The village of Jesús is located just over three kilometres from Ibiza town, which explains why it has become, in recent decades, a favoured residential area for Ibicencos. In bygone days, it was home to fishermen and farmers who provisioned the city with fish caught offshore from Talamanca Bay and with fresh produce grown on land whose irrigation systems were put in place by the Moors between the late 10th and early 13th centuries.
Cliffs and Hidden Coves
The coastline of Jesús is characterized by rugged terrain, with cliffs up to 100 metres high and outcrops jutting into the sea, such as Cap Martinet, an excellent spot from which to enjoy a panoramic view over Ibiza and Talamanca Bay. Nooks and crannies along the coast hide small virgin coves such as Cala Olivera and S’Estanyol, along with others which are more challenging to reach – something that tends to keep tourists away from this stretch of coast. A great way to explore Jesús’s coastline as well as its craggy hills is by taking hiking routes nº10 and nº3 and cycling routes nº10 and nº9. This last-mentioned route passes through the old farming plots of Ses Feixes.
What to See in Jesús
Visitors often leave the island without discovering the treasures that await them in Jesús: the altarpiece at the village church, Nuestra Señora de Jesús, and the farming plots at Ses Feixes. The first of these cultural heirlooms, the altarpiece, was recently restored and is composed of 25 panels painted in the Valencian workshop of Rodrigo and Francisco de Osona in 1498. This late Gothic jewel constitutes Ibiza’s most outstanding work of religious art in terms of its historical-artistic heritage. The church of Jesús also conserves other interesting features which exemplify the singularity of traditional island architecture, for instance, the porxo.
Jesús’s second heritage site, the farming plots of Ses Feixes, dates back to the 10th century, when the Almoravids set up a complex system of capillary irrigation in the wetlands of the Ibiza and Talamanca Bays. This technology resulted in the creation of fertile fields and orchards which remained in use until the mid-20th century. In Jesús, it is possible to walk through the old plots at Prat de Ses Monges, where a series of panels explains the interworking of its cisterns, water deposits, canals and watermills. This system is unique in the world due to its singularity. The wetlands at Ses Feixes were classified as a Cultural Asset in 2006.
Calendar Dates for Jesús
– Patron Saint Festivity of Jesús: the celebrations in honour of Nuestra Señora de Jesús (Our Lady of Jesus) are held throughout the month of September, with the main day of homage being 8th September.