Villa Monplaisir
Self Catering Holiday Accommodation in Salies de Bearn, South West France
Salies de Bearn
Local Area
Indoor Pictures
Outdoor Pictures
Salies from bridgeThe weir from the bridge The thermal bathsSalies market by the MairieThe bandstand

Salies de Béarn is a delightful Béarnaise town with winding lanes and flower decked houses. It is known as the Venice of the Béarn because of the way the houses overhang the river on stilts.
The River Saleys runs through the middle separating the old medieval town from the 19th century Thermal Baths. 

The town has been famous since the Middle Ages for its salt.  According to the legend, the salt was discovered when a fatally wounded wild boar escaped from a hunt.  It was discovered sometime later perfectly preserved by the salt in a marsh.  Salt become the most important part of the Salies economy and the best Jambon de Bayonne was always made using Salies salt.  The long history of Salies is presented in the town’s two museums, the Musée de Sel and the Museum of Arts and Local Traditions. Walking tours of the medieval town’s history are available from the tourist office.

Our house is a few minutes walk from the centre of Salies.  You will be delighted by this small country town catering for a local population of about 5000 people.  Salies can provide for all your everyday needs, including a supermarket, a complete range of small shops, restaurants and a garage. 

Nearby Orthez is a larger town with a small hypermarket

As with all French towns, eating out is no problem.  There are several restaurants, bars and cafes to be found tucked away in the little streets and around the squares.  For those who are more adventurous there is a casino within walking distance, where you can try your hand at blackjack and roulette etc.

On Thursday mornings there is a market selling local produce, including delicious honey from the Pyrenees, confit de canard and locally grown fruit and vegetables.

The hot mineral waters found in Salies are seven times saltier than the sea, and the Thermal baths are still popular today.  One can enjoy a relaxing visit to the Thermal baths to swim in the therapeutic pools, take a sauna or Jacuzzi, or indulge in a number of beauty treatments.

For active members of the family there is a swimming pool, 9 hole golf course (there are 12 golf courses in the area!), tennis, crazy golf, basque pelota and boules in the town.