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Fuencaliente Salt Pans

Salinas de Fuencaliente

Salinas de Fuencaliente

Fuencaliente Salt Pans (Calle Maldonado 10, Fuencaliente de la Palma) — the salt pans on the southernmost point of La Palma are a small commercial operation extracting salt from the sea water. The salt is packaged and sent to supermarkets and shops on the island. There is nothing added to the salt in the whole process so the taste is very strong. The water is pumped up from the sea into large shallow basins where the water evaporates. When the salt reaches a certain density, it is transferred to lower lying basins to further evaporate and lastly into the square basins where the salt crystals form. These crystals are then harvested, dried, packaged and sold. Free tours are provided to visitors.