Ses Salines of Ibiza Nature Reserve

Ses Salines of Ibiza Nature Reserve
 

Overview
The Ses Salines of Ibiza Nature Reserve includes almost all the southern tip of Ibiza, the north of Formentera and the islets which separate both islands. It is an ecosystem with a rich diversity, designated an Area of Special Protection for Birds. It covers nearly 3,000ha of land and just over 9,000ha of water. Its beautiful landscapes include beaches, dunes and salt flats.

Walking
There are information centres in Ibiza and Formentera which can provide information about walks within the reserve. It is possible to explore the reserve via foot or bike. Puig del Corb MarĂ­ provides wonderful views of the salt marshes.

Sightseeing
There are the coastal lagoons on Formentera known as s'Estany d'es Peix, Estany Pudent and the Bassa de s'Espalmador.

The beaches of Es Codolar, Illetes and Cavallet (very special because of its dunes and traditionally a nudist beach) are all worth visiting.

The Ses Salines of Ibiza Nature Reserve has many architectural remains. The impressive prehistoric tower or talayot of Sa Talaia Joana (in Ses Salines), the Phoenician settlement of Sa Caleta (between Es Codolar and the Puig des Jondal), the 16th Century watchtower of Sal Rossa, the small church of Sant Francesc de s'Estany, Sa Revista church and Ses Portes tower, all dating from the 18th Century.

Animals/Birds
The salt plans attract large colonies of flamingos and herons. They are mostly seen during migration periods (from July to October and from February to May). Other water birds include black-winged stilt, shelduck, snowy plover and sea birds like Audouin's gull and the Balearic shearwater. Reptiles are also a common sight.

Plants
Reeds and plants which thrive in brackish water (such as the endemic sempervivum) are the predominant vegetation in the more saline areas. The hills of the reserve are home to juniper bushes, pine forests and shrub land of rosemary and rock roses. It is very ecologically important home for the underwater plant Posidonia oceanica which grows in meadows in this part of the Ses Salines of Ibiza Nature Reserve and helps to prevent erosion on land and oxygenate the surrounding sea.

 

 
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