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Secret Trails of Ibiza and Formentera

8 Days & 7 Nights 4.3 Read 3 reviews
  • Discover the natural beauty of the “secret” side of Ibiza
  • Walk to hidden coves of golden sand and turquoise waters
  • Enjoy lunches of grilled fish and paella at relaxed chiringuito beach bars
  • Relax in comfort at boutique hotels and traditional Ibizan agroturismo
  • Explore the idyllic island of Formentera
Discover a secret side of Ibiza, a world away from the well known ‘party island’. Discover hidden coves with turquoise waters, tranquil pine forests, and rural countryside covered in orange groves. Then head over to the exclusive island of Formentera, where you can either relax and take in the beautiful beaches or we recommend additional walks to help you explore the island. Wandering along quiet coastal paths, discover some of the most picturesque coves and beaches on the island including Cala Mestella, Cala Xarraca and “Moon Beach”. Enjoy lunch at the many welcoming little chiringuito beach cafes serving grilled fish and paella. Then hop on the short ferry journey across to Formentera, where the white sandy beaches and azure sea will have you thinking you are somewhere far more exotic! Finishing each day perfectly, retire at night to boutique hotels and welcoming agroturismo hand-chosen by the Macs Adventure team.
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What To Expect

A perfect combination of relaxed coastal and inland walking, this tour is ideal if you are looking for an active island escape with fairly easy walking. Walk for between 3 and 6 hours per day on good paths along the coast and through forest and farmland, with some gentle ascents and descents. Stay overnight in hand-chosen agroturismo or boutique hotels with a focus on comfort and a warm Ibizan and Formenteran welcome.

Trip Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent holiday.

Activity:

Multi Centre Walking | You will spend multiple nights in one or more of the locations on this walking holiday

This trip is suitable for:

Mixed Abilities, First Timers

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Coastal & Island

Grade & Terrain

This trip is graded easy-moderate overall, with the average daily distance being around 9km. There is one longer day of around 19km but there are plenty of places to stop along the way so you can take your time. You will be walking for between 3 to 6 hours a day on good paths along the coast and through forest and farmland, with some short sections on quiet roads.

Navigation

Some of the trails are well way-marked and you will be provided with detailed maps and route notes. You will also have access to the Macs Adventure Smartphone App enabling you to follow the route using your phone’s GPS so you will have no problems finding the way.

Accommodation Information

7 nights accommodation is included in your trip in a variety of boutique hotels and agroturismo -  traditional Ibizan farmhouses. They have all been hand-chosen by the Macs team and are full of character, offering warm hospitality and great service.

As a popular summer destination, accommodation in Ibiza and Formentera does fill up quickly. The properties shown below are the ones we use most frequently. If we are unable to secure you a room in the following properties at the time of your booking, we will do our best to accommodate you in an alternative property of a similar level of comfort.

Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

This trip is available to solo walkers although there is a supplement applicable. Single rooms are also available and  a single room supplement is payable.

Meals

7 Breakfasts are included. To keep things flexible, lunches and dinners are not included. For lunch, you can take a picnic with you to enjoy al fresco or enjoy a stop at one of the many chiringuito beach bars. Dinner will be available either from your hotel or one of the local restaurants.

Included
  • 7 Nights in boutique hotels and agroturismo
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Airport transfer from Ibiza Airport to Sant Carles de Peralta
  • Return ferry tickets between Ibiza and Formentera
  • Detailed route notes, maps and pre-departure information pack
  • GPX tracks and access to our smartphone app
  • 24/7 emergency telephone support
Excluded
  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Travel to and from Ibiza
  • Buses to and from Cala de Sant Vicent on Day 3
  • Travel from Ibiza Port to Airport on Day 8
  • Local buses or taxis in Formentera
  • Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks
  • Personal equipment
Extras
  • Additional nights before, during or after the tour

When To Go

You can start this tour on any day of the week between the beginning of April and the end of June, and then again between the beginning of September and middle of October.

Ibiza and Formentera enjoy a pleasant Mediterranean climate perfect for walking.  If you prefer slightly cooler temperatures and want to see the countryside at its most green then April and May are the perfect time to travel. We do not offer this tour in July and August due to the fact that the high temperatures make it too uncomfortable for walking. September is a great time to visit, and the days are still lovely and warm. In October, it starts to cool down again but is still very pleasant during the day with cooler nights.

Getting to the Start

By Air: There is only one airport in Ibiza, in the south of the island. Coming from the UK, you can fly with many of the low-cost airlines including Easyjet, Ryanair and Jet2 as well as British Airways and TUI. From Europe, airlines flying into Ibiza include KLM, Lufthansa, Vueling and Air France.

Coming from outside Europe you would fly via one of the major European hubs such as Amsterdam, Madrid or Paris.

We include a private taxi transfer to take you from the airport to Sant Carles (30min) and from Sant Carles to Ibiza Port on Day 5.

Getting to/from Formentera

We include a taxi transfer to take you from Sant Carles de Peralta to Ibiza Port on Day 5, and return ferry tickets between Ibiza and Formentera. On arrival in Formentera, you can take one of the many taxis waiting at the port to your hotel which should be paid locally – the cost should be approx. 20 Euros. You will also need to take a taxi from your hotel in Formentera back to the port on Day 8 – again paid locally. 

There are regular buses from Ibiza Port to the airport - see http://ibizabus.com/ibiza/lineas/?route=11 for the timetables. 

General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Sant Carles de Peralta Day 2 Loop Walk to Cala Mestella 5.8 miles / 9.4 km Day 3 Loop Walk from Cala de Sant Vicent 5 miles / 8.5 km Day 4 Transfer to Sant Joan de Labritja, Walk to Sant Miquel de Balansat, Transfer to Sant Carles de Peralta 11.8 miles / 19 km Day 5 Travel to Formentera Island Day 6 Explore Formentera 7.5 miles / 12 km Day 7 Explore Formentera 6 miles / 9.6 km Day 8 Ferry back to Ibiza and onward Travel

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