PARC NATURAL DE SES SALINES D’EIVISSA I FORMENTERA

Located between the two Pitiüses islands, the Ses Salines d’Eivissa i Formentera Natural Park, along with the adjacent marine and land reserves, sprawls from the south of Eivissa to the north of Formentera. The Park also covers the channel that separates the two islands, with a land area of some 2752.5 hectares (1,776.3 of which belong to the park and 106.8 to the nature reserve) and an aquatic area of 14,028 hectares (13,611 of which correspond to the park and 416.9 to the nature reserve).

The Ses Salines d’Eivissa i Formentera Natural Park is a prime example of the Mediterranean’s rich biodiversity. The uniqueness of this park resides in the fact that it is a rest area and a nesting ground for countless birds, along their migratory paths. As a Natural Area of Special Interest, the park includes a diverse range of land and marine habitats of vast international ecological, landscape, historical and cultural value.

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Since the 1970's, many efforts have been made to protect Ses Salines through legislation. All of those efforts were further promoted by the constant demand of the local people for the respect and protection of one of the most important natural sites in the Islands. The declaration as a Natural Area of Special Interest in 1991 covered much of the park’s area, and by virtue of State Law 26/1995, of 31 July, Ses Salines became a Nature Reserve.

Finally, through Law 17/2001, of 19 December, on the Environmental Protection of Ses Salines d’Eivissa i Formentera, the entire area was declared a Natural Park and the Government of the Balearic Islands undertook its management and administration.

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The following list includes some of the activities that require prior authorisation:

  • Research projects.
  • Scuba diving.
  • Filming and photography sessions.
  • Building fires.

Activities and uses that are incompatible with the park’s conservation are not permitted. These particularly include:

  • The circulation of jet skis.
  • Underwater fishing.
  • Bathing and use of the clay from S’Espalmador lagoon.
  • Public use of the islets and rocky outcrops and therefore disembarking in and entering these areas.
  • The removal or collection of land or sea flora and fauna.
  • Entry to or use of the ponds or salt marsh area, beyond duly authorised visits or activities.
  • Overnight stays, whether camping outdoors or in trailers.
  • Any type of motorised circulation off the roads and marked paths.
  • Walking on the dune systems or habitats of interest, beyond the footpaths or marked paths and roads

To notify or request authorisation for such activities, please contact the Regional Ministry of the Environment: Conselleria d'Agricultura, Medi Ambient i Territori. c/ Murcia, 6, 07800 Eivissa or Gremi de Corredors 10. Polígon de Son Rossinyol, 07009 Palma

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Located between the two Pitiüses Islands, sprawls from the south of Eivissa to the north of Formentera, and covers the channel that separates the two islands.

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On land, the natural park boasts a magnificent representation of most of the existing plant formations in the Pitiüses Islands, with some 178 different species in all. These include Mediterranean pine groves, coastal savin groves, glasswort beds and the halophilic plants that surround the ponds, the dune systems and the coastal plants found along the cliffs.

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The sea accounts for approximately 85% of the park’s area and is characterised by the ecological importance of its underwater Posidonia oceanica beds. This marine plant, which is exclusive to our sea, ensures the continued survival of the fish populations and other sea life. Moreover, it oxygenates the waters, keeping them clean and clear, while sheltering the beaches from the erosive effects of the waves and maintaining the natural dynamics of the dune systems.

The best-conserved Posidonia prairies in the entire Mediterranean, these seaweed beds are protected by the Directive on Habitats (92/43/EEC) and have been declared World Heritage by UNESCO (1999).

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Some 210 bird species have been catalogued in the natural park. Particularly worthy of note are the aquatic bird populations, including the flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus), the black-winged stilt (Himantopus himantopus), the shelduck (Tadorna tadorna), the Kentish plover (Charadrius alexandrinus), and seafaring birds such as the Audouin’s gull (Larus audouinii) and the Balearic shearwater (Puffinus mauretanicus). The lagoon, Estany Pudent de Formentera, boasts one of the largest communities of the black-necked grebe (Podiceps nigricollis) in Europe.

Other animal species worthy of note in the park’s land areas include the Eivissa wall lizard (Podarcis pityusensis), which is endemic to these islands and appears on the other islets in different subspecies; the large garden dormouse (Elyomis quercinus ophiusae) on Formentera; and many different endemic beetle and snail species.

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People who are unable to access the area due to any physical or mental difficulties, can request to do the routes in a Jöelette chair. For more information see leaflet www.caib.es

To choose between the itineraries on offer, you can contact the Estate Information Point, they will suggest various options. (Contact phone number for the park: 971 17 76 88. Ext. 3)

To set a date for a visit, please contact the Red Cross volunteers, at least three weeks beforehand. (Red Cross helpline telephone number 971295000, 24hrs).

The visit can be set as long as there are volunteers available.

The loan of the chair is totally free.

The Project is fully financed by “La Obra Social de La Caixa”.

What are Jöelette chairs?
They are a kind of all-terrain chair with just one wheel that allow people with reduced mobility to take part in excursions over rough terrain with the help of three or more people to lead the chair.

Protected natural areas made more accessible
The protected natural areas in the Balearic Islands offer many opportunities for us to enjoy nature, but access to them is impossible, in many cases, for people with reduced mobility.
Now, the Jöelette chairs will allow people with reduced mobility to have first-hand contact with nature.

An offer of 12 chairs.
We have 12 Jöelette chairs that can be used in the protected natural areas of the Balearic Islands: eight chairs in Majorca, two in Minorca, and one in Ibiza and another in Formentera.
And a group of volunteers has been formed to lead the chairs.
Who can go on an excursion in a Joëlette chair?
Any person, whether resident of the Islands or not, who cannot access the natural areas due to physical or mental difficulties can request an excursion in a Joëlette chair in the protected natural spaces of the Balearic Islands.
The use of the Joëlette chairs is limited to people who weigh under 120kg.

What itineraries can be done?
The protected natural spaces of the Balearic Islands offer a wide selection of routes. Check which one is best both for its features and difficulty level as well as for the time of year. The staff of the protected natural spaces can give you extensive information in this regards.

Requests
In Majorca: Tel. 971 29 50 00 (24h), Red Cross in the Balearic Islands.
In Minorca: Tel. 971 17 77 05 from 9am to 2pm Monday to Friday.
In Ibiza and Formentera: tel. 971 17 76 88 from 9 am to 2pm Monday to Friday.
The request must be made at least three weeks before.
Depending on the availability of the volunteers a date will be set for the excursion.
If you have a team of people trained in driving Joëlette chairs, the availability of the chair/s will be confirmed when you put in the request.
Education centres that book activities from those offered as educational resources by the natural protected areas can request the chairs, making a note in the inscription form of how many they will need.
The use of the Joëlette chair is subject to availability of the drivers.
The loan of the chair is totally free.

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  • Camí de l'estany des Peix
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  • Camí de sa Guia - es Trucadors
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  • Camí des Brolls
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  • Can Marroig - Torre de la Gavina

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Camí de l'estany des Peix

Dificultad:Low
Distancia:3 km
Duración:35 min

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This itinerary lets you enjoy a coastal route around the Estany des Peix, a semi-enclosed natural bay offering different habitats and a multitude of species that are very representative of the natural park. It can be done on foot as well as by bike. The itinerary runs along a well-signposted trail called Camí de S’Estany. The itinerary begins by the coast, where the camp is, and continues around the entire Estany des Peix. You skirt around it until you get to a dirt trail that will take you to the end of the hike.

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Estany des Peix

You follow the perimeter of the Estany des Peix along the entire walk. The Estany des Peix is a semi-enclosed natural bay still connected to the sea through a pass known as Sa Boca (the mouth). This canal lets the water inside the bay renew itself with seawater and also lets small boats in for shelter. The shallow water inside the pass makes it impossible for larger vessels to enter. It has been used as a shelter for a long time and figures in the chronicles of Archduke Ludwig Salvator of Austria, who described this custom on Formentera. Evidence of human activities in the area is not limited to the marine environment; along the Estany des Peix are fields and rural houses. The roads leading in to the estates are lined with high, characteristic dry stone walls that give the area a very special look.

A variety of environments

Without doubt the most representative environments in this area are the marine and coastal areas. The submerged part of Estany des Peix is characterised by a symbiosis between a green algae (Caulerpa profilera) and a kind of seagrass (Cymodocea nodosa). Around the entrance canal, Sa Boca, there is a posidonia meadow (Posidonia oceanica) growing at sea level. The ecosystems you encounter on the walk are alternating sandy beaches and small rocky inlets. The different morphologies along the coast allow for a variety of plant communities to grow. In areas that are often submerged in salty water you see salicornia and reed. Further on there is a large coastal juniper wood. And all along the hike you come across different species of the sea-lavender genus (Limonium sp.), some of them endemic to Formentera. Following the itinerary you come to a small corner where there are some fishermen’s huts among the junipers, just by the water. They are simple wooden structures with roofs made of palm fronds and other plant material that were used to guard and protect boats as well as fishing equipment. Using the Estany des Peix as a natural port for many years has given it a rather special character, very connected to boats and fishing culture. There are many small boats anchored in the water and you come across fishermen’s huts still in use near La Savina, at the end of S’Estreterol de Sa Boca and so on.

Estanyets de Can Marroig

Following the trail and after the stretch that is furthest from the sea you arrive at an area known as Estanyets. Together with the arm that separates the Estany des Peix from the sea, this group of small ponds is known as Ses Bassetes and they have a history connected with salt production. It is considered to be the oldest salt production site on Formentera and dates back to Roman time. The area is basically made up of two larger lagoons separated by the dirt trail that you are walking along. There is also a series of separating dikes with halophile vegetation (salicornia for example). The characteristics of the separating dikes, their vegetation and the small sandy and muddy beaches around the lagoons make this an important place for many water birds to breed, feed and rest. Among them the nesting Kentish plover (Charadrius alexandrinus), the black-winged stilt (Himantopus himantopus) and the common shelduck (Tadorna tadorna) that come here to feed. The latter two species breed on Formentera but they only come to the Estanyets area to rest and feed. Among other habitual visitors are the little egret (Egretta garzetta), the grey heron (Ardea cinerea), the sandwich tern (Sterna sandvicensis), the European shag (Phalacrocorax aristotelis) and the great black cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo). Once you have walked past the Estanyets and Can Marroig areas, walking across a parking area, you come to a wooden walkway that takes you through a very well preserved juniper forest that stretches all the way to the coast. This area is known as Es Caló de S’Oli. It is an open bay from where you can see the port in La Sabina, a part of Illetes up to Pas de Trucadors and, where the view disappears towards S’Espalmador, the island of Ibiza. The area is characterised by a low, rocky coastline that is well protected from eastern and western storms. From the finishing point of this hike you can see another group of fishermen’s’ huts located along this stretch of coast, leading up to the point Sa Pedrera de Can Marroig. The underwater area near the coast hosts an extensive and spectacular posidonia meadow (Posidonia oceanica). Towards the end of summer or beginning of autumn the plant starts to lose its leaves and large amounts of residue piles up on the beaches. The leaves are transported by the wind and actually help many plants near the water to survive, as this is practically the only organic contribution they get. These plants are highly adapted to the difficult conditions presented along rocky coastlines such as this and cope well with elevated salt levels and a lack of water. One of these species is the Silene cambessedesii, a delicate-looking plant native to Ibiza, Formentera and the eastern coast of the Spanish peninsula. Further back from the water you see a different kind of vegetation, dominated by a subspecies of juniper (Juniperus phoenicea subsp. turbinate). The coastal juniper woodlands in this part of the Formentor coast are well preserved and full of interesting species.

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Camí de sa Guia - es Trucadors

Dificultad:Low
Distancia:3,5 km
Duración:70 min

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Starting from La Savina village, this itinerary will let you walk along the old salt train tracks and then continue along the sand dunes until you reach the Es Trucadors pass.
The trail is flat. It can be covered on foot as well as by bike (apart from the last stretch that can only be done on foot). Remember that during the summer months it is better to do this walk first thing in the morning or at sunset, since it will be very hot and many parts of the trail are completely without shade.

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Camí de sa Guia 

Leaving the port of La Savina, next to the fishermen's wharf, we find a small ramp that goes up to a dirt road, the Sa Guia road. At this point our itinerary begins. We are facing a long linear path. From this first somewhat higher point we will be able to enjoy, on the one hand, a good view of the Estany Pudent and, on the other, of the sea and the panoramic view of Es Cavall d'en Borràs beach.

The salt industry was in operation on the island of Formentera until the early 1980s. The Estany Pudent played a fundamental role in the process, since it acted as a large pre-concentration pond for salt, from where the water passed to the D 'salt flats. in Ferrer i D'en Marroig.

Along this route we will be able to contemplate numerous structures related to the former salt mine of Formentera, such as the old guafes, large deposits made with dry stone walls where salt was stored. Also Sa Sèquia, an artificial canal from the 19th century that the Church ordered to open in order to prevent the appearance of diseases due to stagnant waters. The existing canal today corresponds to the second opening that was built, since the first was closed with the construction of a nursery to keep the fishing of the Estany Pudent alive. You can still see the structure of this nursery at the entrance to Sa Sêquia.

Past sa Sèquia, the path runs between a littoral juniper on a well-preserved dune system and the first coastline. This part of the coast has an alternation of small rock coves with sandy beaches. In the coves we can see large piles of posidonia remains that the sea removes during storms. These remains have several fundamental roles in the maintenance and balance of the communities present in this area: on the one hand, they protect the coast from possible storms, and on the other they are almost the only contribution of organic matter that the plants of the dunes will receive. .

The journey continues along the old Sa Guía road, where the salt flats train transported salt from the salt ponds to La Savina port.

Salinas D'en Marroig

It is a group of salt ponds arranged in an elongated way from south to north. They are connected to the Estany Pudent in the southernmost part, and with the crystallizing ponds in the part closest to the Molí de sa Sal (to the north). From the road we can see the runoff channel and the circumvallator channel that surrounds them. the first had the function of trying to avoid the mixing of fresh waters with those of the pond. the second channel transported the waters with high concentrations of salt to the desired ponds at all times.In addition to the heritage and ethnographic interest, this area is also of great importance from the point of view of conservation. The abandonment of the ponds has allowed the precipitation of different types of salt (magnesium salt, gypsum, etc.) that have given rise to a series of highly relevant and exclusive plant communities, dominated by different species of the genus Limonium . It is also a breeding area for the plover plover (Charadrius alexandrinus) and the white jar (Tadorna tadorna). Other species also come to this area to feed and rest.The route passes by the Marés well, which in addition to drinking water supplied the locomotives of the salt train and ends near the salt mill, also known as the Cargador mill. In the early stages of the salt flats this structure consisted of a windmill to grind the salt. Next to it was a square where the salt was piled up and a warehouse to store it. In those days, the loading of the ships was also done from this point of the coast, to which only small boats could reach. Later, the place to grind salt and load it onto the ships was moved to the port of La Savina.

Ses Illetes

Once past the Molí de sa Sal we enter the area known as Ses Illetes. It is a series of small beaches with very white sand and transparent and clean waters, with a representative and well-preserved dune system.The first line of the dune system is represented by a progression of halophilic plants, among which the pinwheel (Silene cambessedesii), the sea thistle (Eryngium maritimum), the sea caterpillar (Cakile maritima), the greater bindweed or sea cabbage ( Calistegia soldanella) and Barrel (Ammophila arenaria). In the second line of the dune cord we find a littoral juniper on a very well consolidated dune.Along with all these natural values ​​of the first order, ethnographic elements continue to appear. On the beach of Ses Xalanes there is a well built with stone without mortar from which fresh water formerly flowed. This fact was well known and highly appreciated by the people of the sea. In fact, there are appointments of sailors from the 18th century who traveled from other places in the Balearic Islands to catch water at this point.The plant communities of this entire coastline are one of the most important natural values ​​in the area. The juniper (Juniperus phoenicea turbinata) has a fundamental role: it dominates the coastal forest formations and enables the settlement of small passerines, such as the endemic Balearic warbler (Sylvia balearica).The path continues along the beach of N'Adolf, much longer than the previous one and also of fine white sand, and with an important dune system. At the northern end of the beach is Puig de n'Adolf, a small rocky promontory from where we can enjoy spectacular views of the entire stretch we have traveled, the Es Trucadors peninsula, Es Freus and the island of Eivissa . One of the peculiarities that most surprises visitors who come here is being able to contemplate the sea on both sides of the mountain, Poniente and Levante.When we have already come down from the mountain, the path continues along the narrow Es Trucadors peninsula. During this section we can enjoy the fact of having the sea very close to both sides. Again, an alternation of white sand beaches and small rocky coves will accompany us for much of the journey. Finally we will arrive at the Es Trucadors pass. It is a narrow strip of shallow sea, but with strong currents, that separates the island of Formentera from S'Espalmador.
Note: visitors must be warned that it is FORBIDDEN to try to reach S'Espalmador through the Es Trucadors pass, since the area is subject to strong currents that can be very dangerous.

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Camí des Brolls

Dificultad:Low
Distancia:4 km
Duración:70 min

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Skirting the edge of the Estany Pudent we have the chance to enjoy the different areas associated with this coastal lagoon and to observe part of the remaining structure of the old salt industry in Formentera. The route starts next to the urban nucleus la Savina, on the lane signposted as Camí dels Brolls. From here we can already see the Ferrer salt flats. The path is flat. It can be done on foot as well as by bike. The itinerary is very easy to follow along a well-indicated path.

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Estany Pudent

Estany Pudent is a large coastal lagoon with an area of 3.5 km2. It only has one artificial channel to the sea — Sa Sèquia — located at its northern end. The Church ordered the construction of the canal during the 19th century to avoid illnesses caused by the stagnant water. The large size of the lagoon combined with the small connection to the sea makes the water very still. The salt content varies during the year, but the water is on average three times saltier than the sea. This means that the animals and plants you see along the way are highly adapted to these harsh conditions. The salt industry, present on Formentera until the 1980s, took advantage of the lagoon’s characteristics and used it as a pre-concentration pool. The hypersaline water was later conducted to the salt concentrating pools at Ferrer and Marroig. In order to optimise the Estany Pudent for salt production its coastal border was adapted it is surrounded by a wall separating it from a canal known as circumval•lador (circular), which functioned both as a channel and a concentrator.

Es Brolls

The landscape along the first part of the trail has been very humanised and there are many examples of hypersaline environments dominated by salicornia and other plant communities. Along the furthest edge of the lagoon you can see well-preserved juniper woodland. Keep following the trail to arrive at an area where the salicornia yields to a plant community more common near fresh water, with reed (Phragmites australis), cattail (Typha angustifolia) and giant cane (Arundo donax). They owe their presence to fresh water springs — brolls in Catalan and hence the name Camí des Brolls. This water, together with rainwater, is collected in a runoff canal that surrounds Estany Pudent and eventually runs into the sea (at the La Savina port and the Estany des Peix). The canal was built to stop fresh water from lowering the salt content in the water used for salt production. Other vegetation in the area includes spiny rush (Juncus acutus), Scirpus nigricans, Phoenician juniper (Juniperus phoenicea), mastic (Pistacea lentiscus) and other species of the genus Limonium. The irregular conditions have allowed a very different community of sea birds to get established here, compared to the rest of the Estany Pudent. The runoff canal that leads past the Brolls is the only place on Formentera where the common moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) and the mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) breed. The sides of the canal also offer a good habitat for species that are more common in salt-water environments, such as the common shelduck (Tadorna tadorna). The walk continues along the main track around Estany Pudent. Once past the first area with fresh-water springs you come to a second spring, also characterised by vegetation normally found in marshlands and not saltwater areas. Near here are a series of transitional environments that are essential for many animal communities. The lands fill an important function as breeding grounds for species such as the Kentish plover (Charadrius alexandrinus), the common shelduck and the black-winged stilt (Himantopus himantopus). They use the walls of the structure to lay their eggs and filtering and sediments have even created little beaches where they can feed. At this southern end of Estany Pudent the sides are very wide and so large areas are subject to flooding. A scattering of puddles and halophile vegetation fill a landscape dominated by salicornia and reed. During winter the area is full of water and many birds use it to rest and feed, but in summer it becomes very dry with a distinct lack of water. The ornithological significance of Estany Pudent does not only lie in the presence of various breeding bird species. Every year migratory birds arrive to Formentera to spend the winter here, which is what makes this area so important. Noteworthy among those species is a large concentration of eared grebes (Podiceps nigricollis) wintering near the waters of Estany Pudent. Members of this species begin to arrive during summer, when their breeding season in more northern parts of Europe has finished. Their numbers get bigger and bigger and towards the beginning of winter there can be thousands. They stay all winter and in spring they start to leave, heading back to their breeding grounds again. The trail skirts the Estany and starts getting near the Es Pujols area. Small salt cedars, or tamarisks (Tamarix sp.) grow along this final stretch and also in patches along the entire walk. They are essential in their function as protective screens, giving nesting and migratory birds in the area somewhere to hide. They also extend the diversity of biotopes in the area and allow for the presence of passerine birds near the lagoon. Towards the last part of the trail you again see more signs of human presence. You are now near the village Els Pujols.

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Can Marroig - Torre de la Gavina

Dificultad:Low
Distancia:3,5 km
Duración:1 h

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- Part of the itinerary runs in a loop.
- The path is flat.
- Minimum duration is one hour.
- This itinerary can be undertaken on foot, or by bike.
- The trail is easy to follow and well signposted.

From the Can Marroig houses to the coast, this itinerary uncovers the diversity and natural assets of this public estate. The large Can Marroig houses dominate the plain at the lower part of Porto Saler and serve as starting point for this itinerary. Can Marroig is a main house with a large storehouse and two floors: an upper floor for the owners — originally the Mallorcan Marroig family, and later a family from Ibiza — and a lower floor for the staff. The Can Marroig public estate, approximately 149 hectares, offers a mosaic of various ecosystems and environments, many of them the result of earlier human interaction with the landscape surrounding the houses.

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Crop fields

Just in front of the house and walking past the visitor reception centre, take a path that runs through old crop fields with the original plant cover in various states of recovery. In the area between the juniper wood (Juniperus phoenicea) and the crop fields you come across the old threshing floor that used to be surrounded by haystacks. On the fields themselves, arvensic and ruderal plants predominate, species that are closely linked to human activity. In the midst of these plants junipers are trying to regain their old territory and you can see stands of different sizes scattered among the fields. In the beginning settlers on Formentera practised dryland farming, which got more and more intense. At the Can Marroig estate the main crops were cereals, vines and fig trees. Along the trail are traces of an agricultural and cattle-rearing past. In the middle of a large field you can still see a water wheel structure used to pump water and next to it a big water tank. A canal was constructed from the tank to distribute water through the fields of nearly the entire estate. A few metres from the water wheel you can see the remains of an old windmill, also used for pumping water: the Molí Petit de Can Marroig (small windmill), which retains parts of its shaft and sails. The path continues through the expanse of fields around the estate; they are not in use but still play a very fundamental role as recuperating ecosystems essential to many kinds of steparian birds. Examples are the sky lark (Alauda arvensis), the Thekla lark (Galerida teklae) and the stone-curlew (Burhinus oedicnemus). You also come across other objects related to the estate’s agricultural past. Next to the trail there is the Molí Gros (big windmill), excavated in calcareous sandstone as part of a complex irrigation system together with another large water tank. This windmill has lost the entire shaft and wing structure and the tower — due to the nature of sandstone — is in a very bad state of conservation. Only a few metres from the Molí Gros, to the right of the trail and in a more forested area, are the remains of a small shed that was used to store tools. More recently it has also been used as a pigpen. Along this part of the walk vegetation becomes much more forested and for a long stretch of the itinerary you hike through a more protected and shady area thanks to the expanse of pine forest that covers a large part of the public estate. The changing environments and ecosystems on show at Can Marroig is one of its appeals and a great natural asset. As mentioned previously, the areas nearer the houses are characterised by ruderal and arvensic vegetation on the abandoned crop fields. But it is pine and juniper that dominate the forest at Can Marroig: pine trees further inside the forest and juniper woodland towards the estate’s coastal areas. Another specific community of plants you will find inside this nature reserve is made up of aromatic plants like rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) and thyme (Thymus vulgaris)

Coastal area

Continue through the pine wood and exit into an open area where vegetation changes radically. You are now on a great plain full of stones with the typical vegetation you find on coastal cliffs. There are small junipers here shaped by salty winds from the sea, but also other species such as sea lavender (Limonium spp.) and shrubby everlasting (Helichrysum stoechas), dotting the vast expanse of rock with small pinpricks of colour. From here you can see the silhouette of the Torre de Sa Gavina (tower) from the 18th century, built between 1762 and 1763. It was an active defence element, even if evidence suggests it was never equipped with artillery. The tower had visual contact with the towers Sa Guardiola (S’Espalmador), Punta Prima (Es Pujols) and Punta de Ses Portes (Ibiza). The structure is that of a standardised second-class tower, eight metres high, outside diameter twelve meters and inside diameter seven metres. The dry stone wall that rises up next to the tower is the border of the Castell estate, so once you have had a little rest and enjoyed the view from the rocky coastline, it is time to start heading back. On the return you will walk along the coastal part of the Can Marroig estate. The trail runs over stony ground near the sea cliffs that rise between five and eight meters above sea level. It will also take you near Racó des Banc: a shelter for small boats and one of the few usable access points — from sea as well as land — to this north-western part of the island. Practically the entire coastal stretch of the Can Marroig nature reserve is pockmarked by small sandstone quarries. At one time public or private sandstone quarrying became very prevalent and this expanse of hollows and mounds were created as a result of extraction and accumulation. Many of the hollows are now inhabited by junipers that play a fundamental role stabilising and retaining sediments. To avoid this maze of hollows and hills the trail veers more towards the interior. Soon you enter the woods and again pine trees start dominating the landscape. Now you are near the end of the excursion and the Can Marroig houses are close by.

PARC NATURAL DE SES SALINES D’EIVISSA I FORMENTERA

Centre d'Interpretació de Sant Francesc (Eivissa)

What's in the center?

The Sant Francesc Interpretation Center is the ideal place to get to know the values of the Ses Salines d'Eivissa i Formentera Natural Park. Immersed within the Natural Park itself, it is part of the outbuildings of the church of Sant Francesc de s’Estany, in the municipality of Sant Josep de sa Talaia.
Visitors will be able to discover an exhibition dedicated to salt, with modern images and ancient tools used for the extraction of the precious white gold. Also of the day-to-day work of an industry currently mechanized, but which for many generations was done manually. There were men and their strength those in charge of bringing the salt to our homes and beyond our borders. Even today, much of the annual production is destined for the countries of northern Europe to salt the cod. To conclude the visit you will be able to see a magnificent audiovisual projection in which, without moving from your seat, you will have the opportunity to enjoy all the beauty of the Park and its natural and landscape values, including the most inaccessible, those of our marine environment.

What can they tell me?

The Interpretation Center offers visitors all the information they need about the Natural Park: environmental values, itineraries, permits, restrictions, agenda of activities, routes and guided tours of the center, educational possibilities...

Services

- The Center is adapted for people with reduced mobility.
- It has bathrooms
- It does not have a service area.
- Public parking.

Entry and schedule

Admission is free.
Currently and until further notice, the centre remains closed. Sorry for the inconvenience.

More information

Park Office in Eivissa:
C/ Murcia, 6 - 07800, Eivissa.
Telephone 971 17 76 88 Ext. 3 and 4. Fax 971 394795.
Office hours: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

PARC NATURAL DE SES SALINES D’EIVISSA I FORMENTERA

Centre d'Interpretació de Can Marroig (Formentera)

What is in the Center?

Can Marroig Interpretation Center is the ideal place to learn about the values ​​of Ses Salines d'Eivissa i Formentra Natural Park. Visitors will be able to discover, through its exhibition, the attractions of a natural park where the oldest Posidonia oceanica meadows, two salt mines, places declared World Heritage by UNESCO and unique endemic species of these islands are found.
The tour of the exhibition will give you the opportunity to test all your senses and knowledge about nature, it will be an unforgettable experience, especially recommended for children.
To conclude the visit, they will be able to enjoy a magnificent audiovisual projection in which, without leaving their seats, they will have the opportunity to enjoy all the beauty of the park and meet its inhabitants, including the most inaccessible: those of our marine environment.

What can they tell me?

The Interpretation Center offers visitors all the information they need about the Natural Park: values, itineraries, permits, restrictions, activities schedule, guided tours and views of the center, educational possibilities... Guided activities must be arranged in advance.

Services

- The Center is adapted for people with reduced mobility.
- It has bathrooms
- It does not have a service area.
- Public parking and recreational area.

Entry and schedule

Admission is free.
Schedule Can Marroig November

More information

Park Office in Eivissa:
C / Murcia, 6 - 07800, Eivissa.
Telephone 971 17 76 88 Ext. 3 and 4. Fax 971 394795.
Office hours: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

PARC NATURAL DE SES SALINES D’EIVISSA I FORMENTERA

(Català) JOCS

(Català) 1- JOCS ESPAIS NATURALS
2- Joc de les tortugues d’Eivissa!
3- JOC VIRTUAL: El robatori de la sal

EVENTS

December 2020
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