Despite the small size of the island, there are different routes to climb in Ibiza. One of the most famous is that of the Buddha, in San José
La escalation is perhaps one of the most amazing sports we can find en Ibiza. In spite of being an island of reduced size, only 15 kilometers of extension between east and west, you will be surprised number of routes you have to climb.
One of the biggest advantages of climb in Ibiza is it allows you access corners that you could not discover otherwise.
La predominant rock on the island is limestone, although there are some areas where You can find conglomerate and sandstone. Depending on the type of rock you can practice one or another climbing modality (classic, sports, bouldering, psychobloc…). There is also all kinds of itineraries, predominating among them the plates and small crashes.
If you are going to travel to Ibiza with the intention of climbing, we advise you to plan your routes first and make the exits with someone who knows the terrain.
To go deeper into this matter, get the book 'Ibiza, sport climbing' by David Munilla and Toni Bonet. Also, you can get in touch with some of the island's climbers associations like Ibiza Vertical or Club Eivissenc de Muntanya.
Climbing Walls in Ibiza
If you are getting started in the world of climbing, you can visit one of the following climbing walls in Ibiza:
-Xarc, Santa Eulalia. It is located in the Secondary Education Institute Xarc, on Marià Villangómez Street, 2. To climb on it you must be federated.
- San Agustín, San José. With 3,5 meters in height and a surface of about 50 square meters, it is the largest climbing wall in Ibiza. It is located in the San Agustín Institute.
-The Ship, San Antonio. Opened in 2011, its name is due to its boat shape. It has measures of 3 meters high and 18 long. It's in Plaza Coixet, on Menéndez Pidal Street.
-Polideportivo de Es Viver, Ibiza. It has about 60 square meters and about 800 dams. To practice in it you also have to be federated. The sports center is on Sindicalista Margalida Roig 5 street.
-Bfit Ibiza gym. Among the facilities of this gym you can also find a climbing wall. They also offer climbing classes for those who want to start in this sport.
-Parc de s'Illa, Can Misses, Ibiza. Children can enjoy a free climbing wall in this playground for them to start in the world of climbing.
Routes or schools for climbing in Ibiza
There are endless schools (this is the name given to climbing routes) and most of them are crowded in the north of the island. All of them have specific characteristics and, above all, spectacular views. You can choose yours depending on the difficulty:
-Penyal de s'Àguila, San Miguel. The most popular sea cliff in Ibiza. From this point you can enjoy an impressive sunset. El Penyal de s'Àguila has about thirty routes along the Mediterranean (be careful with the humidity).
If you leave from San Miguel you must go to the urbanization Illa Blanca and cross it. Take the first semi-slip road that goes down to the right. Park and continue walking about 15 minutes.
-Buda, San José. In these walls, about 160 meters south of Ibiza, is where they say that the climbing in Ibiza began. The painting of a Buddha on one of the walls has given this school its name. Here you can carry out different types of climbing, in addition, it is the one with the most routes and degrees.
To get there you will have to go to the beach of Cala d'Hort. Long before arriving you will have to take a white dirt road that you will see on the left.
-It's Vedrà. Located in front of the Pirate Tower, in San José, it is another favorite area for climbers. With almost four hundred meters of height in some aspect of vertically vertical wall, it stands imposing in the middle of the sea, a kilometer from the beach, waiting for people ready to discover its spectacular walls. The biggest drawback is that access is made by sea.
-Cala / Punta Aubarca. Located to the north of the island, offers the climber a landscape of great beauty with the sea as the protagonist. An extensive farallón of plate with peculiar formations. In this part you can see some of the most characteristic birds on the island.
Head towards the town of San Mateo, in San Antonio) and, upon arrival, take the detour to Santa Inés. On the left you will see a sign indicating the direction 'Cala Albarca', take it until you reach some houses. There you will find the indication to 'Can Puyolet', where you have to go. Leave the next lighthouse on the right and continue until you can turn left. Go straight for a few meters and park at the end. The path continues on foot and it takes about 20 minutes.
-Holy Ines. Here we find El Camp Vell, of 398 meters, one of the highest cliffs in the north of Ibiza. The sectors Despiste and Matxots are the protagonists of the climbing area of Santa Inés. Get ready to discover a spectacular landscape full of green pines with the sea in the background.
To get there follow the same indications as to go to Punta Aubarca but, once you pass 'Can Puyolet', take the path that is to the left of the lighthouse. Park when you get to the first pine forest. Follow this track until it divides into three parts and takes the path to the left.
-Ses Fontanelles or Sa Cova des vi, next to Cala Salada. A small cave between cliffs where the only cave paintings of Ibiza were found. Here the number of roads is somewhat limited and is characterized by being mainly vertical, in good quality rock and between 7 to 30 meters in height.
You will find it taking the road from Cala Salada. Before reaching the beach, at the last bend, take the dirt road on the right. Go straight and when the road divides in two, continue to the right. When you fork again, follow the one on the left. Park and continue on foot along the path on the right.