Ibiza on the two wheels of a bike
A bicycle is just about all you need to enjoy the island of Ibiza in the Balearic Islands at your own pace. Up and down the 40 kilometres of its length from end to end you can enjoy over 20 specially adapted routes which will take you through beautiful landscapes against the backdrop of the Mediterranean Sea. And don't forget that in the Balearic Islands the sun shines practically all year round and the temperatures are mild.
The tourist offices on the island of Ibiza will be able to give you all the information you need on the 20 routes for a complete range of skill levels. They are classified into four categories (easy, medium, medium-difficult and difficult) and there are routes which follow the coast and go through the interior.
The easiest ones take between one and two hours and involve very little change in level. One of these is the route of de Port des Torrent, which starts in the town of Sant Antoni. This itinerary goes through a spectacular landscape of cliffs and islets and includes several coves where you can take a dip or have a drink in one of its beach bars. These routes are identified in green.
Routes with medium difficulty take about four hours and may have parts with a very pronounced changes in level. Most of the itinerary runs along roads or trails. One of these is the route of Santa Gertrudis de Fruitera, which goes through the interior of the island through places which can only be accessed on foot or by bike. Another of these is the route of Sa Talaia, in the southwest of Ibiza, perfect for spending a day at the beach as it takes in various coves such as Molí, Tarida, Bassa and Colodar. These routes are identified in blue.
The itineraries which are classified as medium to difficult require a degree of physical resilience, may involve considerable changes in the level, and tend to run along roads or paved tracks. One of the most attractive is the route of Camp Vell, which goes through the west of Ibiza and explores the island's characteristic terrain: valleys, farmlands, typical villages, beaches… Another is the route of Dalt Vila, which goes up to the top of the city of Eivissa, declared a World Heritage site by the UNESCO. These routes are identified in red.
The itineraries classified as difficult are recommended only for people who are expert cyclists and in good physical condition. In fact there are routes which have formed part of the most demanding itinerary of the Ibiza Cycle Race, and parts known as 'leg breakers' (the Ibiza Extrem route). That's why they are a genuine challenge for anyone who is passionate about cycling. These routes are identified in black.
Things to remember:
You can do the routes at your own pace.
You can find out more about the itineraries, obtain practical advice for each route and download maps for the GPS at the web page http://www.ibiza.travel/es/mapa_rutas.php.
Once in Ibiza you can obtain more information in the tourist offices on the island.
There are numerous companies on the island which rent bicycles. What's more, in some information offices such as the one on the Paseo de Sant Antoni, you can pick up a bicycle after payment of a deposit.
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