The pink salt flat of Torrevieja is a relatively under the radar attraction along southern Spain’s Costa Blanca. The flat is a natural lake not very far from the Mediterranean Sea. It lies north west of the city of Torrevieja and features some of the most beautiful pink hues you will find in a lake!
How to Get to Torrevieja and the Flat
Coming from Alicante, I took a bus on Costa Azul. The fare was 4.50 for a one-way ticket and I paid in cash since I arrived a bit late. The ride takes just over an hour and drops you in the center of Torrevieja. You can see the schedules here. Returning was the same price, so all in all, 9 euros round trip.
There isn’t a lot of concise information about visiting the pink salt flat, so I took my chances and walked along as close as I could to the edge until I found an entrance. This turned out to be a bad idea, as much of the streets near the lake are private residential properties. Looking back it would have been smarter to rent a bike for this journey. Upon reaching the Laguna De Sal park, I turned left and finally found an entrance to the flat at the corner of Calle Sol and Calle del Lago. There may be one closer to the south but this is the first one I came across.
From here, there is a dirt pathway you walk along for about a minute until you reach the flat.
Exploring the Flat
I have to say reaching the flat was quite surreal. I wasn’t sure how pink it would be in real life, and while the lake isn’t neon pink, it sure does have a very strong pink hue to it, especially up close! The area appears almost otherworldly because of the color and the white bubbly clouds of salt which build up at the water’s edge.
What to Bring
I came totally unprepared for my trip to the salt flat of Torrevieja, but luckily I was able to buy a cheap pair of flip flops at a convenience store along the way! I didn’t realize how much the salt would actually stick to my feet. When you’re in the water you don’t realize how salty it is, and even coming out, you think you’re ok. About five minutes later, the water dries and the salt remains on your skin. I’d recommend bringing the following items if you decide to go: flip-flops, a bottle of water, and a towel.
I’d also add a swim suit to this list if you plan on bathing in the lake or putting the mud on your body! People were doing this when I went in November so I assume as long as the weather’s good it’s totally acceptable!
Torrevieja is definitely one of the best places to visit in Spain and I highly recommend checking it out!