When I was eighteen, I went on the age-old Jewish tradition known as Birthright. It’s essentially a propaganda trip (more on that some other time, maybe), but since it’s a free propaganda trip, I can’t really complain too much. One of our stops was the Dead Sea, which is a pretty amazing place. You float effortlessly through the water, as if on a cloud.
But the catch is: it burns. Any patch of dry skin burns. You have to wade carefully, so as not to accidentally splash water in your eyes (which really burns), and with your legs tightly closed because yeah, that burns too.
So when my friend Leah told me we should go to the pink salt lakes near Murcia I was a bit worried. Trust me, getting high salinity water in your cooter ain’t fun.
But luckily, the Salinas de Torrevieja aren’t quite as salty as the dead sea. (Although they are probably as salty as I am, oooooh.) The water was warm and made my skin feel incredibly smooth. I did not get any in my eyes this. And they really are pink, which is some cool alien X Files shit, although you have to play with the saturation on Instagram, of course.
My only regret is not getting a closer photo of me and my copper bathing suit, which I’m sure would’ve looked hella dope with the pink water.
The Salinas are part of the Parque Natural de Torrevieja. It’s hella easy to get there by car, and probably not so hard to get the bus to nearby Torrevieja and just walk.