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Torre del pirata

posted by: Housing Ibiza in Ibiza

Torre del Pirata or Torre des Savinar (original name), is one of the most beautiful spots in the island. So iconic is this view that for a long time it has inspired lovers, writers, artists, cinematographers, musicians and even paranormal mystery enthusiasts.

The Torre del Pirata was designed in limestone rock by engineer Joan Ballester in the middle of the 18th century to house a single piece of artillery. However, it only served for surveillance purposes.

Valencian writer Blasco Ibáñez gave it a new use as the lodging for the hero of his novel Los Muertos Mandan (1909) and the novelistic name of Torre del Pirata.

To access the tower, from Sant Josep de Sa Talaia, 15 to the west of the capital Ibiza, take the Es Cubells highway and after about 5 km, take a right towards Cala d’ Hort. After a curve preceding a long road straight down, there is an unpaved road to the left. Park here and keep going on foot on the trail that goes to the cliff and then goes on to a small path up to the tower. You need to get there at least half an hour before sunset, because that is how long the sun takes to set. Nobody gets lost and nobody wants to miss it.

And another thing that cannot be missed in the area is its varied and typically Mediterranean gastronomy. Simple dishes such as ‘pa amb oli’ toasted bread with tomato, oil and salt, which take on another dimension when served with the preserved meats and cheeses of the island. And for anyone who wants something more filling there is always the rich and soupy meat and rice dishes.