Surrounded by pine-forested hills, the sandy bed and turquoise waters of Cala Salada are among the most enticing on the island.
Surrounded by pine forested hills, the small, protected sandy cove of Cala Salada is a favourite for residents and private boat owners as no tourist ferries ever get here. The water is beautifully clear, shallow and perfect for swimming, and the sea bed mostly soft sand. This small beach gets very busy on summer weekends, with people often spread across the rocks (perfect for jumping from) which separate Cala Salada and neighbouring Cala Saladita.
On the rocky promontory to the right is a picturesque stone tower with paths leading over the top to the little fringe of sandy beach beyond (popular with naturists). To the left are boathouses built into the rock. Well trodden paths leading into the hills are popular for walks in this unspoiled area.
The Caves at Ses Fontanelles
These are famous for cave paintings dating back to the Bronze age. For the explorers amongst you, just before you reach the entrance to the bay, turn off to the right and drive up the camino (dirt track). You will have to park the car and continue on foot up the cliffs to the caves at Ses Fontanelles.
The walk is long, but the views from the cliffs are incredible. The caves are actually more of an overhang and are protected by iron bars, which means you unfortunately won’t see much of the cave paintings which date back to the Bronze age. However if you still have the energy, you can climb down the enormous stone steps to the sea, where you can bathe in complete privacy.