In this area is still extracted and exported large amounts of sea salt. In fact, from the main road you can see the amazing white mountains of salt ready to be refined. For centuries, the salt was the livelihood of many families on the island. The “salineros” (the people who work extracting the sea salt) are recognised for their hard work with a statue next to the church of Sant Francesc de Ses Salines.
Ses Salines is the southernmost part of the island of Ibiza and stands out for being a Natural Park which also includes the northern part of Formentera.
The natural beauty of the landscape contrasts with the tourist and cosmopolitan atmosphere during the summer months, where you can find some of the most famous beaches in the Mediterranean. On the road to Ses Salines beach there are different detours which lead to other wonderful beaches and coves.
First you’ll find Sa Sal Rossa, at the end of Playa d’en Bossa. A small rocky cove with many fishermen’s huts where some islanders keep their boats and spend the weekend. A very quiet cove with little crowd.
Another of the essential beaches is Es Cavallet, the first nudist beach in Ibiza. The pureness of its waters and its white sand make it a unique and exceptional beach. Plus you’ll be able to enjoy its fine cuisine at any of the terraces of its beach bars and restaurants located all along the beach. On the road that leads to the beach there’s a turnoff which leads to Sa Revista chapel, concealed between houses and the native vegetation. A very nice place to meet the traditional religious architecture of the island, and also a nice place for taking a break.
At the end of the road we arrive at Ses Salines, one of the best known beaches in Ibiza for its white sand, crystal clear waters and, of course, for its great atmosphere. You can enjoy the sun, a relaxing massage, a refreshing cocktail and dining at one of the restaurants that have become a benchmark for celebrities and tourists. Simply a must. It is not hard to find celebrities from the showbiz world, famous athletes, models, etc. walking along the seashore that goes all the way to Ses Portes tower.
Just on the opposite end of Sa Sal Rossa is the beach of Es Codolar. A round pebble beach (còdols in Catalan, hence the name) where you’ll rarely find people. It’s nice to take a swim alone in nature. Although there’s a beach restaurant right on the end of it, at Cap des Falcó (called that way because there’s a cliff that looks like the head of an eagle). There you can relax on the sunbeds and in the evening you can watch the sunset. Also, on the way to Cap des Falcó you can see very closely the Natural Park’s ponds where many protected birds live. During most of the year the flamingos give this place a pink tone. A must for nature and photography lovers.