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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Discover other itineraries
In a day, capture the essence of Cassis by taking a guided tour around the Provençal fishing village and visiting its museum. Potter around the boutiques and craft shops in the centre before finding a table on a terrace overlooking the sea. Cassis is especially proud of Calanques National Park, which you can explore on foot or by boat. Conclude your visit by meeting one or two Cassis wine producers. Less than an hour from the Marseille terminal, Cassis is also an essential destination for cruise tourists.
Saint Rémy and its painters
Come and spend a delightful half-day in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, a typical Provençal village in the Alpilles. Following in Van Gogh's footsteps, get to know the famous artist more intimately as you stroll around the streets and other locations he used to visit. While he only spent a year here, when he was a self-admitted patient at the Saint-Paul asylum, he left an indelible mark on the town and its history. Make time also to see the magnificent Provençal building that houses the Estrine Museum dedicated to the artist.
Cassis, the wine route
Discover Cassis as you never have before through the great wine estates that have earned the village such an excellent reputation. First stop, Ferme Blanche (AOC Cassis) and the highly rated Domaine Paternel (organic wines) where you can see the fabulous terroir with its extremely rich soil for yourself. After stopping for a fine dining experience at La Villa Madie, get back onto the wine route to meet other passionate producers. Domaine du Bagnol and Clos Sainte Magdeleine both welcome visitors into their wine cellars.
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