Puerto San Antoni, Ibiza

Photo: Islas Vedra and Vedraneli, Ibeza, Spain. Credit: Lisa Borre.
Islas Vedra and Vedraneli on the southwest coast of Ibiza, Spain. Credit: Lisa Borre.

Logbook Entry

Dates: 08/31/08 – 9/03/08
Distance: 57 nm
Sailed from: Moraira
Lat: 38°59’N
Long: 01°18’E

With a slight haze, Ibiza did not clearly come into view until we were about ten miles out. Approaching Puerto San Antoni, we admired the small, rocky group of islands, Islas Bledas, and then the larger Isla Conejera which according to our cruising guide is where Hannibal’s stone slingers came from. Given its small size, we figured that this was more of a myth than fact since Hannibal’s army included 1,000 slingers from these islands. The name “Balearic” is from the Phoenician word meaning “man who throws stones.” Behind these rocky islands, the pine covered hills for which the southern islands in this group are known come into view. In fact, the name Ibiza comes from a Phoenician word ‘ybsm’ or the “Isle of the balsam tree.”

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