On this route we will discover the endemic Wood. We will learn about its flora and fauna and study the local traditions and use of these Balearic plants.
The excursión starts on foot from the car park after a brief talk about the Mediterranean woods in the Amunts Interpretation Centre. Straight away we will go up to the Sant Llorenç de Baláfia church and from here enter the public wood named Puig d’en Pere Mosson where we will explain about the plants found therein and their traditional use. The visit to patrimonial remains reminds us of forest exploitation and the wealth obtained during centuries. We will insist on the destructive consequences, causes and prevention of forest fires. On return to the centre we will project images of the fire in 2011 which destroyed 1500 hectares. (1 hectare = 10000 sq. meters).
The excursion by vehicle starts from the same place visiting first a small wooded area with an old traditional beehive. Afterwards we will take transport to S’Argentera, a humid wood, containing bushes with forest fruits in an area where argentiferous lead mines existed in Roman times (more than 2000 years ago). We will visit Cala Martina where there is an aqueduct dating from the same age. Here we will explain about this historical patrimony and the transformation of the woods into agricultural land. On the way back, depending on the time left, we will stop in a wood of mycological interest where we can look for Mediterranean fungi especially in September and October.
Both excursions may end in a typical bar or restaurant where we can enjoy local gastronomy and interesting conversation.
- Estimated Time
- Estimated time between 3 and 4 hours. The excursion consists in visiting a Mediterranean wood near the meeting point. Visit to a local public wood on foot. From 1st May to 31st of October the route is carried out by vehicles with several stops.
- Recommended for…
- Visitors interested in learning about local plants and their tradicional use. We will also explain the history and evolution of our forests in the last 1000 years. Apiculture lovers will enjoy seeing an ancient beehive. The excursion is recommended for people interested in archaeology and ancient history. For visitors arriving in autumn this is an ideal excursion to collect different Mediterranean fungi, so different from those found in other areas.
- This is an easy route on foot. It is not advisable to wear heels or flip-flops. Preferably walking boots, sports shoes or any comfortable shoes for walking on roads and paths. In summer we recommend covering your head and wearing sun glasses together with a good sun protection and take a bottle of water and a snack. Don’t forget in rainy weather you will need a waterproof jacket and when it is cold, a warm jacket. The excursion with transport requires less effort.
- Departure point
- The Sant Llorenç de Balàfia car park. Looking at a map of Ibiza we take the northern road to Santa Eulalia del Riu. After approximately 8 kilometers we take a left turn, direction Sant Joan de Labritja. At kilometer 14 we take a left turn where a signpost is marked Sant Llorenç de Balàfia. After a long straight stretch we will find a large car park on our left. We have arrived. Consult the Ibizabus web page.
- For 1 person: 50 € (the company provides transport and fuel)
- For 2 people: 30 € each (the company provides transport and fuel)
- For 3 or 4 people: 20 € each (the company provides transport and fuel)
- Groups of 5 to 10 people: 10 € each (the clients provide own transport)
- Groups of 11 to 20 people: 8 € each (the clients provide own transport)