Though the Balearic island of Ibiza is probably best known for its wild parties, there is a side to it that is less documented in the travel guides, though just as special. Mountaineering holidays provide a great getaway for those who enjoy the great outdoors, and Ibiza has plenty to offer in this respect.
If you’re considering booking a mountaineering holiday in Ibiza, this guide will tell you everything you need to know.
How to book
The very nature of mountaineering involves getting off the beaten track and exploring little known areas and nooks and crannies. As such, many travellers choose to simply book a hotel, take their equipment with them, and set off on their own route. Ibiza has plenty in the way of both luxury and budget accommodation options, so this approach is one that is often chosen.
For those who wish to use the services of a guide, booking a package deal may be the best option. Often including a place to stay, all the necessary equipment, and guided trips throughout the duration of your holiday, it’s a great way to save money and tap into some expert knowledge. If you’re travelling alone, this can also be a brilliant way to meet like-minded people who will often become friends during your break.
Whichever option you go for, always ensure that insurance is included in your deal, or that you purchase this separately. It often costs a very small amount, but will give you the peace of mind of knowing that you’ve covered in worst case scenarios.
Where to go
There are some very rocky outcrops in Ibiza that are great for climbing. As the island is so small, you’ll only ever be a short drive away from some excellent spots.
Key areas for mountaineering include Buda, Santa Agnes, and Jolibod. Though they’re popular during the summer months, there’s plenty of open space to explore, so overcrowding should never be a problem.
If you book a package mountaineering deal, you’re likely to explore several different sites over the duration of your stay.
Hints and tips
Ibiza has climbing opportunities for all skill levels, so even if you’re a beginner, you’ll be able to find a spot that’s best suited for you. Always research in advance, and take a mobile phone with you, just in case you encounter some difficulties. Make sure that you carry a map and regularly familiarise yourself with the surroundings. It can be all too easy to suddenly find that you’re lost.
As the island is so diverse, it’s likely that mountaineering won’t be the only aspect of your stay. If partying is your thing, take the time to visit one of the clubs that attract big name DJs from all over the world. Pacha is one of Ibiza’s most famous spots, and hosts nights from the likes of David Guetta. It’s highly advisable to hire a car to see everything the island has to offer, visit a site like erentals.co.uk
If relaxing is more your cup of tea after a hard day of activity, head down to Ibiza Town. A super stylish and sophisticated area, there’s an abundance of excellent gourmet restaurants, cafes and laidback bars.
Ibiza is the ideal location for mountaineering holidays. Offering plenty in the way of rugged terrain, as well as bouncing nightlife and fabulous restaurants, it will provide a holiday that you’ll never forget.
Ruth Johnson regularly writes travel articles and especially enjoys everything the Balearic Islands have to offer to visitors.