Pays salonais and its chateaux, heritage and wine
Off the beaten tracks - Wine and gastronomy
Pays Salonais makes a great family day out with plenty of fun and original things to do. After a deliciously simple lunch prepared by the chef at the Table du Roy, follow the road to the ruins of a village destroyed by an earthquake at the turn of the 20th century. In the afternoon, why not head to the zoo? It's the biggest one in the region and runs a programme to protect endangered species. Then make you way to the Marius Fabre Museum to learn all about how genuine Marseille soap is made.
Salon: lunch fit for a king by chef Mathias Peres
35 Rue Moulin d'isnard 13300 Salon-de-Provence
For lunch today, sit yourself comfortably at La Table du Roy, a fine dining restaurant set in a bourgeois property. Local producers are lauded here and even named on the menu. Chef Mathias Peres serves a remarkably fresh and tasty cuisine at a very reasonable cost. The outside terrace is made for summer days.
Salon: Château de l’Empéri, the oldest in Provence
Montée Du Puech 13300 Salon-de-Provence
Lunch done, start your afternoon with a visit to Château de l’Empéri. A fortified castle built in the 9th century, today it houses an army museum featuring one of the richest collections of military objects, promising a fascinating journey through French history, from King Louis XIV to the First World War. This beautiful property also stages lots of festivals in summer, from jazz to theatre and opera.
- Taking home a bottle of Provençal wine for friends
- Sleeping in the sumptuous décor of Château de La Barben
- Admiring views of the Alpilles and La Crau plain
- Touring some of Provence's finest châteaux
The best time to visit
- In spring when the plants bloom in the Parc des Alpilles
- Late November when the Christmas market takes over Château du Petit Sonnailler
- Early December to take part in the 'Gourmet Day' at Château Bas
Off the beaten tracks, Wine and gastronomy
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