An anti-aircraft shelter from the Civil War and other symbols of the new great route of Ibiza

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In the pre-pandemic era, Ibiza was one of the world’s great nightlife and party destinations. However, the island has always had a B-side for tourists who preferred to live by day. The municipality of Santa Eulària des Riu it was (will continue to be) a reference for family tourism, with more than 20 beaches, twelve cycle routes and eleven other hiking trails. Among them, the River Route, a three-kilometer journey along what is said here to be the only river in the Balearic Islands, or the Cultural Route, a way to learn a little more about the history, culture, landscape and heritage of the municipality.

Until now there were eleven. As of this year, there are already twelve, with the signage of the Great Route, a circular route throughout the municipality (65 kilometers) that passes through 14 points of tourist and heritage interest, and that links in some sections with the other routes Township. It is a good distance to cycle in one go or to distribute, on foot, over several days during the holidays.

The starting point, in the center of Santa Eulària, is next to the Town Hall. Under the square, by the way, is the chamber of the air-raid shelter built in 1937, during the Civil War, and discovered in 2012 during construction. Then, the road heads south, around the 243 m high Puig d’en Fita, and – along the inland roads – towards Cala Llonga, Cala Espart and s’Estanyol beach.

Cala Espart

Cala Espart It is one of the smallest coves in the east of the island, narrow and deep and not very crowded, even in summer. It owes its name to espart (esparto), a native plant that is very present in the manufacture of different household items and accessories such as espardenyes (espadrilles), still used in traditional island dance.

From the jesus church -built by the Franciscans at the end of the 15th century- it continues northwards, crossing the main road from Ibiza to Santa Eulària, following a section of Cami de Pedrisset that has dry stone walls, built with a technique that in 2018 It was declared Intangible Heritage by Unesco. In addition, the visitor will be able to know the “pedrisset”, a kind of stone seat that was used to sit and wait for the car that was circulating on the road to pass, as it is narrow.

Las Dalias market, in Ibiza
Las Dalias market, in Ibiza

In the second part of this itinerary you reach the Morna Valley, near the Las Dalias market or from Es Canar. Since 1985, the most emblematic market in Ibiza is an essential date to buy handicrafts, listen to music or simply enjoy a pleasant afternoon of shopping.

This route also passes through the Labritja Tourist Trail, recovered in 2018, with a total length of 16.2 km and some thirty heritage elements, among which are, in addition to a waterwheel and garden shed, the Pont de sa Llosa, an arch bridge over the torrent de Labritja, whose construction dates from 1930 and the Pont or Pas de Cas Roig, older than the previous one.

And without forgetting the Aqueduct of s’Argamassa, an archaeological site dating back to late Punic and Roman times, with an aqueduct of more than 40 meters in length that brought fresh water to a fish farm near the sea.

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