Salernes tourism & sightseeing

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Visit Salernes (Provence, France)


Salernes is a town in the Upper Var region of Provence between Entrecasteaux and Aups, in a picturesque setting in the valley of the Bresque river.

The town is best known for its tradition of tile making, especially for the trademark terracotta floor tiles of Provence - hexagonal tiles known as tomettes. The  industry, dating back 200 years, is still active around the town today and you will see the smoke from the kilns in various places around the town.

Exploring Salernes

In the old town of Salernes you can explore the narrow streets of the medieval centre that grew up around the castle. In the streets note particularly the several fountains that are found in the town eg in the Place de la Revolution, before stopping in one of the many cafes to be found around the central square, lined with plane trees.

The 13th century Church of Saint-Pierre is in roman style and has a tower with one of Provences' trademark wrought iron campaniles.

The ruins of the chateau at Salernes stand above the top of the village and offer good views across the rooftops. The origins of the castle are unknown, but it is believed to have existed by the 11th century. The ruined towers are all that remains of the castle after a fire in the 17th century.

Just below the village you can see an ancient stone bridge, then explore along the pretty shady valley and little caves of Saint-Bartholomew - a good place for the children to run around exploring and to paddle in the river. Be sure to bring a picnic.

Attractions close to Salernes

Less visited than some parts of Provence, this is a good region to discover traditional Provencal towns and villages - there are many in the surrounding region. These include Tourtour, listed among the 'most beautiful villages in France' and Entrecasteaux - both are just a few kilometres from Salernes.

We also recommend you visit the roman style 12th century abbey at Le Thoronet, where substantial parts of the original abbey complex to be seen, including the cloisters and the large abbey church.

You can find more local travel ideas in the Var guide and the Provence guide.

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Address: Salernes, Draguignan, Var, Provence, 83690, France || GPS: latitude 43.55, longitude 6.23333

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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby

  • Tourtour: most beautiful village (7km)
  • Thoronet Abbey: national monument (10km)
  • Abbaye du Thoronet (Le Thoronet): religious monument (13km)
  • Lac de Quinson: site of natural beauty (23km)
  • Gorges du Verdon: grand site of france (23km)
  • Lac de Sainte-Croix: site of natural beauty (24km)
  • Verdon: regional natural parc (25km)
  • Lac d'Esparron: site of natural beauty (30km)
  • Jardin d’Elie Alexis: remarkable garden (31km)
  • Massif des Maures: site of natural beauty (32km)

The French version of this page is at Salernes (Francais)