10-24-2018 01:57 PM - edited 10-24-2018 02:34 PM
We (my superb LG friend @SandraCarlou and our kids) had our meet-up at Isla Cristina Marshes, a Natural Park and also a Special Protection Area for Birds.
Is a lovely town located in the South of Spain, in the Coast of Light, near the Border with Portugal.
We visited a Sustainable Traditional Activity and learned about how to collect Salt from the Marshes.
The Salt is obtained by the evaporation of the sea water, so we need the sun.
That´s why the main production is in summer.
There are two ways of collecting, we have both in the area:
Industrial way: is collected by machines and in the clean proccess many oligoelements are lost. This salt is cheaper
Artisan way: salt has all its natural components and is more healthy.
The sea water is conducted to rafts with little depth. In the bottom there is mud.
This rafts are separated from each other by land.
There are some rafts destined to store water from the sea that is transferred to heating rafts where the wind and sun evaporate the water. After that, is collected in traditional way.
We can find three types of salt:
Flower of Salt: is on the top; has less sodium chloride and more mineral.It's spongy. Has a strong taste at the beginning but then disappear in the mouth. It is has to be added after cooking. Perfect for salads, toats with olive oil…
Salt flakes: is down the Flower of salt. Is similar than Flower of Salt but more crystallized forming small blocks. Perfect for meets, fishes…
Virgen Salt: is the lower one. Has more flavor and it´s perfect for cooking.
Just with salt they can´t earn enough money for living, that´s why the woman ahead (the owner) has being creative and started to create tours (like the one we made), and now they are having a lot of success with the magnesium pools during the summer. We will go next summer!!! Some of my friends are telling me how fantastic is for the skin. You can have a mud bath too.
♿I asked about reduced mobility and some parts can be use like the pools but other facilities are not adapted, for example the toilets. It´s difficult to move a wheelchair on the earth, a person using it must need some help if decided to visit this beautiful place.
I haven´t seen any recycling container...
It´s perfect to go with kids because they are in the open air and learn many interesting concepts like: how the plants in the area taste (they are salty), we saw some birds like flamingos…
After the tour, we bought some products in the shop they have.
We were hungry so went to have lunch and added more photos to Google Maps and more friends joined us.
♿ The restaurant and the café with games for kids are adapted for people with reduced mobility.
Thank you very much for taking your time reading this post :)))
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Good Evening from the South of Spain,