If you’re a busy bee like me, you’ll try to fit in a quick brisk walk during the day to keep healthy. This one in Sillans is brilliant because it’s easy but combines clean air with pristine river, a wild path, and some scrambling at the end. Park in the old train station parking lot in Sillans-la-Cascade (the school) then walk across the street to the foot of the bridge. Follow the “panorama de cascade” sign and continue down the river on the left side. Stay on the left the whole way. Eventually you’ll see a floating foot bridge (this is fun to jump on!) but do not cross it, just keep going. The path narrows and you’ll eventually come to a tunnel bridge. Climb up the steep dirt path on its right side and you’ll get to street level. Go over the bridge and continue on the left. Make the next left turn and go down the path going back on the other side of the river. You’ll eventually find yourself behind the castle (you’ll see a couple of picnic tables). Stay left and keep going through the bottom road of the village and you’ll see the old lavoire. Voila, you’ve done your 15 mins circuit walk, bravo!
The French call it a “plan d’eau” and in Salerne it’s the River Bresque that flows through a filter that feeds a man-made lido with shallow water falls fit for swimming. Just one warning though – even in the height of summer the temperature of the water is under 20 degrees so of course it’s refreshing but might be too cold for some. Still, it’s a lovely place to have a picnic and dip your feet into. Continue reading La Muie (river pool) in Salernes
Too hot to think about anything other than dipping in cool water? Then Salerne’s Plan d’Eau is the place for you. It’s a lovely river water lido that is man made but uses the river water that is filtered before moving it’s way down the public “plan d’eau”. There is a lovely shaded grassy area for picnics and the whole family can swim in the colder-than-swimming-pool-water lido. It’s very refreshing!
Directions: Take the D13 direction Sillans-La-Cascade. At the chateau make a right and head in the directions of Salernes. 15 mins drive later you’ll come to a roundabout (mouth of the village of Salernes). Make a right turn and you’ll see signs for the Plan d’Eau (another right turn and go down the road where you’ll see a big gate, this is the entry to the swimming area).