When I arrive in Ibiza, one of my favorite drives is the one from Ibiza airport to San Antonio, travelling along the San Jose country road. It always brings a smile to my face, as it encapsulates a lot of what is special about the island, its beautiful countryside, cliffs, woods, traditional villages, beaches, sea views and sunset. At the 8K marker, there is a turn to the left, signposted Sa Caleta beach and perched on a height, overlooking the road is a place called Cova Santa. It has an interesting and rich history, having been discovered in the 15th century and first used as a pirate cave. It’s impressive interior was a home to holy men and cultures seeking refuge within its safe walls. It was one of the islands main tourist attractions in the 1950’s and housed deep inside its cool rock, is found one of the best wine cellars in the Balearic Islands. As a tourist attraction, a restaurant and large carpark was developed and at one stage, an adult burlesque styled show performed there. Its a stunning venue, probably the islands best, as it has its own indoor club, outdoor terrace and natural atmosphere. When Amnesia bought it in 2001, they could see the huge potential it offered.
According to Amnesia, Sa Cova will be “a place for the next seasons” referring to 2014 and beyond. With a liberal and pro business government in place, a suitable environment is present to slowly start to establish the venue, but within the laws, something that Amnesia are very keen to protect and ensure. Already there are rumours of some exciting parties lined up for the venue, none more so than the one that suggests the Diynamic party, may find a new home there. Diynamic would not have departed Sankeys without secure tenure for this season and Amnesia are emerging as the favorites to sign them. The Diynamic sound is suited to a daytime party and that is what Cova Santa will be providing, a party kicking off in the afternoon and finishing at midnight. Cova Santa lost its way in the early 90’s and its sad to see such a beautiful venue laying idle. Hopefully the owners Amnesia will re-kindle the venue with taste and respect to the environment that surrounds it, as Cova Santa is a special place.