Surrounded by green hills, the more than 5,000 inhabitants of Salies-de-Béarn are nestled between the Pau and Oloron gaves. The town is nicknamed the "Venice of Béarn" but, above all, the city of salt thanks to a rare water, ten times saltier than the sea! Its destiny and development are intimately linked to its source. Although excavations have brought to light an exploitation of this rare and precious commodity more than 3,000 years old, it was in the Middle Ages that the inhabitants organized themselves around trade with the creation of the Corporation des Parts-Prenants. Over the years, the activities diversified and in 1855, Salies-de-Béarn opened its first thermal establishment. Today, well-being and relaxation have been added to these assets and the city remains an unmissable tourist destination. Composed of old lanes that weave together in snail shells around the centre, it has a unique charm with the river Saleys flowing through the heart of the town and circulating at the foot of typical houses on stilts with pecked and half-timbered tiles. Despite the floods of June 2018, the town and its shops quickly regained their life and today allow the town centre to retain its conviviality and attractiveness. In Salies-de-Béarn, there are majestic examples of Belle Époque and Art Deco architecture surrounding the thermal baths and the casino or an old town with many medieval buildings. A magnificent setting that allows the city to be in the spotlight on the occasion of its Salt Festival, the Festival of Sottises, the Piperadère or its festivals of magic, contemporary art or amateur videos.

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