Monday, 23 January 2012
Cycling in Ibiza - tips and maps to download
Ibiza is a fantastic place to ride a bicycle. The island has many miles of quiet roads, especially in the north and west. We have spent many happy days over the years exploring Ibiza by bicycle, both on and off-road.
It is possible to get to the far north and back in a day but a better idea is to take a tent and rough camp for a night or two. We can give visitors plenty of advice on great routes and places to camp.
Tips for cycling in Ibiza:
- Taking bikes by plane to Ibiza is relatively easy though the airline rules are always changing. Most of the carriers charge £20-£30 per journey. If they ask for the bike to be inserted in a bike bag we have tried wrapping them in clingfilm or some old cardboard and clingfilm instead at the airport. That way you avoid carrying the bulky bag around with you everywhere. The bikes are normally wheeled into the baggage reclaim at Ibiza airport though I have had them falling off the carousel.
- A sturdy road bike or mountain bike is best as you will want to get off the beaten track to explore the parts of the island which are accessible only off-road.
- Take plenty of food and water as shops are few and far between in the north and opening hours are erratic. This can be very frustrating!
- The Ibiza Tourist Board publishes useful maps of cycle routes around Ibiza which you can download or collect in printed format in English from tourist information centres on the island in Eivissa and San Antonio.
- Here is an interactive map of Ibiza cycling routes linking to GPS coordinates or downloadable PDFs