The cane netting fences (encañizada in Spanish) are an ancient and traditional way of fishing used in coastal lagoons. There is evidence of its use by the Arabs in the Middle Ages.
Nowadays, the only one preserved in the entire Mediterranean Sea is the “Encañizada de la Torre”, located at the southern boundary of the Regional Park ‘Salinas y Arenales’, in San Pedro del Pinatar. Las Encañizadas are visible at the southernmost point of the Regional Park or further north in La Manga del Mar Menor.
The system consists of taking advantage of the natural water communication channel between both seas Mar Menor and Mediterranean, in order to catch the fishes in a labyrinth of reeds when they migrate. The reeds form circular labyrinths where larger species such as sea bream, mullet or sole can enter but find it impossible to leave.
This area is considered a place of great and singular beauty, which also houses important concentrations of waterfowl species.
Las Encañizadas can be visited by accessing from two different points:
- Las Encañizadas trail (PR-MU 65), from La Llana beach. This is 12 km circular route that begins at the Visitors Centre ‘Las Salinas’.
- From the Molino de Quintín (Quintín mill), following the Camino Quintín (Quintín way) to Punta de Algas beach.