According to legend, the town of Salies-de-Béarn was built around a salt source discovered while hunting wild boar. The origins actually go back to 1500 BC, when Salies-de-Béarn salt was actually extracted by evaporation of salt water in earthenware pots unearthed during archaeological excavations. Today, the salt is exploited in the salt business for food use (exclusive salting of Bayonne pork) and for thermal use. About 2,000 tons of salt is produced there annually.
Hydrotherapy, inseparable from Salies-de-Béarn
The town of Salies-de-Béarn is especially famous for its thermal baths. The building housing this thermal water dates back to 1857 and hardly changed its original appearance (from the outside). Inside, you can take advantage of the thermal water, which has a salinity of ten times that of sea water, is rich in minerals and relieves pain thanks to the appropriate treatments. It also contains anti-aging brine bacteria. Various types of treatments are offered: for rheumatic diseases, that is, muscle and joint pain, but also treatments that can help reduce gynecological problems and female infertility. These Salies Thermal Baths also have a thermal spa that is open 7 days a week and you can take advantage of the fitness area, beauty treatments, group weight training and a water area. Finally, you can enter the Salt Cave. There are 3 rooms that highlight this white treasure and allow you to benefit from salt therapy and well-being through salt.
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