Ses Salines: A Sanctuary for Nature Lovers in Ibiza

The Natural Park of Ses Salines can be found at the southern end of the island of Ibiza and this green space is indeed a representation of the natural splendor of the island. Spreading across 3,000 terrestrial hectares (by land) and 13,000 marine hectares, this conservancy was created in the year 2001-meaning it is a good site for thriving wildlife as well as your Ibiza boat trip.

 

 

A Unique Landscape

The scenery of Ses Salines is absolutely unique, formed over centuries of salt production. Against the blue skies and turquoise waters, the salt flats form a beautiful contrast and a window into the rich history of Ibiza. A paradise for birds which utilise the region for feeding and nesting during their migratory journey.

 

Coastal and Marine Ecosystems

The shoreline of Ses Salines provides a perfect combination of marine and coastal ecosystems. The Posidonia Oceanica, a seagrass that can be found here, was included in the list of World Heritage Sites in 1999 and remains the best preserved in the Mediterranean. Ses Salines seabeds host very rich marine fauna with 220 different species which grow and live in its waters.

 

Must-Visit Places

If you’re planning to visit Ses Salines, here are nine places you shouldn’t miss:

1. Sal Rossa Watchtower (or Des Carregador)

This historic tower stands tall as a guardian of Ibiza’s past. Constructed in the 16th century to shield the islanders from pirate invasions, it earned its name from the duty it held in protecting the precious salt cargo boats. Positioned at the tower’s base, you’ll catch sight of traditional fishermen’s huts nestled near the initial salt ponds of the park. And if you venture up the hill behind, you’ll be treated to a breathtaking panoramic vista of Playa d’en Bossa beach.

Sal Rossa Watchtower

 

2. Cap des Falcó

Enter the zone of magic and enchantment on your way to Cap des Falcó. One follows a dirt road that winds by salt pans and imposes heaps of salt to reach it, it is the start of Es Codolar Beach. The sun goes down here, and the sky becomes a riot of color, providing a fantastic backdrop to the jagged coastline. In addition to having high ecological value and a range of wild animals, such as the rare peregrine falcon and osprey, Cap des Falcó is indeed a mysterious place.

3. Es Cavallet Beach

Feel the wild beauty of Es Cavallet Beach, (CHANGE)which can be approached from high promontories around Sa Revista. Lazing alluringly upon the shore, its unspoiled sands and sparkling waters invite adventurers to roam its beach. Here, within the undulating sand dunes and serene ponds, you’ll find a refuge of unspoiled beauty.

Es Cavallet Beach

 

4. Bird Watching Site

The park is a haven for birdwatchers. Located in a perfect spot, it is ideal for taking photos of the various bird inhabitants. Among those, the proud flamingo stands gracefully and watches over the park from August to October (NOW ALSO YEAR ROUND), accompanied by various others alike, including little ringed plovers, black-winged stilts, and ospreys. (MENTION MORE BIRDS)

5. Ses Portes Watchtower

Ses Portes Watchtower, which is a sentinel of Ibiza’s maritime history, attributes the island’s defiance in front of pirate threats. It provides excellent views of Formentera and the sparkling Es Freus Strait from its elevated position. Protected by strong fortifications, it served as a guardian of the lively fishing enterprise of the area; it allowed safe passage for cargo ships and protected the city of Ibiza from seaborne attackers.

Ses Portes Watchtower

 

6. Sa Canal

Located at the southern end of Ses Salines Beach, the idyllic village of Sa Canal symbolizes Ibiza’s seafaring past. Debris of the past still lingers all over the place here, in the rusting train tracks that run salt to the waiting ships and the lively dock where vessels started their journeys to far-off lands.

7. Sant Francesc de S’Estany

A charming village with a long history, Sant Francesc de S’Estany is a very pictoresque place. The narrow lanes and old church, constructed in 1785, provide a picture of the island’s history. As the sun sets below the horizon, painting the salt ponds with a golden glow, the salt man statue takes up residence as a sentinel, watching over the beautiful countryside of Ses Salines.

8. Montañas de Sal

Journey back in time to the ancient Phoenician era with a visit to the Montañas de Sal. Here, salt has been harvested for centuries, serving as both a vital food preservative and a form of currency. Today, the salt produced in Ibiza is renowned for its quality, prized as a gourmet product in kitchens around the world.

9. Ses Salines

No visit to Ibiza would be complete without a trip to Ses Salines Beach. From the iconic Ses Portes Watchtower to the quaint village of Sa Canal, this stretch of coastline captivates visitors with its natural beauty and rich history. With its fine sand, turquoise waters, and gently sloping seabed, it’s the perfect place to unwind and soak in the sun’s rays, surrounded by the pristine beauty of the Mediterranean.

 

Ibiza Boat Rentals and Boat Trips

To fully experience the beauty of Ses Salines, consider renting a boat from White Island Charter. Their team of sea lovers offers various boat options, with or without a captain, allowing you to explore the coastlines of Ibiza boat rentals and Formentera. Whether you have a valid license in Spain or not, a boat trip with White Island Charter is an experience not to be missed.

Meet the Team at White Island Charter

  • William Bernal Pike (Operations Manager): A professional skipper and boat technician, William oversees the day-to-day operations of White Island Charter.
  • Amparo de Miguel (Sales Manager and Customer Service): Passionate traveller and island lover, Amparo helps organize your holiday in Ibiza, ensuring a memorable experience.
  • Benji Bernal Pike (Fleet Manager): An experienced boat captain, Benji ensures the safe and efficient operation of White Island’s rental fleet.
  • Alejandro Jimenez “Viking” (Captain): An experienced sailor, Alejandro is knowledgeable about the best spots around the Balearic Islands.
  • Captain Cristian Mara: A passionate sailor with excellent language skills, Cristian ensures a memorable and seamless experience for his guests.

Contact White Island Charter

  • Website: White Island Charter
  • Phone: +34 686 49 02 85
  • Email: info@whiteislandcharter.com
  • Location: Marina Santa Eulalia

To conclude, Ses Salines is a paradise for lovers of nature who can enjoy beautiful scenery, a wealth of biodiversity and a part of Ibiza’s history. Taking a trip to this natural park is undoubtedly an activity that will leave an individual with lifetime memories, particularly when traversing the waters around Ibiza Boat Rentals and Formentera with White Island Charter.

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