A walk in the countryside
Every season has its charm in
my favorite is spring.
The island is green, quiet and you will see lots of wild flowers, also
one can combine nature with discovery of
historic sites on ones walk.
As a guide, I like to help people discover the
island, like a lovely
walk from Sta. Gertrudis to
St. Mateu and
On a nice sunny day in April we setoff from
Sta. Gertrudis, went along
the country road, where you not only use your feet but also eyes to
feast the many beautiful sights.
Passing through the farmland, you can still meet some off the old women
guarding the sheep and
We come by a wheat field with
poppies where we just had to stop and take
Also everywhere along the way one sees
Rosemary which has such a lovely
smell. Chrysanthemum, Rock Roses (Cistus) and much more.
In one of the Fig trees
a Hoop bird, which is rather tame and spectacular when spreading his
Having arrived in St. Mateu we visited the
Church which also gives the
name to the village, and had some refreshment before continuing to
Cala d’Albarca, the bay which served through out
history for debarkation
of pirates, still exist a documents of one such
In the neighborhood of Cala d’Albarca are the
towers "de ’n lluc", the
fortification surrounded by impressive cliffs.
The isthmus that joins it to firm ground is the most accessible place,
which easily explains the function of the
defensive enclosure. That
rises 280m above sea level.
The fortification is formed by two towers and one wall
It is believed to be from the Middle Ages.
We enjoyed investigating the
area and imagining what it must have been like.
Now we walked in the direction of
St. Agnes, passing through a
forest, where we came upon an ancient device which was used to obtain
pitch tar, used in
Sometimes in the forest one also sees rests of the construction where
lime was made.
Entering the valley of
St. Agnes de Corona we passed one
of the typical farm houses which are build of
lime stone, with
walls and small windows.
On the upper terrace hang
tomatoes, pepper and
garlic to dry.
In this valley grow lots of
almond trees, which makes it a popular spot
to visit when they are in
By now, we are very close to the little village where we shall have
lunch with friends which will take us back.
of the A.P.I.T.I.F
- Association of
OFFICIAL TOURIST GUIDES for Ibiza and Formentera