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La Salinas del Carmen: the importance of salt in the history of our island
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La Salinas del Carmen: the importance of salt in the history of our island.

The Salinas de El Carmen come from the historic Salinas de La Hondurilla dating back to approximately 1800. Declared a monument in 2002, they are the first salt harvest on the island.

More than 200 years of history
These were expanded in successive years reaching in 1910 its current configuration being already owner D. Manuel Velázquez Cabrera, currently occupying 28,320 m2 and as with the old Canarian mud salt flats, it is located directly attached to the flat coast, with an alluvium front where the socket fits as a catchment mechanism.

Currently, the Salinas del Carmen Museum is responsible for promoting and disseminating information about this historic exploitation located in the north of the island, also known as the house of Manuel Velázquez Cabrera, owner of the building in 1910. "In his office he will show us the history of the Canarian salt mines in general and of these salt mines in particular, in the study we will learn how salt is obtained and the peculiarities of the Saltadero del Carmen, we will cross the warehouse with the tools of the salt worker and, in the bedroom, we will better understand what the day to day of the salt workers was like with old images ...", They recommend from the museum.

As for its location, the main characteristic is that its catchment system is direct, filling with the Tides at the point called bufadero or saltadero, from where a channel with spillway starts, which leads the water by gravity to the cookers.

The Salinas de El Carmen are transitional salt flats, originally made of mud, they were not lined with stone until the forties, increasing the efficiency of the installation. Therefore, it has characteristics of both types.

Delimitation and protection
The delimitation coincides with the delimitation of the Special Protection Plan, definitively approved on March 30, 1995.

This delimitation establishes an area of protection around the property that aims to prevent and protect the monument from works and other activities that affect its integrity or prevent its appreciation and enjoyment.

Likewise, part of the delimited area is affected by the maritime-terrestrial demarcation and the 100 meters of servitude and protection established by the aforementioned demarcation.

Therefore the delimitation starts from El Saltadero, located to the NE, on the shore of the sea, in a westerly direction, coinciding with the stone wall that delimits the property, approximately 210 meters, point foreseen in the Special Protection Plan as a place of access to the monument; from here, it makes a break of 79 meters to the West, in the direction of the general crossing of access to the nucleus of Las Salinas to the edge of the road, from where it breaks in a Southwest direction, 126 meters, coinciding with the outer edge of the road, point from which it breaks again at approximately 90º in a Southeasterly direction, coinciding with the curb of the street of the future parking foreseen in the Special Protection Plan, in line of 87 meters, from where it continues in the direction of the Beach, bordering on the outside the existing pedestrian path to shores of the sea and that in a straight line measures 150 meters.
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