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Ibizan legends and folklore

The early Phoenicians believed Ibiza to be a magic isle blessed by the Gods.


Magical island

The early Phoenicians believed Ibiza to be a magic island blessed by the Gods, why? Because of its rich, red non-volcanic soil and the fact that the island impedes the survival of any reptile, animal, insect or plant that harms human beings. To this day many people wear amulets and pendants containing Ibiza's "sacred" soil to protect the wearer from harm. Although, they may no longer be protected from the bite of the Horseshoe whip snakes that have since been imported, from the mainland, in the roots and boles of olive trees.

Mythical island

Some of you may or may not know that Nostradamus, the reputed French seer, said in one of his predictions that "Ibiza will be Earth's final refuge".

According his predictions, the 15th Century French astrologer and physician stated that when nuclear disaster wipes out most life on Earth, the peculiar prevailing wind patterns over Ibiza will ensure that it will be the sole remaining life-supporting environment.

Mysterious island

The island of Es Vedrà, rising from the waters off of Cala d'Hort beach supports no venomous living thing. The Carmelite priest Don Francisco Palau, founder of the convent at Es Cubells, meticulously recorded mystical revelations and meetings with "unearthly beings surrounded by light" whilst meditating there. Reported gigantic circles of light, of up to 50 metres in diameter that emerge from the sea have apparently discouraged fishermen from fishing in this area. It is believed (though totally unproved by science) that a strong magnetic force emanates from Es Vedrà and this attracts unexplained phenomena.

Creative talents

That Ibiza has a beguiling magnetism for people with creative talents is a reality. It's no secret that Ibiza boasts a great concentration of international residents possessed of great aptitudes and varying skill sets - all this on what is actually a relatively tiny island. It is said that this community of people have found inspiration and fulfilment from the simple and enriching Ibizan way of life and the stunning clarity of the light on the island, gained from the 300+ days of sunshine we enjoy every year.

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