We travel back in time to 1910, the golden age of Las Salinas del Carmen
All of us admire the incredible countryside generating Fuerteventura’s coastline: that constant dialogue between the Atlantic Ocean and the volcanic rock doesn’t leave anyone untouched. That gave place to natural salt works that became more complex exploitations. The most important in Fuerteventura were Las Salinas del Carmen, the only ones that keep working in the whole island. Las Salinas del Carmen museum, recently renovated, allows us to make a trip back to 1910, its golden age.
Don Manuel Velázquez Cabrera, the salt works owner then, welcomes us to his house. Through a visit crossing his office, his studio and even his bedroom he presents us the history of the Canary Island Salt works, its particular methods to obtain the salt and what the life of the workers in the salt works was like. To end up, a spectacular animation involves us in the world of the salt.
In the outside area we can visit the salt works, where we’ll see the present workers carrying out their everyday duties, extracting salt through the traditional method. The protagonist of our itinerary will be, no doubt, the breakwater: the waves in the sea break against the wall, allowing the salt works to obtain the salt foam and go through the kilnsv and slashers just pushed by the very waves. The best of the ocean is found in those little grains, which produce a salt with a high level of exceptionally pure trace elements. The museum offers the possibility to become «saltpan workers for a day», experiencing the traditional labour of extracting salt, typical in the Canary Islands, in the salt mining pits, monitored by the very workers and with their own tools.
The renovation of the museum allows us to live a unique experience, which connects us with the island culture in an unforgettable way. Our technologies, manipulatives and activities whose main aim is to show the richness of history and the culture of the island, thus enhancing the value of the island heritage. Tourists and residents are invited to this programme, which shows that Fuerteventura has a lot to offer, apart from its paradise beaches.
MUSEO DE LAS SALINAS DEL CARMEN
Barrio de las Salinas. Antigua.
OPEN EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR, FROM 10:00H TO 18:00H.