Es Vedra

Es Vedra, Ibiza

The rock of Es Vedra, on Ibiza’s Cala d’Hort, was the body double for the Island of Bali Hai in the movie South Pacific and – amongst many other walk-on parts – it featured on the cover of Mike Oldfield’s Voyager album (not his best work). In fact, the house with the very impressive view of this mesozoic slab was owned by Oldfield (and latterly by one of the well-known musical Manc brothers in sky blue shirts…allegedly).

Es Vedra, Cala d'Hort, Ibiza
Es Vedra, Cala d’Hort, Ibiza

If you are going to see only one Ibiza sunset, you should ditch the Cafe del Mar, because Es Vedra is the must-do sunset setting on this Balearic Isle.
However, the best time to catch the sun setting directly in to the rock (‘it’s behind you‘ ), particularly from the beach at Cala d’Hort, is out of season, when the sun’s arc is more closely aligned to this new age place of pilgrimage.

Es Vedra and the Beach at Cala d'Hort
Es Vedra and the Beach at Cala d’Hort

The down side of this is that most of the hotels on Ibiza are closed, and there are no direct flights from most UK airports before Easter, though you can fly to Ibiza via Palma or Barcelona for a more Princely sum.

Is there an up side to this lack of access?
Oh yes – you’ll have much of Ibiza to yourself, including the relatively unspoilt beach at Cala d’Hort.

Sunset at Es Vedra, Cala d'Hort, Ibiza
Sunset at Es Vedra, Cala d’Hort, Ibiza

I took this series of pictures (there are more…somewhere) in the month of January, and by nightfall I was the only person still around – or at least I thought I was. As darkness fell, and I was packing away my tripod on the edge of the hillside overlooking Es Vedra, someone sprung up from the cliff edge and scared the living shit out of me.
‘Hola’, came the nonchalant greeting.
It was some German, who’d decided to camp the night in a nook on the hill’s rocky – and precipitous – decline.
I don’t know if he found the enlightenment he sought, saw any UFO’s or sailed off to become Es Vedra’s most recent hermit. But I was reasonably happy my pictures, and was guided back to the path by the fiery light of his spliff.