Paseo de Vara del Rey (Vara del Rey Walkway), Ibiza
The highlight of the Paseo de Vara del Rey is the statue of General Joaquin Vara de Rey. Born in Ibiza, the general fought in the War of the Independence of Cuba of 1898. He is best known for leading the determined defense at the Battle of El Caney against a massively superior American force during the Spanish–American War.
Vara de Rey was mortally wounded in the battle. Impressed by his leadership, U.S. troops buried Vara de Rey with full military honors. American accounts of the battle praised the "magnificent courage" of Vara de Rey's soldiers and described the him as "an incomparable leader".
The statue shows the general on a mound holding a sword. Two female figures that represent glory and Spain are nearby. The statue was designed by architect August Font Carreras. It was created by sculptor Eduard Alentorn. This statue has stood in the promenade since 1904.
The walkway is home to a number of concerts, festivals and fairs throughout the year. many historic buildings, like the Hotel Montesol, are nearby. The promenade has been pedestrianized since 2017.
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