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Salt Spain
Ben’s Place of The Week

Salt, Spain

Coordinates: 41 59 N 2 47 E

Population: 25,912 (2004 est.)

As an essential part of any diet, salt has long been paired with pepper and shares tabletop space with this prototypical spice in dining rooms across the globe. On a map however, their closeness is considerably lessened. The Spanish town of Salt appears in Gerona, the country’s easternmost province, along the Ter River.

Situated on a fertile agricultural plain south of the Pyrenees Mountains and the French border, Salt is half a world away from its culinary counterpart pepper. Pimienta, to use the Spanish word for the seasoning, is also located in a river valley, but in Honduras, south of San Pedro Sula’s busy streets and the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea.


Ben Keene is the editor of Oxford Atlas of the World. Check out some of his previous places of the week.

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