Ibiza | Spain - Folk & Lore

In early 2014, Larissa and I were blessed with the opportunity to live in a mountaintop villa on the island of Ibiza. We're scheduled to be here for two months. The following is an account of our adventure.

Ibiza (Catalan: Eivissa [əjˈvisə]) is an island in the Mediterranean Sea, 79 kilometres off the coast of the city of Valencia, in eastern Spain. It is the third largest of the Balearic Islands, an autonomous community of Spain.

  • Es Vedrà at Sunset.

    On the more remote South Western seaboard of Ibiza, lies an ancient watchtower overlooking a cluster of small rocky islands known as Es Vedrà. The island is said to be home to sirens and sea-nymphs who tried to lure Odysseus from his ship in Homer’s Greek Odyssey. It is also thought of as the holy island of the Tanit the Phoenician lunar goddess, worshipped as the patron goddess and of fertility, who became Ibiza’s patroness. Legend has it that specific sacrifices were made to Tanit during full moons on the shore of the island. In 1855 a Carmelite Friar by the name of Francis Palau y Quer once lived here for a short time following his exile from Catalonia. It is currently home to colonies of lizards, goats, and an endangered bird of prey called Eleanora’s Falcon. The foreground holds one of many ancient pirate watchtowers that overlook the sea.

  • Zack and the Sharks

    Zack watches sharks within a natural cave aquarium known as Aquarium Cap Blanc.

  • Larissa in the Aquarium

    Larissa visiting the Aquarium Cap Blanc. a marine aquarium which has been designed in a natural cave, in which the different marine species typical to Ibiza can be observed. Grouper fish, lobsters, moray, conger, rays, yellowtail fish and dorados can be seen. The cave was once used by local fisherman to store their days catch.

  • The Birds

    Just a glimpse of a massive flock of seagulls that passes over the house every day.

  • Larissa - At Work

    This is where Larissa spends most days - sitting at the kitchen table writing for ad agencies. It's pretty big-time.

  • Strange Boat Holds

    There are these odd structures all around the island that seem to have been carved out of the very rock to store small boats. Outside of the structures are skids that lead down into the water.

  • Jogging at the House

    There are several hiking paths that lead off the property where we are staying. Larissa enjoys jogging this path that goes down the mountain past a small house where an old mans lives. He has dogs and chickens. We often wake in the morning to the mixed sound of seagulls and rooster crows.

  • I ... Have Made Fire

    A view from outside the house at night. There is a cooking pit where we grill chicken for our dinners.

  • A Glimpse of Dalt Vila

    The old town of Ibiza, called the Dalt Vila (literally "Upper Town"), located on a little mountain by the sea that over looks the modern part of the city.

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