We know about the animals that licked stones, about the first humans who walked into caves seeking the taste of salt. We know about the importance of the balance of the waters and the influence of the moons. Purification demanded by the sea as it serpentines down narrow channels. Water exhausted. A ground that only accepts bare feet.
Women no longer carry thirty kilos of salt of a single colour on their heads, shifting the weight, building white walls in wooden houses, but the bodies still guide themselves by the threads of land, day after day, as they bring order to the beaches and carefully work the seascapes. Salt cannot be rushed or trusted. When it is left for the night, no one can guess how it will be in the morning. Only those who understand its whims know how to bring back its whiteness.
Seemingly little more than silence, this place is an ancestral heritage of humans who learnt how to read nature, how to bring the sea ashore, using tides and moons. A craft open to randomness and the whims of the weather, but that has persisted for millennia and is intimately linked to the history of humanity.
From this place, we look at the future. From a ground we prepare without guarantees. We know it will be reclaimed by the sea the moment we let it rest.
MARIA OLIVEIRA, 2020
Enhancing the “Salina do Corredor da Cobra” as a natural and cultural heritage
Salt exploration has always played a decisive role in the local economy of Figueira da Foz - the oldest references to this activity, as well as to Morraceira Island, date back to 1166. Recognizing the natural and cultural potential of salt as a development lever of the territory, the municipality acquired the “Salina do Corredor da Cobra”, in order to promote the reactivation and continuous maintenance of saline activity.
The Museological Center of Salt was established in 2007, as an information, education and awareness center to preserve a traditional activity and a natural product. It focuses on the interpretation, valorisation and dissemination of unique testimonies related to the county's salt flats.
This cultural and environmental complex includes a Salt Warehouse, a Pedestrian Route through the salt, a River Route through the Mondego River estuary and a bird observatory, asserting itself as a privileged place to enjoy a great fauna and landscape richness.
Work developed under the Sustentar program, with the support of the Municipality of Figueira da Foz.