Our graffiti-tour around the island of Ibiza
There are a few museums on Ibiza. But you can also find art in the streets. Wall paintings, graffiti, even a window or a door of a small shop becomes the canvas for an urban artist. Today we want to give you a tour around the island (with your rental car) to our favorite murals and graffiti of Ibiza.
Park your car at the end of Avenida Espana, near McDonalds or Lidl and walk towards the roundabout of Can Misses, passing the police station and the office of Dario de Ibiza. Near the soccer field and a school you can find lots of graffiti.
The tunnel near Dalt Vila:
On the road to San Joan we take the exit to Portinatx. A bit above Portinatx on the road to Cala d’en Serra you will pass a cosy bay Es Portitxol you will find Hotel and Restaurant Los Enamorados.
Cala d’en Serra:
Down at the beach of Cala d’en Serra you will find the construction works of a hotel which was never finished.
And now the last location of our tour, which was the highlight of our day: Club Festival. It is difficult to find, but we just put the location “Club Festival” in our telephone and the navigation system told us exactly where to go.
Without having seen pictures we were immediately intrigued. In the book Secret Walks South from Rob Smith at one of the hikes we found the story of the not to miss Festival Club. “In 1969 work started on the Festival Club, a huge open-air music venue in the forested hills east of Sant Josep. It opened in 1972, but it was destined to fail as the 1973 fuel crisis caused air fares to rise and tourism on the island took a temporary dip. Thirty years on it has almost reclaimed by nature: trees grow in what was small amphitheater. It is an eerie place, decorated with decades of graffiti that made it resemble an impromptu gallery dedicated to street art”.
The first thing we saw were arches and lots of graffiti art. From the arches we could see the rolling hills and an overgrown amphitheater which hosted performance art and even mock bull fights, a large music venue at the top and in between there were several bars and a restaurant with rows of concrete tables lining the slope of the hill like contours.
The venue closed in 1974 after only two seasons in operation and never re-opened despite being on the market for many years.
Vandals have wrecked some of the infrastructure but the majority of the major structural damage is being done by nature. Pine trees are growing up through the concrete all over the site and their roots are slowly tearing the place apart. I love witnessing how nature is reclaiming the site with the spectacular scenic views and lots of graffiti art.
We hope you enjoyed our Graffiti-tour with 9 spots around the island!