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  • Torrevieja La Mata Natural Park:  | Torrevieja La Mata Natural Park

Mon 3 February 2020

| Torrevieja La Mata Natural Park

This is a protected natural park where you can find the biggest and oldest salt lakes in Europe.

Licences to harvest the salt were granted by Royalty in the 13th century and nowadays the salt is sent to Northern Europe, for use during their winter months.

As the pink lake is still a working salt lake, towards the north you are able to see the huge salt piles.

You can stroll through the park on its sandy paths, through various marked out routes.

The pink salt lake has the most amazing, far stretching views and the unusual colour is caused by the same pigments of bacteria found in the Dead Sea.

During breeding season, bird lovers and photographers are treated to the majestic sight of flamingos, along with all kinds of aquatic and marine birds such as ospreys terns and gulls.

Both lakes are also homelands for all types animals, including foxes, toads and lizards and if you’re lucky enough, you can see the beautiful dragonflies and a variety of different coloured insects pass on by.

During Spring, wild flowers provide a splash of colour alongside the pathways.

There are picnic areas where you can eat under the pine trees, which give you wonderful views of the lakes.

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