Gozo Salt Pans

tumblr_of025rzjy71ukmz4po1_1280

Theres this place, a place that I go to roughly every two years, but its a place that i’ve been going to since I was five. For my family, its a place they’ve been going since my mum was ten.

tumblr_of025rzjy71ukmz4po3_1280

This place, is unlike other places. Its a place of pure magic,peace, and friends.

So one place that I haven’t been to in years and years, maybe not even since I was ten, is the Salt Pans.

There is something so peaceful about them. Maybe if you didn’t know they existed in Gozo, you wouldn’t notice them. Which I kind of like. You have to know they are there, to see them.

tumblr_of025rzjy71ukmz4po5_1280

On the north coast of Gozo west of Marsalforn there is a chequers board of rock cut, salt pans. All you see in front of them is the sea. Nothing else.

But these salt pans stretch along the coast for 3km. These salt pans are three hundred and fifty years old.

The Gozitan tradition of sea salt production has been pasted down within certain families for generations. In the summer months you can still find locals scraping up the crystals of the salt.
Once the salt is collected the salt is stored and processed in caves that have been carved into the coastal rock.

tumblr_of025rzjy71ukmz4po4_1280

There is something nice about tradition. Whilst countries and people become modernised, its nice to hold onto something that isn’t modern. Of course i’m sure there are places that do this in a more modern way, but its nice to have something different and a bit old school still happen here in Gozo.

tumblr_of025rzjy71ukmz4po6_1280

Personally for me, this is a place where you can loose yourself in the beauty of simplicity. There really isn’t much surrounding you, except there is quite a lot at the same time. If you look out from the salt pans you see the mediterranean sea, if you turn around, theres a road, but there is also the beautiful rocks surrounding you.

tumblr_of025rzjy71ukmz4po2_1280

Its a place you can go, to just be.
And in the ever simplicity of Gozo, maybe thats the point.

http://www.visitgozo.com/where-to-go-in-gozo/sight-seeing-places-interest/saltpans/?search_term=salt%20pans

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s