Declared a Natural Park in 2001, Ses Salines is one of the most surprising natural landscapes in Ibiza and Formentera. The reserve itself is made up of 3000 hectares of land and 13,000 hectares of marine habitat, from the south of Ibiza to the North of Formentera. El Parc Natural de Ses Salines is home to the majority of the Posidonia Oceanica meadows, which embrace the islands and are declared Heritage of Humanity. These meadows are the reason behind the extraordinary marine biodiversity and incredibly pure water you’ll find in the Pityuses.
In Ibiza, the entrance to El Parc Natural de Ses Salines is located in the municipality of Sant Jordi. Here we can find the old ponds which form part of the salt marshes, in addition to the stunning beaches of Es Codolar, Ses Salines, Es Cavallet and the Sa Sal Rosa cove. This area is also home to several defence towers: Es Carregador, Torre de Ses Portes, Iglesia de San Francesc and the Centro de Interpretación in the Parc Natural de Ses Salines, where you’ll be able to immerse yourself in the flora and fauna in this natural reserve, as well as explore its history.
In Ibiza, the exploitation of the salt marshes began during the Phoenician period, around 600 B.C, and it was the main source of income on the island for centuries. The intense exploitation of the salt marshes began during the Muslim era (12th and 13th centuries), a period which saw significant technical advances and new marshes were created.
The salt marshes in the Parc Natural de Ses Salines make up the largest wetland area in Ibiza and are home to 178 plant species and 218 bird species. This location is a unique ecosystem made up of the salt marshes, rocky and sandy beaches, centennial juniper trees and dramatic cliffs. The most outstanding and photographed bird at the Parc Natural de Ses Salines is, without a doubt, the flamingo, which lives in the marshes almost all year round.
The Park provides the chance to enjoy a wander around the marshes or to the defence towers. The route to the Torre de Ses Portes, located in between the Ses Salines and Es Cavellet beaches, is particularly popular for its beauty.
If you’re passionate about nature, birdwatching in particular, don’t miss out on a visit to the Parc Natural de Ses Salines d’Eivissa i Formentera. Spend the day on its stunning beaches, swim among its dense Posidonia meadows or bask in the sun on its white sand. Enjoy the atmosphere at its vibrant beach clubs, take in the sunset through the salt marshes or wander among the sand dunes, sea and juniper trees. This spot is home to endless experiences you simply cannot miss out on!
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