Ibiza Outdoor Activities

March 7, 2013 by

Things to Do, Travel Tips

Water-bound activities in Ibiza. Photo courtesy of robertpaulyoung via Flickr.

Water-bound activities in Ibiza. Photo courtesy of robertpaulyoung via Flickr.

While Ibiza may be famous for its parties and beaches, a lot more awaits, especially for outdoor adventure seekers. Whether in the water or on dry land, here are a few ways to break the party-island holiday mold.

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Sure, the beach is an obvious destination, but there’s more to do there than just lie out and bake in the sun. In Ibiza, Spain, you can embark on other water-bound activities such as sailing, windsurfing, kite surfing, or kayaking (especially advantageous since many beaches and coves are only accessible by boat). And, with clear waters up to 100 feet in visibility, you can take a snorkeling or scuba diving excursion, scoping out popular spots like Llado Norte, and the Cala d’Hort Marine Nature Reserve, including the island of Illots de Ponent.

Other than water-related activities, outdoorsy types can hit the trail by bike or horse. For a unique hiking experience, head to the towns of Sant Antoni de Portmany or Sant Joan de Labritja, to explore mapped-out footpaths that take your hike beyond just trekking by identifying lookout points, beaches and — the best part — wine cellars. If you seek still more challenging ascents, climbers can scale the island via nearly 400 bolted routes, mostly along the rocky coastline.

For an equally activity-filled journey, go biking in Santa Eulària des Riu. There, they have 12 routes that start inland and pass through five towns, offering up similar marked stops as the walking routes, such as beaches and vistas. Beyond that, Ibiza has 20 biking trails of varying difficulty, all clearly identified thanks to handy maps.

Ibiza outdoor activities still abound, though: from golf to horseback riding, discovering caves and simply zipping around on a scooter, your options definitely go far beyond the beach and discoteca.

Erin Ridley

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