They say that it was when breaking off from Ibiza that the islet of Es Vedrà acquired that magnetism and energising force that many people attribute to it. Ever since then, Es Vedrá, which is just two kilometres from Ibiza’s coast, has been the setting for –or the cause of– phenomena that escape all reason.

The ‘Manises case’ was one of the most famous, after the name of the airport in Valencia where a Super-Caravelle plane of the TAE company had to make a forced landing on 11 November 1979. The reason? When it was flying over Es Vedrà the pilot and crew were astounded to see a group of red lights approaching them at great speed. The only thing to do to avoid a head-on crash was to change course and make an emerging landing at Manises.

But what were those lights? Almost 40 years later there is still no explanation. Meanwhile, all kinds of strange things have continued to occur at Es Vedrà and its surroundings. Scuba divers talk about strange, unexplained underwater sounds. This, along with the strange behaviour of certain fish in the area –and the failures of navigational systems and radars of boats when they are near the islet– have nourished the legend that there is a triangle of silence here, similar to the one around Bermuda. Its vertex: the southeast coast of Mallorca, the Ifach rock in Alicante, and, of course, Es Vedrà.