Set between the Belin and Saint-André Forts(Vauban’s legacy), and at the foot of Mont Poupet which, at an elevation of 853 m, overlooks the Vallée de la Furieuse, this small Jura town has everything you expect from a major tourist destination.
A Wealth of Salt
Naturally, salt lies at the heart of this fascination with Salins-les-Bains. This genuine “white gold” has been mined here for 2,000 years. So you can’t miss out on a visit to the Grande Saline, the salt extraction and harvesting facilities which tell you the epic story of the area’s salt and the lives of the salt workers. These are buildings on UNESCO’s World Heritage list. Directly linked to this natural salt heritage are the thermal baths, where you can go to soak up the benefits of these naturally salty waters. It is your relaxation and well-being destination.
From the Middle Ages to the 21st Century
Owing to these rock salt riches, Salins-les-Bains established its power early on in the Comté province and was religiously and politically powerful. The evidence of this can still be seen in the wealth of the architectural heritage along the Furieuse River, such as the Tour de Flore, the fountains and the apothecary.
Several centuries and architectural achievements later, the casino, wrapped in contemporary metal detailing, propels us straight into the 21st century.
Add in a range of fine hotels and restaurants, the thriving earthenware and pottery tradition and you get a broad impression of Salins-les-Bains’ character.
There are plenty of reasons then to add the “Petite Cité Comtoise de Caractère” (Comté heritage town) to your road book and visit it properly. Food lovers will certainly sample the “Téméraire” (or “Salinois“), a tart with apples, hazelnuts and dried fruit.