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Despite its image, Ibiza is good for more than just beach parties, cocktails, and wellness: The Balearic Island entices visitors with its extraordinary biodiversity, which was designated as a world heritage site back in 1999. The many hiking trails on the island’s coast and interior offer an excellent way to explore Ibiza’s diverse splendour of flora and fauna. Evergreen pine forests, wild rosemary, and juniper bushes line the paths. And if you’re lucky, you might even discover the very rare genet on your walk.
The Descent to Aguas Blancas
While some may still be sleeping off the excesses of the night before, early birds can enjoy the morning hours on Ibiza in a very different way: for example, by watching the sun rise over the bay of Aguas Blancas between San Carlos and Cala de San Vicente. Situated beneath a small cliff, the 300-metre-long, yellow sandy beach is particularly popular with the locals. Make sure you’ve fully woken up before you start this tour, because the descent to the bay is rather steep. But you’ll be rewarded for your little trek: facing east, early risers can bask in the very first rays of sun to touch the island.
The Atlantis of Ibiza
All the way on the other side of the island, the southwestern coast offers a very different experience, which you can see for yourself during a hike down to Sa Pedrera, also known as the “Atlantis of Ibiza”. In the 16th century, stone blocks were broken out of the coast to construct fortress walls – resulting in hollows in the rocks that resemble a sunken city. The path leading to this impressive structure, on which the waves of the sea break, is rocky and covered in roots – sturdy footwear is a must, and nature provides plenty of hiking sticks. The walk takes about 45 minutes. Once you’ve arrived, you can cool off in three natural stone pools.
Hiking on Sa Talaia
If you’re drawn to the interior of the island, you can climb the 472-metre-high Sa Talaia in the south. This hike is a particular treat in early summer, when the wild lavender and rosemary on the edge of the trail start to bloom, and nature is no longer just a feast for the eyes, but also for your sense of smell. The ascent and descent are also suitable for inexperienced hikers and take about 1.5 hours each way. At the top, you will be rewarded with a panoramic view of the island. This vista is particularly useful for newcomers to Ibiza, as it gives a good overview of the island – and lets you pick and choose the spots you’d like to see from up close.
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