Salinas de Santa Pola
When i have been in Santa Pola I have been to look at The Saltpans (in Spanish – Salinas).
The Saltpans are located south of the town, on the main N332 road, from Santa Pola heading in the direction of Cartagena.
I have been on the hiking trails from the El Pinet Beach. There are a number of trails that can be walked on: from The Ponds of the Saltpans approximately 1 hour in length.
El Pinet, approximately 2 hours in length.
And the PRV-61 walk of 13 kilometres of about 3 hours 45 minutes length.
All the routes are signposted either from El Pinet Beach, or accessed from a signposted lay-by on the N332 road.
My wife and I have only walked the short duration 1 hour walk, which takes you around 3 ponds and the Saltpans. We saw a lot of birdlife, in particular the Flamingos which live permanently in the Saltpans.
The information about the Saltpans is that they cover 2470 hectares in area. The Saltpans consist of making seawater flow through a circuit of ponds to obtain salt concentration from evaporation. The ponds are kept flooded all year, except for the time, when the salt is excavated. Whilst they remain flooded, the eco system is kept in place for birds to feed on fish and the salt benefits from mineral wealth including bird excrement.
When the waters evaporate, the salt is excavated and processed at the nearby factory and salt is exported all over Europe, mainly used for salting icy road surfaces.
This is a very interesting area to explore, when on holiday anywhere in this region.
More information can be found and one of the two tourist information offices in Santa Pola. Many leaflets are printed in English and other languages.
Santa Pola is a town in the province of Alicante, in the Land of Valencia, Costa Blanca, Spain.
It is 10 kilometres from Alicante (El Altet) airport and about 15 kilometres from Alicante city. [more ]
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