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Salins-les-Bains

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Jura

Salins-les-Bains - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Jura
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Dominated by the silhouette of the Belin fort, Salins-les-Bains is a charming and pleasant spa town benefiting from a beautiful natural environment.

Open to visitors, the former saltworks, a listed building, are home to underground galleries dating from the 13th century and a hydraulic pumping system, still in service today, which enables salt water to be extracted.

In the heart of the town, the thermal baths offer medical cures and a wellbeing space.

From the surrounding hills, there's a wonderful view over the roofs of the town and the unspoiled setting.

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Salins-les-Bains

Salins-les-Bains is a village in the Jura department in Burgundy-Franche-Comté region, about 40 km south of Besançon.

The city developed in a basin at the bottom of the valley of the Furious, a stream flowing from the Loue and its prosperity was forged from the antiquity on the production of salt. A "white gold" which was also the spearhead of the commune near Arc-et-Senans, in the Doubs, the two production units being connected by a 21 km "salmon pipeline" Salt water or brine).

In the 19th century, industrial units (plasterers, sawmills, earthenware factories) were added, and in 1854 a spa establishment was opened, which in turn exploited the mineral wealth of the city's waters. This is why the very name of the city which derived its etymological origin from the word "salt" was completed in 1926 to become Salins-les-Bains.

In the twentieth century, the municipality that counted more than 8,000 inhabitants in 1800 experienced a real decline: the saline closed its doors in 1962 and the earthenware stopped their activity in 1995.

While the population is now only about 3,000 inhabitants, the city concentrates its activity on thermalism and tourism, whether linked to its industrial past or to the green natural heritage of the region.

Things to see and do

No stage or stay in Salins-les-Bains without obviously beginning with the visit of the old salt, that is to say the factory that exploited salt production. Different techniques have been used over the centuries to obtain salt by artificial evaporation (unlike open salt marshes, such as by the sea, and whose lowest operating cost was due to the salt mines of Franche-Comté).

Occupying formerly more than 15,000 square meters in the city center, Salina was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2009 as an original industrial unit prior to the 19th century. Henceforth, only a part of the buildings, including a carriage, towers, an underground gallery, remained. The tour is guided and gives free admission to the dedicated museum. Open all year. Information and reservations at +33 3 84 73 10 92. Price: 7,50 and 4 euros (children, students).

Still in terms of architectural heritage, it is worth dwelling at the town hall (XVIII), of classical style, but which used to shelter a court of justice.

On the religious level, the Saint-Anatoile collegiate church (13th century, Gothic style Burgundy), with its facade decorated with two windows of flamboyant style, its carved oak door and its defensive bell tower is to be seen, like the Notre-Dame chapel Liberator, built in the 17th century after the city was spared from the plague. Its dome with a lantern tower is exemplary. Inside, a lead statue of Notre-Dame and 15th-century polychrome wooden statues are preserved.

Return to civilian heritage with the Apothicairerie, a pharmacy of the seventeenth century still furnished and equipped with technical elements (alembic, jars, surgical instruments, faience...) and ornamental 17th and 18th centuries. Rue de la République, one will appreciate the numerous private mansions of the 19th century (after a fire in the center in 1825), neo-classical style, in gray stone, and which testify to the wealth of the bourgeoisie then.

Always in town, impossible not to notice the twenty fountains proving all that the city owes to its water! Some are genuine sculptures, the oldest of the sixteenth century.

Guided tours of the city are organized and leaflets available. Please contact us on +33 3 84 73 01 34.

Finally, the military fort was the fort of Saint-André, built in the 10th and then reorganized by Vauban, which culminates at 600 m and the fort Belin, dating from the 19th century but having been built on the site of a medieval castle, culminating in 580 m, dominate the city.

These two sites are hiking goals, as is also the Mont Poupet, 800 m above sea level, now popular with paragliding enthusiasts. Many points of view mark the path that goes up there.

In general, 200 km of hiking or mountain biking trails have been built on Salins-les-Bains and its surroundings. There is also a "chemin des gabelous" (customs) linking the city to Arc-et-Senans. For more information, please call +33 3 84 73 01 34.

Always in the open air, the discovery of paragliding is possible (including for people with reduced mobility). Contact at +33 6 32 90 84 91. And for the youngest, an acrobatic park offers sporting and fun routes. For further information: +33 9 73 12 26 18.

But no question of leaving Salins-les-Bains without admiring the architecture of the spa (managed by the city) and even take advantage of the opportunity for a few pleasures (jacuzzi...) or care, failing to follow a cure For therapeutic purposes. Information on +33 3 84 73 04 63.

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Events and festivities

In May, from Thursday of the Ascension to the Sunday following, the Four Days of Salins mix commercial entertainment and shows for all audiences.

In May always, the festival Chansons en Fête offers shows of French song.

It is chamber music, on the other hand, that is honored in July at Salines en Musique.

In August, animations around science and astronomy are proposed with La Tête dans les Etoiles.

The Journées du Livre, finally, are organized in September and bring together many authors who have come to meet the public.

In a different way, the terroir of the region is honored Thursday and Saturday morning in the market, in the city center.

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Panorama from Fort Belin (© Jean Espirat)
Panorama from Fort Belin (© Jean Espirat)
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Former Jesuit Church (© JE)
Former Jesuit Church (© JE)
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Artificial cave, surmounted by a bandstand (© JE)
Artificial cave, surmounted by a bandstand (© JE)
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Andelot Tower and ancient western wall (© JE)
Andelot Tower and ancient western wall (© JE)
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La Furieuse, view downstream from the bridge rue de la Mairie, in Bracon (© JE)
La Furieuse, view downstream from the bridge rue de la Mairie, in Bracon (© JE)
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Former covered wash house, rue Gabet (© JE)
Former covered wash house, rue Gabet (© JE)
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Former convent of the Ursulines (© JE)
Former convent of the Ursulines (© JE)
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Bell tower of Saint-Anatoile church (© JE)
Bell tower of Saint-Anatoile church (© JE)
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Salins-les-Bains seen from Fort Saint-André
Salins-les-Bains seen from Fort Saint-André
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Saline
Saline
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Visit to the saltworks
Visit to the saltworks
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Visit to the saltworks
Visit to the saltworks
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Visit to the saltworks
Visit to the saltworks
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Salins-les-Bains seen from Fort Belin
Salins-les-Bains seen from Fort Belin
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Salins-les-Bains seen from Mont Poupet
Salins-les-Bains seen from Mont Poupet
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Salins-les-Bains seen from Mont Poupet
Salins-les-Bains seen from Mont Poupet
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Visit of the saline (© Jean Espirat)
Visit of the saline (© Jean Espirat)
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4 Visit of the Espiratine ® (© Jean Espirat)
4 Visit of the Espiratine ® (© Jean Espirat)
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4 Visit of the Espiratine ® Visit of the saltworks (© Jean Espirat)
4 Visit of the Espiratine ® Visit of the saltworks (© Jean Espirat)
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Another view from Fort Belin (© Jean Espirat)
Another view from Fort Belin (© Jean Espirat)
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Former convent of the Visitation (© JE)
Former convent of the Visitation (© JE)
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Former convent of the Visitation - History (© JE)
Former convent of the Visitation - History (© JE)
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History of the Jesuit church (© JE)
History of the Jesuit church (© JE)
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Old church and neck vent des Jésuites (© JE)
Old church and neck vent des Jésuites (© JE)
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Former Oudin tower (© JE)
Former Oudin tower (© JE)
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Building of the ecomuseum of the great saline (© JE)
Building of the ecomuseum of the great saline (© JE)
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Building of the thermal baths (© JE)
Building of the thermal baths (© JE)
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Building of the thermal baths (© JE)
Building of the thermal baths (© JE)
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Main building of the great saline (© JE)
Main building of the great saline (© JE)
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South-west crêt of Mont Poupet (© JE)
South-west crêt of Mont Poupet (© JE)
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Listed residence - 73 rue de la République (© JE)
Listed residence - 73 rue de la République (© JE)
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Listed residence, at 75 rue de la République (© JE)
Listed residence, at 75 rue de la République (© JE)
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Church of Notre-Dame (© JE)
Church of Notre-Dame (© JE)
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Church of Saint-Jean-Baptiste (© JE)
Church of Saint-Jean-Baptiste (© JE)
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Church of Saint-Maurice (© JE)
Church of Saint-Maurice (© JE)
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Church Saint-Maurice (© JE)
Church Saint-Maurice (© JE)
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Entrance to the old thermal baths of the petite saline (© JE)
Entrance to the old thermal baths of the petite saline (© JE)
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East facade of the town hall (© JE)
East facade of the town hall (© JE)
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West facade of the town hall (© JE)
West facade of the town hall (© JE)
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Fontaine with oval basin (© JE)
Fontaine with oval basin (© JE)
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Lion fountain - Place Aubarède (© JE)
Lion fountain - Place Aubarède (© JE)
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Swan fountain (© JE)
Swan fountain (© JE)
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Colonel Pouchet fountain (© JE)
Colonel Pouchet fountain (© JE)
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Wine grower's fountain (© JE)
Wine grower's fountain (© JE)
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Fontaine Truchot, town hall square (© JE)
Fontaine Truchot, town hall square (© JE)
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Fort Belin, seen from the city center (© JE)
Fort Belin, seen from the city center (© JE)
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Fort Saint-André, seen from the city center (© JE)
Fort Saint-André, seen from the city center (© JE)
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Entrance gate to Fort Saint-André (© JE)
Entrance gate to Fort Saint-André (© JE)
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Archaeological excavations on the site of the well in Gray (© JE)
Archaeological excavations on the site of the well in Gray (© JE)
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Archaeological excavations on the well in Gray (© JE)
Archaeological excavations on the well in Gray (© JE)
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Information on the archaeological excavations (© JE)
Information on the archaeological excavations (© JE)
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Information on the town hall and the Truchot fountain (© JE)
Information on the town hall and the Truchot fountain (© JE)
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History of the small saltworks and hydrotherapy (© JE)
History of the small saltworks and hydrotherapy (© JE)
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History of the Notre-Dame church (© JE)
History of the Notre-Dame church (© JE)
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History of the Saint-Maurice church (© JE)
History of the Saint-Maurice church (© JE)
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Facade of the town hall (© JE)
Facade of the town hall (© JE)
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La Furieuse, view upstream of the bridge, rue de la town hall, in Bracon (© JE)
La Furieuse, view upstream of the bridge, rue de la town hall, in Bracon (© JE)
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La Furieuse, view downstream of the bridge, rue Gabet (© JE)
La Furieuse, view downstream of the bridge, rue Gabet (© JE)
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Linteau, with inscription (© JE)
Linteau, with inscription (© JE)
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Maison forte, at 79 rue de la République (© JE)
Maison forte, at 79 rue de la République (© JE)
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Arcades, rue de la Liberté (© JE)
Arcades, rue de la Liberté (© JE)
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Portal of the old Marmet hotel (© JE)
Portal of the old Marmet hotel (© JE)
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History of the Marmet hotel (© JE)
History of the Marmet hotel (© JE)
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Rue de la République, view of its eastern end (© JE)
Rue de la République, view of its eastern end (© JE)
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Rue de la République (© JE)
Rue de la République (© JE)
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Statuette on a door lintel (© JE)
Statuette on a door lintel (© JE)
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Tour d'Andelot (© JE)
Tour d'Andelot (© JE)
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Tour d'Andelot (© JE)
Tour d'Andelot (© JE)
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Tour de Flore (© JE)
Tour de Flore (© JE)
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Visits, leisure and activities nearby

48 km away, Les Fils d'Emile Pernot distillery in La Cluse-et-Mijoux: French specialist in absinthe, the distillery welcomes you in a unique setting and invites you to soak up the terroir of Haut-Doubs. Discover absinthe and its history on a guided tour and continue your adventure by discovering different flavors during a free tasting of the products.

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