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Historical heritage of the Regional Park: cultural heritage in the salt lakes of San Pedro del Pinatar

In 2016, the coordinator of LIFE Salinas Gustavo A. Ballesteros led the creation of an inventory regarding cultural heritage, compiling information from various administrations (Servicio de Patrimonio Histórico de la Dirección General de Bellas Artes y Bienes Culturales de la Región de Murcia, Dirección General de Medio Ambiente de la Consejería de Agricultura, Agua y Medio Ambiente de la Región de Murcia y Ayuntamiento de San Pedro del Pinatar) as well as from the company that carries out the extraction of salt in the salt lakes of San Pedro del Pinatar, named Salinera Española S.A. Interviews were also carried out with personnel from both the company Salinera Española S.A. and the Information Services of Natural Areas.

Other than the two main historical traditions: salt extraction and traditional fishing at “Las Encañizadas”, we can also find the following archaeological elements : the Windmills of “Quintín y de la Calcetera”; the households located at the entrance of the “La Llana” beach, other old residences including the one owned by the old director of the saline lakes; the buildings relating to “La Encañizada de la Torre y del Ventorillo” and its surroundings; the towers of “La Encañizada y de Pinatar”: the old roman shipwrecks located at “Punta de Algas”, “San Ferrol” and “La Torre Derribada”; the anchorage of “El Mojón”; and the roman villas of “La Raya y el Salar”.

Currently, only the windmills of “Quintín y de la Calcetera” have been declared as Goods of Cultural Interest.

References: Gustavo A. Ballesteros Pelegrín (2016). Bienes Culturales del Parque Regional Salinas y Arenas de San Pedro del Pinatar, Murcia. Ge-conservación nº 9/ 2016. pp. 71-83. ISSN: 1989-8568. https://www.ge-iic.com/ojs/index.php/revista/article/view/344

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