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    THE POSIDONIA MEADOWS AND WHERE TO ANCHOR IN IBIZA AND FORMENTERA

    Nautical News

    29 de August 2019

    The islands of Ibiza and Formentera are the favorite destination for many during their holidays. And all this is right, since they have beaches rated as the best in the world. This is due to the transparent waters and a unique turquoise color and a fine white sand that make up the different beaches. The reason for these characteristics is the existence of oceanic Posidonia, a marine plant endemic to the Mediterranean Sea, which forms very dense and extensive meadows.

    The Posidonia meadows of Ibiza and Formentera were declared World Heritage by UNESCO for their importance in the conservation and protection of the Mediterranean Sea and its coasts. Among the numerous benefits it provides, we highlight its ability to maintain the paradise environment: it modifies the environmental conditions of the sea, purifies water, generates oxygen and reduces the erosion of beaches; and the habitat of the marine flora and fauna of our islands.

     

    HIGH VALUE PRADERAS IN IBIZA AND FORMENTERA:

    In Formentera: Boca de s’Estany des Peix, Es Pujols, Sa Torreta de S’espalmador, Calço de s’Oli and Espalmador. In Ibiza: La Xanga, Porroig, Talamanca, Benirràs, Cala Bassa, Cala d’Hort, Cala Salada, Cala Vadella, Es Xarco, Portinatx, Ses Salines When we rent a boat in Ibiza and Formentera we have to be aware of the impact generated by the navigation on Posidonia if our practices are not suitable. In today’s post we explain the guidelines to be followed to contribute to the maintenance and conservation of this marine plant.

    The anchorages of the boats on the Posidonia is prohibited since the anchor can destroy in a short time grasslands that have taken thousands of years to form. Therefore, there are points enabled for anchoring by buoys, which can be accessed upon reservation request such as Caló de s’Oli, S’Espalmador and Ses Salines. If it is not possible, it is allowed to anchor on beaches and coves provided that the bottom is sand or low ecological impact systems such as buoys or buoy fields are used. Another practice that harms Posidosia is the dumping of waste. These modify water conditions and make it difficult to carry out photosynthesis. Putting at risk the conservation of the plant and allowing the colonization of invasive species. Discharges of waste must be carried out in prepared facilities of private ports and marinas.

     

    WHERE TO FUND IN IBIZA AND FORMENTERA:

    Some places of Formentera:

    – Espalmador: located north of Formentera. It stands out for the tranquility of the surroundings and incredible turquoise waters. This place is enabled with a buoy field.

    – Ses Illetes: considered one of the best beaches in the world. It is formed by a fine sand line that separates the Mediterranean Sea in two. The funding is free of posidonia.

    – Cala Saona: one of the best coves in Formentera where you can enjoy the sunset. The bottom is sand and rocks, so it is recommended to anchor about 3-5 meters of sand, about 100 meters from the shore.

    – Es pujols: beach formed with stretches of sand alternated with low rock. It has beautiful views thanks to its islets. It is advisable to anchor on 8 meters of sand.

     

     

     

    Some places in Ibiza:

    – Cala Vadella: turquoise water beach surrounded by rock formations that protects it from wind and currents. The anchorage is advisable to perform between 3-4 meters deep. The bottom is sand and seaweed.

    – Cala Longa: beach of fine sand protected by a cliff that extends to the sea. It is recommended to anchor on 4 meters of sand.

    – Cala Jondal: wide bay with large boulders and a transparent water. It is advisable to anchor between 5-10 meters from the bottom that combines areas of sand and algae.

    – Cala Bassa: it is one of the most beautiful beaches in Ibiza. Made up of fine sand and turquoise waters surrounded by a forest of junipers and pines. Where to 5-8 meters of sand in front of the beach is recommended. The bottoms are of rocks and algae with sandbars between them.

    – Port d’es Torrent: cove that constitutes a natural port, located at the mouth of a torrent. It has rocky areas at the ends and sand in the central area. You should anchor 4-6 meters of sand, at the beginning of the coast.

    – Cala Porroig: cove with reddish cliffs that constitutes a natural harbor. It is recommended to anchor between 5-10 meters and about 100 meters from the shore.

     

     

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