The gigantic pyramid-shaped island of Es Vedra is the inspiration for many myths and legends. Mysterious visions and tales of paranormal activity are connected with this colossal rock. It is also one of Ibiza’s most majestic and photogenic subjects. Standing proud at 385 meters above sea level, Es Vedra is only about eighty meters lower than the Ibicencan mountain of Sa Talaissa - the highest point in the Pituses. Difficult to access caves cover its practically vertical slopes, giving it the appearance of being from another world. Often compared to a gothic cathedral, submerged in water, Es Vedra is situated on the southwest coast of Ibiza. Getting there can be a bit of a mission. You can get a good view from Cala d’Hort or the mountainside opposite after taking the Es Cubells turn-off from Sant Josep.
The triangular pinnacle of limestone rock is claimed to hold a maximum concentration of energy, similar to that of the Egyptian pyramids, the Easter Island statues and the magic circle at Stonehenge. It is virtually impossible to get a direct compass reading in the vicinity of Es Vedra. Navigational instruments are known to go haywire, many won’t work at all. The island is also noted as being part of one of the mysterious energy triangles in the world – known as the “Triangles of Silence”. The most famous of these is the Bermuda Triangle. There are various tales of people and objects disappearing here and a general lack of orientation. This point is proven by homing pigeons, who get confused when flying over the rock, often they completely loose their sense of direction.
Hay diversas historias sobre cosas y personas que desaparecieron aquí, y una falta de orientación en general. Este punto se ve demostrado por las palomas mensajeras, que se confunden cuando vuelan sobre esta roca, y a menudo pierden completamente su sentido de la dirección.
Many psychics, scientific investigators and mystics confirm the singular force of this giant accumulator of energy.
It is also not surprising that UFOs are frequently spotted here. Es Vedra is believed to be a landing place for extraterrestrials. Sightings of Unidentified Flying Objects, lights, strange sounds and other paranormal phenomena have been reported near the magnetic island. Even USOs (Unidentified Swimming Objects) are known to lurk in the surrounding waters. Tales tell of local fishermen being discouraged from the area due to circles of light emerging from the sea. The theory that an underwater UFO base is located near Es Vedra is widely believed.
One particular case worth mentioning is the famous “Caso Manises”. On November 11th 1979 a commercial flight was redirected to make an emergency landing in Valencia. The pilot reported a strange rapid moving light accosting him near Es Vedra. He sent out an SOS signal and as the watchtower was unable to identify the object he was urged to change his flight path.
Historically this enigmatic rock also holds much appeal. It is believed to be the setting of the isle of sirens in Homer’s epic, Odysseus. According to the description, Es Vedra is where the Greek hero, Ulysses, is lured from the deck of his ship and enchanted by the seductive song of the sea sirens.
Another historical figure who “saw things” by the enigmatic rock was the ultra conservative priest, Father Don Francisco Palau. As a Carmelite monk, Francisco Palau, was confined on Ibiza during the 1850s. He took refuge in a cave on Es Vedra in order to meditate.
According to his books he had very powerful mystical visions here, including spiritual encounters with the Holy Virgin. He also allegedly experienced struggles between angels and demons and was tormented by satanic images. It is here that he, barefoot and alone, is also said to have seen ‘celestial beings’ and ‘ladies of light’.
An aura of mystery has always surrounded Es Vedra. For the Carthaginians it was the Holy island of Tanit – their Goddess of Love. Even further back; thousands of years ago Es Vedra and the tiny island of Es Vedranell allegedly formed one landmass together with Ibiza. Legend says they were then separated so Es Vedra could act as a protector for the larger island Ibiza.
Popular myth says that one has to salute Es Vedra – preferably by drumming there at sunset – before leaving the island, in order to always return. Most tourists don’t have time for this but it is often the last magical impression of Ibiza from the window as the aeroplane circles before heading for northern climes.