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.
This is one of the most hidden villages of the island, located southwest, in the municipality of Sant Josep de sa Talaia. Its name, unlike most villages of the island, is taken from the ancient name of the town instead of naming it after the patron saint. Once you’re in village centre what’s most striking is that it’s right top of a dramatic cliff with magnificent views over Formentera. Its complicated geography has probably caused that today the attractiveness of the authentic rural Ibiza is still conserved.
The village, which has less than one thousand inhabitants, is notable for the small amount of buildings, standing out the church dedicated to Mare de Déu del Carme, patron saint of the sailors whose festivity is celebrated on July 16 with the traditional procession by sea with the representation of the Virgin. But this is not the only festivity of Es Cubells, as it also worships Santa Teresa on October 15 as there is a Teresian Sisters convent just outside the village run by Carmelite Missionaries.
The Church of Es Cubells was a project carried out by the famous Father Francesc Palau which has a monument in the village square. He was beatified in 1988 and renown for its retreats as a hermit in the island of Es Vedrà, near the village of Es Cubells. Father Palau built in the 19th century a chapel dedicated to the Mare de Déu del Carme that after its destruction during the Spanish Civil War, it was rebuilt as a church by the Bishop of Ibiza which was officially opened in 1957. Despite being one of the newest churches in Ibiza, it retains the traditional aesthetic of the island, making it a very likable place for celebrating wedding among people from outside the island.
The village core also has two restaurants that preserve the traditional essence of the island’s landscape, a small playground and a sports center focused mainly on archery, a very popular sport in this small village. It’s a very small place where almost all inhabitants, as in the rest of the island, are scattered around the countryside.
Another notable element nearby the cliffs of Es Cubells is the monument to the fishermen, built in 1996 as a tribute to the people of the sea. And despite being on the brink of a cliff, Es Cubells has one of the most attractive coastlines of the island. Following the road that starts in the village plaza on the left, it reaches the bottom of the cliff that leads to several beaches. This area contrasts with the upper part of the village, by the number of houses that have been built in recent years, but this does not detract from the beauty of its unspoilt and uncrowded beaches. The first beach we find is Es Cubells beach, right below the Church. This beach is characterized by the quietness and the few fishermen huts gathered in the west end of the beach. Following the road you’ll reach Ses Boques beach, with a small beach restaurant where they serve typical dishes from the island. And 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.
For all this Es Cubells is one of the most attractive villages on the island, for its genuine situation and the little touristy activity. It is perfect for those who want to connect with nature, enjoy practically exclusive beaches for themselves and seek tranquility and peacefulness that other parts of the island can’t offer in the peak summer season.