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Ses Salines is a municipality in the southern region of Majorca, which has the benefit of being quieter than some of the more popular resorts on the island. This hidden gem contains some of the best beaches on the island and a rich history.
Next to the main fishing port in the area, Colònia de Sant Jordi, you will find one of the best beaches in Ses Salines. Sa Platja des Port has a beautiful beach and is a great location for water sports. Here you can indulge in sailing and snorkelling to make the most of the wonderfully clear waters and exotic sea life. If you prefer a more relaxed beach, you can visit Es Carbo and Ses Roquetes where you can relax on the beach, taking in the fantastic views of the island of Cabrera.
As well as the modern attractions, Ses Salines has a rich history to discover. The salt flats that can be found throughout Majorca are a major feature in this area. For thousands of years, these have been used for trade. The salt flats in Ses Salines are the oldest on the island and give this region its name, from the term 'saline'. During the month of August, salt is still gathered from this region with traditional methods that have been used since 6 BC.
The area of Ses Salines also houses some of Mallorcas famous talaiots, Bronze Age megaliths which date back to the first millennium BC. Some are thought to have provided a defensive structure whilst the purpose and use of others are not clearly understood.
A trip to Mallorca wouldn't be the same if you missed the local Fiesta. The Fiesta at Colonia de Sant Jordi is held the first Sunday in August every year.
The event really starts on the Friday evening, and continues until the very early hours of Sunday morning. However, in addition to this the full fiesta
and events calendar for the municpality is:
The Fiesta of Sant Antoni held on 17th January,
The Fiesta of Sant Jordi on the 23rd April,
The "Fira-Espectacle del Primer de Maig" on 1st May, and
The Fiesta of Sant Bartomeu in Ses Salines on the 24th August
If you have access to a car, certainly worth a visit is the Botanicactus garden. Not only is this the largest botanical garden in Europe, covering an area
of 150,000 m2, it also has the largest navigable lake in the Balearic Islands. Once inside you’ll find a collection of over than 1,000 types of plants ranging
from the common Majorcan cactus, to a 300 year old specimen of the "Carnegie Giant" cactus from Arizona. The Botanicactus is open every day of the
year from around 9:00am to dusk and entrance to the park is quite reasonable at around £4.00 each for adults. Contact details are:
Telephone: +34 971 649 494
Fax: +34 971 649 479
Web site: www.botanicactus.com
A small local produce market is held in Ses Salines every Thursday morning and then again the following afternoon at nearby Colonia Sant Jordi. However, the same traders tend as a rule to attend both markets, so the variety and range of stalls does tend to be somewhat limited.
The original fishing harbour at nearby Colonia Sant Jordi still exists, and if you can get there early enough, at 9.30am everyday a small ferry sails for the short trip over to the island of Cabrera. This tiny rocky island, whose name translates into English as "Goat Island", measures only 4 miles x 3 miles, was designated a National Park in 1991.
As a result, there is absolutely no commercial development, not even a restaurant to grab a bite of lunch. The island of Cabrera does however have a very colourful history. It was once a haven for pirates and even served as a prisoner of war camp during the Napoleonic Wars. You can also visit the island with your own yacht, but you'll need to obtain prior permission. Only 50 boats are allowed in the harbour per day, and this is the only legal mooring place.
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