Cala Salada and Cala Saladeta, two marine jewels in Ibiza
n its compact and varied landscape, the island of Ibiza boasts a wide range of scenery, from mountains covered with thick pine forests to imposing cliffs, valleys and wide plains of Mediterranean crops. However, there is one aspect of the landscape that has always captivated the visitor above all others: the coast. Ibiza’s coastline has beaches and other features of outstanding beauty that attract thousands of travellers and residents year after year. And it is in this category where two beaches stand out: Cala Salada and Cala Saladeta, two marine jewels of Ibiza.
The two coves are very close to each other, connected by a track and a footpath along a short stretch of low cliffs. About four kilometres north of Sant Antoni, the exceptional beauty of the spot where they are located has made them a very popular destination. Given that access by car is restricted in summer, we recommend using two comfortable means of public transport to reach them: boat or bus. Boats depart from the port of Sant Antoni to the cove on a route that also offers beautiful views of the coast of Sant Antoni. If you choose to go by bus, you can use the line that runs from the Sant Antoni bus station to the beach itself, with a stop in the Can Coix area, where there is a P+R car park to discourage people from driving closer to the beach.
The normal place of arrival is Cala Salada, along the main access road, which faces the sea. As you get closer, you will see that the shore is made up of sand and small pebbles. On the left, there are several boathouses which, lined up one beside the other, form a very typical feature of this stretch of coastline. In front of them, there are small hand-built jetties where the boats are moored and which serve as improvised sundecks for many bathers.
On the left, you will also see the only restaurant on the beach, a family establishment that serves typical local dishes, especially those consisting of rice, fresh fish and seafood. When it comes to bathing, the seabed varies, with some sandy sections and others where rocks and Posidonia seagrass combine to form an underwater carpet full of life and natural beauty. And if you look towards the horizon, you will see the silhouette of the tiny island of Sa Conillera. If you wait until dusk, you can admire the spectacular sunsets of Cala Salada; an unforgettable experience.
If you look to the right, you will see Cala Salada’s little sister, Cala Saladeta, nestled in a recess on the coast. To reach it, you can follow a path that runs along the cliff that separates the two sandy areas. The route offers paradisiacal views in which the white sand and turquoise waters are the prominent features. After walking just 200 metres you will reach Cala Saladeta, which is about 60 or 70 metres long. Protected by the forest that surrounds it and flanked by medium height cliffs, the cove is sheltered from the wind and faces south, making it an ideal spot to visit.
It has no tourist services, so it is always advisable to take water and your own beach umbrella to enjoy the day to the full. It has a sandy seabed and crystal-clear waters, in the purest Caribbean style.
Cala Salada and Cala Saladeta are also features of interesting routes for hikers and nature lovers. The route that starts from Caló des Moro, for example, offers a 12 km hike that will take you to such important landmarks as Cala Gració and Cala Gracioneta, passing by the viewpoints of Cap Negret and Punta Galera, as well as Cala Salada itself. This is also the starting point for another highly recommended outing, the Ses Fontanelles trail. The path is signposted at the last bend in the access road to Cala Salada and will take you to the site of Sa Cova des Vi, which contains the only cave paintings in Ibiza, and which also offers the hiker breath-taking views of the coast of Ibiza.