Cala Salada and Cala Saladeta are two stunning twin coves with crystalline blue water. They are in a closed bay surrounded by pine trees in Ibiza (Spain).
When you get to Cala Salada by car or bus, you’ll arrive at the car park. From there you’ll have to walk a few minutes to get to Cala Salada.
The white house at a distance between the pine trees is the only restaurant of Cala Salada. On the rocks, to the right of the restaurant, you can see the fishermen’s huts built in the rocks.
If you walk on the rocks at the right side of the cove you’ll reach Cala Saladeta. Follow the girls on the pic!
Walking from one to the other cove takes a few minutes. You’ll see more fishermen’s huts on the way.
The view from the walk on the rocks is stunning: a beautiful, inviting bay with crystal clear water. On the left is Cala Salada and on the right, it’s little sister Cala Saladeta.
Many people stay on the rocks between the two coves and jump head first into the water.
You can walk on the rocks to go from one cove to the other. You can also take a path on the mountains at the back of the coves.
This is Cala Saladeta. Cala Salada is in the background, on the left side of the pic.
Cala Saladeta gets crowded early.
If you keep walking and pass Cala Saladeta, you’ll have this view of the cove and the fishermen’s huts.
The path on the mountains offers a spectacular view of the bay and coves.
There are aloe vera, cacti and pine trees along the little path on the mountains at the back of the coves.
A sailboat in the bay of Cala Salada.
Both coves are between cliffs in a mountainous environment. The beautiful bay is protected, making it ideal for swimming.
The only restaurant in this bay is in Cala Salada. It serves a variety of dishes including rice, fish and traditional Spanish food.
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HOW TO GET TO - Cala Salada
Sant Antoni de Portmany is about 4 km from this place to swim (15 minutes by car). There are no other villages nearby. However, there are other places to swim nearby such as Cala Gracioneta (2.2 km), Cala Gració (2.2 km).
Walking Time to Swimming Spot
Drinking Water Spots
USEFUL INFORMATION - Cala Salada
Handy Things to Know
When to Go
Cala Salada has more services and space than Cala Saladeta. Yet both get very crowded in the high season, making it a bit difficult sometimes to be there with children.
There is access for people in wheelchairs. It’s also possible to go into the water with an amphibious wheelchair and special crutches, under the supervision of lifeguards.
It’s forbidden to make fires, litter, and park in non-authorized areas.
Most sun creams contaminate the water, try to apply them well before taking a dip.
(Scientists have discovered that sunscreen releases significant amounts of titanium dioxide, which damages aquatic life).
Things to Do – Cala Salada
Things to Do
In Cala Salada, as in almost all the coves of San Antoni de Portmany, you will enjoy amazing sunsets. At dusk, when the orange light begins to illuminate the small cove, it becomes a magical place.
The Caves at ‘Ses Fontanelles‘ are famous for cave paintings dating back to the Bronze Age. The walk is long, but the views from the cliffs are incredible. The caves are protected by iron bars. Unfortunately, you won’t see many of the cave paintings. Yet, you can climb down the huge stone steps to the sea, where you can swim in complete privacy. Please be careful.
There are natural sea pools but no swimming holes in Ibiza. You’ll have to go to the mountainous mainland in Spain for swimming holes.
The provinces near Ibiza are ALICANTE and VALENCIA. Check these out! Barranco de la Encantada (swimming hole with waterfall), Pou Clar (group of swimming holes) and Algar Waterfalls, close to Benidorm.
Where to Eat
In Cala Salada there is a beach bar (‘chiringuito’) for drinks and ice cream and the ‘Restaurante Cala Salada’. You can eat on the terrace, near the beach. It is also an ideal place to enjoy the sunset.
You can also have your own picnic in the cove or in the shade of the pine forests.
Cala Salada is in the middle of nature so fortunately there are no large hotels close to it. The easiest is to find accommodation in the closest urban area (Sant Antoni de Portmany).
The coves, although they are small in size, combine several areas of sand, gravel and rocks.
Cala Salada is about 200 m long in its sandy part and is 5-30 m wide, depending on the tides.
Cala Saladeta is about 80 m long and 25 m wide.
Sand and rocks on the sides. Cala Salada also has pebbles when you enter the waters.
Maximum Water Depth
Deeper than 2 m when you enter a bit in the water.
Minimum Swimming Level
The closed bay protects the coves from large waves and currents. The calm waters are ideal for swimming. Yet, you should always still be careful.
The coves have sunshine most of the day. Its orientation is West-Southwest.
Cala Saladeta is under the shadow of a nearby promontory in the late afternoon.
How Clean is the Swimming Spot?
There is great visibility (around 15m). You might see different kinds of fish. Along the rocks, you’ll see snails, urchins, etc.
The water of Cala Saladeta is crystal clear turquoise. Cala Salada has a greener tone.
How Clean is the Water?
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