Solar Salt, Janubio, Lanzarote
Janubio salt pan in South West Lanzarote is a tourist attraction but also produces a considerable amount of salt. The salt flats here produce more than 15,000 tons of salt a year, although that’s only a third of the quantity produced 40 years ago.
The method of salt extraction was introduced in 1895 and has changed little since last century. Large wooden staves known as palancas de madera, are employed, with sea water passing through narrow channels into ponds where the water simply condenses.
The residue then passes through wooden ducts into salt pans where the process is completed, leaving bright sparkling crystals of salt.