One of the most beautiful landscapes in Ibiza. The Natural Park of ses Salines comprises the salt pans, the beaches of es Codolar, es Cavallet and ses Salines, and the surrounding areas of dunes, pines and Phoenician junipers. It stretches from the south of Ibiza to the north of Formentera and includes the narrow channel separating the two.
It is a landscape that has been transformed by man, which, nevertheless, has become an ecosystem rich in botanical species which are resistant to the corrosive action of the salt. Numerous birds live or refuel here (more than 120 species have been catalogued) finding in the lagoons a place to breed or feed, as in the case of flamingos and herons.
The salt pans have been used to extract salt from time immemorial. The first people to obtain salt from salt water in Ibiza were the Carthaginians, in the 5th century BC. In the 12th and 13th centuries AD these salt pans were some of the largest in the whole of the Mediterranean. The salt is still extracted today using traditional methods, based on the action of the sun and the wind on the saltwater lagoons.
This area also boasts important archaeological remains worth visiting, such as the Phoenician settlement of Sa Caleta, now a World Heritage Site, and buildings such as the 16th century defence tower of Sal Rosa or the church of Sant Francesc de l'Estany.