Es Cubells, Far From The Madding Crowd …
Es Cubells is a tiny cliff-top hamlet on Ibiza’s southern coast. The drive there includes what just about the windiest roads in Ibiza. When you emerge it is onto a lamp-lined avenue that feels more like 17th century Paris than rural Ibiza. Rather smart.
There are fishermen coves below Es Cubell’s cliffs and in the vicinity: Ses Boques, Cala Llentrisca, Es Torrent and Porroig. The village is also a good departure point to visit Cala d’Hort Natural Park.
Its name, unlike most villages of the island, derives from the ancient name of the town instead of naming it after the patron saint.
It is a very small village. 806 residents at the last count. It falls within the Sant Josep de sa Talaia administrative municipality of Ibiza.
- restaurants – 2 in village, close by
- a small playground – adjacent to the church
- sports centre – reputation as archery specialist
Es Cubells Church
Es Cubell’s church is small, whitewashed and has lateral buttresses.
It was founded in 1864 thanks to the effort of a Carmelite Monk called Francesc Palau, who played an important role in the island’s history, since he spent long periods of his life as a hermit in the islet of es Vedrà.
There is a sculpture next to the temple commemorating his life.
The original church was destroyed in the Spanish Civil war. The one there today was built in 1957 and blends perfectly to its surroundings.
The church’s traditional style, immaculate square and gardens, and dramatic cliff top location, result in it being a popular choice for the weddings of couples visiting ibiza for their marriage.
Fiesta Virgin del Carmen 17th July
The church is dedicated to the Virgin Del Carmen, who has her saints day celebrated on 17th July.
Fiesta Santa Teresa 15th October
Es Cubells also celebrates Santa Teresa on October 15.
There is a Teresian Sisters convent just outside the village run by Carmelite Missionaries.
Nearby the church, standing at the top of the cliffs of Es Cubells, is the monument to the fishermen, erected 1996 as a tribute to the people of the sea.
Far from the madding crowd
“In Es Cubells it seems as if time doesn’t pass. Oblivious to the hustle and bustle of the island during the summer, it’s one of the few spots where the beauty and peace of old villages still remain.”
text from the Sant Josep municipal website
No other roads goes through Es Cubells, or even near it.
The small beaches at the foot of the cliff are unlikely to attract tourists due to their cobblestone covering, and access being via either a slewing hairpin roller coaster of a road, or demanding staircase from the cliff top.
In terms of the effect of Ibiza’s tourism, few places could claim to have been affected less.
Following the road that runs left from the village square, you reach the bottom of the cliff that leads to several beaches. This area contrasts with the upper part of the village, by the number of newer houses, but they do not detract from the beauty of its unspoilt and uncrowded beaches.
Es Cubells beach
The first beach is Es Cubells beach, right below the Church. This beach is very quiet with just a few fishermen huts gathered in the west end of the beach.
Ses Boques Beach
Following the road you’ll reach Ses Boques beach, with a small beach restaurant where they serve typical dishes from the island.
At the end of the road there’s Cala Llentrisca, an enclosed beach cove with a small dock and several fishermen’s huts, an ideal place to relax.
The spectacularly positioned Bar Llumbi sits to the right of the church as you enter the village, atop the cliff with unobstructed views due south out to sea. It offers good, honest local style food. Grilled meats and fresh fish.
Main courses are between 8 and 14€ with one or two more expensive steaks etc. A bottle of local Can Rich and Vina Sol are around 14/15€.
Es Cubells Bar Restaurant
Bar Restaurant Es Cubells is also on the Church square. We have no further detailed information however the smart tableware and white linen tablecloths give an expectation of fine dining.
Crossing the church square turning left as you enter the village, a short way along you will come to Los Pinos
Further down the coastal road is Ses Boques, which seems to be holding on to its chiringuito charm. A small beach restaurant where they serve typical dishes from the island.