Es Vedrà is one of the island’s most remarkable sights. The view of Es Vedrà from Ibiza is one of the most well-known in the whole island (if you’re looking for another unmissable visit, stop by Ibiza’s Stonehenge). Summer upon summer, visitors throng to the little sandy beach of Cala d´Hort and its surroundings, in the municipality of Sant Josep de sa Talaia (in the southwest). Look on the great, pyramid-like structure of Es Vedrà at sunset, towering over its smaller sister, Es Vedranell and you’ll feel part of a truly magical atmosphere. After all, many myths and legends still revolve around the islets today.
From a purely practical point of view, what can you do in Es Vedrà? On the islet itself, not much. It is a protected natural area which requires you to get a special permit to anchor a boat in the waters around it, or even to swim in the area. Where to see Es Vedrà best is from the Ibizan coast, at the several spots on dry land that give you a perfect view of the islet. Below, we tell you how to get to these makeshift viewpoints and unveil some of the secrets of this mysterious little island.
The island of Es Vedrà in Ibiza continues to be a source of inspiration for all kinds of artists, the undisputed star of countless visitors’ photo collections and a centre for research into Mediterranean flora and fauna. Precisely because of its beauty and biological diversity, the rock formation has been classed a Marine-Terrestrial Nature Reserve, together with Es Vedranell and the Poniente islets.
Despite this status, Es Vedrà is a privately-owned island. A group of families from Sant Josep hold the property rights to the land, although they aren’t allowed to exploit it economically.
The goats were the only source of profit they obtained from the 382-metre-high rocky outcrop until the Balearic regional government decided to remove them. The reason? They endangered the native flora and the delicate ecosystem of the Ibizan reserve.
The magnetic appeal of Es Vedrà from Ibiza’s nearby viewpoints and the numerous myths spread by onlookers over the years (such as sightings of UFOs and strange beings) have served to build and reinforce an aura of mystery around this beguiling natural park.
Where’s best to see Es Vedrà? can admire Es Vedrà from these three lookout points on dry land or from other, less conventional, points of view:
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