A Full Moon Walk With Walking Ibiza

Posted on August 10, 2017

Words: Olivia Ebeling

Images: La Skimal

If you are coming to Ibiza for the first time, no doubt you will have put together a list of things to do and see – likely including iconic White Isle experiences and destinations such as the glorious beaches, the sunset and perhaps a super club or two. Likewise, if you are already a bit of an island veteran, we’re sure you probably have a selection of old favourites you like to revisit time and time again. But while it is tempting to stick to the ‘classic’ Ibiza haunts, it’s off the beaten track that you will find this beautiful island at its most authentic, unveiling character and natural beauty beyond your wildest dreams.

Founded by Toby Clarke, Walking Ibiza’s guided tours are the perfect way to see the White Isle from a different side and get to know this Balearic gem as well as its history and culture a little better. Offering a variety of different routes each week that range from forest and coastal walks to kayak and sunset excursions, Toby and his team of expert guides take great pleasure in showing you the lesser known parts and hidden walkways of Ibiza while sharing their impressive local knowledge. We went along on one of the popular community walks this week – a special outing to watch the Full Moon – and enjoyed an adventurous trek that combined stunning views with the opportunity to watch both the sunset and moonrise during one excursion.

walking ibiza by la skimal

walking ibiza by la skimal

walking ibiza by la skimal

Setting off from the picturesque cove of Pou des Lleo in the North of the island, Toby and his mother Sheila, an experienced and popular Walking Ibiza guide herself, welcomed the group in both English and Spanish and explained a little bit about the route ahead. Each of the organisation’s walks is graded according to length, terrain and technical difficulty and described in detail on both the Walking Ibiza Facebook page and the weekly newsletter, so participants know exactly what to expect. Dogs are welcome to join the fun – with the exception of only a few, more challenging routes – and Toby’s own four-legged friend Cosmo, the unofficial mascot of Walking Ibiza, often comes along on the excursions.

walking ibiza by la skimal

walking ibiza by la skimal

walking ibiza by la skimal

After a short walk through the gentle forest covered hills, Toby led us towards the coast, where he pointed out some unique rock formations very different to those you might have encountered on the island previously. He explained that when the Balearic islands were formed 20million years ago through the movement and folding of the earth’s surface, this was the only place that lava emerged and solidified, which resulted in some fascinating shapes that we were now climbing across while making our way to our next stop, a deep fault line that runs opposite Ibiza’s sister isle Tagomago.

walking ibiza by la skimal

walking ibiza by la skimal

walking ibiza by la skimal

Throughout the walk, Toby regaled the group with both quirky local tales and folklore, as well as his personal memoirs, a fun and interesting way to learn some new things about Ibiza. Born and raised on the island – and a keen astrologer – he makes for a fascinating source of irreverent, historical and scientific facts! However, when we eventually reached the fault line – a majestic and deep cleft in the grey rock face – he suggested we share a moment of quiet contemplation of this beautiful and dramatic constellation.

walking ibiza by la skimal

walking ibiza by la skimal

walking ibiza by la skimal

Continuing on our route, we ascended the coastline towards one of Ibiza’s ancient watchtowers, of which there are only 11 left on the island. Toby explained that these historic buildings date back to the 18th century, when the locals used them to look out for pirates on the hunt for the White Isle’s famous salt, and even barricaded themselves in the rotund structures against attackers. Full of surprises, he then offered those feeling energetic – and brave – enough to follow him down a secret path of stairs built into the sheer cliff face all the way down to the crashing waves of the sea. It was the kind of local insider knowledge you won’t find in a guidebook – and maybe also a route you wouldn’t dare to follow if you had stumbled across it on your own.

walking ibiza by la skimal

walking ibiza by la skimal

walking ibiza by la skimal

walking ibiza by la skimal

While the sunset had not been one of Ibiza’s most spectacular due to some unpredictable August clouds turning the sky into a hazy white mist, we still had the moonrise to look forward to. This month, Mother Nature treated us not only to a mesmerising full silver circle, but also a partial lunar eclipse, which meant that the bottom corner of the planet was partly concealed and the moon appeared to have a pink glow. Sitting down in a quiet spot on the rocks below the watchtower, we spent some time marvelling at the display, a simply magical and incredibly atmospheric view you won’t forget in a hurry. It was only the prospect of a cold beer in the heat of the August night that could break the spell, and we allowed Toby to lead us through the darkness towards the golden glow of Pou des Lleo’s little chiringuito, already plotting our next outing with Walking Ibiza.

Further Information
fb: www.facebook.com/WalkingIbiza
w: www.walkingibiza.com

walking ibiza by la skimal

walking ibiza by la skimal

walking ibiza by la skimal

walking ibiza by la skimal