The Natural Park of Ses Salines
The Natural Park of Ses Salines, also known as Las Salinas, is a protected area located encompassing parts of South East Ibiza, the North of Formentera and the sea and islands in between. It covers an area of 16,000 hectares, of which 13,000 are marine. The Natural Park encompasses the wetlands of Ses Salines in the south of Ibiza, s’Estany de Peix and s’Estany Pudent, in northern Formentera, es Codolar, Las Salinas and Es Cavallet beaches in Ibiza; and the Peninsula des Trucadors of Formentera, where the beaches of Illetas and Llevant are situated.
The maritime space occupied by the Natural Park of Ses Salinas also includes Es Freus, the strait that separates Ibiza and Formentera, in which you can find a stretch of islands of which Espalmador is notable for its central lagoon. Mud bathing in the margins is now prohibited however viewing access is still permitted using the designated routes.
Ses Salines has held the National Park designation since 2001, although it has been a natural reserve since 1995. In the map insert on the page at the end of this article the red areas are designated as ‘natural reserve’ and the green ‘natural park’.The Oceanic Posidonia prairies found in much of its length were declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999.