The Consell de Ibiza and Sant Antoni City Council have decided to restrict traffic in Cala Salada. From June 1 to September 30 guarded barriers will be in place and once the available 60 parking places have been filled, private vehicles will be turned away.
The authorities offer the alternatives of reaching the small bay by boat from San Antonio, or by using a new minibus service established specifically for the purpose.
Two 25 seater minibuses will run between the Can Coix sports centre and the beach. Can Coix is situated just north of San Antonio and has plenty of public parking. The service will run every 15 minutes between 9:30 and 20:30 at a cost of 2.50€ single or 4€ return. There will be no charge for children under 12 and senior citizens holding the public transport card.
Local residents, workers and restaurant customers will still be able to access the area without restriction.
The President of the Consell, Vicent Torres, said Cala Salada was a pilot test to see how restricting traffic works, and that if successful the aim is to implement the same system in other areas suffering similar summer traffic chaos such as Benirràs, ses Salines and es Cavallet.
The President went on to say that the decision had been taken in light of the chaotic fly parking “with consequent difficulties of access for emergency services which carried a safety risk both to people and an elevated danger of forest fires”.