Discover Ses Salines and Colonia de Sant Jordi

Ses Salines is located in the southern part of the island of Mallorca, 54 km from Palma. This Mallorcan municipality belongs to the region of Migjorn. In addition to the municipal capital, it contains the coastal tourist resort of Colonia de Sant Jordi, the village of Ca’s Perets and the salt flats of Sa Vall.

Our municipal district occupies the southern part of the island; it is triangular in shape and two of its sides are bathed by the sea. The terrain forms successive undulations that give it a pleasant topography; small hills here and there rise up and between them form fertile plains with numerous orchards and almond trees. The coastline has beautiful coves and an old port, today the Colonia de Sant Jordi.

The village is located on a plateau which gives it an exceptional situation. From there we can contemplate the seashore and the island of Cabrera and its islets.

The municipality of Ses Salines is one of the most charming places on the island. It is one of those different places that deserve to be visited if you choose to travel to Mallorca.

It was christened “Ses Salines” in honour of the numerous salt ponds that were found in the municipality. The salt pans of s’Avall are located 7 km from the village of Ses Salines, in Colonia de Sant Jordi, and are considered to be among the oldest in the world, as they date back to Roman times. One of the peculiarities is that salt is still extracted using traditional methods.

A place with history

As is the case with many of the more historical sites in Mallorca, the origins of Ses Salines date back to the period of Muslim domination – at least those for which there is written proof – when the area was a farm where agriculture was practised. We must also remember that in this municipality there has always been a constant human flow, since the salt mines that give it its name caused the regular presence of groups of workers accompanied by their families.

The artisan practices of salt harvesting date back to Roman times, although other peoples in history have also left their mark on Ses Salines. Trade caused the municipality to also have Carthaginian settlements and Phoenician ships were once seen in the area. A place rich in history. A place that has always been loved and visited.

Colonia de Sant Jordi belongs to the municipality of Les Salines (this name comes from the same salt mines used by the Romans who were already in the Colonia) and is located in the southeast of the island, between the towns of Campos and Santanyí. This locality started as a small fishing port and is nowadays a well-known tourist area.

The coastal area of Colonia de Sant Jordi, with its small islets and its marvellous beaches of soft sand and beautiful vegetation, is bathed by crystal clear waters to the delight of its visitors. This town is bordered on both sides by beaches. It has some of the most emblematic beaches on the island of Mallorca, Es Dolç and Es Carbó, extensive, with fine sand, crystal clear waters and Caribbean blue.

Points of interest

Excursion to the island of Cabrera

It has a marina from which daily excursions depart to the nearby island of Cabrera to visit the National Maritime and Terrestrial Park of the Cabrera Archipelago.

Centre d'interpretació de Cabrera a la Colònia de Sant Jordi

The Cabrera National Park Interpretation Centre is located in Colonia de Sant Jordi, which is geographically the closest point to the island of Cabrera. At the Tourist Information Centre, you can obtain the necessary documentation for your visit to the National Park, to learn all about the history of Cabrera and to appreciate all the richness of its surroundings.

With your visit, you can learn about all the marine and terrestrial species that live in the archipelago of Cabrera as well as what its history has meant for the Mediterranean culture.

In the main building of the Interpretation Centre there is also an exhibition of a talayot, a megalith from the protohistory of Mallorca and Menorca.

Ses Salines

The salt mines of Vall or Colonia de Sant Jordi are the second oldest in the world (4th century B.C.), as their exploitation was initiated by Punic merchants. Salt continued to be the main source of interest for the Romans, Byzantines, Arabs and Christians. The importance of these same salt sources may explain the etymological origin of the municipality. They are still extracted using traditional methods during the month of August. They constitute a fragile and valuable protected ecosystem forming a key part of the natural area Es Trenco-Salobrar de Campos.