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Salers, camping in the heart of an architectural gem

Village de Salers
Village de Salers


An exceptional fortified medieval town, Salers is a commune in the Cantal in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, voted one of the Most Beautiful Villages in France. Its location is no less privileged, as the village lies at the entrance to the Parc régional des Volcans d'Auvergne. The houses of Bargues and the Templars, with their sculpted balconies, bear witness to a past that was sometimes favourable, particularly at the end of the 15th century, when some fine residences were built for wealthy families of the time. Salers is also a town with a rich religious history, and boasts some magnificent monuments that can be discovered on a camping holiday.

Campsites in Salers

Only one campsite in Salers will welcome you; the other campsites are outside the village. Here you will find a selection of three campsites that will allow you to enjoy your accommodation and your holiday while discovering the village of Salers easily.

Camping Municipal le Mouriol is open from April to November, and has 85 pitches and 10 chalets for hire, as well as a tennis court and table tennis table for your relaxation. The campsite also has ice-cream parlours, washing machines and bed linen for hire. You can also hire bikes for your outings, and there's a play area for the little ones.

PRL Domaine de la Chaux de Revel *** is located in Saint-Martin-Valmeroux, just 3 km from the village of Salers. Open practically all year round, this residential leisure park offers unusual accommodation such as cabins and gypsy caravans. Ideal for all those who love hiking in the mountains.

Finally, in Fontanges, the La Pierre Plate municipal campsite offers 30 pitches with electricity and water hook-ups. Located less than 7 km from Salers, it accepts pets and is free for children under 4. There is a restaurant, grocery shop and café on site.

The jewels of the medieval city

The church of Saint-Mathieu is a real architectural gem in the Cantal. Listed as a Historic Monument for some thirty years, it stands 300 metres above sea level and was rebuilt between the 16th and 19th centuries in the Gothic style, except for its original Romanesque bell tower, porch and portal. Inside, you can admire some magnificent 17th-century Aubusson tapestries and a remarkable 15th-century Entombment.

View of the bell tower of Saint-Mathieu church
View of the bell tower of Saint-Mathieu church © iStock

The Porte du Beffroi and Porte de la Martille are the remains of the ramparts that protected the town of Salers in the 15th century. This magnificent square tower and a round tower have a bell in a metal frame on the roof, which still rings regularly.

The Esplanade de Barrouze is a lovely place to take a stroll in Salers. Situated 300 metres above sea level, it is a superb park bordered by ramparts, offering incredible views of the Cantal mountains and the Aspe and Maronne valleys. A must-see for nature lovers and lovers of beautiful panoramas.

Situated on the Place Tyssandier d'Escous, the main square in the village of Salers, is the Maison de Bailliage. Its towers, over 20 metres high, will make you dizzy, and its typically Auvergne Renaissance-style architecture will not leave you indifferent.

Maison de Bailliage
Maison de Bailliage© iStock

Listed as a Historic Monument, the Maison de Bargues, with its charming sculpted lava stone balcony, façade, vaulted passageway and roof, is not to be missed. Tours of the interior are available by prior arrangement.

Other architecturally impressive houses to admire here include the Maison des Missionnaires, now a retirement home. The Maison de la Ronade, a five-storey tower with a spiral staircase. The Maison de Flogeac, a magnificent 16th-century residence. And finally, the Maison de Vernhes, now the town hall and tourist office.

Maison de la Ronade
Maison de la Ronade© iStock

The Musée de Salers, also known as the Maison du Commandeur, is housed in a beautiful Renaissance building. It recounts the history of Salers and its popular traditions.

The neo-Byzantine Chapelle Notre Dame de Lorette, built in the 19th century, is also not to be missed. Its stained glass windows and furnishings are particularly impressive. This chapel still serves as a place of worship and a gathering place for pilgrims.

Food and cheese lovers are in for a treat! Just 3 km from the village and set in a sumptuous landscape above the Maronne valley, the Burons de Salers is a former farm on which small stone buildings with lauze roofs have been erected to house the Maisons du Fromage and de la Vache Salers. This is a place devoted to the specialities of the Cantal region, where you can sample Salers cheese and truffade, a culinary speciality made from fresh tome cheese and potatoes, which you can enjoy against the magnificent backdrop of the Cantal mountains (booking required).

Tasting Salers cheese at Burons de Salers
Tasting Salers cheese at Burons de Salers© iStock




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