A look into Fuerteventura’s past and its own white gold – this is the Salinas del Carmen Museum, which aims to celebrate what has been, for many years, one of the main economic drivers for the island, employing thousands of people. Over time, however, its production has shrunk in favour of other sectors. The museum is found in the region of Antigua, in the north of Fuerteventura.
A trip to this unique museum will bring you closer to a small part of Fuerteventura’s history and of what was, for a time, one of the economic pillars of the island. The first thing that catches your attention is the large fin whale skeleton at the entrance of the museum. This is part of an educational and cultural project across the island, which involves displaying different cetaceans that have been washed up on Fuerteventura’s shores, and consequently creating the Path of the Cetaceans (La Senda de los Cetáceos), as a way of celebrating the values of the natural environment.
Once inside, you’ll take a journey through the history, uses, and benefits of salt, as well as the processes from the extraction to making the salt ready for consumption.
Beyond the building, we can find one of the best attractions outside: the Salinas del Carmen. These are exceptional salt pans that keep the tradition alive and where you can see the curious harvesting process first-hand. From the sea breaking and throwing the water into the evaporation ponds, to the hands-on harvesting process carried out by the workers.
Opening hours and prices
Open Monday – Sunday from 10am – 6pm.
- The entry price is €6 for adults and €3 for children (3-11 years old).
- Free entry for under-3s.