In the quest for the lost city of Atlantis.

By Posted in - Action & Portfolio & Travel on December 11th, 2015 atlantis-11

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.

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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.

Gertjan Johan our big move #ourbigmove #Atlantis #Ibiza #Utopia lost city hiking #esvedra Es Vedra Atlantis #dutchduowildlife Dutch Duo Wildlife

Gertjan Johan our big move #ourbigmove #Atlantis #Ibiza #Utopia lost city hiking #esvedra Es Vedra Atlantis #dutchduowildlife Dutch Duo Wildlife
Deep down below us we could see the remnants of a city, but how were we supposed to get there?

Gertjan Johan our big move #ourbigmove #Atlantis #Ibiza #Utopia lost city hiking #esvedra Es Vedra Atlantis #dutchduowildlife Dutch Duo Wildlife

Gertjan Johan our big move #ourbigmove #Atlantis #Ibiza #Utopia lost city hiking #esvedra Es Vedra Atlantis #dutchduowildlife Dutch Duo Wildlife
Gertjan Johan our big move #ourbigmove #Atlantis #Ibiza #Utopia lost city hiking #esvedra Es Vedra Atlantis #dutchduowildlife Dutch Duo Wildlife

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.
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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.

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Somewhere half way is a cave with a shrine with a mural of an Asian God.
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We forgot to check, but I think it took us 30 minutes to get to the sand dunes. Sand dunes? Yes, the last 80 meters down appeared to consist of dune sand.
Gertjan Johan our big move #ourbigmove #Atlantis #Ibiza #Utopia lost city hiking #esvedra Es Vedra Atlantis #dutchduowildlife Dutch Duo Wildlife

Gertjan Johan our big move #ourbigmove #Atlantis #Ibiza #Utopia lost city hiking #esvedra Es Vedra Atlantis #dutchduowildlife Dutch Duo Wildlife

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.

Gertjan Johan our big move #ourbigmove #Atlantis #Ibiza #Utopia lost city hiking #esvedra Es Vedra Atlantis #dutchduowildlife Dutch Duo Wildlife

Gertjan Johan our big move #ourbigmove #Atlantis #Ibiza #Utopia lost city hiking #esvedra Es Vedra Atlantis #dutchduowildlife Dutch Duo Wildlife

Gertjan Johan our big move #ourbigmove #Atlantis #Ibiza #Utopia lost city hiking #esvedra Es Vedra Atlantis #dutchduowildlife Dutch Duo Wildlife

Gertjan Johan our big move #ourbigmove #Atlantis #Ibiza #Utopia lost city hiking #esvedra Es Vedra Atlantis #dutchduowildlife Dutch Duo Wildlife Gertjan Johan our big move #ourbigmove #Atlantis #Ibiza #Utopia lost city hiking #esvedra Es Vedra Atlantis #dutchduowildlife Dutch Duo Wildlife

Gertjan Johan our big move #ourbigmove #Atlantis #Ibiza #Utopia lost city hiking #esvedra Es Vedra Atlantis #dutchduowildlife Dutch Duo Wildlife

Gertjan Johan our big move #ourbigmove #Atlantis #Ibiza #Utopia lost city hiking #esvedra Es Vedra Atlantis #dutchduowildlife Dutch Duo Wildlife

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.

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Gertjan Johan our big move #ourbigmove #Atlantis #Ibiza #Utopia lost city hiking #esvedra Es Vedra Atlantis #dutchduowildlife Dutch Duo Wildlife Gertjan Johan our big move #ourbigmove #Atlantis #Ibiza #Utopia lost city hiking #esvedra Es Vedra Atlantis #dutchduowildlife Dutch Duo Wildlife Gertjan Johan our big move #ourbigmove #Atlantis #Ibiza #Utopia lost city hiking #esvedra Es Vedra Atlantis #dutchduowildlife Dutch Duo Wildlife Gertjan Johan our big move #ourbigmove #Atlantis #Ibiza #Utopia lost city hiking #esvedra Es Vedra Atlantis #dutchduowildlife Dutch Duo Wildlife Gertjan Johan our big move #ourbigmove #Atlantis #Ibiza #Utopia lost city hiking #esvedra Es Vedra Atlantis #dutchduowildlife Dutch Duo Wildlife Gertjan Johan our big move #ourbigmove #Atlantis #Ibiza #Utopia lost city hiking #esvedra Es Vedra Atlantis #dutchduowildlife Dutch Duo Wildlife

Johan was showing off and climbed the walls.

Gertjan Johan our big move #ourbigmove #Atlantis #Ibiza #Utopia lost city hiking #esvedra Es Vedra Atlantis #dutchduowildlife Dutch Duo Wildlife

Gertjan Johan our big move #ourbigmove #Atlantis #Ibiza #Utopia lost city hiking #esvedra Es Vedra Atlantis #dutchduowildlife Dutch Duo Wildlife Gertjan Johan our big move #ourbigmove #Atlantis #Ibiza #Utopia lost city hiking #esvedra Es Vedra Atlantis #dutchduowildlife Dutch Duo Wildlife Gertjan Johan our big move #ourbigmove #Atlantis #Ibiza #Utopia lost city hiking #esvedra Es Vedra Atlantis #dutchduowildlife Dutch Duo Wildlife Gertjan Johan our big move #ourbigmove #Atlantis #Ibiza #Utopia lost city hiking #esvedra Es Vedra Atlantis #dutchduowildlife Dutch Duo Wildlife

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.

Gertjan Johan our big move #ourbigmove #Atlantis #Ibiza #Utopia lost city hiking #esvedra Es Vedra Atlantis #dutchduowildlife Dutch Duo Wildlife

Gertjan Johan our big move #ourbigmove #Atlantis #Ibiza #Utopia lost city hiking #esvedra Es Vedra Atlantis #dutchduowildlife Dutch Duo Wildlife

Sources: thanks to www.Ibizavandaag.nl, www.ibizaa-z.com

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  • A&A - Reply

    December 12, 2015 at 17:41

    Mooie foto’s!
    Geweldige wandeling, klim en afdaling!

    • Gertjan Holleman - Reply

      December 13, 2015 at 08:03

      Ja, is echt fantastisch. Leuk dat jullie op bezoek zijn dit weekend. Love you! xxx

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