Larnaca's Aliki is the second largest salt marsh in Cyprus and covers an area of 2.2 square kilometers. In 1997 it was designated a protected area under Cypriot legislation on Nature and Wildlife Conservation and Management and in accordance with the European Habitats Directive. It is located southwest of Larnaca and east of the villages of Meneou and Dromolaxia. The area, known to locals as "Alyki", is actually one of the four lakes located in Larnaca. Together with Lake Orphan, Lake Soros and Airport Lake, the lakes collectively cover a total area of 1,761 hectares. During the winter, the lake is filled with water and hosts migratory birds, including thousands of flamingos that stay there between November and March, as well as wild ducks and other aquatic and waterfowl birds finding refuge in the lake as a stopover their migratory journeys. The most important element of the food chain in the lake ecosystem is the small Artemia brine shrimp (Artemia salina), on which the life of the wetland is largely based. In the Middle Ages, salt was so abundant that it became one of the main export products of Cyprus. The harvest and sale of salt were strictly controlled and taxed. The last salt harvest was in 1986. The nature trail connects the area to the Aphrodite Cultural Route.