Activities and amenities in the beautiful Béarn region

So much to see and do. Take a guided tour of Salies de Béarn itself to discover the history of the 'Cité du Sel' (City of Salt), then move on to the Thermal Spa, where the pools have a natural salt concentration of up to ten times that of sea water. People come from all over the world to 'take the cure', a three-week process of daily therapy for a variety of ailments. More information is available on the separate tab, 'Thermal Spa'. Further details of the golf course, which stands almost adjacent to the grounds of La Puyadette, are also to be found on a separate tab.

Thursday mornings herald the vibrant market in the centre of Salies, and coffee or a glass of something refreshing at the lively cafés and bars, La Pause Gourmande, Le Bar Bayaa, Le Singlar, Le Café des Thermes, Le Chalet or Café Lola is an essential part of the occasion. A reasonably-priced lunch may be enjoyed at La Grignotine, Le Salon de Thé, À La Fraich', Le Bistrot 4 Grains or Le Restaurant de la Gare; or you could treat yourself to a gourmand dish at the pricier Restaurant des Voisins (but be sure to book ahead). Several other eateries are sprinkled around the town, including Chinese and Vietnamese restaurants, and there's great take-away curry to be purchased at the Thursday market.

If it should have the audacity to rain during your holiday, you can retreat to the Salies cinema, where movies are often shown in VO - their original language. Or you can try your luck at the casino in the Hotel du Parc, which also hosts its own restaurant.

To work off some calories, walk the 'Voie Verte', a former railway line which takes you to Castagnède, about 8 km away, where you can upload more calories at the popular restaurant, La Belle Auberge. Back in Salies, if you still have the energy, climb the Pain de Sucre and take the wooded walk, where you may be greeted by deer, goats, donkeys and alpacas.

Within 45 minutes by car, you will find Bayonne and Biarritz; and the attractive fishing town of St Jean de Luz sits a little further down the coast. Heading north west from Salies, there is a large, bustling market at Peyrehorade on Wednesday mornings, from which you could go on to the surfers' paradise that is Hossegor, or its near neighbour, Capbreton. A little over an hour away lies the famous town of Lourdes.

No visit to the region would be complete without exploring the Pyrenean Mountains. There are many beautiful areas to visit, including the spectacular Vallée d'Aspe and of course the Pyrenean National Park. If you choose to pass through Oloron Sainte Marie en route, spare a few minutes to stock up on delicious discounted chocolates at the Lindt Factory shop. 

Heading south west from Salies, you will find St Palais, the gateway to the Basque country, and further south the charming town of St Jean Pied de Port, where a section of the famous hiking route, GR10, terminates. A few minutes beyond St Jean Pied de Port lies the Spanish border - it takes less than an hour to drive to the shopping precinct at Arneguy, nestling just the other side of the border, among the Pyrenean foothills.

Closer to Salies, the medieval towns of Sauveterre de Béarn and Navarrenx are well worth a visit, the latter being one of Les Plus Beaux Villages de France. There is a stunning view over the river Gave to be enjoyed from the outdoor area at La Terrasse du Gave in Sauveterre.

Numerous cycling routes pepper the region, which is usually also host to a 'stage' of the annual Tour de France.

River fishing is available in numerous locations, subject to appropriate permits. You can also take the plunge with a rafting adventure.

For a winter outing, the ski station at La Pierre St Martin, in the Baretous Valley, is located 80 km from Salies.

The famous grotto at Lourdes is about 75 minutes' drive away.

For a variety of family-friendly activities in the region, check out this link:

https://www.experience-bearn.com

Many more places of interest adorn this special corner of France and a warm welcome awaits those who wish to come and discover for themselves all that the area has to offer. 

 

 

 

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