The Great Route (Gran Ruta): explore the eastern side of Ibiza by foot
Apart from its crystal-clear waters, the municipality of Santa Eulària des Riu is the perfect destination for active travellers who never forget to pack their walking boots. In fact, its area has 12 walking trails with signs and the last one is known as the longest on the island: the Gran Ruta (Great Route).
This is a medium-level circular route that crosses the municipality for 65 kilometres, passing beaches, traditional architecture, beautiful Mediterranean landscapes and countless charming spots, including 14 tourist sites. This trail is linked to other existing walks by means of new paths. This way, you can choose the time and most suitable stretch for your walk.
Where does the Great Route go?
This circular trail can be started from the holiday villages of Santa Eulària des Riu, Cala Llonga, Jesús, Santa Gertrudis and Es Canar. In other words, you can start and end your walk wherever is most convenient, including Hotel Ánfora. Depending on how fit you are, you can walk it in several days coming back by bus or taxi:
Two days: Es Canar – Santa Gertrudis and Santa Gertrudis – Es Canar.
Three days: Es Canar – Jesús (taking a bus or taxi back) // Jesús – Santa Gertrudis (taking a taxi back) // Santa Gertrudis – Es Canar.
Four days: Es Canar – Cala Llonga (taking a bus or taxi back) // Cala Llonga – Jesús // Jesús -Santa Gertrudis // Santa Gertrudis – Es Canar
Which trails are linked to the Great Route?
This great circular trail coincides with some of the stretches on trails number 6, 3, 10, 5, 2, 1 and 4, but only parts of them. So if you’d like to fill your holidays with walks, you can arrange your outings as you prefer by adding stretches or going off on other paths, like trails number 7, 8, 9 and 11.
What to see on the Great Route?
This trail passes by some of the best known tourist sites in the municipality of Santa Eulària, like Puig de Missa, the village of Santa Gertrudis and the hippy flea markets of Las Dalias and Punta Arabí. But it also passes by other unique sites in Ibiza, including the church of Jesús, with its marvellous Gothic altarpiece; the archaeological remains of the Roman aqueduct of s’Argamassa, the hidden cove of Espart, the cami des Pedrisset with fabulous examples of traditional dry stone walls; and the towers of Montserrat, Can Jaumet and Can Rieró as well as the fountain of Atzaró.
Other trails around Santa Eulària
Besides the walking and bike trails, this municipality has another two cultural routes, the River Route (Ruta del Río), which is a 3 Km urban walk that is perfect for all ages; and the Cultural Route (Ruta Cultural) that can be done by car or motorbike and links 14 tourist sites in Santa Eulària. Of course, we mustn’t forget your very own food route that you can plan by checking out the countless traditional restaurants, markets and shops in the area. These are detailed in the traditional food guide, Guía de gastronomía tradicional, published by Visitsantaeulalia, where you can see the island’s dishes and specialities.
Book today to enjoy this summer
If you’re already picturing yourself walking along beautiful trails in Ibiza, book now your stay at Hotel Ánfora at the best price and contact us by email or phone if you want more information on our rates and offers.
Main picture: © Gonzalo Azumendi / Turismo de Santa Eulària des Riu