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Walking Ibiza – Playa D’en Bossa to Dalt Vila

March 9, 2014
Toby and his dog Cosmo

Toby and his dog Cosmo

Toby Clarke organises regular guided walks around the island under the guise of ‘Walking Ibiza’ and on Friday and Saturday (March 7 and 8) the walks were from Playa D’en Bossa to Dalt Vila and back. I joined Toby and his group of walkers on the Friday, starting at 10.00 at the far end of Playa D’en Bossa. There were 9 of us in the group, plus Toby and his dog Cosmo who usually accompanies him on the walks.

Toby was born in Ibiza but moved back to the UK when he was a child. Wanting to escape the rat race and return to his roots, he moved back to the island with his wife. He knows the island like the back of his hand (he’s walked around the entire coast twice). His regular walks (of varying length and difficulty) follow a tried and tested route and along the way he will entertain you with stories and interesting facts about the area, the landscape and plant life. The walks are taken at a leisurely pace so that you can also enjoy the beautiful scenery that Ibiza has to offer.

We started our 12km walk towards the old town of Ibiza on a sunny, warm, Friday morning. Most of us chose to walk barefoot along the 3km of beach (the longest on the island) at the edge of the sea. As we walked, Toby told us how he started walking seriously when he got his dog Cosmo, and realised how much he enjoyed it as a way of seeing the island. Numerous walks later, Walking Ibiza was born. We didn’t stop until we got to the end of the beach where we paused for a drink and for Toby to tell us about the posidonia seagrass that is washed up on the beach.

From there we carried on following the coast, walked along the beach at Figueretas, along the promenade, over the rocks around the Los Molinos hotel and up the dirt path at the bottom of Los Molinos below the old windmills. You can pretty much walk from Playa D’en Bossa to Ibiza Town and Dalt Vila all along the coast. At the end of the path we turned inland and headed up the road that circles the city walls and takes you to the back of Dalt Vila. Here we stopped for a short break whilst Toby told us about some of the history of Dalt Vila (the high town) and that he wasn’t allowed to give us a guided tour inside the city walls as he isn’t a registered guide and could be fined.

We entered Dalt Vila, walking through an illuminated passage through the thick stone walls, which show you the extent to which the city was fortified to keep out invaders. From there we took a break by the edge of the wall below the old castle, and looked back at where we had walked from at the end of Playa D’en Bossa. Carrying on along the walls, we stopped at several of the bastions to take in the view, looked at the statue of Isidor Macabich and paused in Plaça D’España. Then we walked through the narrow cobbled streets in the town looking at some of the buildings on the way, passing the old hospital and the shrine to Sant Chiriac on the way up to the cathedral. From there it was back down through the walls to where we had entered Dalt Vila. I left the group there to carry on their journey back along the coast to Playa D’en Bossa and enjoy their lunch at the end. It was a thoroughly enjoyable and illuminating walk with an amiable and knowledgeable guide and a lovely bunch of people to chat to along the way.

The walks are a great way to see the island, keep fit and meet like-minded people. Well-behaved dogs can be taken along too. Lunch is usually organised afterwards in a local restaurant for anyone that wants it, or walkers are advised to take a picnic if that fits the location and schedule of the walk better. The walks are by donation (suggested 10€ per person) or what you feel the walk is worth to you. For full details of future walks see http://walkingibiza.com or Walking Ibiza on Facebook.

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Walking up Playa D’en Bossa

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Dalt Vila, our destination in the distance

Toby and Cosmo leading the group along the beach

Toby and Cosmo leading the group along the beach

Toby tells us about the Posidonia seagrass

Toby tells us about the Posidonia seagrass

The group poses for a photo in front of Dalt Vila

The group poses for a photo in front of Dalt Vila

Striding through Figueretas

Striding through Figueretas

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Toby telling the group about Dalt Vila and its history

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Taking a break at the top of Dalt Vila

Onwards along the walls of Dalt Vila

Onwards along the walls of Dalt Vila

Cosmo shows off on the wall

Cosmo shows off on the wall

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