This is a 'Town of Character' where salt is most definitely not a rarity! Salins-les-Bains has two high towers watching over this town surrounded by vineyards, cirques and rivers, with a superb natural environment and exceptional history. This spa town is well-known thanks to the Grande Saline saltworks, recognised as a world heritage site by UNESCO, and the pretty town is a wonderful example of the booming and fascinating history centred around the salt industry. Welcome to the land of this 'white gold'!
Town of Art and History
You'll immediately fall under the charm of this Town of Character and spa town with a fascinating built and cultural heritage.
Take a stroll around the narrow streets to see around twenty fountains, some of them superb sculptures. You'll also enjoy admiring the neo-classical style of the Rue de la République and the many private mansions, evidence of the town's prosperous past.
Make sure you stop by the Apothicairerie de l'Hôpital where there's a superb collection of earthenware, surgical instruments and wonderful jars with mysterious contents. After that, there are some must-sees to add to your list:
The spectacular underground galleries at the Grande Saline
Into the depths of the Grande Saline
The Musée du Sel (salt museum) showcases the challenging profession of the salt workers.
Along the salt route
The water flowing through this small town in Jura is full of salt, for which the town is now famous. Without salt, Salins wouldn't be a town, wouldn't have its forts, it's thermal baths or its casino. Not-to-mention the comté cheese or salted meat, all of which are what make this town one of the region's culinary treasures!
This factory is in perfect condition despite being one of the oldest in France and the building has witnessed over 1,200 years of salt production... You can expect a moving, interactive experience through the incredible arches in the underground galleries.
To find out all about the challenging profession of the saltworkers of the past, don't hesitate to stop by the fascinating Musée du Sel afterwards. Finally, if you're a fan of hiking and cultural discoveries, you'll enjoy the Via Salina or the Sentier des Gabelous, two trails that combine wellness, the history of salt, remarkable scenery and UNESCO sites.
Les deux forts de Salins-les-Bains dominent le vignoble en contrebas
Balade VAE autour de Salins-les-Bains
De nombreux sentiers de randonnée pédestre et vélo cheminent autour de Salins-les-Bains
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Belvédère du Mont Poupet
Vue 360° sur la reculée, les forts, les plateaux jurassiens et même le Mont-Blanc par temps très clair.
Balade au Mont Poupet
Vue panoramique depuis l'aire d'envol de parapente
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Our ideas for an autumn break!
An autumn weekend between Arbois and Salins-les-Bains
A weekend in the heart of Jura, between Arbois and Salins-les-Bains, is a chance to discover a hidden and endearing side to Jura. It's all about embracing slow tourism, meeting local producers and enjoying the deliciously approachable gastronomy. Above all, it invites you to accept wonderful encounters with hosts, restaurant owners, winegrowers and artisans, and let the local people help you discover all the region's gems, however little known.
There are so many picturesque little villages in the Jura Mountains. Some of them are well-hidden and others are up in the mountains, perfectly blended into the surrounding wilderness and mountainous scenery.
From Salins-les-Bains, you can set off to explore these places, and you're guaranteed to be leaving with unforgettable memories.