Of international importance
The Mata-Torrevieja lagoons form, together with the El Fondo and the Santa Pola saltmines, a triange of wetlands of international relevance in the south of Alicante. The Ramsar Conventional declared it an area of international relevance in 1989, and it was included in the ZEPA special protection area for birds.
The two lagoons are separated by “El Chaparral” (the thicket). A canal unites the two depression that are artificially connected by a canal known as “El Acequion”, which is a part of a salt mining entity.
The Mata lagoon works as a heating deposit, while the salt mining