All about Atlantis
Sa Pedrera de Cala D’Hort
Atlantis is the fictional name of a small bay in the Cala d’Hort nature reserve, just opposite the giant and impressive Es Vedrà rock. It is one of Ibiza’s mysteries and the most sought-after and hidden spot on the island. On the Google map, search for it under the name Sa Pedrera de Cala D’Hort.
A significant part of the Atlantis magic is the result of the strange rock formations. Humans contributed to their formation. In the 16th century, the rocks that form the walls of the city of Dalt Vila were extracted from here. In fact, the authentic name of the place is Sa Pedrera de Cala d’Hort, referring to the former use of the site as a quarry. Today, Atlantis Ibiza has become an attraction for many adventurers.
Some of the quarries have been flooded by the seawater. This has formed beautiful natural rock pools, suspended at different heights. It’s also a diver’s paradise, with plenty of native marine flora and fauna.
In the 1960s, when hippies came to the island, the place became their Mecca and their meeting point. They held ceremonies and rituals here. It was them who called the place Atlantis, commemorating the mythical island and its sunken temples, which have never been found. They have carved various forms in stone here. One of the sculptures that has remained to this day and can be seen is the head of Buddha. Besides, you can find many bas-reliefs on the rock walls, which give the place a mystical charm.
Natural pools in Ibiza
HOW TO GET TO ATLANTIS IBIZA?
It is not such an easy thing to do. You can get to Atlantis either by the sea route or by overland. If you want to discover the magic of Atlantis by the sea route, you can rent a private boat. You can find more information about that here. If you prefer to get there overland, then be equipped with a bottle of water, comfortable shoes and headwear. It’s also a good idea to bring escarpines so that you can easily walk on the bottom of the natural pools and on the rocks.
In order to get here, you’ll need to drive towards Cala d’Hort beach, starting from the village of Sant Josep de Sa Talaia. Just before you reach Cala d’Hort, you will see signs for the Es Vedrà viewpoint and the Torre des Savinar tower. There you will find a car park where you can drop off your car. From the car park, walk towards the cliff and then turn left. After 5 minutes, you will reach the downhill descent. Now you are faced with a half-hour walk all the way down.
The path is quite steep and there are many stones and sand. It is definitely not a path for small children or the elderly. However, the effort of the downhill walk will be compensated by a beautiful view and bathing in one of the natural pools.