Local Town of Salies-du-Salat

The spa Salies-du-Salat is the main tourist attraction of the town. It offers thermalistes a water salinity of the index of 320g , which makes it the most mineralized water in Europe. This salinity is due to a salt layer 300 meters deep underneath the town. Plenty of variety with, pools, Jacuzzis, gyms or several treatment programs. The rectory buildings were built in 1925 and have a facade with a peristyle of neo-Egyptian style and tiled columns. Besides the thermal baths, Salies-du-Salat offers a spa with water aerobics or aqua fitness, sauna or massage and other wellness treatments. You can still see the remains of the original Roman thermal baths.

Listed historical monument, the church of Notre-Dame-de-la-Mercy was built in place of the former chapel of the castle of the counts of Comminges.

In the town, it is possible to discover a salt-water fountain, or the tomb of General Compans Jean Dominique and the remains of the old dungeon of Salies-du-Salat.

Built in 1599, the monastery of the Religious of Mercy has no shortage of architectural and historical interest.

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Many festivals are hosted in the town throughout the summer season.

The town of Salies-du-Salat is situated on the edge of the Parc Naturel Régional des Pyrénées Ariégeoises with it’s beautiful nature trails, forests, rivers and streams, wildlife and sweeping vistas. A beautiful drive through the Parc on the D117 will bring you to the prehistoric Grotte de Niaux a Palaeolithic site where you can see stunning Cave Paintings by booking a place on a tour. Wear good shoes as it is uneven and can be wet in the caves.

 

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Places of Interest

Historical Towns: Saint Girons, Saint Gaudens, Chateau Prat-Bonrepaux, Chateau de Foix

Canal du Midi

Grotte de Niaux

Bagnères-de-Luchon

Carcasonne City (La Cité)

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Saint Bertrand de Comminges

A 40 min drive from Salies du Salat.

Just like the faithful of the Middle Ages, visitors of today can’t possibly miss it!

The cathedral of Sainte-Marie of Saint-Bertrand-de-Comminges sits, massive and imposing, on the promontory where the medieval town was built. The Romano-Gothic architecture of the building, the Renaissance stained-glass windows, the choir with its finely-carved stalls and 16th C. organ, the Romanesque cloister, all contribute to this sense of immersion in the past. The well-preserved 15th and 16th C. half-timbered houses also bear witness to the greatness of the episcopal seat. As you stroll around, you should also look out for : the Majou Gate (12th-14th C.), La Loy house (17th C.), the Bridault house (16th C.).

Walking

Enjoy exploring the Beautiful countryside.

An easy hike around Salies-du-Salat, punctuated by the beautiful views of the Pyrenees.

Historical references mark our itinerary: the ruins of the castle of the Counts of Comminges and the castral church dating from the 12th and 14th centuries. The statue of the virgin of Montsaunés erected at the top of Poueigh in 1938. The Templar Church of Montsaunès, remarkable for its 5-bay bell tower, its portal, its well-preserved frescoes.

Walking distance is the old railway now converted for walking and cycling which runs 120km to the famous Chateau town of Foix.

Parc naturel régional des Pyrénées ariégeoises:
Picturesque preserve offering nature trails, forests, streams, wildlife & sweeping vistas.

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Cycling

For the serious cyclist the Tour de France 2020 passes through the town, and the Col de Aspet and the Col d’Agnes are nearby will certainly challenge you.

For those who want the greatest challenge The Tourmalet is within striking distance.

For the recreational cyclist the railway track is a meandering, gentle pedal through the beautiful countryside.

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Paragliding

Piscatelle/Arabas: Is one of the most stable and consistent flying sites in the Pyrenees offering excellent thermal flying.

Pilots of all levels can fly, weather permitting.

The micro climate makes this site excellent flying almost all year round. (Tandem flights may be available)

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Skiing

Nearby Ski resorts
Station du Mourtis
Guzet-Neige
Luchon Superbagnères
Provide a variety of ski experiences at different levels from the novice to the experienced.
Across the border in Spain, Baqueira-Beret offers 146 km of pistes 1h 30 mins away.

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Fishing

The Salat and the Garonne rivers merge around the village, offering both course and game fishing.

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Horse Riding

Available locally offering a wonderful opportunity to explore the foothills of the Pyrenees.

Bird Watching

Paradise for birdwatchers, the terrain and climate is home to many and varied breeds. You might even be lucky enough to spot a Lammergeier.

Golf

Excellent, challenging, 18 hole Par 3 Golf course 10mins away.

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