La Savina is the first place that tourists see when they landed on the island. In this delightful village the port of Formentera is located. Nearby there is the natural reserve of Ses Salines.
La Savina is the only port on the island where ferries arrive from Ibiza in about 30 minutes and where private boats, luxury yachts, large and small fishing boats are moored. La Savina was initially a small island located north of Formentera. Later it was attached to the island with a wharf and thus was created the current port of goods and passengers. Its name derives from the islet.
This small town center is characterized by restaurants, bars, shops and hotels. There is also a taxi rank and a bus stop and connections between the port and the other villages of the island are very frequent in the high season. From here boats leave daily for the island of Espalmador. At the port there is also the tourist office where you can ask for maps of Formentera and useful information.
Here there is one of the three lighthouses on the island, the others are located in the most southern point of the island, Cap de Barbaria, and in the highest point of Formentera, exactly the plateau of el Pilar de la Mola.
In this area is located Estany des Peix an amazing lagoon that offers privileged conditions for sailing and all water sports. A barrier of 3,4 km in length separates this inlet from the coastline of the Mediterranean, open to the sea for only a small entrance, called Sa Boca, in the shape of channel, only 20 meters wide and 1 meter deep.
Its coastline incorporates a number of very small inlets mainly used for mooring small boats but it is also an ideal place to teach children to swim thanks to the shallow sandy bottom and the absence of waves.
Highly recommended to nature lovers since here you can see flocks of gulls and cormorants, which are hard to find on other shores.
To the northwest of la Savina, about 2 km away, there are the ancient salt pans that have been declared a nature reserve in 1995. Ses Salines, the name of this protected area, is a very interesting place mainly from the point of view of landscape. Here, several species of migratory birds, as well as many small animals, find shelter. Some are unique to the world as the cockroach “Akis Bremeri”.
This area, in ancient times, was very important for the economy and the development of Formentera. The extraction of salt was the primary activity of the Carthaginians before the Romans did the island a large deposit of wheat, from which his name is derived.
By now abandoned the mining of salt, Ses Salines is very popular with tourists, especially at certain times, such as late summer, when the salt pans take on a particular pink coloration due to the presence of microorganisms. It is recommended to visit the salt pans in the morning or at sunset to enjoy the magnificent play of colors that are created.
The seabed around this area is considered among the most beautiful in the Mediterranean Sea. Being a very delicate ecosystem, diving activities are only possible if you have permission from the Insular Council. In the seabed there are vast Posidonia meadows which play an essential role, in addition to having the function of purifying water, form a barrier that protects the coast, allowing both creation and preservation of beaches and dunes.
Among the many restaurants in the village of La Savina, we recommend Luna, Aigua and Can Carlitos.
At the port, the great feast of the Virgin of Carmine is celebrated every year on 16 July.
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