Ses Salines Natural Park in Ibiza, Spain.

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Parc Natural de Ses Salines

Top choice in South Ibiza

Encompassing southeastern Ibiza and stretching south across the water to northern Formentera, this 168-sq-km World Heritage–listed nature reserve comprises marshes, sparkling salt pans, sandy cream-coloured beaches and pine-cloaked coastal cliffs. It's a safe haven for 210 species of birds, such as the Audouin's gull, the Balearic shearwater and hot-pink flocks of migrating flamingos (August to October).

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1. Es Cavallet

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3. Platja de Ses Salines

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Arguably Ibiza's best beach, Platja de Ses Salines is a gorgeous sweep of white sand with glass-clear sea, backed by rolling sand dunes, patches of sabina…

4. Ses Salines

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Just south of Ibiza's airport, the shimmering pools of the salines (salt pans) were the island's main source of wealth until the tourism boom. Approaching…

5. Sant Francesc de s'Estany

2.11 MILES

The little village of Sant Francesc de s'Estany, 6km southwest of Ibiza Town and near the airport, was a base for the workers of the surrounding salines …

6. Centre d'Interpretació de Ses Salines

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8. Platja d'en Bossa

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