Walking to Torre Colimena and the flamingo of the monk’s saltpan
Torre Colimena, near Manduria, is 60km far from “A Locanda Tù Marchese” historical B&B and family typical restaurant in Matino. We with our guide organize a bus to go to Torre Colimena and a trekking route there.
The Salina, was known as the Monks because it was handled by the Bendictine monks of Aversa until 1404, extends for about 250.000 squares meters near a stretch of coastal dunes located to the west of Torre Colimena.
This Salina is a depression, enclosed by dunes by the sea and by the hills on the land side. In it the seawater first poured from the swamps, then channeled into two ducts cut in to the tufa cliff, was regulated in the influx by wooden locks , whose housings are still visible.
The extraction of salt for centuries carried out in this salt room as a very profitable activity. This is evidenced by the presence of a deposit built on the rocky north bank of the same with well-squared calcarenite(tufa). The Monk’s saltpan was, in fact, included in the S.I.C of the “Natura 2000 Network” and has become regional oriented reserve. During spring , Italian riders, martin fisherman , pink flamingos, and many other birds choose the saltpan as a rest area to find nourishment.
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