Trip to Ibiza off season: on foot, by bike and kayak
Fall, winter and spring are the best times to discover the Balearic Island. Without crowding and so “slow”. Walking, pedaling or paddling
Ibiza: what is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the name of this island of the Balearic Islands? Music, rocking, parties, clubs, alcohol? Safe. Even the sea and of course beaches. Ibiza is all this, but not only. Indeed, much more. Especially out of season or in the summer months. From mid-September until the end of May in fact the climate in Ibiza becomes less heat, the overcrowding silly and you can immerse yourself in nature. From beach to beach, but also throughout the hills, in the woods and countryside.
Ibiza is covered for about 40 percent, from pine and juniper and is home to 1,800 different plant species. So the green is the dominant color from October to early June. Because the thermal night day, settles milliliters of dew on the ground and plants greedily drink the precious water droplets to grow lush.
The other Ibiza in short, is a discovery to do day after day. To enjoy it so slow. On foot and by bicycle. As well as kayak to have another point of view on the coast, squeeze in some cave and go ashore in hidden bays.
Everyone can then choose the activities they prefer. Only hiking. Only riding two wheels (electric). Or only by sea, paddling. Better yet, alternating each other depending on the place to visit. And by combining, for the sport, also climbing the walls because, for beginners and advanced, are dozens.
The routes to be of one or more days depending on the time available and training. In one week you can not have a general idea of the island. With ten days you can linger better in all areas.
Where to start? Da Dalt Vila or the acropolis of the capital Ibiza. Declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco is a pleasure to discover walking in lane street along the city walls Renaissance with its seven bastions. Always alive and vibrant, from 11 in the morning to the night, the old city is the place to shop and have fun. Open all year, for those who love live music, is the Teatro Pereyra Café Concerto, a stone’s throw from the port.
Beautiful walks along the marina where ferries to Formentera and coming from the mainland. Promenade: Talamanca beach and Playa d’en Bossa.
The most beautiful beaches, however, are located in the town of Sant Josep de Sa Talaia: 80 km, including creeks. Two of all, in the natural park of Ses Salines (The Salines). It is Es Cavallet, a kilometer of white beach, the first in Europe officially frequented by gay men he seventies and today the number one for nudists; and Ses Salines, water gently sloping dunes behind. To run in the park is the ideal medium for mountain biking trails have been mapped with GPS and it’s hard to get lost despite the vegetation.
To do kayaking is the west coast. In Cala d’Hort, with a two-hour hike, you arrive to the island of Es Vedra, nature reserve, and iconic image of Ibiza. So, always paddling quietly, here Sa Pedrera, the “legendary” Atlantis, a place of worship for the hippies of yesterday and today. Here, at sea level, “they gouged” the blocks to build fortifications and houses. Water, crystal clear, thanks to Poseidon (also proclaimed World Heritage Site) invite you to dive and snorkel.
Paddling again and again to the north, on the same coast, here is Cala Vedella, collection and quiet. Higher, but you must do at least one stage, there Platges de Comte with wild dunes and where the sunset is a must.
In Sant Antony de Portmany suggestion is to scour the city, walk to murals murals. For several years the artists of the paintings on the wall are invited to leave their “mark” and the results are truly remarkable. The church, where stands the tower defense, was used as a fortification in the fourteenth century. Spectacular is the bay, with dozens of boats moored in the city center.
The suggestion then is to point inwards in North stopping in Santa Gertrudis and San Mateo. The landscape, terraced, enchants.
The North Eastern part of Ibiza has two “poles”: Santa Eulària des Riu and San Joan de Labritja. From the sea inside. A coastline incredible to do paddling. While cycling, alternating walking, is to explore the interior. With the beautiful countryside (in February when the almond trees bloom in general the show is even more beautiful). It is in this part of the island, less traveled in summer by tourists, who are in fact most of the farms and the cultivation of oranges, lemons, mangoes. In addition to those of the vegetables of course.
The streets are narrow. Paved or unpaved. Traffic nonexistent although care should be taken when moving bicycle. Bike paths do not exist (except for one stretch from Santa Gertrudis to San Miguel) and some motorists love to step on the accelerator.