THE WHITE SEA HOUSE IN CALPE & LAS SALINAS
ORIGINS OF THE WHITE MYSTERIOUS HOUSE
Everyone always keeps wondering what the little white house is doing right next to the “Baños de la Reina” in Calpe, and we are finally going to give you an answer to the question.
The theory is that this little house is where the sea water used to be arranged that they fed into the Salinas back when it was still a salt mine.
It´s also said that it is still being used to prevent the Salinas from running out of water. It is obvious that if there´s no water coming into the Salinas, from the sea, there would be no water supply at all, because it doesn´t rain enough, and if it did, the water wouldn´t be salt.
It is not being used as much as back in the day, when it was used at daily base. Now it´s only being used every now and then just to supply salt water.
LAS SALINAS CALPE
Salt was a product of first necessity for the conservation of the foods, Calpe used it for the commercialization of its fishing. This shows that the exploitation of the Calp salt mines had a very remote origin.
In Roman times it complemented its production with the fish farm, acquiring its maximum splendor in the 2nd Century a.C. Las Salinas acquired great importance throughout history, reaching more than 40 municipalities. At the end of the 18th Century its deterioration begins to be evident and it becomes a focus of infections that caused fevers among the population. Later there were several attempts to put them back into operation, being Vicente Buigues, known as “Ti Marguí”, who started the exploitation of the most contemporary salinas, which stopped working at the end of the 80s. In 1993 they were declared a maritime zone -land
In the Salinas you can see various birds, with flamenco being one of the most striking with it´s beautiful white and pink colours. As well as vegetation typical of this peculiar ecosystem.
WHY ARE FLAMENCOS PINK?
Their pink colour comes from their feeding. The flamingos find food by filtering the bottom of the salt pans with their beaks in search of a small crustacean, the Artemia salina (Artemia salina is a species of brine shrimp – aquatic crustaceans that are more closely related to Triops and cladocerans than to true shrimp. It is a very old species that does not appear to have changed in 100 million years.), which is what gives them the pink color.