I’ve been dying to go to Ibiza for as long as I can remember, well ever since I read about the various legends of Es Vedra at least. Standing at nearly 400 metres high Es Vedra is a large uninhabited rock island situated 2km off the west coast of Ibiza in the Cala d’hort area.
Some say this was the island of the Sirens in the Homer epics. Others believe it to be the tip of the ancient civilisation of Atlantis but that might be pushing it a bit too far. I was more interested in the stories I’d heard of this rock’s powerful magnetic field...
“Due to extremely high concentrations of metals and minerals the rock island, ES VEDRA creates a highly magnetic field, resulting in it being ’ the 3rd most magnetic spot’ on the globe” - Ibiza4all
Now you’re talking and I’m interested!
Navigational instruments are said to go haywire in the vicinity of Es Vedra and it is almost impossible to get a correct compass reading. Even homing pigeons get lost and confused about the ‘way home’ when flying over the island. So when I arrived in Ibiza to attend a conference on Plant Medicines (that’s a whole other amazing story) I knew that I had to make a trip to this mysterious rock top of my to do list.
I decided to take a day out from the conference to explore this beautiful island. That morning I had woken with a really bad headache, (I’m prone to these kind of headaches that nothing gets rid of), urgh it was grim but I was trying to not let it ruin my day. So I hopped in my overpriced hire car and headed out. Driving up and round the winding island roads I was struck by how green and lush everything was, I was reminded of times spent travelling the islands of Thailand “This could be Koh Pangan” I thought “but so much easier to get to”, a reassuring thought for someone of a nomadic persuasion.
The first thing that hit me as I approached the road to Cala D'hort (the beach overlooking Es Vedra) was that my headache was clearing, wow could the rock really be that powerful? I remembered that I’d read somewhere that you should make a wish on approaching and it will most certainly come true. Then I noticed the rock’s majestic presence as it came into view demanding attention from all around, “My god I’m in love”; she was an absolute beauty (my photo’s really do not do it justice). I parked up and walked to a nearby viewing point to get a full frontal. It was here where I noticed that my headache had completely gone and that I really needed no more convincing of this rock’s magic.
I walked down to Cala D’Hort, a beautiful horse shoe shaped beach with the bluest, clearest water you could dream of and went for a swim. This was the best swim I’d had in ages (and I’d had a lot of swims lately), I felt elated and dare I say …healed! My excruciating headache was actually gone and no over the counter drugs were needed, yay!
I spent the day lulling about in a dreamy haze soaking up the magnetic rays (and some from the sun too) and then headed back up to the lookout point to have one last moment with this special place. As I stared out at Es Vedra a rush of excitement welled up in me as I realised where I was and that really I’d only just begun to uncover some of the magic that this island might have to offer.