My Ibiza Recommendations: In Case You Trust Me

After spending a winter here, I had some trials to find what was efficient, effective, and the best place for me to get done what I needed to do.

The following list (again, not exhaustive) is of what I found to give me the most stress-free experience to accomplish my set goals. If you’re an auxiliar next year in Ibiza, or just living in Ibiza, stop by these stores/business and see if you agree!

My favorite….

1. ….Bookstore: El Hiperbole

C/ Bisbe Carrasco 1-3
07800 – EIVISSA (ILLES BALEARS)
Tlf:971391769 / Fax:971300553
Email:info@hiperbole.net

This bookstore has the best window displays, the most entertaining editorial posters on their windows, and the mix of classic and new books gives you lots of options. Great place to find language textbooks, notebooks, and writing utensils. The employees always seem to have great manbuns as well.

2. ….Ibiza Guide: My Ibiza Guide by Hjdoris Fogelberg

I stumbled upon this book at a store in Santa Gertrudis and it served me well over my 8-month stint in Ibiza. The guide gives honest and clear descriptions of different restaurants, places, entertainment, and hikes in Ibiza and Formentera. If I was bored on a winter day I would open up the book and find inspiration. You can find it at most bookstores on the island.

3. …Hair Salon: Peluqueria Tanit Mari

Avda. España n46
07800 Ibiza
Tel: 871 51 98 22

One morning I was walking aimlessly around Ibiza Town hoping to find a place to get my hair trimmed. I happened to find my way to Tanit, who is the owner and main hairdresser. She is a lovely person who gives excellent and cheap cuts, in fact, much cheaper than other places I had been to. After studying in Barcelona, she came back to her native Ibiza to open up her own salon. I recommended her to all of my friends here, and everyone had great experiences.

4. ….Cafe: Harinus

I know it’s lame because it’s a chain, but I can’t deny my love for this place. They have different varieties of chai lattes, great coffee, and a seemingly endless supply of all of the best local desserts and pastries (correction: only one thing could make it better. If they had flao). Various locations are around Ibiza Town. My favorite thing to get is a cafe con leche and a chocolate ensaimada.

5. …Denist: Marta Ribas

971 39 44 44

Because we don’t have dental insurance as auxiliares, we have a lot of chance to shop around and find the cheapest and best quality clinic to get dental work done. After going to four different clinics, Marta Ribas’s was the best for quality and price. It’s free to go to any clinic and get a quote your desired procedures, including a general cleaning. I heard horror stories and got exorbitant quotes for cavities and wisdom teeth extractions at other clinics. The reception nurse was a bit sassy for my taste, but that aside I had a very positive experience there.

6. …Place to find a hipster-esque scene: Mal del Cap and Xiringuito a Groenlandia

Mal del Cap is a cultural association that hosts events, such as comedy nights and documentary screenings, and posts advertisements about other events around Ibiza on their facebook. I went to one of their events in March to see the comedian Net Addiction, and all I could say was, “What the F.” In short, it was entertaining.

Xiringuito a Groenlandia is another cultural association that hosts rock and alternative music concerts in Ibiza in the winter at various bars, often in San Antonio. I went to several of their concerts and always found a warm and inviting atmosphere, and of course, beautiful people (manbuns, galore).

7. ….Place to buy small presents: Natura or LaChicadeAyer

Natura (a chain, but I still love it), located in Paseo del Parque in Ibiza Town has lovely clothing and a gift section full of random things ranging from self-help books to giant erasers with funny frases on them. A different yet similar vibe, LaChicadeAyer is a small corner store located at Avda.Espana 18, has beautiful jewelry, dresses, decorations and trinkets that make perfect gifts. Not to mention, I’m in love with those Mr. Wonderful mugs!

8. …Gelateria: Santa Gertrudis

Open only from April through October, the only gelateria in Santa Getrudis, on the corner of Carrer Venda de Parada and Carrer de Ses Escoles, has a great assortment of flavors and never fails to disappoint. Skip the expensive geleterias and heladerias in the port and opt for one.

9. …Bakery: La Canela

Carrer d’Aragó, 54
07800 Ibiza

Anyone in Ibiza Town will rave to you about this place. The smell carries for blocks and reels you in… tempting you with their greixonera or blueberry cheesecake. Try all their gluttonous desserts and don’t look back. My only complaint is that there is no where to sit and enjoy in the store. You have to carry out.

10. …Locutorio: Who knows the name of it

This locutorio is located halfway between Carrer de Murcia and Carrer de Balears near Parque de La Paz in Ibiza Town. It’s the only one I’m aware of open on Sundays and cheap to print out at. Friendly staff as well. Watch out for the old men who love to flirt.

What are your recommendations for where to find the best things in winter in Ibiza?

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Where To Find Out About Hikes In Ibiza

While I’m on this “Ibiza Resources” kick, I might as way lay it all out on the table.

Perhaps you were intrigued by the post “Interview With An Avid Hiker: Top 5 Ibiza Hikes” and thought to yourself, where can I discover more hikes?

That’s exactly why I wrote this post! So that if you don’t like the offer in the previous post, or you are curious Cathy always wanting more, I hope this list will come in handy.

  1. Walking Ibiza

If have never had the opportunity to go on one of their hikes, but everyone and their mother raves about them. They organize (often free) community hikes on Friday and Saturday mornings in the winter, as well as various other hiking (perhaps combined with yoga) events. Follow them on their Facebook, and check out their amazing photos, articles they share, and more.

  1. The Consell d’Eivissa’s “Porta Oficial Deportes de Ibiza”

The Consell d’Eivissa has downloadable maps with highlighted walking trails. You have to be a bit more adventurous for this one, but you will be sure to go out of your comfort zone. The one time I used this method I somehow confused a hiking trail with a cycling trail, and the results were dismal…lackluster, if you will. Don’t do what I did, and read before you print.

  1. Amics de la Terra

Besides informing the public (and policymakers) on all things environmentally related, this nonprofit also hosts various hikes around the island. For a small fee (usually around 5 euros), you can join other locals (hikes are conducted in a mix of Catalan and Spanish) in the outdoors while learning about the history and geology of the island. They typically give you delicious local treats (coca, orelletes, and more) during a break from walking. Sign up for their emails and you’ll get notifications of anything and everything, and also upcoming hikes.

I did one of their hikes around Santa Agnes, where I learned about different plant species and their uses, ancient ovens and wells, and various other pieces of historical information.

  1. Go at it alone!

Do what Erin did, and take your car (if you’re lucky enough to have one), drive up to a cliff, and see if you can find a trail. As she mentioned in the interview, there are so many trails on this island, and people have spent their time and energy to clearly mark them for you. As long as you see the blue arrow, you’ll be fine!

Maybe if you choose this method, always make sure to bring enough water and snacks, a charged cell phone, and maybe even a buddy.

Do you hike on Ibiza? Where did you find out about the hike(s)?

Where To Find Out About Winter Events In Ibiza

Perhaps you read the title of this post and think (to yourself if you’re Anglo-Saxon, and potentially out loud if you’re not) what a dumb post.

Hmm…maybe? But I struggled with finding out what was happening and when in Ibiza. The winter time, especially arriving without knowing someone, can make Ibiza seem like an empty, cold, and sterile place.

Especially if you don’t (like I didn’t) live in Ibiza Town, you miss all of the event posters and flyers. You think, where is everyone, and what do they do? There were times when I didn’t see other people besides the family I work for and the students I teach at the high school.

This post is aimed at helping you (whoever you are!), if you find yourself in Ibiza in the winter, live your wintertime Ibiza social life (and we’re not talking the Ibiza you hear about in gossip magazines. This list will not help you snuggle up to a famous DJ. It will, however, help you feel more ibicenco.)

  1. The Newspaper

It is completely valid to go to a café and open up the ocio section of El Periódico de Ibiza and El Diario de Ibiza to find out about what’s going on around town. They usually report on parties, festivals, or cultural events a couple of days before its set to happen.

  1. Aarti: La Guia Sana de Ibiza

This monthly magazine has articles and information on all things holistic, healthy, and spiritual on the island of Ibiza. The last few pages of the magazine (which you can get for free at most stores and markets in Ibiza) always have a list of activities listed by each day of the month.

  1. [If You’re An Auxiliar] The Teachers at Your School

They are locals or have been living here a long time, and have all the scoop on cool events happening all around the island. They can give you the skinny!

  1. Ibiza Winter Residents Facebook

Aside from being almost more absurd than Ibiza itself, this facebook group gives good information on all topics. From events and parties to where to find the best hot sauce, this group is generally friendly and helpful. People are always willing to take a few moments to assist you in anything you need.

  1. Just Give Up and Don’t Plan Anything Ahead of Time

Wait until you hear about things via word of mouth. Most of the cool events I (and other friends) missed were because we were too anglo and planned everything ahead of time. We made plans and concreted details often a few days before the weekend. If you wait until 9pm on a Friday night to decide what you’re going to do, chances are you’ll find out about something awesome from someone!

Do you live in Ibiza in the winter? How do you figure out what’s happening?

I’m Sad You’re Over, Winter In Ibiza: Top 8 Winter Activities

It’s official. This island is no longer “mine” (as if it ever was). The hordes of tourists have already started piling in, stealing my most coveted parking spaces, screaming in all languages until wee hours of the night, and asking me how I’m in here for holidays (that’s vacation to you, sir).

As you might imagine, such daily occurrences have left me nostalgic for simpler times. Times where I could complain about “traffic” when it was just another car on the road and there were always free (marked by white paint) parking spaces at my disposal. Times where you saw the same creepy men over and over again  instead of seeing new creepy men every day (Sigh. I just want to see the same creepy men! Is that too much to ask?).

I’m kicking myself now for having thought for one second during winter that I wished it was summer (I also can’t say that I hate my life now. I love the beach. Also, that’s absurd thought in itself. My life is awesome!) In Wendy Beentje’s post “Why I love Ibiza” she refers to winter time as the “other Ibiza.” She explains,

Contrary to summer, this time of year allows the islanders to take a break from work and actually make time for one another. Meeting up happens at local events and several markets around the island. I ended up having difficulty choosing between the artisan Sunday Market in Sant Joan and the good vibes of Cala Llenya market. Both come with excellent live music.

I coincide with Beentje’s opinion on the quaintness and closeness the island offers in winter (It is also important to note that, this is my first summer here, therefore I still have no point of comparison). My weekends were jam-packed with social events: hiking, concerts, coffee dates, collaborative dinners and more. As my friend Grace (you may recognize her from this post) liked to reflect, people on this just know how to have fun. Family and friends are of the upmost importance, and there is always time to stop and say hello.

Among my activities, I had some extremely entertaining moments and cultural experiences. Below you’ll find a list of 8 of my favorite events or activities that took place in winter in Ibiza. The list is by no means exhaustive, and heavily influenced by what I was able to do given my work schedule.

If you are in Ibiza in the winter, make sure to check these events out, and be aware that you’ll probably need a car (buses are quite infrequent).

  1. San Mateo Wine Festival
My friends and I roasting sausage.
My friends and I roasting sausage.

An annual event that takes place in December, the San Mateo Wine Festival  was my favorite event. After being a little scarred from the nighttime offerings in Ibiza town, going to this event was so refreshing. Local farmers showcased (and gave for free!) their delicious red wine, and for a small price you could buy all the best Ibiza treats – sobrasada and flaó, to name a couple. The music was lively, the people were happy and talkative, and best of all, it was my first time seeing pagés dancing.

My favorite.
My favorite.

Don’t fear the cold wind in the winter months – fires pouring out of bathtubs will keep you warm!

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The best bbq I’ve ever seen
  1. Almond Blossoms in Santa Agnes
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Reminds me of Indiana

People had been raving about seeing these for a long time. In attempts not to miss them, my friends and I somehow managed to drive all the way north to Santa Agnes three times in January before actually catching the blossoms. It’s a lovely afternoon easy, relaxing hike to enjoy with friends. See my friend Daphne’s post here.

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My friends on a hike around Santa Agnes
  1. La Pintxa Sant Antoni

Read about my experiences furiously stuffing my face with creative pinchos here. As I mentioned in the post, it was a great opportunity to experience San Antonio at night without the yelling and horrifyingly drunk/drugged people. The food was fabulous and the hot fires inside the restaurants were even better.

  1. Can Jordi

I only had the opportunity to visit Can Jordi  a few times, but each time was a pleasant experience. This small bar on the highway to Sant Josep hosts live outdoor music in the winter every Friday night. Musicians and styles vary, but the crowd is always enthused, the food is always my favorite (coca, sobrasada, and flaó), and bonus: the parking attendant is attractive and funny.

  1. Monólogos: Kokotxa or Casanova

Various bars host “monólogos” – stand-up comedy – in the winter. Check for signs around Ibiza Town or San Antonio to know when they are. La Kokotxa is in my opinion, quite seedy but I always have a great time there. The music is of my preference (Top 40 Latin or Spanish rock). Pub Casanova, which I liken to the sister bar of Kokotxa, has a similar vibe and plays similar music styles. The last comedy show I went to at Pub Casanova was Jose Boto, who made some very insightful yet hilarious reflections on people’s behavior during winter in Ibiza. Namely, how lazy we/they are to travel from one city to the next (Ibiza to San Antonio feels like forever).  Daphne also gives her experience at one of Kokotxa’s comedy nights here.

  1. Sundays at Sluiz
Bonus: They have postcards you with weird'funny phrases on it you can send to your friends and family.
Bonus: They have postcards you with weird’funny phrases on it you can send to your friends and family.

Sluiz, probably my all-time favorite store ever, is like someone threw all different furniture and decorating styles together, sprinkled some Ibiza dust on it and called it a day. It is the most eclectic and outrageous conglomeration of goods that for expensive prices can be yours. Aside from being a store, it also boasts a charming café that is home to flamenco concerts every Sunday starting at 4pm. Grab a tea or coffee, curl up on the comfy couches and enjoy.

  1. Traveling, Repeating Themed Concerts
Dressing up in Ushuaia ANTS costumes for La Movida. No, it didn't make sense. But yes, we had fun.
Dressing up in Ushuaia ANTS costumes for La Movida. No, it didn’t make sense. But yes, we had fun.

Different themed parties, such as Flower Power (famed Pacha weekly event during the summer, and massive local gathering in the winter) and La Movida  (named after La Movida Madrileña) are hosted by different town councils and happen every so often during the winter.

Who can resist 3,000 excited, dressed up Ibiza residents dancing all night in tents outside? It’s freezing, but that won’t get them down! The music for me is exceptionally fun, and the relaxed and community atmosphere makes it a must.

         8. Cañas’n’Roll 

Best all-day party ever. Sponsored by the Sant Josep town council, every Saturday in November and December the whole town converts into a bar-hopping, music-listening, and hamburger eating mess. Live music at all of the bars are the perfect combination with beers or wine and pinchos. Going from bar to bar you can enjoy one music and culinary style and then quickly switch to the next.

Friends and I in Sant Josep.
Friends and I in Sant Josep.

What are you favorite Ibiza winter activities? What did I leave out?

An Interview With An Avid Runner: Top 3 Ibiza Town Running Routes

My friend and fellow language assistant Grace, aside from being an inspiration to us all with her curiosity, her excitement for seeing and learning new things about Ibiza, and her thought-provoking conversation, is also an avid runner (similar to how Erin is an avid hiker).

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I force her to stand by dessert. She is not running here, but she is Grace.

If I go into Ibiza Town during the weekdays, I almost always see Grace in a powerful sprint. She might be in her 7th mile of her 15 mile-long run, but you would never guess. She makes distance running look like sitting on the couch watching reruns of Scandal.

Because she lives in Ibiza Town, her runs typically evolve into routes in and around that city. Grace told me that before she came to Ibiza, she researched previous auxiliary blogs about Ibiza and even running routes. However, she was disappointed to not find any helpful information.

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She’s still not running, but here is Grace & co being active. Frolicking through the trails of the almond blossoms in St. Agnes.

Therefore, for all of those who wish to come to Ibiza and indulge in a run, here are Grace’s Top Runs in and Around Ibiza.

  1. Marina Botafoch
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Marina Botafoch at Sunset. Photo credit: Erin Morris

Route: From the port up toward Marina Botafoch, ending at a lookout over Playa Talamanca to the North and the marina lighthouse to the South.

How you discovered it: I was initially introduced to the running path by a friend of mine who grew up here in Ibiza. One day, I was running along the marina, and I wanted to run a bit of an incline, so I went off the path to the left up a residential street. The street offers the best views of the pretty lighthouse at the end of the Marina. The steep hill ended at a gorgeous lookout with a view of Talamanca to the north.

Distance: From the port to the lookout, it’s probably about 3.5 miles. The hill is definitely steep and difficult, but stopping to take in the view is unavoidable

When: I like to run on weekends in the late morning, around 10 or 11. It’s not too hot yet and the path isn’t crowded with dog-walkers and little kids on bikes.

Why: I love this run for the views, but also for the challenge of tackling the big hill. I love the feeling I get when it’s finally over and I can stop to appreciate the beauty surrounding me on all sides. That’s the best motivation for me.

Meaningful moments: My favorite running memory was the day I discovered this little lookout. I stopped at the top of the hill and just stood there for a while, catching my breath and walking in circles to take in the view on all sides.

  1. Figueretas Boardwalk
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Mirror selfie of friends and I on the boardwalk. Check yourself out in the reflection next time you’re there. Photo credit: Grace McGann.

Route: Running the Playa Figueretas boardwalk, which is lined with restaurants and bars, is really fun because it’s so lively. Also, the views of the ocean are of course beautiful.

How you discovered it: It’s the closest beach to my apartment, so when I’m in the mood to run along the beach it’s my go-to run

Distance: It’s a very short boardwalk, so I usually run it as a warm-up. It’s probably only about half a mile long.

When: Try to avoid it during the hottest part of the day, because it’s in complete sun. Also, it gets pretty crowded during tourist season, so I recommend running it in the mornings.

Meaningful moments: I love people-watching, and the boardwalk is the perfect place to do it.

  1. Dalt Vila
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Dalt Vila lit up (don’t worry, not in flames!). Photo credit: Erin Morris.

Route: When I want to challenge myself with some serious incline, I run to the old town and try to maintain a jog all the way up to the top, where the views are phenomenal of both the city and the water.

How you discovered it: Everyone in Ibiza knows Dalt Vila, and when I first saw the quaint little town, I was just walking around. When I started interspersing flat runs with more hilly ones, I thought of Dalt Vila as the ultimate challenge for incline. It’s extremely difficult to keep up a jogging pace all the way to the top, but you’re rewarded for your hard work when you reach the lookout spaces.

Distance: It’s not a long run, but it’s very intense.

Why: I like to do this run on days when I don’t have a lot of time but still want a good workout. It provides the intensity without having to dedicate much time.

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How can you not take advice from this beauty?

If you don’t fancy any of these runs, Grace gives you some advice to find your own inspiring workout:

Turn onto streets that interest you. Because it’s Ibiza, you’ll probably end up somewhere beautiful. Also because it’s Ibiza, you’ll find it difficult to get lost. Most roads, even if you feel like you’re out in the middle of nowhere, lead to something you’ll recognize (or at least a town where the people will be happy to point you in the right direction).

What are you favorite running routes around Ibiza? How did you discover them? What’s your most memorable moment on a run?

Interview With An Avid Hiker: Top 5 Ibiza Hikes

Just in time for Earth Day, I’d like to bring you a post to appreciate the natural beauty of Ibiza.

One of my fellow language assistants and friend Erin is a courageous and adventurous hiker. If it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t have been introduced to some of the most beautiful scenery I’ve ever seen – not to mention some of the best experiences I’ve had on the island. I admire her excitement for discovering new places and her determination to find exactly what she’s looking for. A master hiker in my eyes, she is a person who is so intrigued about her surrounding and inspires us all to be the same.

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Taken from http://www.world-guides.com/europe/spain/balearic-islands/ibiza/maps.html

Her passion for hiking becomes evident when she says that she even loves “these hikes when you don’t even know if there’s going to be a trail and you just have to keep walking ahead blindly, because more often than not, you find something amazing. Ibiza is way more mapped out for hikers than I ever thought possible.” After many months of exploring the island, I figured she’d have a thing or two to say about her favorite places.

Her top 5 hikes, in no particular order are:

  1. Cala Xarraca to Cap Blanc
  2. Sant Vicent
  3. Ses Salinas
  4. Atlantis
  5. Jesus

Read below for more information on each one.


Cala Xarraca to Cap Blanc

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Taken from http://www.surcando.com/fondeos/cala-portinatx/

Having never explored this side of the island, Erin came here randomly to find a path. She says, “I drove to Cala Xarraca, and parked there, and then just aimlessly started walking west.” That’s the thing about Ibiza. You can just show up somewhere, even for a hike, and it always seems to work out.

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View during her Cala Xarraca to Cap Blanc hike. Photo by Erin Morris.

In total, this hike took about four hours going there and back. Erin says that there are some very steep parts and you need to bring lots of water and snacks (for all of the hikes as well). Erin told me, “I think I enjoyed it so much because it was such different geography than anything I’d seen yet or was expecting. That’s the thing about this island, is that it has SUCH variety to it. There are tropical beaches-white sand and palm trees- there’s the inland farmland, there are intense mountain ranges… this hike was rolling hills for MILES, no trees, just this short little shrubs, you could see that turquoise blue water from all angles…”

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Cala Xarraca. Photo by Erin Morris.

Her advice to you for this hike? If you’re used to walking or exercising with music, leave it at home. She reflected, “Only recently have I started to try without music. I normally always have my iPod even if I’m just walking to the grocery store, but I forced myself to take it out while hiking once and it was so cool. Being the ONLY person around for miles, you don’t get that kind of quiet anywhere else. It’s only you, the birds, and the chipmunks.”


Sant Vicent

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Taken from http://www.surcando.com/fondeos/cala-de-san-vicente/

Having had problems at work, this five hour hike was the perfect remedy for Erin. After unsuccessfully trying to find a hike in the inland mountains near Sant Vicent, she kept driving and eventually “found some road up a mountain.” She tells me that she “started in an abandonded farm house field to the west of Sant Vicent and made my way up the coast, then followed it as it wrapped around to the beach.” This is a great hike if you need to be alone and de-stress. She says it’s also great for privacy: “There are a few cute inlet beaches on the way…privacy is nice.”

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Cala Sant Vicent. Photo by Erin Morris.

Ses Salines National Park

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Taken from http://www.ibiza-hotels.com/hoteles/playas/salinasi.php

The first time Erin did this hike, which she later took me on in the winter, it was still warm in October. She enjoyed the first time much more than subsequent outings to the national park. She had no idea what do expect. She explains, “We didn’t even know there was going to be a path…we just drove past Ses Salines beach to the end, by that cute neighborhood. We walked along the entry path to the park…and then got up to the top of the hill before you go down to that first beach. We had NO idea if we were just walking into a straight forest but because I’m annoying I made us continue anyway… then we found a path on the other end and climbed to the top right along the cliff. The views were AMAZING. This was one of my first hiking experiences in Ibiza as well, and I’d never been surrounded by so much ocean before. It was an incredible feeling, I felt really lucky that day.”

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Ses Salines National Park. Photo by Erin Morris.

This hike is a bit rugged at times and at certain parts of the year it’s prohibited to pass through some segments for possible danger to the wildlife. It’s best not to go after it rains as the steep hills through dirt are easily to slip on. Walking briskly you can finish in around an hour and a half, but if you take your time and soak in the views, calculate around two to two and a half hours. Because of the great inclines, the three mountains you pass through give you a great heart-pumping workout, in addition to giving you amazing views of Es Vedra and Formentera. You can park your car at the neighborhood that Erin describes and finish the hike at Cap des Falco near the salt flats and walk back to your car.


Atlantis

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Taken from http://www.unav.es/digilab/proyectosenl/0001/viaje/ibiza/etapas/elmapa.htm
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Atlantis. Photo by Erin Morris.

‘Atlantis,’ if you’re not familiar, is a famous spot in the San Josep district near Cala D’hort. It’s rock was cut out and used to build the cathedral of Ibiza. Erin told me, “We had only heard people talk about the name and didn’t really know what it would be like. We didn’t even know if we could get there not by boat. You went by boat so you didn’t see it… but it’s literally a straight ass drop from the top. We had to hold on to various bushes and branches on the way down so we wouldn’t tumble to our death. And again, this was so cool because we didn’t know what was going to be on the other side (or the bottom, in this case).”

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Atlantis. Photo by Erin Morris.

To begin the hike, take the road to Cala D’hort and find tower des Savinar. There you will see a path that leads down. It takes around 20 minutes to reach the bottom.


Jesus

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http://www.kandani.es/blog/rutas-cicloturistas-santa-eularia-des-riu/

This hike, Erin claims has “absolutely amazing” scenery. It must be cool, because this girl has seen it all. In fact, I can vouch for her, as I did this hike with her. We parked the car at Platja s’estanyol and simply began walking north. She happened to sit on bird poop at one point during this hike, but it ended up being all worth it: “that was quite the climb to get to the top but that lookout was breath-taking.”

You can spend as much or as little time exploring the coastline in this area. We walked along the cliffs for around and hour and then turned back. This is an excellent hike for those who love elevation and dramatic drop-offs (not for the hikers themselves).

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A friend and I relaxing on one of the Jesus cliffs. Photo by Erin Morris.

Erin explains that finding the perfect hike is possible for everyone. While she didn’t plan ahead on many of her hikes, she often found some of the most impactful scenes from spontaneous walking. Trusting the beauty of this island, she usually found “a very well-worn trail” which made her ‘realize you’re not the only one who has enjoyed this!” However, she doesn’t mean to say that this negates the hike’s impact. She finds comfort in the fact that by being well-worn, it’s proof that “there are other people out there like you, who aren’t only about the clubs and find happiness through this same type of experience.”

Do you have a favorite hike on Ibiza that made an impact on you?

All photos besides the maps are credit of Erin Morris.