Guest blog: Take a hike! Ibiza beyond the clubs
My guest blogger Mark finds a treasure trove of walking on an island better know for clubbing holidays. Find out more.
The first thing that springs to mind when you think of Ibiza is probably mad nights of clubbing into the wee small hours, then sleeping it off on the beach the next day before doing it all again the next night. There is more to Ibiza than this however; it’s a beautiful island with plenty on offer beyond the nightclubs and bars.
A walking holiday in Ibiza is a great way to see this gorgeous island in a whole new light. The island is perfect for walking, whether you want to take a gentle stroll along the south shores, hike through the cliffs in the west, ramble along the forests or scramble along the craggy north coast. There are terrains to suit every type of walker, from complete newbies and those who enjoy strolling leisurely, to experienced hikers looking for a new challenge.
Taking a walking holiday in Ibiza is the perfect way to see bits of the island you would never get to appreciate on a typical clubbing holiday, from hidden coves to unexpected viewpoints and other hidden gems. The walks you can take along the coasts of Ibiza are especially good for discovering hidden areas of beach away from the crowds. Your very own piece of paradise in the heart of the party island.
One of the most beautiful areas for walking has to be the Sant Antoni district, with plenty to discover when you take a walk or ramble. Up on the cliffs of Sant Antoni are the caves of Ses Fontanels, with cave paintings thought to date from the Bronze Age, and in the south, near Sant Antoni town, is Cap Blanc, a natural aquarium home to a whole host of gorgeous marine life.
Within the Sant Antoni area are the villages of Sant Rafel, known for its fantastic views, and Santa Agnès and Sant Mateu, the perfect places to see some authentic Spanish architecture, in particular the old churches.
Located in the Sant Antoni area is the three star Hotel Gran Sol Ibiza, ranked number one in the area on Trip Advisor and the ideal place to stay if you want easy access to good walking spots in a budget-friendly hotel.
There are organised walking tours available for you to join or you can simply set off on your own. If you choose the latter approach, pick up walking guides from the local tourist offices and stay safe, following marked routes and using the correct walking gear.