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Sa Caleta to Cala Jondal and back

March 31, 2014

Friday March 28th saw another lovely walk with Walking Ibiza, starting from Sa Caleta, walking around the coast up to Punta Jondal, down to Cala Jondal where we stopped for a picnic lunch on the beach, before heading back inland through the wild thyme bushes back to Sa Caleta. It was good timing, as the day before the Consell of Ibiza announced plans in the local papers to start work on transforming the old military installation built during the civil war at Sa Caleta after the summer. With a budget of 600,000€ work will transform some of the buildings into an interpretation centre for the nearby archaeological site, where the Phoenician’s settled in Ibiza in the 7th century. Currently the buildings scattered around the site are abandoned, half derelict and covered in graffiti. There are about three former gun emplacements all connected by underground, unlit tunnels, which at the moment you can walk through. It’s an interesting and slighty surreal place to walk around and some of the graffiti is great – it’s well worth a look around before the site is transformed and cleaned up. The currently excavated archaeological site of Sa Caleta is locked up behind a high metal fence, with just a couple of display boards giving you information. It was Ibiza’s first modern settlement, before the site was abandoned for Ibiza Town.  The site itself is in a beautiful location next to the sea, but you can’t walk into the site or get a feel for what you are looking at, so any improvement and access to this important site will make a lot of difference. Completion of refurbishing the buildings has been estimated at 12 months, so the centre should be open sometime in 2015. We carried on following the coast, along the stunning red cliffs above the beach at Sa Caleta or Es Bol Nou as it’s known, before climbing up Punta Jondal, with great views in both direction. Looking ahead we could see the top of Es Vedra rising behind the cliffs to the side of Cala Llentrisca in the distance beyond Cala Jondal, and looking back we could see the salt flats of Salinas, the beach at Es Codalar, the airport, Cap des Falco, Playa D’en Bossa and all the way across to Ibiza Town. After a steep climb down to Cala Jondal we relaxed on the pebbly beach and ate our lunch to the sound of the waves breaking against the large pebbles. Returning via an inland route, we stopped at the Sa Caleta restaurant on the way back to sample their infamous coffee, made with brandy, cinnamon, lemon and orange peel, prepared flaming in a earthenware bowl in front of us. Delicious, and a nice treat after all that exercise. IMG_2125

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