Although Ibiza, and especially the area of Sant Josep, is known for its beautiful beaches and its fiesta atmosphere in summer. Autumn is a perfect season to enjoy the island. Mild temperatures, the bustle disappears, ideal for practicing sports and outdoor activities… Here are 5 great tips.
1. Enjoying the coastline, the beaches and the sea
The months of October and November are great to enjoy the sea. While nighttime temperatures are falling, the days are nice and the sea temperature is at its best time of the year. Water activities and watersports such as diving, paddle surfing, sailing, kayaking and many others… Are perfect to practice them these months. The Diving routes and immersions and Kayak routes.
As well, you can definitely enjoy the beaches. You can sit on one of the terraces overlooking the sea, having for lunch or dinner a delicious fresh fish dish or any traditional rice dish at any of the restaurants in the area. As well, a walk along the coast is fantastic. For this we highly recommend a walk from the beach of Platges de Comte to Torre d’en Rovira defense tower. You’ll surely enjoy the scenery and the seaview!
2. Autumn light is special
The photography lovers are lucky. Strong blue tones, green fields intensify with September rains, the sun no longer has the strength of August and the sunsets are accompanied by some clouds that make them even more colourful and interesting.
3. Outdoor activities and sports in the best environment
With the coming of some rainfall and humidity at night, Sant Josep fields are transformed. After the harsh dry summer, Ibiza’s countryside revives. All this along with the most pleasant temperatures make hiking, running and cycling lovers resume their activity.
There are many established routes for outdoor activities and sports. Furthermore, in Ibiza there are many businesses that organize these kinds of activities and events. Here are a few links with more information and brochures you can download. Hiking routes and Mountain Bike BTT trails.
4. “Matanzas” (Traditional Pig Slaughter)
The months of November and December are very special to Ibizan native peoples. After collecting the produce of the fields in September, such as almonds, carobs and grapes for the making of “Vino Payés” (Ibizan country homemade wine), comes the time of the pig slaughter.
The pig slaughter is a whole ancestral tradition of the island, and from it they make the tasty “butifarra” and “sobrasada” (cured spiced sausage) which families, in the old days and still today, stored for having food throughout the cold winter. During the day of the “matanza” you can enjoy the authentic dishes of the traditional cuisine of the island, such as the “sofrit pagès”, Ibizan cheeses, “frita de porc” among other traditional dishes and foods.
If you have the opportunity to meet a native Ibicenco family do not hesitate to mention it, and knowing Ibizan people they’ll surely invite you, but of course, everyone has to help a little with the preparations 😉
5. Visiting the Natural Park of Ses Salines
From late August and during the fall and winter season is the perfect time to visit this nature reserve. Ses Salines is a resting area for migratory birds like flamingos, stilts, shelducks, Kentish plovers and other seabirds.
To take a walk through the reserve and enjoy the interesting colors of the salt ponds, going to the sand dunes and strolling along the coast of the beaches of Es Cavallet and Ses Salines are some of the attractions of the area. So worth a walk to enjoy its beauty. Here’s a seaside path from Es Cavallet to Ses Salines.
Furthermore, the “Consellería de Medio Ambiente” (Environment Department) of the Balearic Islands Government regularly organizes excursions to visit the Natural Park of Ses Salines of Ibiza and Formentera.