Es Cubells, a charming little village, not far away from Es Vedrà o Cala d’Hort, is a must stop on your tour around the island because its church and stunning views from the cliff where stands a tribute to the fishermen. In this area you can find beautiful fishermen beaches and coves, such as Ses Boques, Cala Llentrisca, Es Torrent and Porroig.
The silhouette of Es Vedra arising from the sea is the best logo for Ibiza as a brand. It is 413 meters high, is part of the Cala d’Hort nature reserve and it is uninhabited. The only inhabitants today are a sub-species of wild goat, which lives on the slopes and caves of the island. There is also a sub-species of the Ibizan wall lizard on the island. It is also home to a colony of the endangered bird of prey called Eleonora’s falcon.
Rumour has it that the island used to be home to sirens and sea-nymphs. It is also thought of as the holy island of Tanit, the Phoenician lunar goddess, worshiped as the fertility goddess who became Ibiza’s patroness. Legend has it that specific sacrifices were made to Tanit during full moons on the shore of the island.
Es Vedrà is also the setting for one of Ibiza’s popular fables (Rondalles). Es Gegant des Vedrà (The Giant of Es Vedrà) is the tale about two brothers who, to cure their father of an incurable illness, had to go to Es Vedrà island to gather rock samphire and face the huge giant who lived on the island, huddled in one of the island’s many caves. The two brothers’ ingenuity, along with the help of sea urchins, managed to debilitate the giant, and thus collect the samphire for the cure.
Many people have claimed to have seen UFOs around the island and some believe that there is a secret UFO base under the sea here, and that Es Vedrà is their gateway or navigation beacon. One such sighting is famously known as Caso Manises. On November 11, 1979 a commercial flight between Mallorca and Tenerife was redirected to make an emergency landing in Valencia. The pilot reported a strange rapid moving light aproaching his aircraft close to the island of Es Vedrà. He sent out an SOS signal and as the air traffic controller was unable to identify the object he was urged to change his flight path.
The beach of Cala d’Hort, from where you can see the Rock is a nice tranquil beach where you can enjoy fresh fish with the best views on the island. That is Restaurante ‘El Carmen’.
Cala d’Hort, along with the beaches of Es Xarcu, Es Torrent, Es Cubells, Ses Boques, Cala Carbó occupy the south-west coast of the Sant Josep area. Also full of restaurants and bars where to enjoy local food and fresh fish.