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Flamingoes in Ses Salines Natural Park in Ibiza

Meet the most remarkable bird of the park

The Ses Salines Natural Park in the south of Ibiza is a must-visit destination for the whole family. Home to unique flora and fauna, it carries much esthetic and historical value. For hundreds of years, it has been the site of salt production, which formed an exceptional scenery where plenty of birds nest during migrations. This magical place has been operating as a nature preserve since 1995, covering around 37,066 ac (15,000 ha). Visitors get enchanted by the vibrant colors of the pools: emerald, pink, purple, and turquoise. The colors reveal themselves due to the various phases of salt evaporation.

Among the main attractions of Ses Salines Natural Park are the nesting birds. The flamingo or 'flamenco' in Spanish is the most popular species in the park. Hundreds of these delicate long-legged birds head to Ibiza between July and October. It is also possible to spot flamingoes during winter, from February through May. So pack your binoculars and recharge your cameras. This unbelievable show shouldn't be forgotten.

Practical info

When is the best time to visit Ses Salines Natural Park to see flamingoes?

The recommended time to see flamingoes at Ses Salines Natural Park is between July and October. Alternatively, flamingoes can also be spotted from February to May during the quieter winter months. To increase the chance of seeing these colorful birds, it is better to visit the park during the early hours of the morning when the lighting is ideal and the animals are more active. Show more

Where exactly in Ibiza can I find Ses Salines Natural Park?

Ses Salines Natural Park is situated in the south of Ibiza, an area that covers an expansive 37,066 acres (15,000 ha). The park runs along the coastline between Sant Jordi and Ses Salines town. Visitors can reach the park by driving, it is about 10 km from Ibiza town and 5 km from the airport. Guided tours and public transportation are additional options for tourists planning to visit Ses Salines Natural Park. Show more

What other bird species can be found in the park besides flamingoes?

Apart from flamingoes, Ses Salines Natural Park accommodates a wide range of seabirds, for example, Balearic shearwaters, Audouin's gulls, and Ospreys. Additionally, various types of shorebirds, cattle egrets, and little egrets can also be seen. Ses Salines Natural Park is home to diverse animals such as mammals, amphibians, and reptiles. Bird watchers will undoubtedly appreciate this location. Show more

Is there an admission fee to enter Ses Salines Natural Park?

There are no entry fees to access Ses Salines Natural Park. Visitors must follow all the regulations and stay on the designated pathways while in the park to keep the park safe. Proper footwear, protection from the sun, and enough drinking water are highly recommended for visitors to ensure their experience in exploring the park remains trouble-free. Show more

Apart from birdwatching, what other activities can visitors do in Ses Salines Natural Park?

Ses Salines Natural Park is not just known for its birdwatching, but also its Roman salt production process. Visitors can learn about the salt production process as well as exploring the park’s hiking trails, which offer beautiful scenery, natural habitats, and a chance to observe wildlife. Es Codolar and Es Cavallet, two quiet beaches with clear waters, are situated near the park, offering visitors the additional opportunity to relax and unwind. Show more

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