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.

Can't-miss experiences

  • Taking home a bottle of Provençal wine for friends
  • Sleeping in the sumptuous décor of Château de La Barben

We love

  • 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
  • Theme

    Off the beaten tracks, Wine and gastronomy

  • Duration

    Half-day

  • Transport means

    Personal vehicle

  • Visited cities

  • Ideal for

    Spring, Summer

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