and takes around five hours at a casual pace.
Hiking Portinatx – Faro de Moscarter
The holiday resort of Portinatx sits at the northern tip of Ibiza and during the off-season this area is peacefully serene and there is no better time to enjoy the famous alternating deep-blue and turquoise waters of Portinatx beach than at his time of year. Considered one of the best walks in and around Portinatx is the 12.5 kilometre round-trip which starts at Portinatx beach heading towards the Moscarter lighthouse which was built in 1977 and looks a little bit like a barber’s pole. The return hike is an alternative route which is clearly marked. This hike takes approximately three hours and is considered an easy route, so is suitable for all levels of fitness, even those who are not regular walkers.
Hiking Cala Xarraca to Cap Blanc
The hike from Cala Xarraca to Cap Blanc take approximately four hours in total. There are some very steep parts to the hike and it would not be considered suitable for those that are not regular walkers and at a good fitness level. In addition, this hike is right off the beaten track so be sure to take plenty of food and water supplies and be sure that you enjoy TOTAL peace and quiet. Despite the somewhat arduous nature of this hike you will be richly rewarded with the variety of the geography that you will encounter. From tropical white sand beaches to arid inland farmland framed by intense mountain range. This hike will show you superb views of miles of rolling hills and turquoise blue water from all angles.
Jesús is a vibrant village near Talamanca, a favourite with the locals with a great choice of restaurants and bars. Start the walk at Platja s’estanyol and simply began walking north along the cliffs. This hike is perfect for those who love elevation and dramatic drop-offs and you can spend as much or as little time exploring the coastline in this area as you wish from one hour upwards, so it is considered suitable for less dedicated/experienced walkers. The scenery afforded by this hiking trail is amazing and whilst it is one of the more popular walking trails in the area, it is still very peaceful and is an ideal way to appreciate the natural flora and fauna of this part of Ibiza.