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Es Trenc-Salobrar in Campos

Es Trenc-Salobrar in Campos
The natural area Es Trenc-Salobrar is to be found in the south of Mallorca, in the municipality of  Campos. The area, with a total area of some 1,500 hectares, comprises the Es Trenc beach, the dunes parallel with the coast and the salt tanks and cultivated areas nearby.

The Es Trenc beach is a virgin sand bank three kilometres long.  At present it is one of the most popular beaches on Mallorca, and has beautiful find white sand, crystal clear water and people can enjoy nudist areas.

The dunes behind the beach form a dynamic ecosystem with different strips of dunes with vegetation adapted to the excess of wind and salinity formed by plants such as sea thistle, bushes such as 'zamarrilla', and trees such as the pine, 'sabina' and the tamarind. On the beach and the dunes fauna such as the 'corsa seagull', the rabbit, the bee-eater can be observed, plus some insects  such as the dune beetle, spiders and mosquitos.

The Salobrar area is comprised of a group of artificial ponds dedicated to the extraction of salt joined to the sea via a channel from Es Trenc beach. There are also other areas that have been inundated naturally with vegetation adapted to the saline content such as the 'salicornia'. Es Salobrar is the second wetland of the island, the first being Parc Natural de s'Albufera de Mallorca in the bay of Alcúdia, and many migrating birds can be observed there.

The whole natural area is surrounded by agricultural land, some farms and country houses and nearby is the balnearium Sant Joan de la Font Santa.

The best way of reaching Es Trenc-Salobrar is via Campos, taking the road that leads to Colònia de Sant Jordi and then turn to the right following the signs. Paid parking is in an open field less than 200 metres from the beach. The beach has a restaurant, a bar, the sole tourist establishments in the area, and also has a supply of beach beds and parasols.

Es Trenc-Salobrar is an area mentioned in the autonomous Law for Natural Areas (LEN) of 1991, which considered the areas to be Natural Area of Special Interest (ANEI), and the land classified as non urbanisable. The LEN in a third additional paragraph stipulates that the Balearic Government will promote the creation of a natural protected area in accord with the National Law 4/1989, for the conservation of natural areas and wild flora and fauna. The adequate protection of this natural area continues to be pending, although it is expected to be declared a Natural Park by the autonomous Administration, fulfilling the previsions of the LEN, and with the Pacte de Progrés signed by the political parties that support the present Govern de les Illes Balears.

Photos © BalearWeb
1. Ponds of Es Salobrar.
2. Agriculture in the area of Es Salobrar.
3. Sun set over the ponds of Es Salobrar.
4. Dunes and beach of Es Trenc.
Date of publication: 05/11/2003

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