THE CALA D’HORT LOOP
A leisurely, late afternoon drive for amazing sunset views
Start: Luxe villa spotting in Es Cubells, the quaint town with cliff-side sea views Directions: Head north and turn left at the Mo Ibiza restaurant for a weaving, windy road through the hills towards the south western-most point of the island.
Drive difficulty rating: 3.5 – the camino to Es Boldado is a kilometer-long traditional Ibicencan dirt track.
CALA SAN VICENTE TO SAN JUAN
Thrilling, hairpin bends liven up a lazy day
Start: With traditional Spanish fare at Bar Anita in San Carles. Directions: Head towards Cala San Vicente on the cliff road and continue on towards the beach. As you climb from sea level up toward San Juan, the road will become more mountainous and has plenty of thrilling, zig-zagging bends. Drive difficulty rating: 4 – make sure you’ve got windshield washer fluid. When the sun goes down, the dust is blinding.
A TOUR OF TINY TOWNS
The perfect way to see villages you might otherwise miss
Start: Santa Gertrudis is a foodie heaven; start with a coffee here. Directions: Drive straight up the main road from Santa Gertrudis towards San Miguel to explore the town’s small port and picturesque cove. Next, drive through San Mateo, one of the island’s smallest towns; you can also loop around the San Mateo valley, with its Ibicencan vineyards. Head west to Santa Agnes for the best Spanish omelette in the world at C’an Cosmi, then finish in San Rafael for steak at insider fave Can Pilot. Drive difficulty rating: 2.5 – easy to drive but the turns can be easy to miss
SEE THE SMALL BEACHES
OF THE SOUTH
Ibiza’s beaches are seriously world class – just see for yourself
Start: On the highway, heading from Ibiza town to the airport. Directions: Head towards Es Cavallet and instead of turning left for the Salinas car park, drive straight past the Sal de Ibiza shack and explore the salt plains by foot – the old machinery is still in use today. Next, drive around the airport, turning off to explore Es Codolar (the airplanes fly directly overhead), Es Xarcu, and Es Porroig, a tiny cove where the fishing boats come in. Drive difficulty rating: 4.5 – hard to find, with some hairraising caminos. A car is fine; a 4×4 is even better.