A Geographical Treasure In Cardona The Salt Mountain

A few days ago we visited the charming medieval Town of Cardona and saw one of the great natural attractions of the Area: the Salzberg.

This is a unique natural phenomenon in the world, in which nature still acts and changes the environment that inspires its life. Its 120-meter turn is just the beginning of a huge Diapir almost two kilometers deep.

Salt Mountain is more than 4 million years old. For years it was one of the most important potassium salt mines in the world: Mina Nieves de Cardona operated from 1929 to 1990.

The former mining area is now the Salt Mountain Cultural Park, a large cultural center intended to spread the importance of salt, the geological uniqueness of the deposit and human exploitation for centuries.

For an hour we can enter this old Mine and make a visit of 86 meters deep to learn more about its geological formations. The salt mass is excellent and delights at every stage with its forms, shadows and passages.

In addition to guided tours, there are also dramatized ones that are especially fun for children. The complex includes an open museographic space that explains the history of salt extraction, geology, mineralogy and botany of this interesting natural area, the Saline Valley.

You can also enter the mining Well Machines building to see a real gem of industrial archaeology: the wells designed and built by Alsthom (now Alstom) in the 1920s, and in the basement there is a photo exhibition.

The former carpentry and mechanical workshop now houses the salt craft center, Art-Sal and The Exhibition “memory of mining colonies”.

You should know that access is possible only in guided groups and there are a certain number of days. So if you want to visit the Salzberg, you should check availability or book online.

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