IBIZA, THE LEGENDARY ISLAND OF PARTIES AND STUNNING BEACHES, HAS A HIDDEN GEM THAT ONLY A FEW ADVENTUROUS SOULS HAVE HAD THE PLEASURE OF DISCOVERING. WELCOME TO ATLANTIS, A SECRET SPOT TUCKED AWAY ON THE RUGGED SOUTHWESTERN COAST OF THE ISLAND.
Contrary to its mythical name, Atlantis Ibiza is not an ancient lost city, but rather a mesmerizing rock formation carved by nature over centuries. In front of Es Vedrà, this secluded spot offers a surreal landscape that feels like stepping into another world. The rugged cliffs and intricate rock formations create an awe-inspiring sight that will leave you speechless. The rock on the site has a strange shape, as it is in fact an old quarry, used mainly in the 16th century to build Dalt Villa, the old town, its ramparts and Ibiza Castle.
The name Atlantis was given to this place in reference to the myth of Atlantis, because of the strange appearance of this place, which seems almost alien to the rest of the world. To reach Atlantis (also known as Sa Pedrera de Cala D’Hort), prepare yourself for a bit of an adventure. The path leading to this hidden paradise is not well-marked, adding an element of thrill to the journey. As you make your way down, you’ll be greeted by breathtaking views of the turquoise sea and the dramatic cliffs that surround you.
Atlantis Ibiza, a land for hippies
Once you arrive, take a moment to soak in the unique atmosphere of this natural wonder. The rock formations resemble a sculpture park, with intricate shapes and textures that showcase the artistic prowess of Mother Nature. As you explore the area, you’ll come across hidden pools, natural stone steps, and small caves waiting to be discovered.
This secret spot has become a haven for artists and creative souls who are drawn to its mystical ambiance. Hippies took over the site in the 1960s and transformed it into a place of worship and rest. Since then, the rocks have been adorned with sculpted figures of animals, fish, Buddhas and messages of peace. Graffiti and street art can be found on rocks, adding a vibrant and edgy touch to the already fascinating landscape. The combination of nature’s artistry and human creativity creates a truly unique and captivating experience.
One of ibiza’s most beautiful hikes
While visiting Atlantis, it’s important to remember to respect the environment and preserve its pristine condition. As a protected area, it’s essential to leave no trace and take care not to disturb the delicate ecosystem that thrives in this secluded corner of Ibiza. A trip to Atlantis also offers one of the most beautiful hikes on the island, with crazy views on turquoise sea and Es Vedrà and a stunning variety of landscapes between natural beauties and pieces of Ibiza’s hippie history.
To reach Nirvana, you’ll have to tackle a long descent through dirt, forest and sand. On your right, you can see a large rocky mountain on which it is not uncommon to see rock climbers. This is a hike best enjoyed in bearable weather (so not in midsummer). It’s recommended to bring sturdy shoes, as the terrain can be uneven and rocky. Also, don’t forget to pack some water and snacks, as there are no facilities available on-site. Embrace the spirit of adventure and let your curiosity guide you as you uncover the hidden wonders of Atlantis.
Atlantis is a true testament to the diversity and beauty of Ibiza. Away from the bustling crowds and famous clubs, this hidden gem offers a unique and offbeat experience that appeals to the free-spirited souls seeking something different. Grab your sense of adventure, a camera, and embark on a journey to discover the magic of Atlantis.