Sea salt from Laguna Salada de Torrevieja
The mediterranean taste in your bath and kitchen.
Natural Sea Salts dissolve quickly for a relaxing bath, softens skin without a greasy feel and helps to increase circulation with antiseptic effects. For an experience of total well-being for your mind and body.
To the south of Alicante, by a production process quite extraordinary from a lagoon close to the town, for more than a century the salt of Torrevieja has been appreciated by different markets both locally and internationally.
Harvested from under-water, the salt is washed, centrifuged and then stocked for several months. The quality of this Spanish salt is renowned.
Salt is still excavated from Laguna Salada de Torrevieja – pink salt lake, natural SPA in Spain. A short man-made channel connects the lake to the Mediterranean Sea. The Mediterranean Sea is only half a mile from the lakeshore, but the ecology of the two water bodies is very different. Salt production remains the main industry of the City of Torrevieja which lies between the lakes and the Mediterranean Sea. The climate provided by the two salt lakes and the ocean first drew tourists and expatriates from Europe to this former fishing and salt mining village.
Salt is gathered from the Laguna Rosa from June to October when the weather is warmer and the solar radiation is at it’s highest. During the winter months a brine covers the remaining crystalised salt at the bottom, in effect, protecting it until the harvesting can effectively begin again.
The pink colour of the water is caused by pigments within it and in particular there are two organisms that contribute to the colour too. One such organism is the Dunaliella Salina which is a pink micro algae which has high levels of ß-carotene needed for its survival. The other organism is Artemia Salina (Brine Shrimp) which becomes slightly red as the concentration of salt increases – Flamingoes eat these and they are what causes them to have their pink colour. Both these organisms are found in large quanitites in the Laguna Rosa and are one of the main factors causing the pink to red colour.
Many Spanish visit the laguna to swim and float in the mineral rich water and feel that it helps their skin.