This Maltese word is derived from the Italian word ‘sale’ meaning salt. Here are eight large salt pans dating back to the times of the Order of the Knights of St John and Malta. They are the only man-made salt pans in the Mediterranean. The pans are surrounded by marsh land and the area covers 18,000 square metres. The salt is produced by allowing the sea water to enter the pans during rough seas and capturing it in the pans. The water would then evaporate leaving the pure seasalt. In the middle of the pans is a market cross. I haven’t found any information on it but I suppose it was placed there as salt was marketed there after it dries up and is collected.
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