If you label Ibiza as a pure party island, you are wronging the beautiful Balearic island. Because the lovingly restored organic farm Can Martí is an oasis of calm in the north of the island. On the premises, bees and insects buzz, the chickens cackle, and there are two donkeys to stroke. Holidays in the country - as you imagine it.
For Peter Brantschen it was love at first sight when he saw the finca in 1994. Shortly thereafter, he, his wife Isabelle and their two sons Tom and Paco left Switzerland behind to start a completely new life here.
After the over 400-year-old house of the well-known healer Pedro Torres Guasch had been empty for many years, it had to be renovated from scratch. The Brantschen family feels committed to a sustainable way of life and so the farm and its four apartments have been restored according to ecological principles.
Generously designed, with its own garden, each apartment offers an individual warm ambience in which you quickly feel at home. Dogs Ringo and Cat Mitzi run into you every now and then on a stroll across the 17 hectare site.
Above all, you can discover the island's very own flora and fauna. The fertile land, the fragrant, clean air and the Mediterranean flora quickly make you forget everyday stress. To cool off you can splash around in the crystal-clear and chemical-free water of the in-house bio pool. The Moroccan hammam invites you to relax, afterwards you can choose between different massages and treatments. If you want, you can take yoga or Pilates classes.
ArchitectureThe more than 400 old traditional Ibizan house of the finca is located in the middle of a nature reserve. All apartments have been restored according to building biological criteria.
FoodVegetables such as beans, tomatoes and potatoes as well as fruits such as lemons, grapes and strawberries are grown on the premises. Typical regional products such as saffron, almonds, olives and carob complete the offer. In the farm shop, guests can stock up on delicious homemade jams, fresh eggs and other homemade organic products. The free-range chickens provide fresh eggs and live on the premises with ducks and geese. There are also five donkeys, a cat named Selu and Ringo, the dog.
Solidarity is an important principle at Finca Can Martí. Most of the employees come from the area. But the idea of support does not stop at the border of the site: every year, international aid organizations are supported with part of the income from Can Martí. Can Martí works closely with Be Human Nepal, a Nepalese non-governmental organization operating in a remote region in the Himalayas. This project not only ensures that families have access to water and electricity, but also alleviates many health problems that result from the lack of water. Peter Brantschen also supports the Nepalese families with knowledge about organic farming.
EnvironmentThe farm is operated according to the rules of permaculture, which aims to create permanently functioning, sustainable and natural cycles. All grown products are organic. The Brantschen family feels committed to a sustainable way of life, the use of renewable energies is a matter of course for them. Around half of the energy required by Finca Can Martí is generated by a photovoltaic system. A plant-based sewage treatment plant is also operated on the grounds of Finca Can Martí. This means that the wastewater is treated naturally by plants and organisms in two basins. At the end of the process, the clarified used water flows into a pond. From there it can be used for irrigation. A lot of life has developed in and around the planted pond. You can see frogs, dragonflies and different types of birds there. To keep the number of mosquitoes within limits, fish are used that eat the larvae. The bio pool enables swimming in crystal-clear and chemical-free water, a wonderfully refreshing experience. Nature does all the work here: next to the swimming pool there is a filter bed made of stones and lava gravel, in which various plants grow that naturally clean the water day and night and thus ensure clear and hygienic swimming water. No chemical additives such as chlorine, salt or other irritating agents are used. The stones heated by the sunlight give off the stored heat to the water at night, so that the water has a pleasant temperature already in spring. Small fish also live in the filter basin, which free the water from small insects. On Can Martí, guests are asked to sort their garbage to enable recycling. Each guest house has separate bins for organic waste. Collection containers are also available at a central location for waste paper, packaging, glass, plastic and batteries.
Well-BeingThere is a traditional Moroccan hammam on the grounds of the finca where you can enjoy an ancient ritual dedicated to health and beauty. With the use of flowers, herbs and aromas, the senses are awakened and well-being intensified. You can book Ayurveda treatments or detox stays. Yoga, Pilates, meditation or healing dance courses take place regularly. The crystal-clear bio pool, which does not need any chemicals, provides refreshment.
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Ibiza Airport is approximately 30 km from Can Martí. There are daily bus connections from there. If you arrive by bus, the Brantschen family will be happy to pick you up in the village of Sant Joan. You will receive the exact route description when booking.
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