“Passos Contados” at the end of the day with the Sal harvest

Salt producers Jorge Raiado and Sandra Madeira reveal the different aspects associated with artisanal salt production

Jorge Raiado in his salt pans – Photo: Pedro Lemos | Sul Informação

The “Passos Contados”, pedestrian walks interpreting the landscape, continue on June 3, Saturday, with the route «End of the Day in the Salt Harvest», in the Salmarim salt flats, located in the heart of the Sapal de Castro Marim Natural Reserve and Vila Real de Santo António.

The route, promoted by the Center for Research and Information on the Heritage of Cacela, which includes a tour of the salt flats and tasting, with salt producer Jorge Raiado and salt workers, has a meeting point at 16 pm in Vila Real de Santo António.

Salmarim salt pans are located in the Natural Reserve of Sapal de Castro Marim and Vila Real de Santo António, in centuries-old salt pans, but in a place where salt has been harvested since the Iron Age.

On this journey, salt producers Jorge Raiado and Sandra Madeira reveal the various aspects associated with the artisanal production of salt: its historical importance in food preservation, the know-how associated with maintaining the salt pans throughout the year, salt extraction and fleur de sel in the summer season and the associated natural values, especially the birds that feed and nest there, in the Reserve of Sapal de Castro Marim and Vila Real de Santo António.

It will be a walk rich in experiences: walking through the butchers, collecting the fleur de sel and harvesting the salt and, at the end, tasting local products with salt and fleur de sel.

Salmarim was born in 2007 from the family project of Sandra and Jorge Filipe, the same year that João, the eldest son, is born. Jorge Filipe is adopted by this "terroir" shaped by the human hand, which are the traditional salt pans of Castro Marim.

From the passion for gastronomy, came the desire to harvest a fleur de sel of excellence, for the chefs, and to be shared at everyone's table.

This recognition is transversal to gastronomists and professionals, with Salmarim being recognized in 2016 by the Confraria dos Gastrónomos do Algarve and in 2017 by Revista Wine with awards for Artisan Product.


Cacela Heritage Research and Information Center
Former Primary School of Santa Rita
Tel. 281 952600 | [email protected] | http://ciipcacela.wordpress.com

Participations are limited. Sign up in advance, leaving your name and contact details.
Entry fee – 5€ + 5€ (tasting)