Salinas, the small town with the big heart. Surrounded by four mountain ranges the town nestles in a lovely flat area that has been very popular with Ex-Pats during the last few years as property is very well priced. The town has everything, a small supermarket, two banks, a pharmacy and Health Centre, municipal swimming pool and a host of restaurants, bars and cafes.
Salinas in named after “sal” the Salt Lakes or the lagoon as it is referred to. At present, the lagoon has been drained, but the natural environment has drawn on that history, providing an interesting setting for hiking, with three signposted routes, as well as offering the possibility of visiting its parks, sites and historical buildings. and to enjoy its gastronomy and the quality of its wines.
Salinas is about 35-40 minutes drive to Alicante Airport and the beaches and only five minutes away from Sax.
The Tourist attractions are:
The aqueduct of Casa Molineta - Built with irregular blocks of stone and mortar to transfer the water from La Molineta to the Casa Plaza estate, it shows the municipality's wealth of water which was so important in the past. The aqueduct starts at La Molineta street.
Casa Mataix - The great variety of tree species makes this enclave a pleasant place of visit. It´s easy to make contact with nature and its status as a botanical centre and to get to know the species of different ecosystems.
Church of San Antonio Abad - Its construction began in 1751, as a building with a single nave with a central dome and side chapels. Inside you can see a unique sculpture in Spain that represents Saint John the Evangelist inside a container with flames, reflecting the legend that it was put in a pot with oil and it did not burn. Next to the Chapel of Communion a part of the original pavement is preserved.
The Lake/Lagoon - Historically it has been the main source of wealth for the different settlers. In 1994, the Government gave the Salinas City Council this enclave, of some 300 hectares, to improve the landscape environment. At present, various projects are being developed to regenerate part of the lagoon, thanks to which a humid area has been created again, now populated by various plant species and animals in the area.