Feet first – walking and hiking in Ibiza

As the heat of summer wanes it is the perfect time to start enjoying one of the great cool-weather pleasures of Ibiza: walking and hiking the many beautiful corners of the island. Despite being a small island Ibiza has an abundance of quaint valleys and unspoiled hills to explore. Whether visitor or resident, young or old, athlete or not, you can find glorious walks to suit your pace and preferences. Here’s our guide to getting to know Ibiza, feet first.

Essential gear

You don’t need special equipment for walking, but you do need sturdy, comfortable shoes with well-fitting socks. Trainers are fine for most walks in Ibiza. If you plan a rugged route, or the weather is cool and damp, wear water-resistant hiking boots.

During warm weather apply plenty of sunscreen and wear a hat and long sleeves for sun protection. When it’s cool, take a wind-breaker or jumper. Always carry ample water and a snack such as dried fruit or a sandwich.

If you are not 100% sure of your route, take a map! There are lots of spots with no mobile or GPS coverage so don’t rely on your phone.

Guided outings

Whether you’re visiting Ibiza for the first time or have lived here for a dozen year a guide can help you discover hidden corners and secret treasures you never imagined. Walking Ibiza offers regular community walks that anyone can join; they also will guide you on individual or group private outings. If you fancy something more rigorous the Ibiza Walking Association offers private hikes, expeditions and even multi-day hiking holidays.

Best beaches

Ibiza is blessed with a lot of beaches but most of them are small. If you want a long stroll on the sand your best bet is Platja d’en Bossa, the island’s longest beach. Once the tourists leave in September it is often almost deserted, allowing you to luxuriate in the sand, sea and silence. Another stunning off-season walk is along Salinas beach and over the small headland to Es Cavallet. The surrounding dunes and trees are all part of the Salinas nature reserve, making this a peaceful, unspoiled walk.

Another lovely winter stroll is from Es Canar beach over the headland to Cala Nova, or vice versa. Make it a loop by taking the country road that connects the two beaches.

Woodland walks

There are countless staging points where you can set out and immerse yourself in quiet woods. From Santa Eularia you can walk north along the coast passing through many patches of woodland and gorgeous sea views. Sant Joan, in the north, is also a good place to set out and hike in the hills. Another walk you won’t want to miss is the hike to Sa Talaia, which the highest point on the island. It is a steep but easy walk and you are rewarded with stunning views across the whole of Ibiza.

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