The sa Sal Rossa tower, also known as the Torre des Carregador, is located at the end of the famous Playa d’en Bossa, just before reaching the lesser-known caleta de sa Xanga.
The tour can start at any point of Playa d’en Bossa. You have to walk along the beach south, facing Formentera and the tower. When you reach the end of the beach, you have to walk a few meters down a pathless rocky patch, letting the imposing silhouette of the tower guide your steps over the last 200 metres.
The first thing that will strike you as you approach the tower is its size and the thickness of its walls. You will note that the door is located on the ground floor for easy access to the nearly 200 people who could take refuge inside—mainly locals and salt workers—from the frequent raids of Turkish pirates and Berbers in those days.
It was built in the second half of the sixteenth century and feature the same type of walls as Renaissance walls in Ibiza, small exposed stones laid in regular rows stuck together with line mortar grout. It had two designated tower keepers until 1867. In 2008 it was restored by the Consell Insular d’Eivissa, its current owner.
On summer mornings, you may also tour the interior of the tower. City council staff is in charge of explaining the history and traditional uses of the tower.
You can extend the tour to the neighbouring small cove, sa Xanga, where besides enjoying the crystal-clear waters you can also see the remains of the old pier used for loading salt.
- From the top of the tower (1) you can see Formentera and Playa d’en Bossa (6) and enjoy a panoramic view of Dalt Vila.
- The old pier (2) fell into disuse with the construction of the port of sa Canal, on the beach of ses Salines.
- Next to the picturesque fishermen’s huts (3) we can also see some old tanks (5), whitewashed in the typical Ibizan style, and their water collection system.
- Facing the beach, Illot de sa Sal Rossa (4) is a small island popular with nesting colonies of Audouin’s gull.