Pays salonais with the family from soap to zoo

Off the beaten tracks - Family

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.

Aurons, a gourmet lunch at Domaine de la Reynaude

Le Domaine de la Reynaude Les Sonnaillets Chemin Départemental 16 13121 Aurons

For lunch, look no further than Domaine de la Reynaude whose tantalising menu ranges from steaks and pizzas to burgers. Ideal for younger diners! Set in an 18th century property, the dining room has a beautiful vaulted ceiling, perfect in winter or when you want to escape the heat. In summer, tables are set out in the courtyard beside the fountain. Absolutely idyllic!

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La Barben, a zoo for adults and children

Parc Zoologique de La Barben Route Du Château 13330 La Barben

Continue your afternoon by going to the biggest zoo in Bouches-du-Rhône. Set over 33 hectares, it's home to 120 different animal species. Committed to promoting biodiversity, the park is engaged in a number of environmental protection initiatives. The extras: the land train, learning activities and shows featuring some of the animals.

Salon: learn about soap at the Marius Fabre Museum

Musée du savon de Marseille. Marius Fabre 148 avenue Paul Bourret 13300 Salon de Provence

The day's not over yet so onwards to the Marius Fabre Museum devoted to 'savon de Marseille'. There you'll learn the recipes and manufacturing secrets plus see how the technology has changed over the centuries. The soaps you can buy there are genuine Savon de Marseille, made in a cauldron following a traditional recipe that has remained unchanged since 1900, passed down through four generations. Gift boxes, liquid soap and tablets of original, genuine Marseille soap are on sale in the gift shop.

Can't-miss experiences

  • Understanding how authentic 'savon de Marseille' is made so you can tell which is genuine and which is fake
  • Visiting the zoo in La Barben and making a detour to the nearby château

We love

  • Learning while having fun when sightseeing with your kids
  • Mixing up cultural visits and leisure activities to keep both young and old amused

The best time to visit

  • In summer to make the most of the gorgeous weather but maybe avoid the zoo on the hottest days
  • Sundays to spend the morning browsing around the flea market in Salon-de-Provence
  • Theme

    Off the beaten tracks, Family

  • Duration


  • Transport means

    Personal vehicle

  • Visited cities

    Salon de Provence, Aurons, Vernègues, La Barben

  • Ideal for

    Spring, Summer

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