Salinas de Santa Pola

Salinas de Santa Pola. Vista aérea
Salinas de Santa Pola. Cristalizador (laguna rosa)
Salinas de Santa Pola. Barca en la playa
Salinas de Santa Pola. Itinerario de las dunas del Pinet
Salinas de Santa Pola. Laguna en la zona dunar del Pinet
Salinas de Santa Pola. Flamencos en vuelo
Salinas de Santa Pola Agujas colipintas en paso.
Salinas de Santa Pola Detalle de Limonium cesium

Salinas de Santa Pola

  • Country: 
    Spain
  • Site number: 
    457
  • Area: 
    2,491.2 ha
  • Designation date: 
    05-12-1989
  • Coordinates: 
    38°11'N 00°37'E
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Overview

The Site is an extensive complex of salt pans and marshes on the Mediterranean coast. The coastal part, separated from the sea by sand dunes and beaches, was converted in 1900 for intensive salt production, while the inland part is less saline and transformed, featuring marshes and temporary pools. These two different habitat types contribute to the wetland’s high biodiversity value: 32 wetland plant and animal species found here are threatened and ten species are endemic. Of these, the wetland hosts one of the world’s most important populations of the endangered Aphanius iberus (Spanish toothcarp, locally known as fartet). In addition, waterbird populations are significant, with the wetland hosting internationally important numbers of breeding little tern (Sternula albifrons) and wintering greater flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus). A management plan has been implemented since 2010.

Administrative region: 
Comunitat Valenciana

  • National legal designation: 
    • Parque Natural
    • Microrreserva de flora
    • Humedal del Catálogo de Zonas Húmedas de la Comunitat Valenciana
    • Humedal del Inventario Español de Zonas Húmedas
    • Microrreserva de flora
  • Regional (international) legal designations: 
    • EU Natura 2000
  • Last publication date: 
    14-07-2020