The pink lagoons
Discover the salt produced in the Natural Park of the lagoons of La Mata and Torrevieja in its characteristic enclave: the unique pink lagoon. This protected area has a total area of 3,700 hectares, of which 2,100 are sheets of water (1,400 hectares of Torrevieja lagoon and 700 of La Mata).
Las Salinas de Torrevieja is the first producer of salt in Europe and the only ones that use floating means for the extraction of salt, which allows to guarantee the sheet of water throughout the year.
Why does the Torrevieja lagoon have that pink color? This is due to the pigments of certain algae and bacteria that live in very extreme environments, such as the lagoon with its high salinity, and that also serve as food for a crustacean, Artemia Salina, which is tiny but very abundant in this lagoon. The higher the concentration of salt, the greater the number of bacteria, and the more intense the pink color of the lagoon.
It is important to remember that it is a protected space with a great ecological value, which is why bathing is not allowed.
Throughout the tour, visitors can hear through a voiceover in Spanish and English information about the characteristics of the salt mines, their origin, their flora and fauna, something that arouses much curiosity: the origin of its pink color.
The train makes a stop inside the facilities where tourists can take photographs, touch the salt and climb a mountain of salt.
Exit: Avenida de la Libertad,
Hours: from Monday to Sunday at 10:00 / 12:00 and 14:00 h. And in the afternoon at 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Price: adults 6’95 euros / 5.95 euros pensioners and children between 2 and 12 years old.