In the quest for the lost city of Atlantis.
Atlantis of Ibiza, a mythical place where every tourist has heard of, but no local will tell you where it is. So of course, after spending more than 32 years on the Island, my brother Gertjan and his love Johan wanted to find this spiritual core of Ibiza.
With some vague directions we went on our way. Our starting point was the viewpoint on the rock island Es Vedra where we had celebrated my mom’s 79 birthday in September.
From there we hiked up hill to an old watchtower. The Torre des Savinar was built in the 16th Century as part of a system of defensive and observation towers on Ibiza. Watchmen kept lookout for the feared pirates and used light signals to warn the population, who then fled into the forests or fortified churches.
After a while we found the start of the trail, which is marked by two magic stone circles that were built by hippies and are used in different ceremonies. The custom is that everyone who start the descent, should leave a pebble on the wall.
The first part of the descent was immediately strenuous. The undefined path was strewn with debris, went over pointy rocks and sometimes had an angle of 45 degrees.
The view on the sunken city was breathtaking. It had the feeling of the ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru. The remnants of the walls were topped over, we could see basins with water, stairs, terraces and ancient carvings in the soft stone walls.
Had we discovered the legendary utopian city of Atlantis? Well, I have to disappoint you now. What we photographed is an ancient quarry (steengroeve) whose stones were cut out of the rock and used to build homes, defensive towers and the walls of the citadel of Ibiza city to protect the city. What is left is an interesting formations that look like there has been buildings that now have been abandoned and gone with time.
Johan was showing off and climbed the walls.
It takes a lot of effort to get there and even more to get up again through the shifting sand of the dunes. We can feel the muscles in our calves and our lungs are burning. But for sure it was worth it.