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All about the Ses Salines Natural Park in Ibiza

Written on : 05 March 2019

Ibiza...The mere mention of this island of Pityuses makes us want to go on vacation. Known for its vibrant nightlife, Ibiza also offers beautiful natural landscapes to explore. In particular, during your stay, do not miss the natural park of Ses Salines, one of the most breathtaking places on this Balearic island. Discover this park of incredible biodiversity in a dream setting. There is nothing like it for an unforgettable holiday with family or friends!

The most important nature reserve in Ibiza

The most important nature reserve in Ibiza

Historically, Ibiza was nicknamed "the island of salt". This sweet dreamy name is due to the natural park of Ses Salines, which is famous for its salt dunes and its maritime marshes. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ses Salines Natural Park is one of the must-see activities to do if you are visiting Ibiza with your family. In summer or winter, this huge nature reserve will offer you a real show.

The park has a terrestrial part that extends from the southern point of Ibiza to Formentera as well as a vast maritime part. Classified as a natural reserve since 1995, the natural park of Ses Salines radiates beauty. Lose yourself in this magical place that covers nearly 15,000 hectares. On land, discover the pools in vibrant colours: emerald green, pink but still turquoise and purple. You will be simply amazed! This rainbow of colours is due to the different stages of salt evaporation.

Inside the park, cars are forbidden to protect the ecosystem. Take the opportunity to rest and give yourself a moment of relaxation in this corner of paradise. This is an opportunity to organise a beautiful walk or bike ride if you are more athletic!

An exceptional flora and fauna

In addition to the salt marshes that have built the reputation of this exceptional place, the Ses Salines Natural Park is also home to an exceptional flora and fauna. In particular, do not miss the many migratory birds that will fly over your heads. More than 210 species of birds live in the park: the stilt white, the redshank and much more. Some are in danger of extinction and are found nowhere else. In this park, there are also flamingos all year long.

In terms of flora, you can see periwinkles, canes of Provence and many other plants that make the vegetation superb. But what makes Ses Salines Park an exceptional place is undoubtedly the presence of Posidonia. These flowering plants live underwater in the middle of the seaweeds and colourful pools in the Ses Salines Natural Park.

A wide variety of ecosystems in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea

A wide variety of ecosystems in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea

With its diverse and varied landscapes, the Ses Salines Natural Park is one of the wonders of nature that will delight all ecotourism lovers. If the park is best known for its salt works, the site is also home to other ecosystems that will transport you to another world. From swamps to rocky cliffs to picturesque dunes and coastlines, the Ses Salines Nature Park is an invitation to travel and serenity.

With family or with friends, come and admire these incredible natural landscapes where millennial ponds, paradisiacal bays and crystal clear waters mingle. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city where partygoers throng to bars and clubs, the Ses Salines Natural Park will offer you a real escape.

In the middle of Ses Salines, the village of Sant Françesc

During your walk in the natural park of Ses Salines, you will probably see, in the middle of the salt fields, the small village of Sant Françesc. Authentic and traditional, this village was built for saline workers in the 18th century. If it is not very inhabited today, you can still see small whitewashed houses that will make you discover Ibiza in a different way. The Church of Sant Françesc, now deserted, is also worth seeing. Saline workers used to go there after a hard day's work. In a few words, this village, frozen in time, will take you back in history and allow you to immerse yourself in the cultural and historical heritage of the White Isle.

Creeks near the Ses Salines Natural Park

Creeks near the Ses Salines Natural Park

After your walk in the middle of nature, come and sunbathe by one of the nearby creeks by the natural park of Ses Salines. If the eponymous beach is quite crowded, especially in the summer, you can still find quieter places on Es Codolar and Es Cavallet. The second, in particular, is known for its majestic sand dunes.

Take a dip in the clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea and stay on the beach to enjoy a beautiful sunset. In the distance, you can also enjoy breathtaking views of Formentera and the islets of Espalmador and Espardell. In addition, the lighthouse on the island of Es Penjat blends harmoniously into the landscape.

How to get to the Ses Salines Natural Park?

Located in the extreme south of Ibiza, between Sant Josep de Sa Talaia and Formentera, the Ses Salines Natural Park is rather easy to access. By car, leave from San José (Sant Josep in Catalan) towards the airport, then follow Sant Jordi and Sa Canal / Es Cavallet / Ses Salines. It is also possible to reach the natural park of Ses Salines by bus from Eivissa, the old town of Ibiza.