- History and heritage: Originally, Salernes was based on an agricultural economy. Oil, wine, figs, wheat, beans, melons and peaches were then produced. One could also find there silk mills as well as factories of hats and coarse draperies.
In order to improve their standard of living as farmers, from the end of the 18th century, the inhabitants of Salernes began to focus on exploiting local resources. The production of earthenware came to life.
The earthenware market gradually diminishing after the revolution, the Salernois and Salernoise are reconverted into a manufacture of terracotta. Dozens of workshops were therefore created in the territory from the 1830s, thus manufacturing tiles, bricks, utility pottery and pipes for all local needs. This being the case, the ferruginous red clay having an exceptional quality, to push to the specialization in the manufacture of a single product: the red hexagonal balloon called "tomette".
From the beginning of the 19th century Salernes obtained its reputation, thanks to its production of tiling.
Until the 1940s, Salernes grew considerably due to this activity, but from the 1950s, new products, such as sandstone, granite and linoleum appeared and became direct competitors of the terracotta tile.
it was therefore necessary to adapt to this competition, which in its passage heralded the decline of the ceramic industry. From the 1960s, Salernes invented the rustic tile with various colors and shapes, which brought the village a new boom in the ceramic business.
- The location: 22 kilometers west of Draguignan and 9 kilometers south of Aups. 45 minutes from Les Arcs / Draguignan TGV station, 1 hour 30 minutes from Marseille and Nice airports. Closest hospitals: Brignoles and Draguignan
- Living in Salernes: Number of inhabitants: 3889. Numerous restaurants and shops, nursery and primary schools, middle school and high school in Lorgues and Draguignan.
To see / to do: Extending over nearly 40 kilometers, the village of Salernes is located at the foot of the ruins of a medieval castle and irrigated by the Presque and the Pelcourt.
The site of Saint Barthélémy located in the hollow of a gorge: formerly inhabited, numerous troglodyte caves, one of which has a votive chapel and which hosts a pilgrimage on August 24 of each year.
The ruins of the feudal castle which dominate the village. The chapels of Saint Jacques and Croix-de-Solliès from the 17th century. The "lavoir", the Roman point on the Entrecastaux road and the Roman de la Muie bridge.
- Why buy in Salernes: With an average altitude of 220 meters, many activities are offered by the village, such as: flea markets, festivals, concerts, theaters, hiking, ...
Many sports facilities are available in the town for young and old: football, rugby, tennis, roller-skate, cycling, bicross or freestyle, pétanque, equestrian center and fitness rooms.