A BIT OF HISTORY
Nestled in the hollow between its two forts, in the shadow of Mount Poupet, is the discrete, almost-hidden town of Salins-les-Bains. What treasures are hidden along the narrow lanes for those who take the time to explore beyond the main street! What a history of more than 1,000 years of salt mining is revealed by its long underground gallery!
Today, Salins-les-Bains is a famous spa resort with its Grande Saline, a UNESCO world heritage site, its thermal baths, casino, many churches and hiking trails.
Our tip for truly discovering Salins-les-Bains is to lose yourself in its side streets. They’ll captivate you!
LA GRANDE SALINE
Undoubtedly the must-see site if you come to Salins-les-Bains! Unlike its little sister at Arc-et-Senans, the Grande Saline hides its jewels in its underground depths. Mined since the very early Middle Ages, salt made the town’s fortunes. Today, you can still travel its 300 metres of underground galleries, stand in awe of finding such an industrial cathedral, be amazed at being able to taste this brine which is saltier than the Dead Sea!
Salins-les-Bains has been a spa town since 1854, but 2017 marked the opening of a new thermal spa, Thermal Salina. Its name refers to the exceptional properties of Salins’ naturally salty waters. With a spacious, 2800m² ground floor, these new baths have a thermal and spa area designed to provide an ambiance conducive to calm, relaxation and wellness.
LE MONT POUPET
The town of Salins-les-Bains has grown at the foot of Mount Poupet which stands at an altitude of 850 metres. A famous site where Louis Pasteur conducted his experiments. Walkers and cyclists alike will be keen to climb it while the most daring visitors will come down by paragliding or downhill mountain biking!