Lectures and Hikes

In addition to the programme of films and the workshops and educational sessions, the Muestra de Cine de Lanzarote carries out, in collaboration with Geopark Lanzarote, other activities with the aim of offering other types of proposals that go beyond the cinema hall, trying to deepen certain issues and reach new audiences.

With the purpose of ensuring a serious engagement with Salt, the theme of this year’s Trasfoco section, we have organized two lectures to be given by two major experts in the history of salt and salt flats: Cipriano Marín and Alberto Luengo, the authors of El jardín de la sal, a benchmark reference book on the subject published in 1994 and currently sold out. The goal of the two lectures is to open up a window on one of the most salient themes in history. It is worth recalling that for many centuries salt was a mineral as, if not more, important that oil is today

Salinas de Janubio Hike

Guide: Omar Lemes (MJC Ambiental)
Date: Saturday, 23/11
Time: 10:00–14:00
Difficulty: Low
Language: Spanish (with basic translation into English)

The Janubio salt flats is one of the most singular places on the island of Lanzarote and the only salt flats that still operates commercially today. On the walk we will discover the details
of this cultural space first created back in the late nineteenth century by the people of Lanzarote. During the visit to the salt flats we will find out all about its unique architectural,
ethnographic, environmental and landscape features. The visit will end with a tasting of different salts in the warehouses of the salt flats.

Naos and Cocoteros Hike

Guide: Juan Antonio Bacallado Betancort
Date: Thursday, 28/11
Time: 10:00–14:00
Difficulty: Low
Language: Spanish (with basic translation into English)

The visit to the two salt flats of Naos in Arrecife and Cocoteros in Guatiza will show us the current state of neglect and abandonment of almost all the salt flats on the island of
Lanzarote. We will be focusing our attention on the heritage, cultural, ethnographic and historical value of the island’s salt flats. We will also be given an insight into the significance
these salt flats once had for the fishing industry, as well as the importance of their strategic location in the island.

Salinas del Río Hike

Guide: Ignacio Romero Perera
Date: Saturday, 30/11
Time: 09:30–13:30
Difficulty: Medium
Language: Spanish (with basic translation into English)

This walk has a certain degree of difficulty given that it requires climbing up and down Risco de Famara from the village of Ye, crossing through one of the most striking surroundings on the island of Lanzarote. Both during the climb and the descent one will be able to appreciate spectacular views of the isle of La Graciosa and the Chinijo archipelago, a landscape of extraordinary beauty and biodiversity. Once we have descended we will visit the El Río salt flats, the oldest in the Canary Islands, which are currently being recovered.

“The Universal Print of Salt and its Survival” Lecture

Lecturer: Cipriano Marín
Date: Thursday, 14/11
Time: 19:30
Place: Casa de la Cultura Agustín de la Hoz, Arrecife
Free entry until complete seats

The whole process of obtaining and procuring salt has had a profound cultural effect on many civilizations. Salt was a symbol of power and despotism, yet at the same time it was the cause of incredible commercial and cultural exchange, driving many unique works of human ingenuity over the course of time. In this lecture, Cipriano Marín will analyse the importance of remains of salt flats as cultural landscapes that are a common part of our human heritage. He will also be looking at the threats and challenges affecting the future survival of these so-called landscapes of salt.

“Salt Flats of the World – the Canary Islands – Lanzarote” Lecture

Lecturer: Alberto Luengo Barreto
Date: Friday, 15/11
Time: 19:30
Place: Casa de la Cultura Agustín de la Hoz, Arrecife
Free entry until complete seats

Solar evaporation is a particularly interesting form of salt extraction. In this lecture, Alberto Luengo will give us an insight into the various different aspects of salt flats and the salt industry in general, establishing a world classification and an analysis by continent.

Within this overall framework, he will situate the particular case of the Canary Islands with a brief description of its historical timeline, types, elements and principles. Finally, he will undertake a detailed analysis of the salt flats of Lanzarote, with a special emphasis on the stone-lined clay salt pans, a true invention from Lanzarote.