The Pink Lake of Torrevieja is one of the most important tourist spots in the area both because of its visual beauty and because of the ecosystem of birds found there. Located in the Lagunas de La Mata-Torrevieja Natural Park, this space has pink waters that give it its name and a characteristic appearance.
It is not necessary to travel outside of Spain to discover unique places, the Costa Blanca has one of them and we invite you to discover it.
Discover what the Pink Water Ecosystem Hides
This large lake measuring more than 1,400 hectares has a concentration of salt that is similar to that of the Dead Sea (350 grams per liter of water). This area is protected and, therefore, bathing is prohibited. In addition, its ecosystem is very sensitive; thus, it is necessary to be careful during each visit that is made.
The lake has a vast ecosystem in which flora and fauna come together, especially birds. If you decide on one of the routes around the lake, you can discover local plants like daffodils, ragworts, turbith, salt marsh flowers, and bee orchids.
As for birds, you will be able to discover a great variety of species that nest in the surroundings of the lake. Noteworthy are the flamingos, ospreys, and gray herons. This is a unique space that you should not miss, especially if you are fond of ornithology.
The Lake and the Extraction of Salt
The lake is not only a unique natural space, it is also one of the largest salt producers in Europe. The flora and fauna coexist with human activity in a calm and sustainable way. Some 800,000 tons of salt are extracted throughout the year and used for different uses, such as de-icing roads, salt for the dishwasher, and for salting fish.
Submersible agricultural machinery is used for its extraction, and the salt is subsequently collected using barges. This is another reason why swimming is prohibited.
Why the Water is Pink
Without a doubt, one of the great attractions of this lake is its pink water. The intensity of pink varies depending on the time of day, amount of light, etc.; thus, you may not always see it when you visit.
The reason for this pigmentation is an algae known as Dunaliella salina, which gets together with a little crustacean with a pinkish color known as Artemia salina. When they both join, the lake acquires its peculiar color. In addition, crustaceans are the main food of flamingos.
How to Get to the Pink Lake of Torrevieja
It is located about ten minutes by car from the city of Torrevieja. In addition, it has ample parking. From there, you’ll only have a short walk of about ten minutes before you’re able contemplate this spectacular place.
In the area you can also find the natural park’s interpretation center, where they will advise you on the different routes that you can take on foot or by bicycle to discover all the surroundings and the magical places therein.
Tips for Visiting the Lake
If you decide to make the visit, you should keep these tips in mind to enjoy it to the fullest:
– Sun: choose a sunny day. That is when you can best admire the color of the lake. It is important for you to wear sun protection to keep from getting burned.
– Clothes and shoes: choose something comfortable and cool to be able to travel the routes with ease.
– Water: it is essential to stay hydrated during your visit. You can also take some food. Don’t forget to pick up any waste, so as not to damage the ecosystem.
– Family: this is something that is perfect to do as a family. The trails are easy to travel and the little ones will be able to discover animals and plants that will impress them.
Other Points of Interest near the Lagoon
To have a great day at the lake and surrounding area, you can try other types of activities:
– Beaches: the La Mata, El Cura and Los Locos beaches are some of the more important ones in the area that will allow you to take a good dip in the Mediterranean.
– Boardwalk: the Torrevieja boardwalk is well known and, without a doubt, deserves a visit.
– Food: enjoy the fried fish (known locally as “pescaíto frito“) or the octopus in one of the traditional restaurants in the city once you finish your visit to the lake.
The Costa Blanca is Much More than its Beaches
The Costa Blanca is well known for its beaches, but it has unique natural spaces such as the Pink Lake of Torrevieja as well. This space is on par with other, more well-known ones like Dusty Rose Lake (Canada) and Lake Hillier (Australia). Without leaving Spain, you can discover a unique place and a spectacular ecosystem. Start to play your visit.