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Sea Salt Harvesting

Traditional Practice at an Ancient Salt Pan

Meet the Harvesters

The Darmanin Family

After eight decades of sea salt harvesting, Żaren is still working on the salt pans with the same passion and enthusiasm as the first day he started. Passing down the family trade, he is joined on the pans by his son Mario and together they protect their traditional practice.


The life of a salt harvester is tough, involving early mornings and hard labour in the scorching sun using simple tools. Today this is becoming less and less common due to the industrialisation of the process. Nonetheless, the Darmanin family has no intention to see a tradition dating back to Phoenician times disappear and continues to produce high quality sea salt using traditional methods.

Our expert sea salt harvesters stand at their ancient saltpan during the sea salt harvesting tour
What To Expect
  • See the ancient hand-carved saltpans forming an intricate pattern on the coastal rocks of Marsaskala

  • Feel the coarse crystals that are harvested from the pans

  • Experience the work that goes into harvesting salt by trying it first hand

  • Understand the difference between 'artisanal' and 'industrial' salt

Private Tour

Pick-Up and Drop-Off Available


2 Hours Duration

Flexible Start Time


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