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Although being a residential town, and therefore fairly well served by the islands' bus service, it has to be said that using public transport to Ses Salines
from the Son Sant Joan International airport would certainly make for a very long and difficult journey.
So we would therefore suggest that anyone considering a holiday here make provision to either collect a pre-booked hire car from the airport, or be prepared to engage the services of one of the many local taxi drivers awaiting outside of the arrivals hall.
At this point we should mention that as a rule, taxis do not normally carry child seats, so very small children will have to sit on their parents knees for the journey.
If this is a cause for concern, we strongly recommend that you make arrangements for a pre-booked taxi to be waiting for you, and clearly specify at the time of booking that a child seat is needed for the journey.
As with the other destinations on this site, a more detailed version of this route from Palma, complete with links to maps where appropriate, is available from the Route Map link on the left hand frame of this page.
The municipality of Ses Salines has been an important area in terms of the history of Mallorca. The name itself means "source of salt" and there is evidence of occupation in the area as far back as Roman times. The nearby coastal village of La Colònia de Sant Jordi is also home to some of the oldest salt pans in the world, dating back to the 4th Century BC and even today salt is still extracted here in the summer for local use and export.
Of special interest to ornithologists, many of the redundant salt pans in the region now provide a lush and attractive habitat for many species of migrant birds whilst en-route to Africa, including the Fan-tailed Warbler, Thekla Lark and the Red-legged Partridge. Interesting species of wading birds and sea birds are also frequently spotted in the area, making Ses Salines a Mecca for birdwatchers from all over the world.
Due to the beautiful unspoilt landscapes that are found in this area, Ses Salines has been designated an "Area of Special Scenic and Rural Interest", and close by there is a great nature reserve where you can see some wonderful species of birds and plenty of exotic flora and fauna, surrounded by outstanding views of Majorcan countryside.
The town itself is a pleasant place to spend some time, with its long straight Roman built streets and its historical Santanyi sandstone buildings glowing golden in the sun. The hub of the town is undoubtedly the early 20th Century church dedicated to Saint Bartholomew which not only is a local landmark, also provides a reference point to sailors off the south coast of Mallorca.
When you wander through this region, the history of the island is displayed for all to see. This municipality of Majorca contains some Bronze Age structures that date back as far as 9 BC. One of the greatest examples is Talaia Joana, a megalithic structure known as a 'talaiot', or 'talayot'. When these structures first appeared this area was used mainly as farmland, much of which remains unchanged to this day.
The village centre of Ses Salines also contains some wonderful examples of traditional Catalan architecture and most of the buildings here have been built using the beautiful local grey-white stone.
This southern region of Majorca is both unspoilt and incredibly picturesque, making the Ses Salines region a perfect place to visit, with excellent historic and modern attractions and some of most unspoilt beaches that you would find anywhere in the Balearics.
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