Los Cocoteros and the “Salinas del Tío Alberto”
When nowadays there is the talk about salt flats, or “Salinas” as they are called in Spanish, on Lanzarote than it will be the Salinas de Janubio in the south of the island, near the village of Playa Blanca, which first will come on our mind, as these are the most well known Salinas in Lanzarote. Less well known is probably the fact that the salt flats in Lanzarote until yet not so long ago employed a large proportion of the population. Up to 26 Salinas were there in the islands heydays and remains of these can still be seen above all on the East coast of Lanzarote. One of them are the so called “Salinas del Tio Alberto” near the charming village of Los Cocoteros. Salt has a long tradition in Lanzarote as it was needed in order to conserve fish. And not only in the kitchen, but also for the ships which where out at sea, often for weeks, only the salt made it possible to conserve their catch till they reached the harbour. Till the early 60’s many tons of salt were produced in Lanzarote every year. Only the Salinas de Janubio produced up to 10 million tons of salt per year in their golden age. But than the first freezers arrived in Lanzarote…
Depending on the design there are three different kind of salt flats. The “Salinas del Tio Alberto” are built on clay soil and walled with stones. This design was invented in the 19th Century, thanks to the ingenuity inhabitants of Lanzarote and has than spread rapidly from here onto the other Canary Islands.
The village of Los Cocoteros and the salt flats are an ideal destination for a relaxing afternoon at the coast. Opposite to the Salinas is a small bay with crystal clear waters and a wooden structure, a perfect place to spread your towel. Not far from here, in the village, there is a huge natural swimming pool which invites for a dip. Protected from the occasional waves both places are a wonderful option for the whole family. Hikers and bikers have the opportunity to pass Los Cocoteros and the “Salinas del Tio Alberto” on their way from Costa Teguise to the naturist village of Charco de Palo. In this case the weary traveler will find here an ideal place to get a little rest while watching the birds which have made the salt flats to their habitat. Almost as usual I would like to recommend the website of OutdoorLanzarote for those who wish a more detailed description for this trail.
If you are here in Lanzarote this week you’ll have the opportunity to join the fiestas in Los Cocoteros which will be celebrated from August 6 to 15, 2010. Details and a time table for the different acts are available on the website of Teguise.
Those who want to know more about the history of salt in Lanzarote – and can read Spanish, sorry for the rest folks – are able to find some good information on the following websites which have been helpful while writing this article:
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