19 Nov Es Portixol Ibiza Hike
Sometimes when I’m not in the mood for anything – not even hiking – and then decide to just do something I get rewarded with the most beautiful surprises. That beautiful surprise was definitely the case with this hike. Although the day was beautiful I wasn’t in the mood to do anything. I just wanted to hang around. Duc and Raf didn’t agree and when those eyes are staring to me with that wishful look for one more hike I cant help myself then to drag myself out of the house and go out.
It’s these moments that I realise that my dogs truly make me a better person. If it wasn’t for them I would not have gone out that day and I would have missed an amazing hike with beautiful memories. When people think that hiking with dogs is something they do to please their dogs they miss the most important part which is that the dogs are doing us a favor. Dogs are not bothered by endless thoughts or worries. They just life in the moment and when they are out in nature they behave in their natural way. It’s us humans that have difficulties living in the moment and living in harmony with nature. As said earlier, this hike was a perfect example.
I heard many times about a beautiful and difficult to access beach named Es Portixol and that day seemed like a good day to try it out. I was in the mood for something beautiful. I checked out the guide ‘Secret Walks Ibiza’ – which is a very good resource for hikes on Ibiza – and found a hike leading to Es Portixol.
A good hour later I was walking with my backpack on a rocky trail. Duc happily running in the front. Raf, with his loyal eyes on my side. A short note. When the guide says you should park your car on the top and not continue on the rocky road you should take that comment serious. You will wreck your car. Luckily I didn’t try it although it did cross my mind when I was with my car on the beginning of the road. The thoughts of “maybe I can park a bit further along the trail” can be fatal 😉
The rocky trail got smoother and soon I was walking through a beautiful pine forrest that gradually changed to a trail leading close to the cliff side. The views were amazing and this trail did not feel like anything I’ve witnessed before on Ibiza. Duc was in his element and happily scouting around. He had already found one rabbit which he chased until I called him back and that meant his senses were working on 200 percent. There must be more was the only thing his mind was on as he was constantly sniffing around like only pointers can do. Raf could not care less and he was more than happy just walking on my side with that gentle and satisfied smile on his face.
The trail kept descending and after roughly 3 kilometres the secret bay of Es Portixol emerged. Truth has to be said, it is amazing! Although I had seen pictures before, being there myself was truly even more impressive. While we were getting closer to the sea, it was now Raf who was getting excited. Whereas Duc loves to run in the forrest searching for anything that moves, Raf loves to swim and retrieve sticks. With the sea only a few hundred metres in front of us, Raf took a sprint and jumped straight into the sea. Raf always things he’s better save than sorry and hence believes its good practice to be already in the sea in case anyone is willing to throw a stick. That day was Raf’s lucky day. After he made me happy to take me out my house it was my turn to make him happy. I found a nice big branch and we played for half an hour in the sea. After that it was time to continue as we still had 7k ahead of us. We were up for a steep climb all over the mountain that is blocking the easy access from Es Portixol. And a climb it was. My heart rate was reaching high numbers while Duc was yet again jumping and running around like it was nothing. Frequently looking back with a look why it took me so long to follow him. Getting to the top I was yet again treated on a great experience. This time it was the beautiful sea view at a height of 460 metres.
After soaking up the views it was time for the final stretch which took us through forests and traditional farming landscapes. After 3 hours we got back at the car, fully rejuvenated and with a smile on our faces. What a great day. Thanks buddies.
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