Right next to the border with Spain, there’s this quaint little town called Castro Marim. It has an old castle and fortress, a very good restaurant (maybe more than one, but I know one) and a beautiful Natural Park.
I went there a few weeks ago with my grandparents and friends and we walked along the salt pans. There you can see the birds, the donkeys and how one of the best salt in the world is harvested. Here at Casa aOrta we cook with the fleur de sel from Castro Marim – package developed in the TASA project, where experienced artisans and young designers from Algarve collaborated to create traditionally inspired objects.
Fleur de sel is sea salt harvested in some specific conditions and it’s completely natural (has no processing whatsoever), therefore it’s rich in minerals and other nutrients. The whole process is still “very handmade” and takes place in June.
Now, check out how the salt does look a lot like the snow:
And, like in Faro, and other salt pans, you can find a big variety of birds.