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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Var

Salernes village of Haut Var, is known since the early 19th century for its production of red hexagonal tiles called "floor tile". Originally, the village was based on an agricultural economy. It produced oil, wine, figs, wheat, beans, melons and peaches. It was also silk mills, factories of hats and coarse cloths. From the late 18th century, the inhabitants of Salernes began to exploit the wealth of local resources to improve their standard of living as a farmer. Thus from the 1830s, dozens of small workshops were created on the territory: manufacturer of tiles, bricks, pipes, and pottery Malons utilities, for local needs. However, the exceptional quality of the clay deposits of Salernes - ferruginous red clay - has pushed manufacturers Salernes to specialize in the manufacture of a single product: the malon hexagonal red floor tile called.

Geographical information

Tourism label
Latitude43.5637680 (N 43° 33’ 50”)
Longitude6.2313280 (E 6° 13’ 53”)
AltitudeFrom 177m to 484m
Surface area39.30 km²
Population3869 inhabitants
Density98 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureToulon (85 km, 1h12)
Insee code83121
IntercommunalityCA Dracénoise
RegionProvence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

Nearest cities & towns

Villecroze5 km (8 min)
Sillans-la-Cascade6.5 km (9 min)
Entrecasteaux8.2 km (12 min)
Aups9.7 km (14 min)
Cotignac13.6 km (19 min)
Fox-Amphoux14.3 km (19 min)
Flayosc14.6 km (17 min)
Tourtour15.1 km (20 min)
Lorgues15.3 km (17 min)
Saint-Antonin-du-Var15.4 km (22 min)
Moissac-Bellevue16.5 km (23 min)
Carcès16.9 km (24 min)
Régusse19.3 km (25 min)
Ampus19.5 km (31 min)

Things to see and do

House of architectural ceramics Terra Rossa: Located in the heart of Haute Provence, Salernes, Terra Rossa traces the ceramic tradition in the township for centuries. Vast museum whose buildings cover more than 3000 m², "The House of Architectural Ceramics, Terra Rossa" offers a set of exhibition whose theme revolves around the clay and ceramics.

Places of interest

Information points


Wednesday 7 october
Min. 3°C - Max. 12°C
Thursday 8 october
Min. 0°C - Max. 14°C
Friday 9 october
Min. 4°C - Max. 16°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Sculpture, engraving and drawing courses
Arts and Crafts40 € to 280 € Moissac-Bellevue (11.2 km)
Aoubre, the nature adventure
Nature and the great outdoors18 € to 20 € Flassans-sur-Issole (20 km)
“Voice and mountain” course: singing and hiking
Well-being390 € La Palud-sur-Verdon (26 km)
Introduction to pottery
Arts and Crafts25 € Tourves (30 km)
Rafting in the Verdon Gorges
Sports sensations35 € to 70 € Castellane (39 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Saint-Probace Chapel
HikeEasy2h00Tourves (30 km)
Caramy Gorges
HikeEasy3h00Tourves (30 km)
Old millstone workshop and hill fort
HikeEasy2h00Bagnols-en-Forêt (38 km)
Olive tree path
HikeEasy1h30Estoublon (42 km)
Défens Wood and the Siagne Gorges
HikeIntermediate3h00Callian (43 km)


Bed & breakfasts

Vacation rentals