Las Salinas - Salt Flats of Calpe

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The Salinas - Salt Flats are an interesting spot close to the Penon de Ifach.


Las Salinas

Las Salinas - Salt Flats of Calpe

Las Salinas de Calpe are a natural place that welcomes, at various times of the year, a large number of migratory birds, especially flamingos.

The Salinas - Salt Flats are an interesting spot close to the Penon de Ifach. There is a circular walking trail that surrounds the salt flats.

In the 19th & 20th century, the salt flats were important to Calpe. The salt marshes and fishing were key to the economy of the town. Salt was a necessity for food preservation, which Calpe used to market their catch. During the Roman era, salt production was combined with the fish farm, achieving its greatest splendor in the 2nd century AD. The salt flats acquired great importance throughout history, eventually supplying over 40 municipalities. Their decline began to be evident at the end of the 18th century, when they became the focus of infections that caused fevers among the population. Later there were various attempts to make them operational again, including by Vicente Buigues, known as "Ti Marguí", who started the modern exploitation of the salt flats, which ended in the late 1980s. In 1993 they were declared a maritime-terrestrial zone.
Every year, a campaign is held to clean up the Salinas. With the wetlands lying close to busy roads a lot of rubbish collects in vegetation around the Salinas. Last year 40 volunteers helped clean up the Salinas, collecting in total over 1,000 kilos of waste.

Here are some photo's of the salt flats:

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