After the frenetic running around of summer it is natural to want to relax, put your feet up and perhaps treat yourself to a few quiet pints (or glasses of wine) and tuck in to hearty autumn fare. Don’t retreat too far into your cosy winter burrow though, or you’ll miss the opportunity to explore sides of Ibiza rarely seen in summer. The late summer rains have already turned the campo a lush green and given a brighter hue to the flowers. There are a number of ways to appreciate the off-season glories of Ibiza, depending on your interests and fitness levels. We have suggestions for every taste.
Want to see old Ibiza from a new perspective? Saddle up with North Ride Ibiza
As the name suggests North Ride is based amidst the tranquil, pine-swathed hills of the north of the island, a world so remote from the seaside hustle it might as well be another country.
Located in the airy alpine terrain between Portinatx and Sant Joan, North Ride offers an encounter with the unspoilt Ibiza of old. Book a trek of two or three hours, in summer, (€75/per person, for three hours) and soak up the wilderness from astride one of owner Rumana’s Spanish horses.
Autumn is the perfect time to enjoy the evergreen scenery, and the cooler weather means it is possible to do full-day treks, or even longer. There are lessons for beginners, instruction in dressage and jumping for advanced riders and, when the weather cools, full-day rides or multi-day trekking holidays.
Want to learn a new skill? Explore fitness with an instructor
If you feel the urge to limber up, get fit, or just try something new, seek out one of the many fitness professionals in Ibiza who offer one-on-one lessons and advice. Yoga is practically an Ibiza speciality – the perfect way to reconnect your mind and body and ease the transition between the seasons. For those who like to sweat, personal trainers can guide you through running and cycling programmes, or demonstrate outdoor fitness so you can stay in peak condition without ever paying for another month at the gym. Swimming is a perennial favourite, and winter is a great time to brush up on your technique. Those who fancy keeping their head above water. Ibiza Mundo Activo runs kayaking courses and excursions.
Personal training: www.ibizapersonaltrainer.com
Want an adrenaline rush? Try mountain biking or kite-surfing
Ibiza is perfect for flying headlong downhill on two wheels. In fact, if you’re ever in Dalt Vila when the local mountain bike squad comes tearing across the cobbles your heart-rate is bound to leap without you making the slightest effort! There are routes all over the island, ranging from gentle family rides to daredevil drops. Take a look at the cicloturismo website and take your pick. There are bike shops in Ibiza Town and Santa Eularia (+34 964 529 970) that offer bike sale or hire, and guided rides. Or take to the sea and learn to conquer the winter waves at the Cala Pada surfing and sailing school (+34 971 330 755).
Bike routes & info: www.illesbalears.es/esp/ibiza/cicloturismo.jsp?SEC=CTU
Bike hire: www.mrbike.es
Want to make a difference? Walk a dog
The aptly-named Can Dog on the Sant Joan caraterra is a refuge for many friendly four-legged critters. Unfortunately the island’s seasonal economy means pets are often abandoned at the end of the season and Can Dog provides a caring home for animals who wouldn’t have one otherwise. However, they rely on volunteers to walk and socialise the dogs. You can stop by, pick a pooch, and take it for a hike, or play a game of fetch. It’s good for you and you’ll be rewarded with plenty of slobbery affection.
Call for info: +34971325284
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