Tunnel to connect San Antonio to San Antonio Bay Ibiza
Today San Antonio Council have announced ambitious plans to build a tunnel across the bay to connect San Antonio to San Antonio Bay Ibiza.
The tunnel which will be made of glass will join the two areas of the town between the sunset strip and Cala de Bou and will run for a distance of 1.5km under the sea.
The idea is to better connect the two areas of the town for not only the residents but for the large number of tourists who stay in San Antonio Bay but never venture into the town of San Antonio, giving them quick and direct access.
It is worthy of note that between the two points currently by land it’s nearly a trip of 5km so this will be a huge time saving route for both residents and tourists alike.
Secondly this will allow a great opportunity for the council and the island to showcase the marine life under the sea around Ibiza and its fragile eco structure and to educate those living and visiting the island.
The waste land next to Cafe Mambo and Mint lounge will be the location of the main entrance way into the tunnel and it is also set to double up as a visitor centre explaining more about the marine life you can see as you pass through.
Special eco-lighting will be installed along the length of the tunnel to allow those walking, cycling or using the local tourist train (during peak season) to see and learn about the marine life of Ibiza at information boards along the way.
The plans are seen as somewhat controversial with many groups voicing their concern already. The Ferry operators are concerned about their loss of business and marine ecologists are concerned about the environmental impact of the building work as well as the huge costs involved, estimated to be somewhere in the region of 280 million Euros.
San Antonio Council are still insistent that this is the right investment for the town bringing many short term construction jobs and providing longer term employment opportunities through the servicing of the tunnel and guided tours of the marine life.
Exploratory bore holes to ascertain the exact placement of the tunnel will be commenced in summer 2017 with plans being finalised and construction expected to start on the 1st of April 2018. Dia d’enganyar.