Salies is a small spa town where the hot mineral waters are noted for being seven times more salty than the sea. These can be enjoyed at the town's central baths. According to legend the salt was discovered after a wild boar escaped a hunt fatally wounded. The body was later found preserved by the salt in a marsh.
Indeed salt was an important part of the economy of Salies during the Middle Ages, still celebrated by its Fête de Sel.
It is known as the Venice of the Béarn because of the way the houses overhang the river on stilts, an unusual architectural feature which singles out the town. On the far side of the river from the thermal baths lies the old town, where one can still see the names of the original owners carved into the lintels the doors of the old houses.
|Golf 12 hole (13 on the map) ||Golf|
|GOLF DE SALIES|
12 holes 67 par 5025m Green fees: 100F - 120F
You play the first five holes and then the last one again for an 18 hole round. A very pleasant if not particularly challenging course.
|Thermal spa in town centre ||Spas|
|The waters in Salies are noted for being seven times saltier than the sea.|
|5 km, Château de Bellocq 12th century ||Chateaux|
|Salt festival, Wine festival and annual fete with dancing on the river bed! ||Festivals and Fetes|
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