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Review of Can Marti, Ibiza, Spain

Posted by Lucy Symons at 04:12 on Tuesday 10 May 2016

Lucy Symons finds a peaceful spot at Can Marti, just perfect for as self-catering escape in quiet, rural, north Ibiza.

Can Marti front photo: Lucy SymonsCan Marti front photo: Lucy Symons

The Setting 
In the North of the Island of Ibiza, just inland from the port town of Portitxol you will find the family run agriturismo: Can Marti. This tiny oasis is a ten-minute walk from the nearest village, Sant Joan and located in the very heart of the Área Natural de Es Amunts, yet close to the fabulous beaches notched into the rugged coast line in tiny bays covered with white sands. Ibiza has a reputation as a scantily clad party town, with the garish parade of dance clubs and bars of St Antonio haunting most lasting impressions, but don’t be put off! The rest of the island is a terrific place – tiny villages and rich agricultural land. The island’s salt plains (Las Salinas) assured the island of independence and self-sustaining industry long before the mad parties started in the 70’s. It is a perfect place for a family holiday, as long as you stay away from strip with its hen parties and stag dos.

>> For availability and booking, see our full listing for Can Marti

Can Marti bedroom photo:Can MartíCan Marti bedroom photo:Can Martí

The Rooms
The original farmhouse and surrounding out buildings at Can Marti have been thoughtfully converted in to five separate self-catering apartments each with their own style. Sleeping from 2 people in the studio, Algarrobo, to five people comfortably accommodated in the slightly more remote loft apartment Granado, each place is totally self-contained and has a private outside area, as well as use of the shared space in the farmland surrounding.

Can Marti honesty shop photo: Lucy SymonsCan Marti honesty shop photo: Lucy Symons

The Food
A great deal of what is available for sale in the on-site honesty shop is grown on the land itself – the farm is largely self-sufficient, so you can find pretty much everything you need here as the family raises its own livestock as well as growing organic fruit, vegetables and crops all year round for sale to their punters and also many outside restaurants. They have their own vineyards and herbs are available in the cleverly designed permaculture garden for you to pick as you need them, although the saffron is highly prized and rather heavily guarded. Figs and almonds also grown in abundance and you can find homemade jams and marmalades for sale. On the shelves of the shop you’ll also find free range eggs from the resident chickens (who have their own dedicated yurt to live in!) as well as legumes, cereals, organic wines and an assortment of fair trade products. Including chocolate. You really could live quite happily on what you can find in the shop or pick yourself, but the local town of St Joan also has a weekly market (Sunday) and several good restaurants and bars.

Can Marti hammam photo: Can MartíCan Marti hammam photo: Can Martí

The Activities 
Can Marti has a hammam designed and built by Tom and his father, there is also a natural eco-pool (the first in Ibiza) sustained through a crafty ecological mechanism the natural filtration keeps the water crystal clear without using any chemicals or additives which means no dry skin or irritated eyes. There is also a yurt dedicated to yoga classes or meditation (do check and see if there is a course being offered to coincide with your stay) and is also available for hire if you need a fabulous venue for a workshop you are planning.

Can Marti natural pool photo: Can MartíCan Marti natural pool photo: Can Martí

The Green
As well as growing their own food, the farm is run on the principle of permaculture, reflecting their dedication to finding a responsible way to interact with the environment and protect nature. Sustainable on all levels, they generate their own solar energy through photovoltaic cells and solar panels, which produce more than 50% of the electricity and 85% of the hot water consumed in the agroturismo. (and strangely discouraged by the Spanish government – undaunted, the family have successfully managed this feat). They have also installed a complex, natural system of wastewater treatment. It includes various mechanisms and a series of ponds with aquatic plants that filter the water and allow reuse for trees irrigation. In addition rainwater is collected in a traditional cistern and used to water the orchards and other crops. Tom explained that the old ways are possibly the best ways when it comes to living symbiotically at Can Marti.

Can Marti veg patch photo: Tom BrantschenCan Marti veg patch photo: Tom Brantschen

How to get there by Public Transport
Ibiza is a lovely ferry ride from Barcelona. Once docked on Ibiza, hop on the 400 bus to Sant Joan/Portinatx and the owners are happy to collect guests in the village. Once you are here, you can use the local buses (no trains on the island at all) if you aren’t content staying put. But I bet you would be.

Can Marti Benirras beach photo: Lucy SymonsCan Marti Benirras beach photo: Lucy Symons

Top Tip
Grab yourself a large bottle of Tom’s orgnic and homegrown and pressed olive oil – quite the most delicious thing you will ever dunk your bread in. Do contact Walking Ibiza as they have regular guided walking tours (Wednesday and Friday) of the lesser known corners of the Island and can include you in a group of mostly international residents, although everyone is welcome (43 walkers when I went in mid April). They will show you places you wouldn’t necessarily find on your own, explaining about native flora and fauna as you stroll. The endlessly fascinating Sheila can even be talked in to giving your group a private guided tour and prevailed upon to provide a delicious picnic for you to devour at the end of your trek.  Check their facebook page for the plans for this week. 

Can Marti terrace photo: Lucy SymonsCan Marti terrace photo: Lucy Symons

Can Marti is just perfect for an escape. The wifi is patchy at best, but maybe this is a message to switch everything off and just be in the moment – enjoy a hammam, pick some figs, commune with the ducks, geese and donkeys and contemplate your navel as you lollop by the pool, watching the dragonflies swoop across the glassy surface to the song sung by the native frogs.

Can Marti swing photo: Can MartíCan Marti swing photo: Can Martí

>> For availability and booking, see our full listing for Can Marti

Posted by Lucy Symons

Disclosure: Lucy Symons visited Can Marti in early summer 2016. She has full editorial control of the review, which is written in her own words based on her experience of visiting the accommodation. All opinions are the author’s own.


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