What can I say – we were much looking forward to this stage. A lot of it had to do with getting to Cala Salada on foot instead of the usual drive or motorcycle ride.
We were also intrigued by the thought ofleaving it on foot, northbound, following the rugged coastline en route to Cap Nonó, gateway to Ibiza’s north.
We played it safe by starting the walk from Sant Antoni, not Port des Torrent. We knew that the last section of the hike was a tough one, and wanted to tackle it with energy in the tank.
Frankly, I was expecting an ugly stretch of hotels and condos for the first few kilometers, but the truth is that very soon we hit two fantastic coves, Cala Gració and neighboring Gracioneta.
The walk continued on glorious, elevated terrain, offering fine views toward Punta Galera, with Cap Nonó in the distance.
Funny thing – so much talk about visiting Punta Galera in the past, and I finally got to see it as part of this walk. Very fitting, really.
Eventually, we made it down to Cala Salada and Saladeta, which this time (the first in many) did not look like a crystal clear pool. Too much recent rain, we reckoned.
Oh well. Still, leaving Saladeta was exciting. There’s a sense of renewed freedom whenever you leave a familiar place following an unusual route. So many times walking on the cliff back toward the parking lot, this time we scrambled out of the cove in the opposite direction, heading onward toward a pretty unspoilt area of the island.
From then on, the route took some quiet dirt roads away from any residential area, and offered views of a jagged peak that would have felt at home in Krabi, Thailand.
With dark clouds looming in the distance, we tackled the steep climb up Cap Nonó. Pretty relentless, but luckily not too long. We paused a few times to get our breath back and enjoyed the views looking back toward Sant Antoni.
This route should be walked southbound, said K. Imagine enjoying these views without having to turn around. She was probably right.
After a steep descent, we found ourselves walking on a beautiful trail crossing a lush forest. We walked in silence, K. with her music, A. with his thoughts. We were expecting a storm to hit, but somehow it never did.
Still, unsure of the weather and our own stamina, we decided to take a shortcut through the fertile Pla de Corona instead of tackling the wild section of cliffs and coves before Santa Agnes.
The Santa Agnes area is famous for its almond trees, which become a spectacle in January, when they blossom. This time, the recent rains made for an abundance of flowers, which topped an already beautiful countryside.
We were lucky to find an open restaurant. We settled for a celebratory beer, with views of Santa Agnes’ quaint church. In the table next to us, two informed and slightly drunken friends were discussing international geostrategy, the effects of the Russian invasion of the Ukraine on the prices of energy in Spain, among other current topics.
It’s a brave new world, and we all struggle to make sense of it.
Length: 16,65 km
Elevation gain: +555m
Time: 5h 13 minutes (including breaks and lunch)
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