Ibiza (Part 5)

Cycling through the north of the island, I finally escaped the traffic. The climate is slightly more temperate in the north and agriculture is alive and well. It is good to see the thriving small holdings producing fruit, and some small vineyards continuing. Life in the country is very different to fifty years ago. The absence of animals and carts is the thing I notice most.


On the way to San Miquel I passed two wells. The above photo shows the well near to Sant Lorenc with a stone laundry bowl outside. The second well was a traditional Ibicenco well, still in use and with a bucket and rope inside, so I had a go…


The real difficulty was to get the bucket to tip over in the water; it kept floating on top of the water, no matter how much I agitated the rope to try and capsize the bucket. There must be a technique for this. Eventually I managed to get a little water in the bucket and drew it up. Cool and crystal clear.

The church of Sant Miquel is another fine example of the Ibicenco church architecture. The church stands in a strategic position high above the town. It has a fine statue of St Michael the Archangel behind the altar.


Finally, I reached the coast at the northern end of the island and after a lazy afternoon on the beach at Port Sant Miquel, I have found myself a deserted seventeenth century tower to spend the night. Here is the tower and the view from the tower.


About Gareth Thomas

After a mixed career as an aircraft technician, London fringe theatre playwright, Franciscan friar, and secondary school teacher, I find myself dividing my time mostly between looking after the needs of four donkeys in a remote location in the mountains in the Costa Blanca and preparing a legal case against the corrupt management of my monstrous last employer - the Elians group - for unfair dismissal. I like to hear the wind in the pine trees. I do not like struggling to get a duvet into a duvet cover. My musical tastes are extinct and I have mostly given up cycle racing.
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One Response to Ibiza (Part 5)

  1. Alys says:

    What an amazing place to stay the night! The wells look fascinating also… it seems heading north was a good idea! It’s a shame you haven’t come across any donkeys yet, although I did notice an equine popping into a windmill photo, on a previous post! Ibiza looks beautiful, happy adventures! xxx

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