Formerly Vilanova de Privà and now known as Vilanova de la Sal, this is a village within the Les Avellanes i Santa Linya area.
Near the village runs a stream, which meets a salt deposit as it passes underground and bubbles up as saltwater. The richness of this stream was the reason for the change in the village’s name.
There is evidence to show that the salt mines have been in use since the 11th century. But it is also true that the Romans also used salt from this area too.
The salt mines are currently being converted into a tourist attraction and education center.
We recommend a guided tour with Mike Marcelino
You can see the only waterwheel used in mining in the Iberian peninsular, dating from the Roman period