Exploring Ibiza - Coastlines & Cuisine
This is Ibiza after all and taking your time is considered a right.
This month the My Guide Ibiza team set out to discover a secluded bay, taste some Ibiza wine, beer and Hierbas and enjoy a paella with 50 islanders at the launch of the new Ibiza Adventure Center Networking Tour.
A group of eight Ducks United 2CV’s, three Ibiza Wranglers and about thirty-five Ibiza business owners from all around the island attended this most exclusive of Ibiza events, beginning the journey with a Champagne Breakfast catered for by Envy Event Co-ordination, overlooking the beautiful bay of Santa Eulalia.
The road to Es Portitxol winds its way to the north of the island before turning into a camino hugging up to a dramatic coastline. At the top of the walk, sheer cliffs make way to dense pine forests which in turn rush towards the blue of the ocean. There is no construction here. This is still virgin Ibiza. The half hour walk down to the bay of Es Portitxol led by Walking Ibiza, does not disappoint. Fishermen continue to use this bay to launch their boats and there are numerous huts neatly constructed, some of them with solar panels!
The walk up was reasonable and will be possible even for those who tend not to take the stairs, although a lot of heavy breathing could be heard above the sound of the birds chirping!
The group then set out to the oldest modern winery on the island in San Mateu's d`Albarca region. Sa Cova pioneered the first wine tours and Juan Bonet guided our group of 50 guests through the process of hand picking the grapes and using the slower process of allowing sediment to settle rather than using filtration techniques. This is Ibiza after all and taking your time is considered a right. The same could not be said for the wine tasting that followed with our group eager to taste these hand crafted wines. The Sa Cova Rosado, Blanc de Blancs and Red were a tasty treat.
With the paella ready, the group settled in to the dining area at Sa Cova and were delighted by the flavours of Paella Master, Felipe. Wine and Isleña flowed and a round of the Almond cream Hierbas from Fluxa made this experience that bit more authentic, albeit with a twist.
With the clock nearing 5pm, it was time to head home with the Ducks and the Wranglers making their way back to the meeting point to round off what was an adventurous tour unveiling some unexpected Ibiza secrets to all.