This is the pink lagoon of Torrevieja: a unique natural phenomenon in Spain
It is forbidden to bathe in it but this unusual show is well worth a trip to the Costa Blanca.
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This is the pink lagoon of Torrevieja © Getty Images
Sometimes it is not necessary to go to the other side of the world to find (and photograph) the more effective landscapes. In the Alicante region of the Vega Baja del Segura there is a huge 1,400 hectares pink lagoon that is part of Natural Park of the Lagunas de la Mata and Torrevieja.See 12 photos
The most spectacular salt flats in Spain
This phenomenon of natural origin, unique in Spain, is produced by a bacterium that releases a pinkish pigment in waters with high salt concentration: in the case of the pink lagoon, 350 grams per liter of water, a figure very similar to that of the Dead Sea.
And it's not only pretty: it's also the most productive salt lagoon in our entire continent, since they are extracted from it 800,000 tons of salt annually, which are exported to northern Europe and the United States for industrial purposes - from the defrosting salt for roads to the dishwasher salt - but also food - to make, for example, salted fish-.
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Precisely that excess salt is the "culprit", in part, of that bubble gum pinksometimes even fuchsia, that characterizes this lagoon, similar to others like the Lake Hillier or Hutt Lagoon, in Australia; the pink lakes of Las Coloradas (Mexico); he Dusty Rose Lake from Canada, the Masazirgol lake of Azerbaijan or the pink lake of Senegal.
It is in waters with a high salt concentration where the reddish halobacteria and microalgae that have carotenoid pigments and from which the saline artemia feeds, a tiny pinkish aquatic invertebrate crustacean, which in turn is the basis of the diet of flamingo or picofin gull. Yes, almost everything here is pink.
Torrevieja salt spray foam © iStock
The bad news is that, as appealing as it may seem, it is forbidden to bathe in it, although the photos of Instagram media seem to say otherwise. For environmental reasons, for guarantee the quality of lagoon ecosystems, but also for safety reasons, the bathroom is not allowed.
Salt extraction is done with submerged agricultural machines, called “dump trucks” and then collected with barges, which means a danger to bathers who skip the norm, So the best bathroom you can take is later and in the Mediterranean.
Although you can not splash in pink waters, you can immortalize this unusual show or perform any of the walking or cycling routes They will recommend you in the Interpretation Center of the Natural Park, to see, in addition to flamingos, winter birds such as herons or ospreys.
They also organize environmental education activities for the little ones in the house if you decide to do the family outing, such as recycling workshops or guided tours to discover the more than 150 species of flora inventoried in the Natural Park: daffodils, Saladar flower, senecios, Friar Crown or Small Abejer.
Do not forget that the 52% of the municipality of Torrevieja is protected and that this wetland from which salt is obtained was declared Natural Park in 1992.
View of the pink lagoon of Torrevieja © iStock
Have we convinced you? Especially at sunset, during the warmer months and just before raining, the picture is magical. Of course, once there you may be tempted to succumb and imitate all those who submerge in the water or bathe in the mud, but nature teaches us, once again, that Sometimes it is better to observe the beauty from the shore.
WHAT ELSE CAN YOU DO IN TORREVIEJA
- If you are from Beach, plant the umbrella in de la Mata, in Cura, in Los Locos or in Los Náufragos.
- Try the grilled octopus, the ball with broth, the fried roe and the tomato with roasted chaplain El Rojo Bar. The one of all the life, the one that does not need ornaments.
- Camouflage among locals in the El Gambeo Freice or in the Cura Cider House.
- And when you get tired of fried fish, go to Giusto, a vegan restaurant That will be one of the surprises of the trip.
Sunset in the pink lagoon of Torrevieja © Getty Images
- Go along the seafront eating an ice cream of Sirvent Miralles or of Ramón Sirvent. Everything is in family.
- Take as a souvenir, to snack on your trip back home, a mona or panquemao -a typical brioche of Alicante and Murcia- of the Miguel Hernández Bakery.
- Sleep in this modern villa with a swimming pool or at the Hotel Doña Monse: 26 of its 70 rooms overlook the pink lagoon. Also, from your Pink Café, with panoramic terrace -Only for guests-, pool and cocktail bar, you can see the best sunsets in the area.See 12 photos
The most spectacular salt flats in Spain