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Explore the caves of Ibiza

Written on : 25 February 2021
By : Elisa PINHEIRO
Explore the caves of Ibiza

Ibiza is an island renowned for its festivities and sunshine, but it also has exceptional natural sites. It abounds in a variety of activities whether you are looking for sports activities such as hiking or water sports, you are bound to find something to suit your needs. If you want to change scenery and discover other landscapes of the island you can go back in time and visit the hidden caves of Ibiza.  During your stay, these places will allow you to combine nature and culture. Ideal place to discover a new setting in a cool corner, these are the caves you can visit in Ibiza.
 
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Sa Cueva de Es Culleram

Discovered in 1907, the Es Culleram cave is one of the most important archaeological sites on the island. During the excavations, 600 terracotta statuettes were discovered as well as other more or less complete objects. You can find some of these pieces in different museums, such as the plaque with a double Punic inscription in the Provincial Archaeological Museum of Alicante and some statuettes in the Puig des Molins Museum. The latter museum also houses the oldest bust of a goddess on the island.
 
This goddess is Tanit, and the cave is a sanctuary dedicated to her. It explains why numerous offerings have been found. Tanit is a Punic deity who is very well known in Ibiza and whose powers extend to several areas such as fertility, war, and auguries.

The cave has three rooms, one of which contains the remains of a Punic cistern. The outer space was used for sacrifices, in the central part was the goddess, and another room was dedicated to the ashes of the consecrations. The first use of the cave is estimated to be between the 5th and 2nd centuries BC.
 
To the north-east of Ibiza near Sant Vicent, the Punic sanctuary Es Culleram is accessible from a path at an altitude of 150 metres. From this viewpoint you can admire the sea and the pine mountains.
 
Address: Carretera Cala de Sant Vicent

Sa Cueva de Can Marçà

Sa Cueva de Can Marçà

This cave is perched on a cliff near the Port of Sant Miquel de Balansat in the north of Ibiza. The origins of this mysterious place date back over 100,000 years. From the top of the cliff, you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the turquoise waters, the wooded cliffs, and the harbor. Originally, this place was used as a hideout for smugglers to store their goods. But since the late 20th century, it has been open to the public and is one of the most popular attractions. Come and discover the cave's decor with its stalagmites and stalactites and its waterfalls with phosphorescent lights. 
 
There is also a sound and light show. The guided tour of the cave lasts about 40 minutes and is in several languages. The entrance fee is €10.50 for an adult and €6.50 for a child.

Address: Port of Sant Miquel

Ses Fontanelles Sa Cova Des Vi

Ses Fontanelles Sa Cova Des Vi

Nicknamed the Wine Cellar, it houses two cave paintings which are unfortunately not very well marked. They were discovered in 1917 by a French archaeologist and date back to the Bronze Age (1000 BC). To reach this cave nestled 50 metres above the sea, you will have to do some hiking and walk through the greenery. On the road to Cala Salada, turn right before the beach and take the path. Once there, your efforts will be rewarded with a breathtaking view of the San Antonio coastline. A mixture of colours where the blue of the sea and the green of the forest contrast perfectly. It is less than 20 minutes from Sant Antoni de Portmany by car, but you will have to reach the destination on foot.
 
Address: Diseminado Cala Salada
 
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