Janubio salt flats are the biggest salt flats still producing in the Canary Islands. Their amazing colours are a must-see for tourists in Lanzarote.
The salt industry used to be very important in the Canary Islands. The island of Lanzarote counted with 26 salt production sites back in the 1940’s. We can still see remains of Lanzarote’s salt flats golden age in the capital Arrecife or in the northern town of Orzola. But sadly most of the old salt pans have been destroyed and constructed over. Actually, the now tourist town of Costa Teguise used to be filled with giant salt flats.
Once the fishermen got the possibility to freeze the fish they caught directly on the boat, they had no need to keep using the tonnes of salt they used to preserve the fish for several weeks before getting back on land.
The once flourishing salt industry drastically reduced its production and the island’s economy had to adapt rapidly. Nowadays, the island only counts with 3 functioning salt flats producing one-third of what they used to.
But let’s get back to Janubio salt flats’ history…
According to some sources, before Timanfaya’s devastating eruptions that took place between 1730 and 1736, Janubio’s area used to be a cultivated land linked to a port.
Timanfaya’s consecutive eruptions closed the ancient gulf creating the lagoon that permitted Janubio salt flats’ creation in 1895. Since then, the same family has been operating Janubio salt flats’ production.
The salt collection takes place between May and September/October when the hot and dry climate permits salt’s concentration and crystallisation. Wind and sun are the essential elements of the salt production cycle. The wind allows salted water to move between salt pans while sun’s heat increases salt concentration and water’s evaporation.
Janubio Salt Flats Useful Information
Janubio Salt Flats’ warehouse opens from 7:00 am to 2:30 pm every day. You’ll be able to buy coarse salt (€3.5 for 500g) or gourmet “Fleur de Sel” (€7 for 200g).
If you’re visiting outside opening time, don’t worry, you can still buy Janubio’s salt from the “Mirador de las Salinas” restaurant (Closed on Thursdays) which offers a panoramic view of the Janubio’s salt flats and where we had one of the best black rice (arroz negro) on the island so far…
Photographers will find several spots on the road around Janubio salt flats to capture panoramic views of this breathtaking landscape.
Here comes the Google Maps link. It can be useful.