Ses Salines Natural Park Circular

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This is a wonderfully contrasting hike, packed with interest and breathtaking views. Talking of breathtaking, the hike is 17.5 kilometres long and does include eight separate climbs and descents, but repays the effort many times over.

Starting from the little church of San Fransesc, we shall skirt the eastern edge of the salt lakes as we head north across country to reach the old camino that follows the airport boundary. This camino we will now follow for some distance towards the coast at the stony beach called Es Codolar. We will make our way along the shore, pausing to examine the main pump house where seawater is admitted to the salt lakes, before taking a path along one of the embankments. If it is the nesting season we should keep off the embankment and simply continue along the foreshore. We will eventually reach the bottom of Cap Falcó by a well-known fish restaurant and now begin a very stiff climb to reach the top.

A truly spectacular clifftop path now follows. Care is needed and at times we are very close to the sheer edge. After some undulations we will eventually descend and follow a coastal path that will bring us to Sa Canal. This is a little salt-working community and nearby is the little dock from which the salt is shipped. Next we will walk parallel to the popular beach of Ses Salines, skirting the southern area of salt lakes to our left. Soon bearing north, we will walk parallel to Cavallet Beach through pinewoods to reach the base of Puig de sa Revista. This little inlet is said to have been the site of the original salt port.

Now we face five climbs and descents as we make our way north towards Eivessa, the capital of the island. The views are marvellous, well worth the pain and we pass the little Cala Recuita where, weather permitting, you can take a refreshing swim in the crystal-clear waters. Eventually we arrive at the restored Torre de Sal Rossa (see additional information) and after our explorations we have only an easy ramble back along a wide, flat camino to return to the start. There's a little café opposite the church where you are assured of a welcome and a very well-deserved drink.

Spain - Balearic Islands - Ibiza - Coast


Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Church, Flowers, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Industrial Archaeology, Mountains, Restaurant, Sea, Wildlife, Woodland
12/5/2018 - Jim Arymar

I have reviewed this hike in November 2018 and have had to alter way marks 2 and 3 slightly as well as sharpen some of the decriptions. Please note carefully that the Natural Park Authorities are likely soon to close the Cap Falco part of the hike from way mark 8 between May and August to prevent disturbance to nesting birds. There will be large signs displayed soon. That apart, this walk remains an absolutely stunner and is strongly recommended. Jim Arymar