The real reason we visited the north coast of Ibiza was the must see visit to the caves of the area.
Cova de Can Marca is the most popular, not far from Benirras beach which is also popular among hippy tourists.
We parked the car and then walked down the hill where there is a small café where you actually buy the ticket wait for the next tour to start. Then you have to go down lots of steps until the entrance of the caves, no wheelchair access possibility.
The cave that it is almost 100,000 years old (!) used to be a hideaway for smugglers that 100 years ago where they were storing things etc We noticed some small tunnels inside that they used to enter/exit the cave, they must been small people :)
The tour inside the caves lasted for about 40minutes with a woman giving us many useful information and kindly answered many questions we had. Due to low levels of rain water the cave dying slowly through the centuries with most part of the caves been largely fossilized (stalactites and stalagmites are connected with rain water on the upper ground) but they have used some interesting effects in some corners, color on some water lakes, glow pools etc The most amazing is a small light and water show that we saw at the end (pic 5) with some music at the background.
Some small lakes and waterfalls are not natural of course, they were pumped there to show us how the caves were many years before. Obviously if you have visited other caves all over the world you may be disappointed here and yes I’ve heard many people on the way out talking about a pure rip off considering the expensive ticket.
You can see a small video here.
Photo without flash is allowed
Entrance fee is 9euro
It’s open daily 10.30-19.30 (winter 11.00-17.30)
After the tour we stayed for a coffee at the small café at the entrance where you can also relax before the tour starts. There’s also a gift shop.
Esglesia de Sant Miquel de Balansat was built between 14th and 15th century as a small chapel at the beginning while the rest structures were built through the next centuries (most of the adds during 17th century). It was dedicated to Jesús Salvador de los Hombres but later was dedicated to archangel San Miguel.
The bell tower dates from 19th century and there is an inner yard with the buildings all around, it seemed like a small fortress, the church has a cross like shape. Although the church was closed we noticed that the library is also attached, the cemetery is just a few meters away.
The church is open Tuesday to friday 10.00-14.00 (Saturday till 13.00), and the Sunday mass is at 10.30am
As the church was closed we just the view of the town downhill (the church is located on the top). Not really much to do here, we just relaxed for some moments and we wished to have a book to kill some time up there. Actually, moments like these are the memories we have from Ibiza and not the clubs of Ibiza as some other people, it’s a matter of different priorities of course…
Talking about books there is a statue of a man (cant recall who he was) showing a man walking while reading a book.
San Miguel de Balanzt, San Miguel, 07800, Spain
Good for: Families
Puerto de San Miguel, San Miguel, 07815, Spain
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Couples
San Miguel, 07815, Spain
Good for: Solo
11610 CADIZ , Spain, San Miguel, 38628, Spain
Sant Miquel de Balansat, San Miguel, 07815, Spain
Good for: Solo
San Miguel 07810, San Miguel, 07810, Spain
San Miguel is located 18km north of Ibiza, 4km south of port de Sant Miquel, 8km west of Sant Juan, 20km east north of Sant Antoni.
We drove there easily while exploring the north coast. Not much traffic around, actually we barely saw any other car. We parked near the church.
Line #22 from San Antonio to port Sant Miquel
Line #25 from Ibiza to Sant Miquel and the port
Line #28 from Santa Eulalia through Santa Gertrudis
Line #37 from Es Canar