Salinas de Torrevieja (the salt train tour)


Torrevieja is a destination for European tourists, many from the northern countries. They come here for the climate and the beach. Like any tourist spot in the world there are attractions outside of the beach that can occupy a few hours or days of your holiday. We have lived here over three years now and for three years I have heard Terri-Lynn repeatedly ask me to take her on the Salt train tour. Now, it is not as if I objected to the idea, it was just never really a focal point of my thoughts during the day. So finally, after being tired of hearing about it I made the effort to look it up, find out the departure times and buy two tickets.

The train leaves from the Paseo de la Libertad near the visitors center in Torrevieja and costs $8.95 euro per adult for a one hour tour. And, being a person that normally very much dislikes anything associated with tourists I must admit it was extremely enjoyable and well worth the time and money.

The salt lagoon of Torrevieja

The train takes us to an area of the salt production that is not accesible to visitors. They believe the salt production here started around 1803. This is the oldest and largest salt production area in Europe. We planned out our trip for the early evening to enjoy the sun setting on the lagoon.

Mountains of salt

Upon arriving we drove past mountains of salt. The tour has a recorded audio of the history of salt production in Torrevieja in both Spanish and English.

It was a beautiful night and a facinating tour. Highly reccomended.

A short video we made of the tour
A salt ship anchored out of Torrevieja waiting to load up the salt

Torrevieja produces 600,000 tons of salt per year and each salt ship like the one pictured above can hold 30,000 tons of salt. The salt is shipped across Europe and even to the United States.

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About XPLORE FILM and Sip & Stay

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Tony and Terri-Lynn met in 1987 as teenagers. In 1991 they were married.  Tony has been a professional musician his entire life and spent the 90’s touring and releasing albums.  In 2001 the couple left the cities and moved to a small community on the Oregon coast. This is where they fell into television production and film making. In 2004 Makai Ohana Productions was founded and the couple produced advertising and creative content for hundreds of tourism related businesses and government entities in Southern Oregon and Northern California. Realizing the industry was evolving towards the internet they re-branded the business in 2012 to Xplore Film.  This company would now be an international business producing films world wide as well as an NGO in West Africa where the couple provides clean water boreholes, scholarships and even a prosthetic hand project.

In 2018 Tony and Terri-Lynn with their dog Bisque Kitt packed the belongings they could carry on their backs and flew to Spain. They bought a home and planned to spend equal time between the two countries running the business.  Then Covid hit and the world closed.  By 2020 they realized Spain, and specifically Torrevieja was now home.  They bought a sailboat and started to create a life on the Costa Blanca of music, film, events and community.


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