The municipality of Sant Josep de sa Talaia is the largest out of the five municipalities in Ibiza, occupying a space of 154 square kilometres and is located in the south-east of the island. It is where you can find the airport and has 30.000 inhabitants, but this number doubles and nearly triples during the summer months. Along 80km of coast you’ll find around 30 beaches where you’ll be able to do different water sports. It’s an area of the island where you can decide if you want to watch magical sunsets or sunrises. The territory was initially established artificially in order to bring together the former “Quartó de Ses Salines” and great part of “Quartó de Portmany” (San Antonio).
Sant Josep de sa Talaia has five villages: Sant Josep, Es Cubells in the south, Sant Agustí des Vedrà towards the west, Sant Jordi de ses Salines on the south-east, and Sant Francesc de s’Estany towards the south. Each one of these villages have special particularities, activities and beautiful nature. San Antonio bay and Playa d’en Bossa are two additional urban areas which make up this municipality. The first is well known for its spectacular sunsets, the second, apart from its famous nightlife and day time parties, it’s where you’ll find the longest beach on the island.
Sant Josep de sa Talaia doesn’t just count with a very rich history, but also an important protected natural area: the Natural Parc of Ses Salines. A parc which occupies 16,000 hectares (13,000 are marine). It extends from the most southern end of Ibiza, Ses Salines, to the northern part of Formentera, including s’Estany del Peix, s’Estany Pudent, and the beaches of Illetes and Llevant. This marine area also encompases the strait between Ibiza and Formentera, known as Es Freus, where you’ll find isles, such as Espalmador.
In 1999 the Natural Parc of Ses Salines together with the Posidonia meadows were declared a World Heritage Site. The Posidonia meadows, although many call them a seaweed, they are in fact a marine plant and they play an essential role in the oxygenation and filtration of the water. It is the reason why Ibiza and Formentera’s waters are transparent.
Additionally, the denomination of “Ses Salines” attributes its name to the salt industry found in the Natural Park. Salt was the main source that sustained the economy of Ibiza during centuries, dating back to the Phoenicians.
The municipality also includes the natural marine reserves of Es Vedrà, Es Vedranell and the “islotes de Ponent”, as well as four defence towers which were built between the 17th and 18th centuries to protect Ibiza from pirate invasions.
In Sant Josep de sa Talaia you’ll also be able to find the Phoenician settlements of Sa Caleta and the archeological site of Ses Païses de Cala d’Hort from Punic and Roman settlements. Both also declared as World Heritage Sites.