Walking in Ibiza and Formentera


Landscapes of IBIZA and FORMENTERA: walks and car tours

by Hans Losse

As expected from the Sunflower range, this book is a good guide to walking in Ibiza and cycling, backed up with excellent maps. The maps give a clue as to where the best bases are for a walking holiday. The update website facility means that you can keep abreast of route closures and possible obstacles or problems. (Isabella, Amazon)

We love walking and find this book so useful. It is a handy size to fit in the pocket and shows all the wonderful walks, cycle rides and tours possible on the two islands. The detail is great and you simply cannot get lost! It enables the visitor to explore the places that the tourist does not normally get to see. It is an invaluable companion and I recommend it wholeheartedly. (Valerie, Amazon)

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IbizaUntil the sixties, Ibiza belonged to the Ibizans, and only a few artists, poets and writers lived in this paradise. Then the flower-children arrived, the hippies and drop-outs. In the last decades however, mass tourism has taken over and unfortunately destroyed much of the charm of Ibiza and Formentera. But not everything on the islands has been spoiled. ‘Bed and burgerbar’ building has reached saturation point, and a visit to the pine islands’ (the ‘Pityussae’, as the Greeks called them) is still worthwhile today. There’s an unending wealth of hidden beauty spots to be discovered, and this book helps you to find the best of Ibiza and Formentera by car, bicycle, or on foot.

Area covered: The book covers all of both islands. The best months for walking on Ibiza and Formentera are March to June and September/October.

Where to stay

If you’re relying on public transport, it’s best to stay in Ibiza Town, since the bus network radiates from the capital. Santa Eulalia and San Antonio are also good bases. If you hire a car, you have far more flexibility. Another good way of accessing walks is the coastal boat services, for which details are provided.

Edition/contents etc

3 car tours, 23 long and short walks, 5 cycle tours and 16 picnic suggestions for Ibiza; also 6 cycle tours and 1 walk for Formentera 136 pages + touring map for each island, plans of Eivissa (Ibiza Town), Sant Antoni, Santa Eulària; large-scale (1:40,000) topo maps

4th ed, 2014; ISBN 978-1-85691-436-9; UK retail price £12.99 / USA retail price $17.99

Table of contents:
Preface 5
Place names 5
Ibiza Picnicking: 8
Picnic suggestions 8
Touring 13
THE HILLY WEST (TOUR 1) 14 Ibiza Town · Figueretas · San José · San Augustín · San Antonio · San Rafael · Ibiza Town
EAST COAST BEACHES (TOUR 2) 18 Ibiza Town · Roca Llisa · Cala Llonga · Santa Eulalia · Cala Pada · Es Canar · San Carlos · Cala San Vicente · San Juan · San Lorenzo · Ibiza Town
RURAL IBIZA (TOUR 3) 20 Ibiza Town · Santa Gertrudis · Portinatx · Cala d’en Serra · Port de Sant Miquel · San Miguel · San Mateo · Santa Inés · San Rafael · Ibiza Town
Walking 22
Waymarking and maps 23
What to take with you 24
Where to stay 25
Climate and weather 25
Dogs and other things that bite 25
Spanish for walkers 25
Organisation of the walks 27
A country code for walkers and motorists 28
Getting about by bus and boat 29
Plans of San Antonio and Ibiza Town 29-31
Walks based on Ibiza Town
1 From Talamanca to Cala Llonga 39
2 From Platja d’en Bossa to Platja de Migjorn 50
3 Torre des Savinar 53
4 San José · Sa Talaiassa · Cala Tarida 55
5 Sa Talaia and Puig des Guixar 34
6 From San Juan to Portinatx 60
7 Portinatx · Torre de Portinatx · Cala Xuclà · Cala Xarraca 62
8 Port de Sant Miquel · Illa des Bosc · Torre des Molar · Port de Sant Miquel
9 Cabo d’es Falco 67
Walks based on San Antonio
10 Bays west of San Antonio 72
11 The coastal path to Cala Salada 75
12 Santa Inés · Penya Esbarrada · Santa Inés 78
Walks based on the resorts around Santa Eulalia
13 From Santa Eulalia to Cala Llonga
14 Puig d’en Pep
15 From Santa Eulalia to Es Canar
16 Santa Eulalia and Puig de na Mossona
17 Es Canar · Cala Llenya · Cala Mastella · San Carlos
18 San Carlos · CalaMastella · Can Jordi · San Carlos
19 San Carlos to Cala San Vicente
20 Cala Mastella · Cala de Boix · Torre d’en Valls · Canal d’en Marti · Pou des Lleo · Cala Mastella
21 Around Puig d’en Gat 22 Cabo de Librell
Round trip 1 from Es Canar
Round trip 2 from Es Canar
Formentera Picnicking: Picnic suggestions
Cycle tours Roads and tracks Equipment and clothing Climate and weather Organisation of the cycle tours
The cycle tours
1 Es Pujols · San Fernando · San Francisco · Cala Saona · Cap de Barbaria · Es Pujols 112
2 Es Pujols · Es Caló · El Pilar · Faro de la Mola · Es Pujols 114
3 Es Pujols · Es Trucadors · La Savina · Porto-Saler · Torre de la Gavina · Cala Saona · Es Pujols 115
4 Es Pujols · Platja de Migjorn · Es Pujols 117
5 Es Pujols · Punta de sa Pedrera · Torre de la Gavina · Es Pujols 118
6 Cycle tour and walk: Es Pujols · San Fernando · Es Caló · Camino Viejo · Es Llisos · El Pilar · S’Estufador · Calo d’es Ram · Es Pujols 119
Bus and boat timetables 123
Index 127
Fold-out touring map (Ibiza) inside back cover Cycling map (Formentera) reverse of touring map

Guidebook index

Airport 123
Argamassa, S’ 86-7, 88-9
Balàfia 15, 19
Botafoc, Es (lighthouse) 8, 32, 33, 36
Ca na Lluca 10, 53
Cala (small bay, cove) Azul 123
Bassa 11, 72, 73, 123
Benniràs 21, 68
Blanca 81, 82
de Boix 99, 105-6
Codolar 72, 73, 74, 123
Conta 73, 74, 123
d’Espart 37, 42
d’Hort 17,
cover des Multons 11, 67, 68
Gració 11, 75, 76, 123
Jondal 16, 17
Lleyna 96, 98, 123
Llonga 9, 18, 39, 80, 82, 123
Mastella 12, 96-7, 99, 100-1, 105
Molí 17, 56, 59
Pada 18, 123
Roja 11, 72, 73, 74
Salada 75, 76, 77
Salt d’en Serra 9, 37, 43
de San Vicente 18-9, 99, 102, 123
de Sant Miquel 68
d’en Serra 20, 65
Tarida 17, 55, 56, 58, 123
Vedella 17, 123
Xarraca 11, 21, 62, 64, 77
Xuclà 21, 62, 64
Caleta, Sa 15, 16
Caletes, Ses 19
Caló Roig, Es 12, 99
Ca’n Bellotera 46, 49
Ca’n Jordi 99, 100, 102
Canal, Sa 10, 15, 52
Canal d’en Marti 99, 105
Canar, Es 18, 87, 96, 123
Cap (cape) Llentrisca 17
Martinet 1, 9, 12, 36, 123
Negret 76, 79, 123
Capità valley 10, 47
Codolar, Es 15
Conillera, Sa (island) 11, 73
Cova Santa 17
Cubells, Es 17
Figueral, Es 19, 123
Figueretas 14
Fita des Jondal 16
Ibiza Town 9, 14, 18, 20, 32, 33, 34-5, 44, 47, 69, 123
town plan 30-1
Illa (island) des Bosc 67, 68, 73
Grossa 8, 36
Blanca 20-1
Jesús 18, 123
Penya Esbarrada 11, 78, 79
Platja (beach) d’en Bossa 10, 14, 50, 52, 123
d’es Cavellet 51, 52
des Duros 8, 36
de Migjorn (also called Playa Salinas) 10, 15, 50, 52
S’Estanyol 84-5, 87
Port de Sant Miquel 20-1, 66-7, 68, 123
Portinatx 11, 20, 60, 62, 64, 123
Pou des Lleó 99, 105-6
Puig (high hill, mountain) des Guixar 34, 36, 38
de Mar 56, 59
de Missa 86, 92-3
de na Mossona 82, 86, 90, 91, 92-3
d’en Pep 82, 83-4
d’en Valls 47, 69, 71, 123
Marina 81, 82
Punta (point) de S’Aguait 11, 82, 86
Grossa 12, 19, 36
sa Torre 9, 11, 63, 64
Roca Llisa 18, 37, 42
Roques Altes 55, 56
Rossellons, Coll des 70, 71
Salinas (Ses Salines) 50, 52, 123
San Antonio 14, 17, 69, 72, 75, 76, 123
town plan 29
San Augustín 14, 16, 17
San Carlos 7, 12, 15, 18, 96, 98, 100, 103, 105, 123
San Jorge (Sant Jordi) 15, 123
San José 11, 14, 17, 55, 57, 123
San Juan Bautista 18-9, 60, 64, 123
San Lorenzo 18-20
San Mateo 20-1
San Miguel 15, 20-1, 123
San Rafael 14, 17, 20-1
San Vicente 19, 99
Santa Eulalia del Río 11-12, 18, 19, 80, 81, 82, 83, 86, 90, 94, 123
town plan 29
Riu de Santa Eulàlia 11, 80, 82, 83, 90
Santa Gertrudis 20
Santa Inés 11, 20-1, 78, 79, 123
Talaia, Sa 9, 12, 34, 36
Talaiassa, Sa (highest point on Ibiza) 11, 55-6, 57
Talamanca 8-9, 32, 36, 38-9, 69, 123
Torre (ancient watchtower) des Molar 67, 68
de Ses Portes 51, 52
de Portinatx 62-3, 64
de sa Sal Rossa 10, 52
des Savinar 17, 53
de’n Valls 99, 104, 105-6
Torrent (stream) de Can Nadel 54
Socarret 98, 100, 101
Vedrà, Es (rock islet) 10, 53, 54, 55, 72,
cover Vista Alegre 17
Xamena, Na 21, 68
Ca’n Mari 109, 117
Ca’n Simonette 114
Cala Saona (cove) 109, 112, 113, 115-6
Caló, Es 114, 119
Caló des Ram 119, 122
Camino (camí; old mule track or trail)
Romano 119, 122
Viejo (de la Mola) 110, 120
Cap (cape) de Barbaria 112, 117, 122
Costa d’es Bou 112
Cova Foradada, Sa (cave) 112, 113
Espalmador, Illa (island) 115
Estany (inland water) d’es Peix 116, 118
Pudent 113, 115, 118
Estanyets, Es (salt-pans) 118
Estufador, S’ 119, 121
Faro (lighthouse) de la Mola 114
Llisos, Es 119, 121
Mal Pas, Es 116
Maryland (holiday village) 117
Mola, La 123
Pas, Es (straights between Formentera and Espalmador) 115
Pilar, El 108-9, 114, 119, 121, 123
Platja (beach) de Llevant 109, 115 de
Migjorn 109, 117
Porto-Saler 115-6
Pujols, Es 112, 114-5, 117-9, 123
Punta (point) de Sa Pedrera 118
Racó d’es Banc 118
Salinas Marroig 115
San Fernando 112, 114, 117, 119, 123
San Francisco 112-3, 116, 118, 123
Savina, La 115-6, 118, 123
‘Tanga Beach’ (see Platja de Llevant) Torre (ancient watchtower) d’es Garroveret 112
de la Gavina 115-6, 118
Trucadors, Es 10-11, 109, 115, 116

Current update

Ibiza and Formentera, 4th edition (2014); updated 14/11/2016

Updates for walks and car tours (drives) on Ibiza and Formentera given below supplement those provided in the guidebook. It is vital that this Update is read in conjunction with the text of the book, but note that the Update applies only to the edition stated and not to any earlier editions. (If you have an older edition of this book you can “upgrade” to the latest edition at half price.) Information has been forwarded to us by users of the book, and Sunflower Books offers the data in good faith but cannot be held responsible for any misleading or inaccurate content in the Update. Unless indicated otherwise, what appears here has not been verified by the author or publisher, so please allow due caution when new or amended routes are suggested. Each piece of information is dated; bear in mind that some of the older observations may have since been overtaken by events or further changes.

If, during your holiday, you are using the current edition of the guide and are able to provide any additional updating to add to this page, we will be pleased to hear from you. Please send information, preferably by e-mail, to info@sunflowerbooks.co.uk.

General: We had some problems on the very first walk we did (Walk 20) because we saw a sign saying “Coto Privada de Caza” (I think this was just after the Socarrat transformer where we were supposed to turn left). We didn’t know what “Coto” meant and assumed it referred to the path (ie that it was a private path and we must not go up it!). So we went straight on. And on and on, until we were lost! Since then we have seen such signs in several places and now assume they refer to the land adjoining the paths, not the paths themselves. It would be most helpful for first-time walkers in Ibiza to be told in the book what common signs mean. Thank you for writing the book! It made our holiday in Ibiza extra enjoyable. You get a different feel for a place by arriving there on foot rather than by car and we have quite fallen in love with this Island. One of the things which amazed me most was the way that small lizards would come right up when we stopped for a picnic and would happily sit and munch on pieces of apple and pear without running away! (User, 10/15) [“Coto privado de caza” means “private hunting ground” and does not mean that the adjacent path or track is private. Sunflower]

Ibiza Town bus station: Having just built the new bus station shown on our town plan, we have reports that it has closed due to problems. Please enquire as soon as you arrive on the island to find out the latest situation, since even the bus website is currently showing the new station as in operation. (Sunflower, 2/14) + A user writes: Buses in Eivissa arrive and depart from bus stops in Av. Isidor Macabich and Av. Espanya. A map on each bus shelter shows which stop serves which bus route. Timetables are available from Tourist Information offices. Buy tickets from the driver as you board the bus. (User, 5/14) + The bus station shown on our map was a planning mistake and closed as soon as it opened: it was underground, and the exhaust fumes from the buses were toxic. The user of 5/14 is correct, and you can see the various stops on the map of Eivissa Town on the ibizabus website. A new station will be built someday, but its location is not yet known. (Author, 11/14) • The situation is still the same – there is still no new bus station. (Author, 11/16)

Walk 4: A couple of points of interest in relation to this Walk. This is a lovely walk and depending on the time of year you can expect to see a wide variety of bird life so if this is of interest to you bring binoculars… After the restaurant at Cap d’es Falco there is a large sign saying that the route is forbidden to walkers between 1 March and 30 June each year ( to protect fauna). If you have trekking poles bring them.  This hike includes a couple of steep descents where there is a lot of scree/loose stone rolling underfoot. We saw very few markers in the middle of the hike so if in doubt keep right. (User, 6/14) • I agree with all these comments. (Author, 11/16)

Walk 6: Page 50.  Para 2. There is no mini- roundabout and no boulders blocking the track.  We followed the masses and ended up doing the route in reverse as most people were heading for the quarry. (User, 9/15) • . Yes, there is a mini- roundabout, but probably I could have expressed it better. There are in fact just some bushes where you can change the driving direction. You can drive down to the right or return to the main road. The track down to the right leads to private properties. The track to the left (not motorable) leads to the steep descent down to the quarry that the hippies call Atlantis. Before that steep descent you can admire a work of art made of stones. If you go straight on from the ‘mini-roundabout’, between two iron poles, you have the magnificent view to Es Vedra. (Author, 11/16)

Walk 7: At the 5h-point we ran in to difficulties. The huge villa is now complete and we saw the 3 MTB cycle  signposts but following these signs would have sent us back the way we had come.  We tried the various roads at this point in the walk and couldn’t see Can Behaud so ended up going right at the T Junction.  A MTB cycle track comes in from the left and we took this which brought us past a large development (Monte Carlos) and from there to the road between Cala Tarida and St Antoni. Left to Cala Tarida. (User, 6/14) + The description is OK. This user made a mistake. On page 58 it says: The MTB8 runs runs left to Cala Tarida and right to Sant Antoni. The arrows point from Cala Tarida to Sant Antoni. So the user has to walk in the opposite direction to the arrows or he’ll end up in Sant Antoni. But at the end of this long walk it is in fact shorter to turn left on the main Cala Vedella/Sant Antoni road and walk to the roundabout (not shown on our map, but located at the first southerly junction on the map). There is even a bus stop for a bus to Sant Antoni at the roundabout, so the walk could be ended there. Otherwise turn right on the road into Cala Tarida. The name of the bay is Bahia (not Badia) of Sant Antoni. And the name of the old villa is Can Behaud (not Can Behant). The huge  new villa on the right has no name. (The author, 11/14)

Walk 9: Page 62. Para 2. You cannot pass the boathouses.  The only path from the beach runs uphill with a hotel on the left.  We eventually reached what we think is the ‘small plateau’. The lane from there is a road with a pavement.  You cannot see the watchtower where it says you can in the book. Page 63. Para 1.  Three-four minutes is wrong.  It takes two minutes so why not quote a distance?  The path downhill is then so eroded we classed it as dangerous. (User, 9/15) • It is true that you can no longer pass the boathouses, unfortunately. So walk uphill passing the Restaurante Es Puet Blanc. Pass the finca Vora Mar and the hotel. Follow the road uphill towards the tower. Turn right at the junction. Follow the Carrer/Cami de sa Torre to the tower. On your right is the Club Hotel Portinatx. Behind the Torre are the ruins of a hotel that has never been completed. The path down to the coast is overgrown and steep – only recommended for experts. Go instead to the C733 main road. Follow it for a short distance – to KM 19. From there you can walk down to Cala Xucla. From Cala Xucla pick up the walk again to Cala Xarraca and the  Xarraca peninsula. (Author, 11/16)

Walk 12: The steep skiddy path down to the Raco de sa Galera is still fine. However, some rocks have fallen down at the bottom. To get past them onto the beach is perfectly possible but does involve scrambling over what are quite big and higgledy-piggledy rocks. (User, 10/15) • I check this in 2016 and this user is right. (Author, 11/16)

Walk 13: We tried to do this walk on October 1st 2015 but were unable to do so. The path doesn’t seem to be waymarked with red and blue arrows any longer. We hunted for these for ages but didn’t see them. However we did find a path leading left from the viewpoint just before the Puertas del Cielo restaurant and followed it for a short while along loose brown earth and between big chunks of rock encrusted with broken stalactite and stalagmite-type formations. After only perhaps 50-100 yards we reached a point which was impassable (like a gorge falling down to the sea) and we had to turn back. When we then looked up at the cliffs we could see that quite a lot of the rocks had big cracks in them and looked ready to tumble down. (User, 10/15) • The man who way marked the path in blue and red has died. This user missed the path – which will be part of the round the island GR 225. So we can hope that the path will be remarked again. Without waymarks the path can only be found by experienced walkers. In the fifth edition I shall describe the path in greater detail. (Author, 11/16)

Walk 14: Page 78. Para 4. No problem reaching the cairn but there was no fork until our path reached a gravel track which is not on the edge of the cliffs.  The next few lines of the description made no sense (it was a good job we had a map) until we reached Es Baladres on page 79. Page 81. Para 1.  The water deposit looked like a water tank with a roof. Page 81. Para 3.  There is no unmarked fork or a moto-cross damaged track.  The only track from the summit eventually reaches a gravel and concrete track besides a villa.  This track leads down to Cala Llonga. (User, 9/15) • Moto-cross damage is not visible any longer. There are now wooden posts with information about walking time and kilometers.  From the water tank the path leads uphill. There is still a blue coloured metal post close to the water tank. (Author, 11/16)

Walk 17: At Club Punta Arabi (1h 50m), we found the way to the main road blocked. You need to join the main road beyond the Hotel Augusta, as soon as you reach the campsite shown on the map – thus retrace your steps to this access point from Punta Arabi itself. Alternatively, continue past Punta Arabi, turn left at the first coastal property shortly after climbing a wall (1h 45m: ESKA- NA painted on its perimeter wall), turn left at a high locked gate to skirt the eastern edge of the campsite, and turn right at the coastal path. (User, 10/14) + As already stated in an existing update there is no way along the coast at Punta Arabi (lots of new walls and gates). It’s worth going for the views but you have to back-track and join the road near the campsite. (User, 10/14) + The path through the Club Punta Arabi and on into Es Canar is possible; I just did it in October 2014. But sometimes there’s little space between the wall and the bushes. The bushes will be trimmed back in future, as this trail will be part of a new 214km round the island trail, currently in the planning stage and called the G225. (Author, 11/14) + Page 87. Para 3. Naming a series of hotels is a waste of time if the names face inland and we are walking on the seaward side of the hotel.  We managed to walk the coast all the way to Es Canar but that did involve climbing over one wall of a deserted property. (User, 9/15) + We completed this walk on October 5th 2015. When we got to Club Punta Arabi we encountered a white metal gate barring our way into the club area. There was no way to get round the club as the bushes were too thick and grew too close to the cliff. We eventually decided to try to climb the gate and that is when we realised that the padlock was not locked and the gate swung open easily! The Club had closed down for the season. There was absolutely no-one there and the whole place was totally deserted (which was a bit eerie but very very intriguing). We were able to make our way through the Club grounds down to the main road without any difficulty. I think it would be worth telling readers not to be put off by the sight of what appears to be a locked gate but to go and try it. It might well be open! (User, 10/15) • You can get to the main road before Punta Arabi. The gate into the Punta Arabi is open – or it was so for the whole of 2016. And there is another gate on the right where you can leave Punta Arabi. But the path between the wall and the bushes is rather narrow. It is easier to access the main road before Punta Arabi.  (Author, 11/16)

Walk 19: After transformer building 777 and the parallel tracks  there are now several new villas. As you approach the entrance to the villa on the left there is a gap in the wall on the right of the track and you can squeeze down the side wall of that villa past a tree and pick up the path (now little used / found !) to take you down to Cala Mastella. After Sa Seni (with the dogs !) the dirt track is no longer a through route as they are developing a vineyard so after a lot of investigating and false trails we took route 20 in reverse until route 19 joins it at La Calma (there was no sign of an exit path from route 19). (User, 10/14) • Yes, it is easier not to cross the Torrent Soccarat behind the vineyard. It’s better to start the ascent at the north-eastern part of the Torrent Socarrat. This is the reverse direction of Walk 20. Another path that leads you to the beautiful museum above Sant Carles will be descibed in the Fifth edition of the book. (Author, 11/16)

Walk 20: You start going up hill past Anita’s Bar.  In front of you is a type of store/lock up for Anita’s Bar to the left of this building is a lane with blue arrows, don’t be put off by the construction works going on, you simply cross these works and resume the path described in the walk. Further on in the walk you pass the electricity pylon described but it isn’t numbered of labelled as set out in the guide however this does bring you across the valley.  We couldn’t find “the old house with the pumping station” and as there were several new villas in woodland settings we got slightly lost here and ended up missing the “40 impressive pillars”. However by staying on the main track we ended up on the road just at the hippy enclave and made our way to Sa Seni.The people here are charming and friendly but their dogs are not. (User, 6/14) • Construction works finished in 2015. The 40 impressive pillars cannot be seen from the main path any longer, and it’s not easy to find them. The slightly overgrown path to them leads down about 10 metres before a beautiful old property on the right. (Author, 11/16)