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Salí de Cambrils

This complex consists of two parallel landscapes to Fred river, one of the tributaries of the Segre on its left
bank, which are separated by about 400m. and an unevenness near 50m.
The top spot is called El Salí, and also known as la Font Salada, being the source from which flow the
springs of salt water.

The lowest point is called Les Cabanetes, and both are connected by path parallel to the same river. Beside
him, the rests, today restored, of the antique wooden conduction which transported the salted water to
Les Cabanetes, are maintained.

In the immediate surroundings are the terraces of evaporation, which are always the most
characteristic and striking of all saltworks element: the terraces where the water gives way to small mountains of salt,
fruit of all this human effort to take advantage of natural resources.

The human neuralgic center

The warehouse

On the other hand, the practical center
of this farm is in El Salí, because here
is the building that served as office,
warehouse and residence of the head
of the assembly. Today is divided into two
houses: 
the New House and the Old House.

 

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The spring which supplies the mountain is composed of
water that seeps the rainfall and drags the subsoil
minerals.

Regarding the natural water fountains we
can currently detect only two:

La Bassa del Molí has the largest volume of
all sources of this place, and which descends 
towards Les Cabanetes with the flow that gives
meaning to the complex. His structure survives
the passing years and shows its historical aspect.

On the other hand, the natural water fountain of
Cal Corder
, as a now defunct mine, has only left
some leaks over the years
, which are the clue to
his previous existence today.

There were other natural water fountains as some testimonies of significant figures in the place as Pep Salí
or Joan Llarg tell. They were all on the level of these two, but today there is no trace of them.

The terraces of evaporation

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The surface of the Terraces is about 5.100m2,
divided between 1,800m2 of the Salí sector
and 3.300m2 of Les Cabanetes.

Their arrangement is different in both areas
due to topographical and chronological differences
as Les Cabanetes is a more recent construction.

In the Salí there is a large patch divided into irregular
terraces that tries to exploit as far as possible the
sinuosity of the surface.

In Les Cabanetes, however, we find
six terraced steps to face the enormous
uneven terrain
. Their terraces have irregular
longitude and width, and are separated by
large stone walls up to 5m. high.

Both spaces are traveled by a series of
channels that distribute the salt water and
rain water drain. This trickles network is regulated
through closures, at will of the head enclosure.

The soils of these terraces are made of
clay tile, manufactured in an existing oven in the
same complex for this purpose
. The caustic salt
capacity made necessary a very dedicated
fabrication of these parts, which had to be thoroughly
cooked to keep it from corrosion. For this reason, the
tiles were joined together with clay and
not mixed  with cement, preventing the  tiling from
blowing.

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