Around The Island In 12 Days With Walking Ibiza

Posted on October 18, 2017

Words: Olivia Ebeling

Seven years ago, the idea for ‘guided tour experience’ organisation Walking Ibiza was born when founder Toby Clarke returned from an adventurous trek that saw him walking around the entire island with just one Euro in his pocket and his loyal dog Cosmo by his side. Scaling the mountains and combing through the beautiful fields and forests of the White Isle, he slept in a tent and relied on the kindness of strangers and a little good vibes from the universe to complete this challenging trip.

Immersing himself in Ibiza’s nature and taking in the breath-taking sights, switching off from the stresses of modern life and technology, upon completion Toby felt inspired to share his insider knowledge of the island with others – and Walking Ibiza was born. Now, the popular local organisation offers a 12-day excursion around Ibiza every year around October time, with 13 brave adventurers currently making their way along the coastline of the White Isle. The trek will be covering 260 kilometres in total, circumnavigating the entire island while passing many of its iconic locations including Salinas beach, Cap d’es Falco, Es Vedra, Cala Comte, Benirras and many more.

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The group set off on October 9th from Ibiza Town, making their way over to the stunning Salinas Nature Park and its famous stretch of sand, a first instalment of around 18 kilometres. Including two brave returning participants, who have already completed the trek last year, one documentary maker and, of course, Toby’s loyal four-legged friend Cosmo, the crew also visited the Keith Haring exhibition at the nearby La Nave Salinas gallery space.

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Day two proved a little more intense, with the Walking Ibiza crew scaling the island’s notoriously steep peaks of Cap d’es Falco, otherwise known as ‘the five M*****F*****s’. And on day three, the group had to really embrace their inner adventurers as they climbed and used ropes to arrive to a breath-taking sunset spot overlooking Es Vedra. Day four offered one of the more strenuous parts of the trek, covering 35km and climbing up 400 metres to the highest point of the coastline, with blisters and – eek – missing toe nails adding to the physical challenge. However, as they reached the west side of the island, the intrepid explorers were treated to a stunning sunset that rewarded them for their efforts.

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Now on day ten, the trek has passed many beautiful locations and breath-taking sights, including a gravity-defying natural stone bridge, pirate towers and lighthouses, deep valleys and hidden coves, the Shrine of Tanit and much more. On their route, participants have also been able to sample some delicious island food, including a huge pan of fresh seafood paella, as well as learning fascinating and quirky facts about the island from Ibiza guru Toby.

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If you’re an outdoor enthusiast and want to explore the natural beauty and tranquil landscapes of the White Isle, why not reserve your space for next year’s trip now? Until then, Walking Ibiza’s weekly community walks of different difficulty levels give off-season visitors and residents a little taste of what it could be like to tackle the12-day tour – as well as some great practise for the big trek! Are you adventurous enough to join next year?

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