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IBIZA - PORTINATX - CHIRINGUITO CALA D'EN SERRA AND THE ABANDONED HOTEL

CHIRINGUITO CALA D'EN SERRA


August 2021

In the far north of the Island, you will find this great little oasis, set in a stunning location, with an excellent little chiringuito, serving cold beers, wines and fresh simple meals.

You will see the sign for Cala d'en Serra on the right, just before you arrive in Portinatx. Follow the road until the tarmac runs out and park up. You can see the beach down below, which is a small horseshoe bay with further satellite coves near by. The sandy beach has clean clear water and was once named in The Guardian newspaper, as one of Europe’s best beaches. The bay is surrounded by steep cliffs.

Beware, the access is steep (so not great for young children and elderly people) although, you can drive down to the abandoned hotel and park there if the road is not wet. Also, wear flat shoes.

Prices are a little steep but it is better than bringing a cool box up and down the hill.

You cannot book, so you just have to turn up. I would suggest arriving at around 12.30 pm to be sure of getting a table, as the Spanish tend to eat at around 2 pm. Once seated we had a jug of Sangria de Cava, we then decided on our food.

Mixed salad.

A plate of calamare a la plancha (grilled baby squid).

Dorada a la plancha (grilled sea bream).

To finish, we had a few glass's of Kalimotxo (a Basque drink of equal parts red wine and cola).

After your meal you can have a swim, paddle board, snorkle or just relax in the sun.

There is not a phone signal or wi-fi at the beach, however, there is a public telephone for emergencies. You pay €10 per deckchair. They also accept, pound sterling £ and Thai baht.

Sitting above the chiringuito is the famous abandoned hotel. In 1969 a Luxury hotel resort was planned for construction here as it is one of Ibiza's most stunning and picturesque beaches.

The now acclaimed Catalan Architect Josep Lluís Sert was chosen for the design, although due to his political affiliations and aversion to General Franco’s totalitarian rule, he had been exiled, living in the USA.

Sert’s Clerk of Works Antonio Ferran, signed off the project to get around Spain’s fascist government who wouldn't allow Sert to be accredited as the architect in the Catalonia & Balearic islands region and therefore, work on the hotel began.

Just over a year later in 1970, construction on the massive building halted for several years. Development eventually ended, when Sert passed away in 1983. There were several discussions on whether the hotel should be completed in its original design or. if it should simply be demolished. However, neither option was taken, instead, the hotel was left abandoned.

There are many works of artistic graffiti from various artists around the hotel. The hotel is fascinating not only for its artwork, but also for its fantastic views of the beach and cove below. It's also an interesting place to see an urban landscape that, once abandoned, is engulfed by nature.

Various plans to finish the project have been rejected over the years and the area is now protected by the Law of Natural Spaces and falls within an area of Natural Area of Special Interest, so it is very unlikely anyone will ever see the glory that Sert originally designed.

The hotel is best viewed from the outside as the building may be unsafe to enter.

CHIRINGUITO CALA D'EN SERRA

Camí Cala D'en Serra, 07810, Sant Joan de Labritja


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