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Salers

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Cantal

Salers - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Cantal
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Above the Maronne Valley, in the Auvergne Volcanoes Regional Nature Park, lies Salers, once a magnificent medieval town and now listed among the most beautiful villages of France.

In the Middle Ages, the locality was protected by a rampart, as evidenced by the Belfry Gate and the Martille Gate, the only remaining parts of it. The 15th-century belfry, which was one of the four entrances to the city and is also known as the Clocktower, now overlooks a shopping street. At the end of the 15th century, Salers acquired the status of administrative centre of the Hautes-Montagnes d'Auvergne bailiwick. Bourgeois families settled there and had some beautiful buildings with turrets erected: the Bargues House, with its finely carved lava stone balcony; the Commander of Mossier's Renaissance house, known as the Templars' House, with its Gothic gallery and symbolic sculptures, which houses the Museum of Salers History and Popular Traditions; the La Ronade House, whose foundations date back to the 13th century; the Flogeac House and its turret with cut-off corners; the so-called Bailiwick House and its two corbelled towers; the Blaud-Lacombe House, the Bertrandy House or the so-called Templars' House… The civil architecture is characterised by black volcanic stone buildings, with flagstone roofs. Place Tyssandier-d'Escous looks like a real picture postcard, lined with Renaissance homes in the Haute-Auvergne style!

Salers also has a rich religious heritage: the Church of St. Matthew, a listed Historic Monument, contains some beautiful Aubusson tapestries from the 17th century, as well as a polychrome statue of the Burial of Jesus dating from 1495.

Not far from there, from the Barrouze esplanade, visitors will appreciate the magnificent views of the Mounts of Cantal, as well as the Maronne, Rat and Aspre valleys!

In the surrounding area, towards the Pas de Peyrol, be sure to stop by the Chapel of Our Lady of Loreto. A place of pilgrimage, the Neo-Byzantine building dates back to the 19th century.

Salers has a breed of cow named after it, the emblem of the region. It is also home to the famous Salers cheese: both are celebrated on Cow and Cheese Day in August. There is also a visitor attraction dedicated to the famous cheese: Les Burons du Salers, 3 kilometres from the village, on the Puy Mary road, where you can not only taste Salers cheese but also sample the Salers aperitif, made from gentian roots.

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Salers

Located at the entrance of the Regional Natural Park of the Volcanoes of Auvergne, Salers is an architectural gem one of the Most Beautiful Villages of France.

You will be transported from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. Salers has not escaped the invasions during the 100 years war, it is in this context that "sagraniers" have fortified their city to protect against English and robbers. Market town and city of nobles, the former grandeur of Salers results in its architecture reflects 15th - eighteenth century, from the time of the Bailiwick of High Mountains.

You can enjoy its gastronomy as Salers cheese, meat Salers, appetizer Salers and square Salers. Or the truffles (dish of potatoes mixed with fresh volume), the bourriol (pancake made of buckwheat flour), the pounti, stuffed cabbage, various meats that are all flat, reflecting the terroir.

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Salers - Tyssandier Place Escous
Salers - Tyssandier Place Escous
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Salers - Barrouze Esplanade
Salers - Barrouze Esplanade
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Salers Medieval City
Salers Medieval City
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Salers - Entombment (XV)
Salers - Entombment (XV)
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Salers - House Blot Lacombe
Salers - House Blot Lacombe
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Salers
Salers
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Salers - Rue de la Martille
Salers - Rue de la Martille
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