On the east coast of Fuerteventura, halfway between north and south we find “Las Salinas del Carmen”, a small and charming village by the sea, a beach and the salt mines, a museum nowadays, but still working to extract special sea salt through the traditional method. Visiting the pools and the mountains of salt, with the huge whale skeleton in the background, is a must for anyone visiting the island.
The Salt mines of Fuerteventura
Las Salinas del Carmen are the only salt mines of Fuerteventura: Nowadays they keep producing salt. They are located on the east coast of the municipality of Antigua, in the center of the island, just a few kilometers away from the airport. The Salt Mines were built in 1910 and since then sea salt has been extracted from there through the traditional method for culinary use. Over the years they have been restored and the surrounding area has been set up. Nowadays it is a set with high ethnographic, architectural and landscape value.
The Salt Museum
The Salt Museum, one of the most visited museums of Fuerteventura for its appeal in and visual beauty, consists of the cultural complex of The Salt Mines of El Carmen and a museum as remains of the culture around salt generated on the island. It is a visit of great beauty where culture and nature join.
The visit of the museum includes two routes, one inside and another one outside .The museum is a didactic exhibition that tells about the formation and history of salt, saline ecosystems and culture and applications of the salt from the Canary Islands and from The Salt Mines of El Carmen in particular. In this modern building they also show audiovisual documentaries telling you all the details about the production of salt in this place.
Outside, the museum consists of salt mines still in use, where you can walk on a guided tour to see live the traditional process for extracting salt from the ocean. It’s really worth knowing in situ how the sea salt is taken to our tables.
The surroundings of the village and the museum, with the salt mines, ancient and modern buildings, the cetacean, the sea in the background… are really beautiful. And after the visit, don’t forget to buy a bit of salt extracted in this lovely place in the museum store, it is one of the most valuable products of Fuerteventura.