Salins du Midi, Camargue, Southern France

From south wall of Aigues Mortes you can see the mountains of salt of the Salins du Midi, where salt has been produced since Roman times, including the well known brand Baleine. Although no public road really gets close enough for a good inspection of these intriguing mounds, the Salins offers a train tour (9 Euros; 95 minutes) through the salt beds and operations of the salt works. The best time of year to visit the Salins is late summer, when they harvest the salt crystals and the water is at its pinkest.

The first week in June the water in the salt bed around the small and rather dull museum was a startling pink, especially against the white peaks of salt, but the rest of the operation was quiet. One of those places where they really have to stretch to make an hour presentation out of 20 minutes worth of material.

For those interested in photography, it is very difficult to take good pictures from the bouncing train and while the train does slow down from time to time it generally does not stop for photo op’s. The best seat is in the very back with an unobstructed view out the back of the train.

June 2, 2013

For links to all the posts in this series see the South of France page.