If you are going on a beach holiday and the weather is not too great, you’d better make the best of it anyway. So during our vacation on Ibiza, we went hiking along the coast of Ibiza. From our camp site in Es Canar to our favorite restaurant on the island: Passion Cafe in Santa Eulalia. Should you find yourself feeling sporty and looking forward to explore more than your sun lounger, read on!
We start walking from Camping La Playa, where we are staying in a bungalow. The closest village nearby is Es Canar, which caters mostly to British tourists. There are a few supermarkets, plenty of souvenir shops and bars and restaurants. We love to eat healthily, so eating out in Es Canar is not appealing to us. If you like English breakfast and greasy fast food, this is the place for you! From the village you can take a boat to Santa Eulalia or Ibiza town.
Ibiza has a stunningly rugged coast line interspersed with nice beaches. Along the way you will see beautiful cacti, many lizards and rust-colored cliffs.
The walk is not long: around five kilometers, which will take you about an hour, an hour and a half in a leisurely pace. Since we are on our way to good food, the walk feels like a breeze to me! You simply need to follow the coast line, cross a little hill and then you will arrive in the Santa Eulalia harbor. Don’t be shy if you enter the grounds of a hotel or restaurant: it’s perfectly fine to walk on through there.
Prepare for the hike
- Wear comfortable, light, loose-fitting clothes.
- Don’t forget your hat.
- Bring water and a snack.
- Put on sunscreen and bring it along if you need to re-apply.
There aren’t many facilities along the way, but you can go to the toilet in a hotel or restaurant if you need to. You can find food and drinks within half an hour’s walk.
In case you do not want to eat out, you can always buy some groceries in Es Canar (or Santa Eulalia if you are coming from the other direction) and have a beach picknick along the way. In that case: bring your swimwear!
Points of interest along the way
Hippie market Punta Arabí: Held every Wednesday from April to October, this massive market sells everything you can imagine to put together an outfit that ticks all of the Ibizan boxes: bags and shoes with colorful pompons, knitted tops, kaftans, bangles, earrings, and much more. Be still, my beating hippie heart! I challenge you not to get lost when trying to find the exit.
Chirincana beach bar: Our second favorite restaurant in the area. They serve excellent pizzas and salads. The menu used to be completely vegetarian, but since a couple of years there are meat and fish options as well. There’s live music on Wednesday nights; the night of next door’s Punta Arabí market. The sunset along Cala Martina (the bay) is priceless. It is a family- and pet-friendly, ultra laid-back place. Good coffee too!
Nikki Beach: I haven’t been here myself, since it’s not my scene. If you are into clubbing or being hip and happening, you can go there. Doll yourself up, enjoy some cocktails and make sure to post your most flattering pics on social media for #holidayenvy.
Passion Cafe: YES! I would eat here every day if it weren’t so pricey. The quality of the food is very good and I love how they make every dish special with a thoughtful addition of some spring onion here and a dash of exquisitely chosen seasoning here. Did I mention the avocado fries? Heavenly!
Santa Eulalia has some nice boutiques and a bigger supermarket (Eroski). We went grocery shopping there and then took a taxi back to our bungalow.
Enjoy your stay!
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