Cala Salada

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Cala Salada

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).

Cala Salada is a cove of sand and gravel surrounded by forest surrounded by nature, 4 km from Sant Antoni. To the left of the cove, there is a family restaurant and old fishermen houses. They store small boats and fishing utensils in them. You can reach Salada via narrow, winding roads characteristic of this part of the island. Rocky headlands frame Cala Salada and its little sister Cala Saladeta. They are often mistaken due to their proximity and for having an almost identical name. Both coves are preserved in their natural state. They offer one of the most beautiful spots on the island of Ibiza.
 
From Cala Salada, you can walk to Cala Saladeta through a stretch of rocks (100 m.) where there are also some fishermen’s huts. Cala Saladeta has white sand and turquoise crystal blue water. The water of this place to swim is spotless and its transparency is impressive. When the tide is not very high, you can walk from one cove to the other. You can also swim from Cala Salada to Cala Saladeta. The closed bay protects them and their waters are calm, resembling a sea pool.

restaurant of cala salada

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.

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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.

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If you walk on the rocks at the right side of the cove you’ll reach Cala Saladeta. Follow the girls on the pic!

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Walking from one to the other cove takes a few  minutes. You’ll see more fishermen’s huts on the way.

Cala-Salada bay is protected so ideal for wild swimming

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.

diving from the rocks of Cala-Salada

Many people stay on the rocks between the two coves and jump head first into the water.

viw from the moutains to Cala-Salada and the restaurant

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.

Cala-Salada y cala saladeta

This is Cala Saladeta. Cala Salada is in the background, on the left side of the pic.

cove saladeta is popular and gets too crowded

Cala Saladeta gets crowded early.

Cala Saladeta has crysalline water

If you keep walking and pass Cala Saladeta, you’ll have this view of the cove and the fishermen’s huts.

wild swimming in cala salada

The path on the mountains offers a spectacular view of the bay and coves.

Cala-Salada nature

There are aloe vera, cacti and pine trees along the little path on the mountains at the back of the coves.

boat on Cala-Salada bay

A sailboat in the bay of Cala Salada.

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Both coves are between cliffs in a mountainous environment. The beautiful bay is protected, making it ideal for swimming.

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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

Getting There

Getting There

Getting to Cala Salada is easy since it’s a very touristy place. The coves are well signposted so that tourists can find them. The paved roads are in a good condition. They pass through beautiful landscapes. The last section is steep and has many curves.
 
To get to Cala Saladeta, it is best to walk along the rocks bordering the water.

Transport Options

You can get to Cala Salada by car, bus, on foot, bicycle or water taxi/ferry from Sant Antoni. We recommend walking to the beach or taking the bus (see below).
 
To get to Cala Salada by car, leave San Antonio towards Santa Inés (Santa Agnès). After leaving the velodrome behind, turn left at a detour marked ‘Cala Salada’. The last section of the road has a considerable downward slope and some sharp turns. The road continues. If you’d turn left, you’d reach Punta Galera. Here you’ll find the car park. From June to September, the road that leads to the car park is closed from 10 am to 6 pm. Only scooters, taxis, people with reduced mobility and restaurant customers are allowed to pass. Hence, you must arrive early if you want to park here. If you park outside the barrier, it is a nice walk to the beach.
 
To get to Cala Salada on foot/bike, follow Passeig de Ses Fonts and then Balanzat street until you reach the sea. Follow the coastline to the right through the Coves Blanques area for 1 km to Caló des Moro. From here, continue bordering the coast through the Roca Baixa area for 2 km to the ‘Cova de Ses Llegostes’ (where the aquarium is Cap Blanc). Go towards Cala Gracioneta until you reach a crossroad. Turn right (until a roundabout on the Sant Antoni road) to Santa Inés. Continue to the left until you find a sign to ‘Cala Salada’. Turn left and leave the “Las Lomas del Pinar” urbanization. You’ll arrive at a detour that indicates “Ses Fontanelles”. Take this direction and turn on the first dirt road you see on the left. At 1.5 km you will see the passage of private property to get to the beach. You can also continue towards Cala Salada instead of taking the ‘Ses Fontanelles’ detour. You’d walk through the rocky area that separates both coves. The total distance of the route is 8.5 km.
 
To get to Cala Salada by bus, from June to September there is a bus service from 10 am to 8 pm from the San Antonio bus station. It has a ‘park and ride stop‘ at the Can Coix Sports Complex (see Google maps).
 
To get to Cala Salada by ferry, take it from the port of San Antonio.

Parking

The car park has 65 places (free), in the shade of the pine trees, from which some stairs descend to the cove. In high season it is convenient to arrive early to find a place since it is a very busy area.

Location

Spain, Ibiza

Villages Nearby

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).

Difficulty Level

Very Easy

Walking Time to Swimming Spot

1 minute, if you park in the car par of the cove, or 15 minutes if you walk down.

Drinking Water Spots

None

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Handy Things to Know

When to Go

If possible avoid going in July and August and on weekends. This place to swim is open 24 hours a day.

Entrance Fee

None.

Activities

Swimming & snorkelling
Hiking
It’s not advisable for wind & waves sports such as windsurfing or surfing.

Facilities

Cala Salada has toilets, showers, parking and lifeguards. You can rent sun loungers, umbrellas and pedal boats.
It also has a small beach bar and the Cala Salada restaurant.
Cala Saladeta does not have any services.

Kids

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.

Dogs

No

Skinny Dipping

No

Wheelchair Access

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.

Restrictions

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).

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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.

Accommodation

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).

Geography

Altitude

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Size

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. 

Under Foot

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.

Shade

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?

Very clean.

Water

Underwater

There is great visibility (around 15m). You might see different kinds of fish. Along the rocks, you’ll see snails, urchins, etc.

Water Temperature

Slightly warm during summer

Water Colour

The water of Cala Saladeta is crystal clear turquoise. Cala Salada has a greener tone.

How Clean is the Water?

Very clean, transparent and fresh
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