las salinas del Janubio en Lanzarote
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Despite decades of tourism, the Canary Islands still keep their secrets, which is not noticed by most visitors. And islands like Lanzarote, even more so The Janubio salt flats are one of those secrets.

Today, apart from a traditional salt production centre, Janubio stands out for being an environment of great ecological value. It is one of those unique landscapes that dozens of photographers prowl around in search of the best snapshot of the year.

In this text we will be telling you a few things about these emblematic salt flats and you will discover one more reason why Lanzarote is so popular on Instagram. The island does not exist only because of volcanoes…

las salinas del Janubio

La colorida cuadrícula de las salinas del Janubio. / Janubio salt flats, a colourful grid.

The origins and the place 

Nonetheless, the origins of the Janubio salt flats are somewhat volcanic. It could not be otherwise. The lagoon that serves as the epicentre of the site, which now has a diameter of 300 metres and a maximum depth of 3 metres, was created when a lava barrier separated it from the sea.

The area was used for the production of cereals until the eruptions of 1730 devastated the area. Later, in 1895, it began to be exploited by a Catalan industrialist and some local families. It was thanks to an improvised Lanzarote construction technique called “mud with stone lining”.

This novelty made it possible to produce without depending directly on the sea, along with wells and windmills. The salt mines acquired their current proportion and distribution (21 pots and 23 heaters) in 1915, and the only notable novelty was the introduction of 4 pumping motors in the 1950s.

They are the largest salt flats in the archipelago in terms of surface area (44 hectares). Today they are considered to be a Protected Natural Area and a Site of Scientific Interest. Apart from having generated a unique ecosystem due to the presence of certain extremophilic bacteria and archaeas, they are a sustainable economic powerhouse in harmony with their environment.

TRAVELLER TIP: Janubio is in the municipality of Yaiza, on the southwestern coast of the island. The adjacent town is La Hoya, but it is so small that Las Breñas would be the nearest reference. You can easily get there via the LZ-2, after passing through Yaiza and La Geria (you know La Geria in Lanzarote and its impressive wine, don’t you?).

The salt: product and landscape

Logically, salt production is the raison d’être of the Janubio salt flats. It is carried out through traditional methods: the mills transport the water from the lagoon to the reservoirs, where it goes downslope, increasingly salty, until it reaches the crystallization pits. The harvest is in summer, and the storehouse witnesses the growth of the salt mountains…

Low productivity (20% of its potential) and zero mechanization (harvesting is done with a rake and shovel) which has been a hindrance in the past. But today they are the essence of Janubio’s fortune, which makes it a unique place. In fact, the windmills are being restored to fully return to the ancestral process.

Although salt is no longer indispensable for the preservation of fish, it has been “recycled” taking advantage of its high level of quality in other products: the exquisite flower of salt, brine for gourmet products and salt as a substitute for chlorine in swimming pools, a more environmentally friendly method.

In terms of aesthetics…If you’ve seen some salt flats before, you’ll know what to expect: a flat terrain, a whitish grid that reddens at certain times and places, a peculiar architecture, the radiance of the salt, the sun and the sea… And, in the background, the black and red, calcined soils of Lanzarote.

YOU CANNOT MISS THIS: For lovers of bird watching, Janubio is a privileged place. It seems that the bacteria and arches mentioned above appeal to a good number of winged species. Also a small crustacean called artemia. And all of them responsible for the reddening of the waters with high salt concentration).

Visiting Janubio and the surrounding area

While we are convinced that the Janubio salt flats are well worth a visit on their own, since you are on a tour in the area, it would be a shame not to visit a handful of other nearby places that delight the Instagram followers of Lanzarote:

  • Let’s start nearby. The beach of the Janubio salt flats is right next door: a beautiful, black, wild beach, where the most beautiful sunsets seem to be the most normal thing in the world. But don’t get involved, it’s dangerous.

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Hello Friday! 💜 Kocham spacery po plaży, a szczególnie – TAKIEJ plaży. 🖤🌋 Na Lanzarote można znaleźć dużo wulkanicznych plaż z czarnym piaskiem, a raczej drobnym żwirkiem. Dlatego na spacer w takim miejscu polecam zabrać odpowiednie buty. 👟 Plaża robi MEGA duże wrażenie chociaż różni się od tych, do których przywykliśmy w słonecznych, egzotycznych kurortach. Chciałabym, aby każdy dzień wyglądał tak jak ten! 🥰 Jakie plany na weekend Kochani? Ja jutro pracuję, a później czas spędzam z siostrą @monika.kielesinska. 🥳 Już nie mogę się doczekać! . . . ______________________________ #lanzarote #spain #canaryislands #holiday #summer #summermood #summerdress #atlanticocean #playadejanubio #salinasdejanubio #polishgirl #walking #weekend

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  • If you go north along the coast you will come across Los Hervideros; the volcanic eruptions that formed Timanfaya in the 18th century generating hollows and water spouts that will make you shudder when the sea roughly striking them.

  • We have already talked about the Puddle of the Clicos from time to time (of course), but it is impossible not to talk about this place: an unusual contrast of colours in a paradisiacal-exterrestrial context, a dream halfway between Dalí and Van Gogh, a…

  • Continuing south you will find Montaña Roja, the Rubicón plain, Los Ajaches and the mythical Papagayo beach, a succession of incredible landscapes. If you skip the White Beach there is no problem.

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Playa de Papagayo, Islas Canarias Resguardadas de los vientos del nordeste, al sur de Lanzarote, se extienden las playas de Punta Papagayo, de arena dorada y aguas tranquilas. Están enclavadas en el parque Natural de Los Ajaches. Desde el enclave turístico de Punta Blanca se puede llegar hasta ellas tanto a pie como en bicicleta. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #ocio_hoteles #NaturalQueGuste #playapapagayo #lanzarote #islas #canarias #parquenatural #ajaches #puntablanca #playas #espana #spain #aventura #naturaleza #travel #holiday #travelgram #adventure #instatravel #turismo #viaje #viajar #escapada #beautifuldestinations #wonderful_places #bestvacations #amoviajar #travelphotos #aroundtheworld #vacaciones

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  • Well, except for one reason: if you have an underwater camera and you’re not afraid of diving, check out Jason deCaires’ Atlantic Museum: evocative, spooky, inspiring… it’s hard to find the right adjective…

Not badhuh? 

You can see that the Janubio salt flats are not alone, but surrounded by other scenic wonders that make a visit to the south of Lanzarote something essential. Let us know what you already know or what you want to know about the subject here below!

las salinas del Janubio

Montones de sal. / Salt pile.

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