COCO LOCO IBIZA | The river that gives its name to Santa Eulària: a route through history and Ibizan nature
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The river that gives its name to Santa Eulària: a route through history and Ibizan nature

 

The Santa Eulària des Riu river route is a simple route, barely three kilometres long and suitable for all ages, which covers several interesting points in this municipality and shows not only its natural surroundings, flora and fauna, but also sculptures, museums and some of the most important historical corners of this town.

As a curious fact, it is important to point out that the river of Santa Eulària is the only one that runs through the entire Balearic archipelago and that it has recently been highlighted in order to show its importance and how its course has been used for the development of a multitude of generations.

This walk along its banks begins in the Plaza España, located in the centre of the city, where the town hall is located, built in the 19th century using typical Ibizan architecture. Next to it is the monument commemorating the ‘Vapor Mallorca’, a ship that left Palma de Mallorca for Alicante in 1913 and was wrecked off the coast of this Ibizan municipality. As a curious fact, it should be noted that thanks to the quick reaction of the people of Santa Eulalia, there were no casualties.

We will continue our route down the square where the air-raid shelter chamber is located, built in 1937 during the Spanish Civil War. In this same corner is the Sala Barrau, which houses the works of the painter Laureà Barrau i Buñol, who arrived in the municipality in 1912 and was captivated by its light, its colour and its customs.

We continue our journey along the municipality’s promenade until we reach the river, whose function in the history of Santa Eulària was essential, as the constant flow of water allowed the flour mills in the area to work productively, at a time when bread was one of the great riches of daily consumption throughout the island. One kilometre from the river, and a little further upstream from the Font des Lern, is the source of the Torrent dels Lerns, which is one of the most important streams that flows into this river. Its waters were used for many decades to irrigate a multitude of orchards in the vicinity.

The ‘Pont Vell’, last point of the route

We reach the old bridge ‘Pont Vell’, whose first references date back to 1720. In the past, this bridge was the main entrance to the municipality until 1918, when the ‘Pont Nou’ was built. The Santa Eulària river flows under the old bridge and you will also find the ‘Font d’en Lluna’, a pool where the locals used to bathe.

We recommend that you keep your eyes peeled, as on this route you can see how the kingfisher (blauet), an expert bird that can do this task even with its eyes closed, takes flight and glides over the waters.

The legend of the «fameliars».

During the visit, you will also discover the «fameliars», little goblins from the mythology of Ibiza who, according to legend, are born from the stalk of a grass that only grows on the night of San Juan under the old bridge of Santa Eulària des Riu, and who need to be entertained and well fed to prevent them from getting into all kinds of mischief. To find out more about them, we can enjoy the various sculptures of these characters, created by the artist Andreu Moreno, and located in different spots along the route.

The route invites you to learn more about the culture, history and environment of this municipality and can be done with friends, family or as a couple.

FUENTE: IBIZA.TRAVEL

 

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