It’s fair to say that Ibiza is the jewel of the Balearics; it has everything, including sea, sand, sun, culture, music and food, as well as being home to some of the friendliest people on the planet! Everyone is welcome to sample the delights of the White Isle. Some of the many things that keep people coming back year after year are the unexpected, hidden gems that the island holds; there is just so much to discover.
Dating back to 654 BC, Ibiza’s remarkable landscape has been home to many settlers and all have left their own unique mark on the island. Whether it was the Carthaginians, Roman or Spanish, it’s easy to see why people would want to stay on the island and call it their own.
The majestic isle of Es Vedrà pulls visitors in from around the world, partly due to its moniker of apparently being the third most magnetic place on earth; perhaps this is the reason why so many people are drawn to Ibiza!
Rising to an impressive 400 metres high, the rock of Es Vedra stands proud against the turquoise Mediterranean, and it witnesses some of the most idyllic sunsets on the planet. Situated 2 kilometres off the coast of Cala d’Hort on the west of the island, this landmark is shrouded in legend, which gives it a magical aura. Visitors to Es Vedra cannot help but feel the peace and tranquillity emanating from the enchanted coastline. Indeed, the island is steeped in ancient history, being the home of the sirens who tried to tempt Ulysses from his ship in Homer’s Odyssey. Today, explorers can look out over the crashing waves to search for traces of the mythical beings.
Such is the fame of Es Vedra that it is also reputedly the home of Ibiza’s own goddess, Tanit, whose face and statue can be seen all over the island, which acts as a constant reminder of Ibiza’s ancient heritage. Furthermore, there are rumours that the island’s limestone rocks were used in the construction of the ancient Pyramids of Egypt. It has been thought that limestone rock has a high level of ‘energy’ and power, which is similar to other high-profile mythical landmarks such as Stonehenge and Easter Island. This aura and energy makes it a popular location for outdoor meditation and yoga, as well as spiritual reflection.
As with many myths and legends, some appear more viable than others, but nonetheless add to the excitement and appeal of the destination. During the 1960s, the influx of hippies and spiritualists to Ibiza resulted in communes being set up around Es Vedra. Subsequently, the rock was dubbed ‘the tip of Atlantis’ and is supposedly the remains of the sunken city; many divers have tried to verify this over the years without success.
The more modern phenomenon of UFO spotting has seen the magical rock establish itself as Ibiza’s most mythical destination, with many believing that Es Vedra is a navigation beacon used by extra-terrestrials looking to land on earth. The reports from local fishermen of beams of light streaming from the surrounding ocean have done little to dispel the myth, although they undeniably serve to keep interest and visitor numbers high in the area.
Whether or not you believe these mythical and magical stories are true is down to you, but what is undeniable is the sheer beauty of the coastline that makes this one of the most remarkable places on earth. Thousands of visitors come for the myths but stay for the breathtaking beauty and serenity offered by this natural wonder.
It’s not just the mythical Es Vedra that’s worth a visit in this part of the island; Atlantis Beach, situated just a few kilometres away is a beach unlike any other you would have experienced. With rock formations that would not seem out of place on the moon or under the sea, this unique shoreline is a real must-see when visiting Ibiza. It is dubbed ‘the most interesting natural art gallery on earth’, thanks to the ancient inscriptions and carvings that tell stories of invasions, and sit proudly alongside contemporary and thought-provoking graffiti.
The labyrinthine network of rock formations, caves, shallow pools and boulders brings adventurers from afar to scale the coastline, and find undiscovered coves and nooks to call their own, perhaps adding to the mythical folklore that attaches itself to the jagged coast. Of course, for those who come to bask in the beautiful surroundings and catch a few rays, there are a number of impressive flat stones that provide the perfect resting place to absorb the serenity of Atlantis Beach.
The nearby sandy beach of Cala d’Hort is more typical of the beach you would associate with the White Island, but is, nonetheless, in the shadow of the looming Es Vedra. With a selection of bars and restaurants offering locally sourced seafood paella and serving cool white wine, visitors will never forget the sun setting behind Ibiza’s most magical, mythical isle.