Blink and you'll miss it, unless you are captivated by the mosaics and murals. This is the real Mallorca.
Some would say the rural village of Ses Salines is a “blink and you’ll miss it” kind of place. But this small town has a big past and a lot to offer visitors who venture to this somewhat remote part of the island looking for the “real” Mallorca!
Ses Salines is located near the island’s southeast coast, close to the southernmost tip. From Palma Airport, it takes roughly 40 minutes by car to get there. There isn’t a lot in the way of public transportation, but once there, you can easily bike, walk or drive to the several points of interest in or near the village.
The town’s history dates back to the Bronze Age, but, along with neighbouring Colonia Sant Jord, Ses Salines has traditionally been known for salt production. In fact, the town’s name translates as “source of salt”. The Romans began mining salt here soon after their conquest of the island, something that carries on to this day.
Giving the best experiences of Ses Salines are walking the village, swimming the beaches and touring the salt flats. This area has a stunning coastline, beautiful beaches, and a non-touristy feel.
Whilst Ses Salines is known for salt and honey, there is plenty more than that on offer. The village has a surprising selection of wonderful restaurants to check out.
Es Pinaret: Off the beaten track, this local gastronomic favourite is gaining a big reputation. With a combination of excellent food, good service and a delightful atmosphere, this restaurant is worth the trip even if you aren’t in the area.
C/ Colonia St. Jordi, 07640 Ses Salines
+34 971 64 92 30
Ses Salines is primarily residential, so you won’t find any big stores here. There are some adorable village shops offering local products and souvenirs, though. Thursdays are market days, and you can expect to find the usual fruits, veg and flowers found in other markets, but on a smaller scale.
With stunning natural beauty, visitors can enjoy many outdoor pursuits. The coastline and beaches are ideal for snorkeling, kayaking/paddleboarding, sailing and good old-fashioned sunbathing! The relatively flat landscape leading to the coast makes biking a cinch, even for the novice rider. And walks along the rugged, rocky coast are plentiful and filled with unexpected beauty spots.
Every August, Ses Salines hosts one of the island’s oldest festivals, the Festival of Sant Bartomeu. The celebrations are marked with many sports and cultural activities, the most popular of which is an equestrian parade, where highly trained horse do jumps and tricks, and more impressively, raise up on their hind legs and “dance” to the beat of a folk song.
As a more local rather than international village, Ses Salines is the kind of place you’d come to get away from it all. If you’re into an outdoor lifestyle with the benefits of a super cute village, this is the place for you. This area is off-the-beaten path, is one of the windiest parts of the island and has a beach feel.
With a variety of things to do and enough life to keep it interesting, even in winter, this village is perfect for a second home, or for people without children. The lack of schooling options does make it a little limited for families, but not out of the question, just a bit more complicated. Overall, Ses Salines is a little gem!
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Por Stephanie Horsman
16 abril, 2021