San Carlos village, Ibiza

September 29th, 2009 - 11:00 am Posted in ibiza, san carlos | Comments (0)

San Carlos, Ibiza has been an important village throughout the long and chequered history of Ibiza. Its roots may well extend back almost 3,000 years to the arrival of the Phoenicians, who used the natural port of nearby Pou des Lleo, just over the hill, as a trading point on their travels. Indeed one of our contributors has an elegantly designed ornamental pig, the body of which is a granite boulder salvaged from that same beach, which had previously served as ballast in a Phoenician vessel.

At the height of the Phoenician’s vibrant era, as the island rose to great splendour through maritime trading, it’s population is estimated to have been some 80,000 people. This is two thirds of the current population and more than double that of just fifty years ago. San Carlos was possibly significantly larger than Santa Eulalia at that time in history… History also records that the Republican Army of the Second Republic landed at this same beach at the start of the Spanish Civil War, which at the time had declared allegiance to the National cause – the conservative mould of the old establishment – as represented by the Army and the Church.

The first settlement reached by the invaders in Ibiza was San Carlos and the consequences were as bloody as the ‘Red House’ right behind Anita’s Bar. The local village chaplain and his father wielding guns, accompanied by a handful of fascist supporters, were the first to offer resistance to the Republican force and paid for it with their lives. They were the first of many to follow as the Republicans yielded the island back to Franco’s forces and recriminations followed for years thereafter till the war ended. Sixteen people were executed at the ‘Red House’ in an incident that earned the house its name, whilst those of the population of both islands who were able to escape largely emigrated to less hostile parts of the globe.

You can read the full article about San Carlos, Ibiza here.

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