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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
RegionFrench Riviera

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


Terra Rossa Museum
Terra Rossa Museum
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Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Aoubre, the nature adventure
Nature and the great outdoors18 € to 20 € Flassans-sur-Issole (20 km)
Aqua trekking in the Verdon Grand Canyon
Sports sensations70 € Aiguines (21 km)
Introduction to pottery
Arts and Crafts25 € Tourves (30 km)
Circus show
Entertainment15 € Néoules (34 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
HikeEasy4h00Tourves (30 km)
Around Gréoux-les-Bains by electric bike
Cycling itineraryEasy2h30Gréoux-les-Bains (35 km)
Old millstone workshop and hill fort
HikeEasy2h00Bagnols-en-Forêt (38 km)
Traditional activities of the Mole Valley
HikeEasy1h00Cogolin (42 km)


Bed & breakfasts

Vacation rentals