An inland walk, starting in San Carles de Peralta, through forests and over hills on small paths, tracks and quiet roads and finishing in Sant Joan de Labritja.
Changing tack slightly, your walk is entirely inland today heading out of Sant Carles on a trail which crosses the Serra de Sant Vicent ridge. Reach the small Iglesia de Sant Vicent church before following trails through typically rural Ibizan landscapes featuring dry stone walls, springs and wells.
Enjoy the tranquillity of this section, accompanied by the sound of birdsong and nature before reaching the village of Sant Joan de Labritja.
Staying in this traditional village is like taking a step back in time to when Ibiza was a sleepy Spanish island. If you are lucky enough to be here on a Sunday, witness the village come alive when a thriving artisan market sets up in the village square.
This is a long exposed day with little shade, bring plenty of protection from the sun and more water than you would normally.
There are some road crossings, always be aware of traffic and be sure to use a pavement/sidewalk where possible. Where it isn’t, walk on the left-hand side of the road in the direction of oncoming traffic.
Some of the ground can be uneven, with rocky/pebbly paths. Ensure you have suitable footwear and step cautiously when needed.
Ibizans like to have guard dogs, make sure you are sticking to the paths and not wandering onto anyone's property. Most of them are harmless (and if not they will be chained up or behind a fence) but they will bark at you,
The ground can be uneven, so be sure to wear sturdy walking boots with suitable ankle support.
Adequate sun protection is a must.
The path can be overgrown in parts and quite sharp, consider wearing long sleeves or at least carrying some in your bag.
Food and Drink
There is no food or drink stops en route, this is rural Ibiza at its best. Make sure you bring a light lunch and then stop for something more substantial at one of the excellent restaurants in Sant Joan de Labritija.
Points of Interest
Serra de Sant Vicent ridge
There is a lot of climbing in today's walk, on sun-bleached roads the vegetation thins as you gain altitude. As you reach heights that surpass the surrounding hills, the island opens up for you. Glimpses of the sea, distant chapels and lonely white casitas nestled in the green foliage on far away slopes. The high inland parts of Ibiza are just as beautiful as the coast, and the views are better.
San Joan de Labritija
Sant Joan de Labritja is both a region and a village in northern Ibiza, Spain. It's known for its rugged coastline and woodland. In the centre of Sant Joan village is the whitewashed 18th-century Sant Joan Church. West, trails lead to Torre des Molar, a watchtower with coastal views. Nearby Caló des Moltons is a beach in a quiet inlet. Santuario Púnico Es Culleram is a cave sanctuary dedicated to the Phoenician goddess Tanit. The village itself is full of excellent cafes and has an artisan craft market on Sundays with handmade jewellery and clothing.
The Ibizan lizards
The lizards of Ibiza are protected, but you wouldn't think so from the sheer number of the cute little critters you will see scampering about. If you are nervously thinking of Komodo dragons, worry not, these little creatures are small and harmless and are great fun to watch as the hurry around on their own secret business. the Ibizan Wall lizard is native to the island and is an iconic symbol of the natural world.