Salinas de Añana Salt Valley


Tourism destinations


Those arriving to the village for the first time, get awkwardly shocked when seeing some wooden white platforms spread all over the valley known as the Salted Valley.

Those are the salt mines and their threshing floors, wells, channels, paths and warehouses. In the past, the salt was obtained by evaporating the River Muera's waters, making the most of the slope of the land. Nowadays the mines are undergoing a restoration process in order to embellish the surroundings.

Rich in Heritage

Apart from the mines, Añana has the oldest documented heritage in Alava. Among the most interesting monuments in the village, we can visit the convent of Comendadoras de San Juan de Acre and the church of Santa Maria de Villacones, which preserves some elements that date back to the 13th century, even though the present building was built at the end of the 15th and early 16th century. Likewise, the palace-house of the Ozpinas family attracts visitors' attention because of its Middle Age appearance. The palace of the Herran family located in the upper part of La Carrera Street is a great example of Baroque architecture and was built at the end of the 17th century.

It is also important the village's cultural offer, since it organises many festivals that ensure fun to everyone present. We should mention two special events: the Burning of Judas at Easter and the festival of Rosario, which takes place on the first weekend of October.

Information of interest

Surface area
21.90 Km
No. of inhabitants