A Visit to the Sicilian Salt Pans – Saline di Nubia

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Ancient techniques and windmills, mounds of salt that look like snow, and must-have travel accessories all on the Mediterranean coast. Experience a visit to the Museum of Salt at Saline di Nubia.

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The famous Sicilian salt pans or flats, saline, are tucked away off SP 21 a little bit south from the city of Western city of Trapani. The drive makes it seem like an industrial looking area with occasional heaps of salt along the side of the road, but many don’t know that there is more to discover than what meets the eye. As we drove we kept asking ourselves – where are they? Where are the shallow lagoons and windmills we see in all those picture perfect postcards? My mother and I had this crazy obsession with having to see these salt pans. Why? I could not really tell you. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that they use a technique that’s been used since the 14th century and it has been a vital part of the Sicilian economy. It is a part of Sicily, a part of its history, culture, and it brings us back to the basics, to our primitive lives before technology and automated labor. After all, that is one of the beauty’s of Sicily, going back in time to a simpler life.

Turn west off SP 21 and you will find a dramatic landscape that stretches for 29km punctuated by windmills and the occasional view of the Egadi Islands on a clear day. Located between these salt pans is the Salt Museum of Nubia, Museo del Sale. You see piles and mounds of salt that must be at least 15 feet tall. The ancient stone building and windmill appear as we drive closer to the Saline on the narrow road.

The 300-year-old salt worker’s house now features a salt museum that recounts the production of salt and its importance to the Sicilian economy. Today, the property also features an adorable outdoor dining area facing the salt lagoons and marshes where one could enjoy cuisine prepared with this one of a kind salt!

My mother and I decided to take a step back in time and go wander in the Mediterranean salt pans. The property allows visitors to walk on narrow paths and view this century old marvel.

Speaking about going back in time, I had brought along with me the my new favorite travel accessory my JORD wooden watch—the must-have accessory for any travel trip made with 100% natural, hand-finished woods. The ultra-slim design and lightweight of the wood made it for the perfect watch for the hot Sicilian heat. I own the FRANKIE35 series made with dark sandalwood and slate. The wood is splash proof as well, which is ideal for walking along the Sicilian coast and spending a day at the beach.

On the other side of the saline lies the Mediterranean sea. You will find occasional fishermen’s boats hooked up to the side of the Nubian museum or one out on the water as well. A morning spent exploring the saline‘s history and one of Sicily’s main sources of economy is a must on one’s travel to-do list. Not only for it’s beauty, after all it is considered a WWF since 1995, but for the manner in which it brings you back to a simpler time in life.

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20 Replies to “A Visit to the Sicilian Salt Pans – Saline di Nubia”

  1. Love these photos ! Looks like a fun trip !

  2. Wonderful post! I love Sicilia 😍 It’s such a beautiful place to be!

  3. Wow I didn’t know they had salt pans in Sicily. Beautiful photos. BTW I love you shorts and top outfit. Soooo cute

  4. I didn’t know Sicily had salt pans. Lovely photos! Also I am in love with your shorts and bra top. Sooo cute!

  5. These photos are great. Looks like a beautiful place to be. Also, love that watch!

  6. Looks so interesting!

  7. Now I know where my salt comes from, great photos. Sorry I don’t wear any watch

  8. Such beautiful pictures, and that museum sounded super interesting

    The Quirky Queer

  9. Beautiful post, place and pics! Brava Sveva😉

  10. Great photos, great place to visit. Thanks for the tips

  11. Beautiful pictures! There is an old salt mine near where I live and there’s a similar wood mechanism. The salt mine exists from around the 1300.

    1. That is super cool Cristina! Where do you live?

  12. Gorgeous photography! I adore those windmills!!

  13. Stunning! I’ll be in Italy soon but I already know I’m going to miss out on so much. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to visit soon!

  14. Beautiful! A place I never considered visiting.

  15. Looks like a fun trip! I love that old windmill!

  16. Looks gorgeous!! Thanks for taking us there!

  17. Wooow…Nice place and pictures.. Looks like you enjoyed your visit..

  18. Looks beautiful! My hubby and I are hoping to do an Italy trip next summer and I can’t wait even if it’s not planned haha


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