Salon-de-Provence, by So Girly Blog
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Salon de Provence is known thanks to Nostradamus and is a typical Provencal town. Provencal architecture, designer clothes boutiques and a nod to Nostradamus, this is all waiting for you when you visit the town centre. Situated at 50 kilometres from Marseille, there are some beautiful cultural and historic discoveries to be made throughout the itinerary and which will allow you discover the town centre.
Savonnerie Rampal Latour
Cours Gimon, 13300 Salon de Provence
Come and discover the history of one of the oldest Soap maker in Salon de Provence! When leaving Gourmand’Ice and before leaving the town, why not go and stock up with Marseille soap at Rampal Latour? Since 1830, this family of soap makers has been making a large range of bars, flakes or even liquid soaps. You can also visit their factory situated at 71 rue Félix Pyat.
On the soap maker trail
Birthplace of some of the best known soap makers, Salon de Provence will reveal all its secrets to you. By following this itinerary initiated by the Salon de Provence town hall, wander through the typical Provencal streets and admire the private mansions, the castles and villas of some of the towns biggest soap makers. This itinerary, which is free and is around 3 kilometres long, will enable you to discover the town’s heritage.
Les Portes Ouvertes
Boulevard Jean Jaurès, 13300 Salon de Provence
A concentration of local products for you to take home a little bit of Provence for your bathroom! Walk underneath the clock tower next to Big Bag and let yourself be guided towards the temple of beauty that is made in Salon de Provence! Henna, natural sponges, Marseille soap perfumed with cherry blossom, mojito or pastis or donkey milk. These are just a few of the items you can buy at Portes Ouvertes!
La Table du Roy Restaurant
35 rue Moulin d’Isnard, 13300 Salon de Provence
The restaurants locavore cuisine is recognised by Gault&Millau and the French Academy of Cuisine. Mathias Pérès, “Master restaurateur”, welcomes you to his restaurant situated in a typical Salon de Provence road, set back from the main street. He offers locavore cuisine made with products from local farmers. The menu ranges from €24 to €50.
Rue Nostradamus, 13300 Salon de Provence
Discover the history of Nostradamus, an eminent character from Salon, the visit takes just 40 minutes! Situated in the former home of Michel de Nostradamus, this municipal museum teaches us more about the era of the "divine", thanks to an audio visit. Perfect for the learned, but could be difficult if you know nothing about Nostradamus. Children will enjoy the light effects!
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Traditional La Montagnette
From Saint-Rémy circling back to Saint-Rémy, take a tour through some of Provence's most traditional villages. After lunch, it's on to the museum dedicated to the French poet Frédéric Mistral (Maillane). Next put your nose to the test at the museum of aromas and perfume (Gravescon) before admiring the candles produced at the Premonstratensians' factory and 'indiennes' (printed textile) at the Provençal fabric museum (Tarascon). Once you've had a look at Saint-Marcellin Chapel (Boulbon), head across to Barbentane and Cristine Darc's santons (figurines) before making your way to the Frigolet distillery. Enjoy the late afternoon sun over Château des Comtes de Provence in Reynard before returning to Saint-Rémy and visiting the Alpilles museum.
From Camargue to Saintes Maries de la Mer – nature, terroir and tradition
Promising an unforgettable day out, head off to explore Camargue, in particular the towns of Arles and Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer. The region is famed for its unspoilt countryside that is sure to stimulate all your senses. Anyone with a penchant for fine wine will enjoy the organic varieties produced at Mas de la Valériole while foodies can try the famed Camargue rice. And nature lovers can watch white horses, black bulls and pink flamingos that have put this magnificent region on the map in their natural habitat by visiting Manade Mailhan and the ornithological park or by taking a walk along the sea wall.
Aix-en-Provence, wine & gastronomy – on the trail of Cézanne
From Puyloubier to Trets, explore the stunning wine country around Mount Sainte-Victoire and get to know all about the region's talent for all things sweet. Calissons, an Aix speciality, won't hold any more secrets once you've visited the Léonard Parli confectionery. Take to the wine route and check out exclusive wineries such as Domaine de Saint-Ser or Terre de Mistral. Standing proud, Mount Sainte-Victoire has its own appellation and provides a livelihood to the 80 winegrowers in the (Cave des Vignerons du Mont Sainte-Victoire cooperative. Enjoy your day!
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Can anyone resist an almond? Everyone raves about these little nuggets of happiness you can savour every which way – fresh, dried, whole, grilled, sliced, ground or made into a cream or milk!
A fertile region with many local products and specialities