Celebrity Reflection - Western Mediterranean - Day 10 - Ibiza

Author Anne Plau

Party island and UNESCO World Heritage

Ibiza is generally known as a party island. Many visitors expect the island to be overrun with the rich and famous, or those who think it's mostly about shopping and chilling out, hip clubs and discos, and whatever. Don't forget that Ibiza is extremely scenic. The coasts are long, the small towns are magical and you don't meet many people everywhere. However, it is important to move away from the tourist centers.

Ibiza town

Ibiza town


We had already seen the old town of Ibiza on our last visit. This place has a very special flair and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For anyone visiting Ibiza for the first time, the old town is an absolute must, only then comes the rest of this beautiful island.

Island trip with the rental car

We're going to take a look at rural Ibiza today. We had already rented a car before the trip. Since we only have one day, public transport is not enough to get to know the remote parts of the island. Buses run e.g. from Ibiza Town to Sant Josep, Sant Antoni or Santa Eulària. But these are not the places we are interested in today. We want to see old cultural landscapes. Our tour should cover the southeastern part of Ibiza: in the south to La Canal, then into the nature reserve at the southwestern tip, further north to Sant Antoni, then in an easterly direction across the island to Santa Eulària and along the coast to Ibiza City.

In the Ses Salines Natural Park

In the Ses Salines Natural Park


From the cruise terminal at the Estación Botafoc it is almost 3 kilometers to the place. There is a port bus that shuttles between the terminal and Av Santa Eulària des Rio near the old town. The office of our car rental company is also there. We get a Mini Countryman, a super nice car, very new, fast and agile; just the thing for our island trip.

Ses Salines and Es Vedra Natural Park

We get out of Ibiza town well. We ride along the water to Platja d'en Bossa, one of the sandy beaches close to the city. It's quiet, the sun worshipers are still sleeping. From there we drive through the Ses Salines Nature Park and the salt fields to La Canal. Little is going on on the small, idyllic sandy beach. We drive back through the salt flats, this time stopping at the church of Sant Francesc in the Ses Salines nature reserve.

Platja de Ses Salines The saltworks Esglesia de Sant Francesc Steep coast at Es Vedra

Our next destination is the rocky islands Es Vedra and Vedranell, which are part of the nature reserve and lie off the south-western coast. We drive past Es Cubells through a very hilly, forested landscape, the road is winding. We park the car near the coast. We have to walk a rocky path for about 10 minutes and we will reach the Mirador des Savinar.

Es Vedra and Vedranell rock islands

Es Vedra and Vedranell rock islands


From the Mirador we have a great view of Es Vedra, the smaller Vedranell and the pirate tower, one of the old defense towers that still exist in some places on Ibiza. It continues in a northerly direction. We pass the picturesque Cala d'Hort, then Sa Talaia, the highest mountain on the island at 475 meters, and reach Sant Josep.

Rural Ibiza

We actually want to take a break here, but it's definitely too crowded. To make matters worse, a coach is just unloading its passengers at the parish church, which is said to be the most beautiful church on the island. We flee. In Sant Agusti, a tranquil little town with a monastery of the same name, we find our place for a break. We pass Sant Antoni, the most important tourist place on the west coast. We now cross the island to the east, but continue to avoid the big roads, the small ones are just prettier. There is actually still agriculture, fincas and cattle. So far, our calculation is working out. Outside of the tourist centers, we only meet a few people and rural Ibiza is just as beautiful as we expected.

Church of Sant Agusti Landscape in the interior of the island Santa Gertrudis Santa Eulària del Rio

We stop in Santa Gertrudis, one of the traditional villages in the middle of the island. Everything is very pleasant, the houses are well-kept, there is a village church, a church square, small bars and an ice cream parlor where we eat a very tasty ice cream. We continue on winding country roads past Santa Eulària and are already back on the east coast. In Cala Llonga we encounter pure tourism again, the bay, which extends deep into the country, is completely built up. From here it is not far to Ibiza Town.

We still have some time. We stroll along the water to the village and then through the picturesque streets to the old city wall. It was a beautiful day in Ibiza. On our next visit we will see the northeast part of the island. There is still a lot to discover for us.

Ibiza - Estación Maritima Ibiza town - Carrer de Riambau Ibiza Town - Hard Rock Café on Passeig de Vara de Rey Ibiza town - Portal de Ses Taules

Tenors of Rock

In the evening there is a thrilling show. The Tenors of Rock perform in the theater. We've seen a show with these British singers before and loved it. So this time too. The 5 singers offer rock at its finest, songs by the Beatles, Stones, Queen and and and: plus absolute top quality in singing and performance. The show lasts almost an hour and we could have listened and watched that long again.

Continue reading: Day 11 - At sea

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