Seven are the defense towers better known as, Pirates Towers, four of them are located in the municipality of Sant Josep de Sa Talaia. These towers were built between the 16th and 18th centuries with the purpose of protecting the Ibicenco population of the comings and goings of Turkish pirates, and later on of the British, French and Dutch troops. The towers were built in high spots of the island and close to beaches where the enemy landings were more easy.
Torre d’en Rovira: in the westernmost area of the Portmany Bay. This tower was buil in 1763 and has a greater height and diameter, while retaining the proportions, offers spectacular views overlooking the ‘Illots de Ponent’ (islets of the west) and in the opposite direction you can see a beautiful view of the Bay of Sant Antoni. This tower is easily accessible, located east of ‘Platges de Comte’.
Torre des Savinar, or most well known as ‘Torre del Pirata’: this is the most famous tower in Ibiza thanks to its fantastic views of Es Vedrà. Located on the left of Cala d’Hort beach (also a Nature Reserve), it’s one of the few towers that can be accessed inside. Another of the most visited, magical and great treks is Atlantis, an ancient Roman quarry where the marès stone was extracted to build the Renaissance walls of Dalt Vila.
Torre de Sal Rossa or des Carregador: this defence tower was built in the 16th century to protect the inhabitants of Ibiza and the workers of the salt ponds from possible lootings of Turkish and North African pirates. Since, at that time, the salt production was the main source of wealth of the island, Sa Sal Rossa was the only watchtower which had a civilian purpose having a large interior compartment with a capacity of about 200 people.
Torre de ses Portes: between Ses Salines and es Cavallet is the tower of ses Portes, characterized by having a more slender structure than the rest. It’s purpose was to protect a now disappeared fishing village and today only the huts remain. An idyllic place to visit, with spectacular views to Formentera.