HIGH SOCIETY COMES TO SALIES-DE-BÉARN
In the 19th century, Salisiens explored new forms of income from the salt. The water, rich in oligo-elements, surely had to be beneficial to health and wellbeing….
Indeed, perhaps it’s not for nothing that Salisiens were famed for their good looks in the Pyrenees !
In 1857, the first thermal spa opened. Initially frequented by women trying to have children, the thermal spa quickly attracted a very rich clientele of curists, including Spanish nobles and their courts, dukes and duchesses.
Picture the Eiffel family, Marcel Proust, F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife, Zelda strolling through the streets. The City of Salt got a new image, with stunning hotels to attract the cream of Parisian society, an Oriental-style casino, and a park complete with a bandstand and giant redwood trees.The train station served hundreds of passengers every day.
Psst, did you know? Famous French singer, Françoise Hardy came for the cure in Salies-de-Béarn (but don’t say we told you !)