Ibiza is a beautiful salt rock and sand island with pine forests covering about 600km². Peppered with blooming almond trees that paint it in white (hence the nickname, ‘The White Island’), it features unique natural areas, zigzagging trails, mysterious caves, tucked-away coves and Mediterranean woodlands and scrub. Ses Salines Nature Park, the rocky area in San Lorenzo, Es Vedrà and more than 50 other islets, the Ses Feixes plateau… There are lots of amazing natural settings in Ibiza where you can go hiking, mountain climbing, cycle touring or mountain biking.
Nature in Ibiza
- Es Amunts mountain area in Sant Llorenç: Even though Ibiza cannot be considered a mountainous island (at least in comparison to other islands of the Balearics), it does have a few mounts, hills and cliffs looming over the sea and affording stunning views. They are perfect to be in contact with the wilderness. The rocky area of Es Amunts in Sant Llorenç (in Spanish, San Lorenzo) – lying between the municipalities of Sant Joan, Santa Eulària des Riu and Sant Antoni de Portmany – is a fine example of this kind of landscape in Ibiza.
- Almond trees in Santa Agnès de Corona: Endless orchards covered in a white mantle that looks like snow. But it is not. It is hundreds of blooming almond trees that bear their lovely flowers from the beginning of the year into spring. An amazing show of nature that you will want to see and capture in your camera to bring back home, especially if you are in the small village of Santa Agnès de Corona.
- Cave of Can Marçà: This cave, whose entrance is only 10m above sea level in one of the most amazing cliffs in Port de Sant Miquel, will take you about 100,000 years back in time. In the old days, it was used by pirates and corsairs to keep their stock, taking advantage of its privileged location. A few signs of the marks they made to find their way in the dark can still be seen today. Can Marçà can be visited all year round.
- Ses Feixes wetland: Ses Feixes and its wetlands offer a fine example of traditional farming work in Ibiza’s fields. Water is carried out across the plateau, dividing the area in two sections: Ses Monges and Vila. Both of them are classified as protected rural land for their high value in terms of biodiversity.
- Ses Salines Nature Park: Salt is Ibiza’s most iconic natural element. It has a magical setting on the island, in the salt marshes that were named a Nature Reserve in 1995. Its Neptune Grass meadows (part of Unesco’s World Heritage List) are among the most important in the Mediterranean, lending the water around the island its typical turquoise-blue shades. Also within the park there is one of the largest and most beautiful beaches in Ibiza. You will also find lakes, coastal islets, juniper coves and pine forests.
- Es Vedrà Nature Reserve: Without this natural area, Ibiza would not have the beauty it can boast of. The islets of Es Vedrà, Ponent and Vedranell delineate part of the horizon of the White Island, making the sunsets look magical and adding a few fairy-tale corners. But there is more beauty than meets the eye here: the underwater world contains treasures that attract divers from around the globe.