Domus Nova Ibiza Issue 2

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It seems the end of the world is something that fascinates every generation, reflected by the artists of their time: The Rolling Stones busted out Gimme Shelter in the 60s, Elvis Costello lamented that he was Waiting for the End of the World in ’77, REM kept the sentiment with It’s the End of the World in the 80s, and Prince used the apocalyptic prophecies of Y2K as an excuse to party like it was 1999. Where else on the planet do we celebrate with such carpe diem defiance? The beautiful White Isle – Ibiza – of course! Back in the 16th century, French astrologer and physician Nostradamus predicted that when Armageddon wipes out most life on Earth, the unusual wind patterns over Ibiza will ensure that it is the only remaining life-supporting environment! Not a very jolly thought, but true or not, there’s no doubt Ibiza has something special in its energy. Mention Ibiza and most people’s first thoughts are of hedonistic parties, superstar DJs, jaw-dropping villas and world class clubs. Those of you who truly know Ibiza however will know that there is so much more to this mystical island. Dating all the way back to 654BC, when Phoenician settlers founded a port on the island, Ibiza has a rich history. The name Ibiza is derived from the Phoenician word meaning ‘dedicated to Bes’. Bes is an ancient Egyptian god who was popular with the Phoenicians; he is the protector of the living and the dead, symbolising the good things in life – music, dance and sexual pleasure… It seems we certainly weren’t the first ones to pick up on the good energy of the island! Ibiza has always been an international hub, attracting visitors, traders and invaders due to the most important mineral in history – salt. The Ibicencos have tolerated centuries of foreigners making home here and today, they still fiercely protect their land, by passing farms and other properties down through family generations. The fabulous old fort in Ibiza old town stands proud as the island’s protector with its thick walls and multiple watch towers, now recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Mystics say that it is not you who chooses Ibiza, it is Ibiza that chooses you. Like a magnet, the energy of the place attracts all types of people and those who find the energy too much will be catapulted off the island in one way or another. Who are these chosen people? These low-key, cool creatives? They are simply a motley crew of forward thinking, experimental, experiential beings who have found a true connection with Ibiza – whether for the day or for the stay. There are theories suggesting that Christopher Columbus was actually born in Ibiza. According to historians, his mother tongue was undeniably Catalan and some of the words in his writings are exclusive to Ibicenco

vocabulary. In fact, the famous egg statue in San Antonio is said to be symbolic of the egg cracking story, in which Columbus got an egg to stand on its tip whilst hustling for funding for his route to the West Indies. Then there is Es Vedrà. This stunning uninhabited crystal rock standing approximately two miles off the south-western side of the island is an icon of Ibiza and reputedly has such a powerful magnetic field that it renders compasses useless and sets homing pigeons off-course. It is said to be the third strongest magnetic point on the planet after the North and South Poles. Ancient Greek mythology surrounding Es Vedrà also suggests that it was the home of sirens and sea-nymphs who tried to lure Odysseus from his ship in Homer’s Odyssey. And some say it is also the tip of the sunken city of Atlantis and birth place of the goddess Tanit. The myths and legends surrounding Es Vedrà are manifold, but what I know for sure is that taking a drive to the edge of the island to marvel at the view at this high vibrational view point will undoubtedly melt away any worries and city stress. For a more tangible ‘energy’, the more adventurous explorer can seek out Tanit’s cave, Cova d’es Cuieram, in the northern part of the island, located in a remote wooded area on a hill in San Vicente. Tanit is the mother goddess of sexuality, fertility and death. Ritual dances still take place there to worship her spirit. Hence the energy of the island in the north is more feminine: it is more tranquil, calm and soft and this is echoed in the rustic earthy nature of the area. In contrast, the south is characterised by a more masculine energy of being busy, thrusting and hustling so it’s no coincidence this is where most of the super clubs are located. A different kind of spiritual dance event can be found in DC10, but you will most likely leave more enlivened than enlightened. Mother Nature has certainly blessed Ibiza; this small island boasts over 80 beaches to choose from. You can hike the cliffs, taking in the stunning scenery of undulating wooded hills and the changing blues in the sea and sky. A short boat ride will transport you to the island of Formentera, where the turquoise ocean and white sands will make you think you have arrived in the Caribbean. Ibiza’s rich, red fertile soil in the campo provides delicious organic produce and many restaurants serve farm-to-table ingredients, naturally seasoned with their famous salt. The variety of food genres will leave any food aficionados spoilt for choice. This is Ibiza. It offers such a diverse amount of choice for all types of people, for all ages and stages of life. There really is very little that this breathtakingly beautiful, magical island, with a deep-seated history and a strong culture fails to offer. 79

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