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SES SALINES OF IBIZA AND FORMENTERA. A world heritage landscape

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Ses Salines of Ibiza and Formentera
SES SALINES OF IBIZA AND FORMENTERA
Guided tours   Lavabos  Cafeteria
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.



  • Information of interest

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  • Address and contact data
Sant Josep de sa Talaia, Formentera
Office of the Natural Park of Ses Salines d'Eivissa i Formentera
Múrcia, 6. 07800 Eivissa. Mondays to Fridays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Tel.: (+34) 971 301 460
Fax (+ 34) 971 374 795
www.caib.es
  • How to get there Google

The road to Ibiza airport. The turning is signposted as playa de las Salinas.

It is worth exploring the park, on foot or by bicycle, and reaching for example the puig of Corb Marí, in Ibiza, from where you can enjoy an exceptional view of ses Salines.
  • Indispensable nearby

Playa de ses Salines (Beach of Ses Salines). This beautiful, long, sandy beach forms part of the Natural Park. From the shore you can watch the boats loading up with salt from the salt pans.

Church of Sant Francesc de s'Estany.
At the entrance to the salt pans there is a small white church, now closed, which was built to offer religious services to the salt workers.

  • Don't miss it

Sa Caleta settlement. Declared a UNESCO Human Heritage Site, this settlement dates back to the 8th century BC. By the 7th century BC it had become a settlement with almost 500 inhabitants.

  • Links of interest

See Tourism Information Offices

  • External websites

www.xarxanatura.es



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