Sant Josep de Sa Talaia

November 3, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The municipality of Sant Josep de Sa Talaia, the most extensive on the island and the one which may boast the greatest number of beaches and bays over the length of its 80 kilometres of coastline.

It is also notable for having two protected sites of special beauty such as the natural park of Ses Salines and the nature reserves of Es Vedra, Es Vedranell and the western islets.

The natural park of Ses Salines is a paradise of white sand dunes and crystal clear waters while a long walk towards the look-out tower of Es Savinar offers a spectacular view of Es Vedra, the islet with which many legends are associated. The municipality is crowned by Sa Talaia, the highest mountain on Ibiza (475 metres).

Ibiza Ses Salines south beach

Ibiza Ses Salines south beach

Sant Josep: The municipality of Sant Josep is characterized by a landscape in which pine, sabina, fig and carob trees predominate with houses dotted about the land. In the urban centre itself the white-washed church presides over the life of the village. The fortified temple is one of the most representative of popular Ibizan architecture and it was built in 1730. The urban nucleus of Sant Josep includes decoration shops, fashion boutiques and souvenir shops, two art galleries, bars as well as various types of restaurant offering ‘tapas’ (delicious snacks) and more sophisticated cuisine.
Sant Agusti: The village really comes alive during its patron saint festivities at the end of August when people from all over the island come here to attend its open air concerts. For the rest of the year Sant Agusti is an oasis of calm and one of the best preserved villages on the island with its charming parish house adjoining the beautiful church located in the main square of this tiny hamlet. From the hill that crowns the square you may be able to make out the fields of Sant Agusti, with many vineyards.
Es Units: Is another of the charming, little villages of this municipality. It is well worth going to visit in order to view the small church located at the edge of a cliff with spectacular views. In this tiny urban centre you will find two bars where you will be able to enjoy some of the typical local dishes and get to know the little bays that are to be found at the foot of the cliffs; in particular Ses Boques and Cala Llentrisca.

Sant Jordi de Ses Salines: Is the town which is closest to the airport. It boasts an imposing fortified church surrounded by flowers and palm trees that give it great beauty. Another of the most attractive churches in the district is that of the tiny hermitage of Sant Francesc de S’Estany, situated at the entrance to the natural park of Ses Salines. It was built to serve the spiritual needs of the salt workers.
Look-out towers: All of the churches on the island were intended to protect the population from the attacks of pirates. The look-out towers spread out along the coast also form part of this defensive heritage. It is well worth while going along the coast to see the towers of Ses Portes, En Rovira and Es Carregador. Nonetheless, the most impressive on account of its location is the afore-mentioned tower of the pirate or Es Savinar, in front of the islets of Es Vedra and Es Vedranell.
Archaeology: Fans of archaeology will enjoy the Phoenician settlement at Sa Caleta, declared World Heritage Site and the Punic-Roman settlement of Ses PaIses de Cala d’Hort. Both are to be found within privileged locations which will help you to understand the past and the present of this island better. The site at Sa Caleta is probably the place where the first Phoenician city in the Pitiusan islands was located (founded in the 7th century B.C.). This settlement is included in the assets of Ibiza which UNESCO declared World Heritage Site.
Beaches: Sant Josep has some of the most beautiful beaches on the island such as Es Cavallet and Ses Salines (within the natural park), or the beaches Platges de Comte, Cala d’Hort, Cala Vedella, Cala Bassa, Cala Jondal, Cala Tarida or Cala Carl among others, which are characterized by being family beaches where you can enjoy the sunset, the cuisine, different aquatic activities and, above all, the crystal clear waters. The district offers all kinds of resources to the tourist in addition to cultural and sporting events throughout the entire year.

A must-see: Protected natural areas
On account of their ecological value, the island possesses one park and a nature reserve. These are the Ses Salines Natural Park and the Nature Reserves Es Vedra, Es Vedranell and the western islets, both of which are situated in the municipality of Sant Josep.

The Ses Salines Natural Park takes up the area situated between the south of Ibiza and the north of Formentera and occupies a territory of approximately 3,000 terrestrial hectares and more than 13,000 marine hectares. In this park we can find a great variety of zones with different ecological characteristics: the ponds of the salt-flats, the beaches, the lines of sand dunes with ancient sabina trees, the cliffs or the rocky coastline where there are birds such as the peregrine falcon and the fisher eagle.

The Nature Reserves of Es Vedra, Es Vedranell and the western islets are located in the southwest. The territory under protection encompasses islets and maritime zone. It is well worth while passing along the south west coast of Ibiza and approach the cliff in order to see the sunset in front of Es Vedra. The silhouette of Es Vedra (381 metres) rearing up out of the sea is one of the most emblematic images of the island of Ibiza. This sunset is perhaps the most magical one which you can see on the island although, while still in Sant Josep, the sunset from Platges de Comte is also very spectacular.

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