The Frozen Pond, popularly called “salty pond”, has a high natural, landscape and historic interest. It is a coastal wetland formed at the mouth of the gully of the same name and it is a member of Red Natura 2000, an European initiative, that enhances the creation of a network for areas with special protection.
This singular zone regularly receives the visit of migratory birds and you can also find there the fartet, a freshwater fish in danger of extinction. This type of humid zone’s feature is the vegetation and we have to point out the sea rush (Juncus maritimus) and the Arthrocnemum (Arthrocnemum fruticosum).
Both the frozen pond and the nearby creeks, in former times were an important spot for smuggling. Therefore one of the two customs guard’s surveillance points, that existed on Mont-roig’s coastline, was set up here. Within the framework of the anglo-spanish war (1804-1809) the frozen pond was witness of a skirmish between the Spanish and the British army because 25 British sailors had stolen a cart with supplies for the Spaniards and in the area of the frozen ponds there was gunfire.
On one side of the frozen pond we can see the debris of a hunting lodge that belonged to the marquis of Marianao. The gully of the frozen pond was the northern limit of the marquis’ hunting ground. Later the preserve was sold and here begins the history of Miami Platja’s foundation by means of the businessman, Marcel·lí Esquius i Garcia (1897-1969).
This enclave is situated at a crossroads: on one hand the GR92, that runs along Mont-roig’s and Miami Platja’s beaches and on the other hand, the short distance footpath through the frozen pond gully.