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Tanit, Ibiza's mythical goddess

Tanit, Ibiza's moon goddess and protector, dedicated to love, fertility, creativity and dance.

Several hundred years BC, the Phoenicians, who came from the Eastern Mediterranean, settled in Ibiza. A dynamic trading people, they worshipped an entire pantheon including the sun god Baal and the moon goddess Tanit, who represented dance, fertility, sexuality, and creativity. Interestingly, Tanit's powers are linked to the island's natural water sources that stand for fertility and purity. The fact that islanders today still perform traditional dances around wells and springs throughout the summer months is living testimony to her ongoing influence.

Regarded as Ibiza's protector, Tanit once had her very own temple where the cathedral in Ibiza Town now stands. Her identification with Ibiza is thus ancient and ubiquitous: many local businesses feature her name: Tanit Autos, Tanit hotels, Tanit souvenirs etc.

There are two spots deeply associated with Tanit on Ibiza. The first is Tanit's Cave in Cala San Vicente in the far north of the island. A major sanctuary, it was first discovered in 1907. Though there are no actual relics to be seen there, it makes for a nice, short hike along a well-signed path, offers great views over the countryside and coastline, and will be of particular interest to history buffs and amateur archaeologists. The second area imbued with her presence is on the west coast - home to unforgettable sunsets - overlooking the islet of Es Vedrà

Hugely popular with sightseers, the latter is one of Ibiza's top attractions. So now you know a bit about her background, should you find yourself there, marvelling at the glorious colours of sunset and the imposing vista of the twin rocks, remember Tanit, Ibiza's female deity and, quite possibly, the original influencer behind Ibiza's world-famous dance and music scene

Read more about the history of Ibiza and Formentera here. And if you, like us, adore the island's spectacular sunsets, check out our guide.

PHOTO CREDIT | Last image courtesy of Can Salia Hotel

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