Walking in Ibiza: Discovering Es Vedra, the Magnet of Ibiza
One place that cannot go unmentioned when you talk about walking in Ibiza is Es Vedra and it’s satelite Es Vedranell in the South-West of Ibiza, an island that belongs to Cala d’Hort Nature Reserve.
It is an uninhibited island which you can walk as well and which gives the most magical sights all year round. As in Ses Salinas Nature Reserve, Cala d’Hort plays an important role as a shelter for many sea birds. The cool thing is, you can see the top of Es Vedra from many parts of the island when you are walking in Ibiza. Like for example from Ses Salines:
My first view to it was in October 2012 when I had the first glimpse of the island:
Many routes for walking in Ibiza, Es Vedra
There are plenty of ways to get close to Es Vedra. I had seen it from two places, plus a bit from different walks in different locations. But there is nothing like seeing it directly. Some weeks ago we were walking in Ibiza with Nora to get there via Sa Talaia, the highest mountain of the island which is in the same area, but we missed some instructions and had to give up, having seen Es Vedra only a bit. Yet, the effect of seeing the symbol of Ibiza is so strong that we kept going “Wow. WOW. Oh, WoW!” :D.
Later in March, me, Nora and her friend Vanessa decided to finally see Es Vedra fully in one of the nicest viewpoints to it, where you can also see Torre des Savinar. This time, the focus was on Es Vedra, and that is where we ended up.
We headed out for St Josep, (took a morning bus) and from there, we headed the road towards Es Cubells. Es Cubells is a nice location with some beautiful restaurants and relaxed atmosphere, old traditional houses, little roads, orange trees, terraces. It is best though to take a car there, because walking the road can be a bit dull.
|Wonderful views from Es Cubells towards the coast of Ibiza.|
|At the cross-roads.|
|Three hikers walking in Ibiza. The moment of reflexion.|
I have to say that the path we took is not probably the most interesting one you can have for Es Vedra. It mostly goes on a car road. Still there are nice views to Ibiza coastal line.
Torre des Savinar
|There are many stone circles around the island. I put an addition to this one.|
|Torre des Savinar. Feels like on top of the world.|
|View from Torre des Savinar towards Cala d’Hort|
|Es Vedra and Es Vedranell|
If you decide to go for Torre des Savinar, be careful, it is quite steep and the path is small with loose stones. If you are afraid of heights, this is not a good climb for you. You will need to use the crab walk you learnt in school. Coming down means being on all fours at some point. I even saw some scratches on the stones. I wonder …
Es Vedra, at last, a breathtaking sight
Es Vedra has been characterized as the most magnetic place. Though Wikipedia coldly blunts out “Es Vedrà consists predominantly of mesozoic limestone, and contra to the esoteric urban myth of being a special magnetic place, has no (magnetic) metal accumulations“. No matter, you can still feel the magneticity and who is to say that we are wrong. The material world is a vision we create anyway. Right?
There are thousands of pictures of Es Vedra, we added a bunch and I hope one day you can do it, too.
|This is done in October 2012, same place, but much later of the day. It had a wonderful ambiance.|
We did it! We got to the goal to see Es Vedra from the cala d’Hort mirador to fill our “walking in Ibiza” wishlist. And I finally got to the Torre des Savinar. The walk from Sant Josep was worth it, we achieved our goal!
It was getting late and we still had some hours to walk back to Sant Josep. The weather was quite hot, we were a bit tired and did not really look forward to walking the road back. But, strong women as we were we had no fear and took off in the hopes of hitchhiking back at least some distances.
Be careful what you wish for
|Lunch-dinner of the hikers|
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Walking lifestyle – keeping you fit, mentally and physically
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Liisi Toom is a communication executive and lifestyle coach who spent 9 months in Ibiza walking, doing walking tours and blogging about it. She has also done and blogged about walking in Estonia and Norway. She coaches people on finding their lifestyle. If you wish to find and live your lifestyle, e-mail at liisitoom (at) gmail. com or follow her Twitter @liisi.
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