Lodged in a natural reserve is Finca Can Martì Ibiza, a seventeenth-century farm holding powered by solar energy, organic permaculture farming, and recycled water
Ibiza is famous for its clubs, beaches, and night parties. But no one knows that the isle has not only that to offer. In the inland, in the northern part of the island, a natural reserve is hidden to most of the tourists. The area of Es Amunts is a mountainous region running along the northwest of Ibiza, from Cape Nunò de Saint Anoin de Portmany to the municipality of Saint Joan de Labritja. The largest nature reserve of the island, the rocky area offers Ibiza’s preserved customs and traditions and is lined with hiking routes leading to the multitude of hidden beaches on the island. In this natural area Finca Can Martì is located.
The ‘finca’ is a property built on rural or rustic land composed by buildings used for housing. It is a fair piece of land with cottages and small houses. The Finca Can Martì is 400 years old and has always remained an active farm. In 1992 Peter and Isabelle Brantschen bought the farm and transform it into a sustainable farm since 1994. The renovations works were done using bio construction materials like lime and clay, and only raising doors openings and improve insulation. They chose to preserve the authentic finca’s traditional look, but providing optimal comfort for the guests. Even the interiors reflect the traditional look with lime painted walls and wood ceilings.
The fabrics and furniture are focused on natural material and, when possible, locally sourced. The rooms are divided into suites, master suites, superior suites and casitas. All the rooms have bedrooms with organic fabrics, bathrooms with showers, private gardens and terrace, kitchen or breakfast service.
The colors are neutral — the white of the walls and cotton sheets and the brown of the wooden furniture — giving a sense of fresh air and relaxation. All the different rooms also have massage and yoga services. A natural pool stays in the middle of the farmhouse, the first one in Ibiza. The water of the pool is crystal clear without using any chemicals or additives, but going through a lava filter and is oxygenated by a waterfall. The roots of water lilies and other aquatic plants, that surround the pool, help to remove impurities. This is one of the ecological attentions the farm has.
All the electricity is made by solar panels and all the water is collected, filtered and reused. The farm has also an agricultural history, date back to 1600 that has been taken to our age with the principles of permaculture, a kind of agriculture sustainable and ethic. The finca grows its own fruits and vegetables, findable in the organic breakfast, with eggs from the farm, homemade jams, freshly baked bread, and fruits picked from the garden. The little tienda inside the farm sells their products, from the fruits and legumes to the homemade jam that the guests taste in the breakfast.
The north side of the island hosts the most preserved and hidden beaches within a five minutes drive. On Sunday is El Mercatillo de San Juan, a little typical street market. In the inland, the hilly countryside is the place for hiking routes, mountain biking cycling routes and horseback riding.
Nature is all that you will see and hear. Even in Ibiza, rural sites are the best places to relax and experience life at the peace of nature. Even the inland of exotic islands has got something to offer, a new and different experience in the heart of nature. Finca Can Martì Ibiza is a little paradise, in the middle of the natural parks, with hidden places and few visitors — a new way of living in the countryside with activities that brings you both seaside and hills. Also, there is the attention for homegrown and organic food, for a healthy body and mind.