Guided tour

Loulé: TechSalt’s Rock-Salt Mine Tour

Activity provider: Tech Salt SA

Loulé: TechSalt’s Rock-Salt Mine Tour

Activity provider: Tech Salt SA

From US$ 26.36 per person

Descend beneath the city of Loulé to discover the history of the rock salt mine and admire ancient geological rock formations.

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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
Portuguese, English, French

Experience

Highlights
  • Marvel at majestic ancient geological formations
  • Learn about the history of rock salt mining and its historic importance to the local economy
  • Enjoy a guided visit where you will learn fun facts about geology and mining
Full description
Enjoy a guided visit to the TechSalt salt mine and learn about geology, the history of the mine, and the rock salt mining economy of the area. Descend to a depth of 230 meters under the city of Loulé as you are escorted along an underground route. Discover more about the evolution of rock salt mining processes as well as the economic importance of the mine in the region. Admire the vast chambers of ancient rock formations, some of which date back over 230 million years.
Includes
  • Guided tour
  • Protective equipment: helmet, flashlight, and reflective vest
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food or drinks
Not suitable for
  • Children under 6 years
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Comfortable clothes

Know before you go

  • This tour is not recommended for those who are uncomfortable in dark or closed spaces
  • The temperature in the mine remains stable throughout the year, between 23 and 24 degrees Celcius
  • Comfortable clothing and closed shoes are recommended
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 112 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.9/5
  • Value for money
    4.5/5

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This was a really interesting tour. So glad we did it. It’s fairly new, they started in 2019, then Covid hit which impacted them. Probably why it is a little pricey today $25usd, trying to make up for lost funds. Our tour guide Alex, was really good and knew his stuff. We would highly recommend this activity to all ages.

September 29, 2022

We had a really interesting and enjoyable trip to the Loule Salt Mine. The descent in the cage down a 240m shaft was thrilling and we were amazed at the enormity of the mines we explored. Our guides were excellent, providing loads of fascinating information and answering all our questions. We were unaware of the existence of the mines until we heard the advertising on KISS FM, despite having holidayed in the area for over 11 years!

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July 16, 2022

Amazing experience! This is a must see hidden gem in the Algarve. You descend the equivalent to 80 floors into the underground on an old, smooth, well maintained, industrial elevator. This is a working mine so, not only you can see old machines from back in the day, you can also see current technology at work. The mine is huge and the terrain is flat so it’s very suited for all ages (no babies though). Our guide was very knowledgeable and you could see he has passion for what he does, he was super nice and fun. If you find yourself in the Algarve, give your skin a break from the sun and go enjoy this experience, don’t take your coat though, everyone thinks it’ll be cold down there but it’s actually a warm 23 degrees.

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July 14, 2022

Product ID: 398746