A salt works is a place where salt water is left to evaporate, leaving only the salt, drying it and then collecting it for marketing. There are two types of salt works: coastal salt works, located on the coast to use sea water, and inland salt works, where salt water springs are used. On the island of La Palma we have coastal salt pans.
In the south of the island are Las Salinas de Fuencaliente, which have been declared a Site of Scientific Interest as a resting place for many migratory birds. It is one of the most visited spots on the island. Here the earth, water and air combine to make the salt flats of Fuencaliente an extremely valuable human landscape, where the contrasts between the white of the salt, the black of the volcanic earth and the blue of the sea compose a picture of great beauty.
It was founded in 1967 and is currently the only salt mine in production in the province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. This salt complex is a reference point for natural, scenic and scientific visits to the island.
A black mantle and the flow of the lava flows remind us of the island's past eruptions. If the distortion of the factory is minimal, the contrast is extreme, the blinding whiteness of the salt in the salt pans, the pinkish pools and pits, the range of greens in the form of small brushstrokes, all of this is captured in the form of a large canvas with a black background, the fruit of capricious nature. In this place, each and every one of the elements necessary for salt production come together: a moderate wind regime, low rainfall and a sufficient number of hours of sunshine.