Why Visit Aigues-Mortes the Old Mediterranean Port
Surrounded by Stone
The salt flats or salins in the Camargue generate over two million tons of sea salt per year. From April until October, Mediterranean water runs into 60 km of channels and evaporation pans near Aigues-Mortes. During the summer months, the water’s salt content intensifies from 26g to over 260g, and the salt crystals begin forming. Fleur de sel refers to the “blooms or petals” of lacy flakes that float to the top of the salt pans. As the water evaporates, precious salt particles are raked and harvested before the crystals sink to the bottom of the holding area.