Museum of Can Planetes or d’es Molí de Dalt – River Interpretation Centre
Next to the bed of the only river in Ibiza and the Balearic Islands, in the town of Santa Eulalia, is this interpretation centre, which aims to disseminate and show how the river and local residents lived there in the tenth century.
In a typical pagés house, which you can visit for free, there is a running flour mill and you can also observe the typical crafts of the area.
The river of Santa Eulalia and its environment led to a natural area in which people used the river for irrigation for many years.
That’s why the system of canals, orchards and mills are still an important part of the landscape of the river valley.
In other parts of the house, there are two classrooms to accommodate arranged courses or meetings and where there are information panels about the historical sites of the river’s environment and the different irrigation systems used. A model of the town is also on exposition. The Can Planetes’ classrooms also host screenings of educational films, as two short documentaries that deal with the history of the Santa Eulalia River and the Orchard that formed around throughout the centuries.
Can Planetes is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 1pm, closed on Mondays and bank holidays.
Museum of Ethnography
In the Puig de Missa of Santa Eulalia des Riu there is Can Ros, an old country house designated as the local museum of ethnography.
Can Ros is a good example of rural architecture of Ibiza, with the “porxo” (main room), the kitchen, the different “cases de dormir” (bedrooms), the oil mill, the “porxet” (the upstairs balcony), the well and the cistern. Adapting to the demands of space, there is a permanent exhibition, sometimes in a scenic way, if the room and pieces permit it, or by glass showcases and various exhibitors. This exhibition ranges from clothing and jewellery to many household objects used in farm houses, field and craft or specific task’s utensils, musical instruments, weapons, and personal items.
This permanent exhibition is supplemented by temporary solo exhibitions, as well as conducted Workshops and Craft activities in which various traditional craftsmen show us the development of musical instruments, clothing, sandals, toys and objects made from plant fibres. When visiting Can Ros, you can ask to see any of the historical and ethnographic videos that make up the background.
Their summer opening hours (until September 30th) are Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 2pm and 5.30pm to 8pm, and Sundays from 11am to 1.30pm. The entrance is only 3€ and children get in for free.
Tel. 971 332845 – 971 338154
Trull De Ca N’andreu Museum
This former farm of the seventeenth century and very near the center of Sant Carles, has been converted into a house museum and preserved for a hundred years. It is interesting to visit because it shows all the elements of traditional Ibizan architecture.
The Trull (mill) dates from 1775 and is one of the few that remain on the island. It also exhibits farm tools, plows, millstones, equipment for wine making, tools for manufacturing footwear, musical instruments, weapons, and other typical utensils from the Pitiusan rural world. The farm belongs to Miquel Torres, who inherited it from his father and it has remained in the same family for generations. 90% of the exhibits were in this house and the rest have been presents from neighbouring houses.
Open in the summer, coinciding with planned trips, but it can be visited daily by particulars from 3.45pm to 4.45pm. Also on Saturday, from 11am to 2pm, and Tuesday and Thursday from 9.30pm to 10.30pm. You can call to make an appointment 971 335261. Entrance: 2 €
There used to be a Museum on the Puig de Missa in Santa Eulalia in honour of Catalan painter Laureano Barrau i Buñol, who died in Santa Eulalia in 1957. He first visited the island in 1912 and here he found a place for rest and inspiration, enchanted by the lights, the landscapes, the idiosyncrasies of the people and their customs. Finally settling in Santa Eulalia, he painted the landscapes and its people.
Nowadays, Barrau’s paintings are in a room in the centre of the Passeig de S’Alamera in Santa Eulalia on permanent exposition.