No BBQ signs carved and painted into walls and rock at Gozo salt pans
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A concerned reader has sent photographs to us showing a defaced stone wall around the salt pans along the stretch of coastline, in the limits of Marsalforn.As can be seen from the photographs, the walls have been daubed with large black painted signs saying NO BBQ SALT PANS and one of the high naturally formed wall has actually had the words carved into it before being painted.There are scores of these salt pans, dug out of the limestone as part of a centuries-old Gozitan tradition for the harvesting of sea salt and they are a well known and very popular attraction with both local visitors and tourists, as well as also being a popular diving spot.
They date back 350 years, with some people believing that the salt pans have been in use even longer, possibly since Roman times.
The traditional production of sea salt is passed down through the same families, who have kept up this method for many generations. Members of these families work through hot summer days scraping up the salt crystals to be stored and processed in the caves that have been carved into the coastal rock in the cliffs behind them.