Thousands of Greater flamingo migrate from Africa to breed in the camargue in France via this coastal steppe each year. The saltworks in Cabo de Gata are the only remaining industrial marine salt gathering in Western Andalusia, producing 40,000 tons of flower salt, which is harvested by hand, per year. 400 hectares of floodable land with a complex system of water channels are a beautiful example of industry working with nature. Making salt means the water levels of the lagoons are regulated throughout the year so there is a summertime food source for birds when other locations in Andalucia are all dried up. The salt pan edges are thick with reeds and tamarisks. The sea salt contains calcium and magnesium, which is good for our bodies. It also has a delicate flavor, from its formation on the surface of the water, and the profusion of a micro algae called "Dunaliella Salina". This algea is responsible for the pinkish original color of the flower, and the flamingoes!