Laguna Salada de Torrevieja, the Pink Lake of Spain

Laguna Salada de Torrevieja, the Pink Lake of Spain

Laguna Salada de Torrevieja,Spagna

Laguna Salada de Torrevieja, the Pink Lake of Spain

The Laguna Salada de Torrevieja is one of the saltiest and largest lakes in Europe. It is known for its bright pink color due to a variety of microorganisms typical of saline environments which has made it one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world. Located just a few miles from Alicante, this lake is found in the beautiful nature reserve of the Costa Blanca just in southeast Spain.

Torrevieja is a town situated between two salt lakes, both connected to the sea by a network of canals: La Mata Lake with its traditional green-blue coloring and the Torrevieja Lake with shades of pink so intense that it enchants every visitor. It is a true spectacle of nature, generated by the presence of the bacterium Halobacterium and the Dunaliella Salina algae which when combined, give life to the bright color of the lake.

The Laguna Salada produces as much as 350 grams of salt per liter of water, a very high concentration not far from that of the Dead Sea. The Torrevieja lakes provide as many as 700,000 tons of salt per year which is exported abroad. The high concentration of minerals and iodine in the area have created one of the most unique microclimates in the world, creating air that is ripe with benefits to the respiratory system. Even the muds deposited on the bottom of the lagoon are a perfect remedy for skin and joint diseases.

The best time to visit this enchanting town is during the late summer, when the colors of its waters reach a maximum intensity of pink, until reaching a sparkling fuchsia. From mid-August to the end of September the landscape is completed in its maximum splendor with the arrival of over 2,000 flamingos that come to spend their breeding season here.

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