Salon was a Gallo-Roman oppidum well positioned on the salt trade routes between Adriatic, Atlantic and Mediterranean seas, hence its name. This region was under the Phocaean influence since the sixth century BC and stretches of the Via Aurelia can still be recognized just outside the town, but the earliest mention of the place under its familiar name is of the ninth century, as Villa Salone. The archbishops of Arles controlled the site.
Its principal claim to fame today is as the place where Nostradamus spent his last years and is buried. His dwelling is maintained as a museum, and for four days every June or July, the city celebrates its history during the time of Nostradamus, attracting tourists.
In 1559 the engineer Adam de Craponne opened the Canal de Craponne to bring fresh water from the river Durance to the town and the surrounding plain of Crau. Inexpensive freight brought commerce to Salon, and the town prospered.
Salon-de-Provence, a holiday destination these days it is good to wander around the old centre, the rest being renovated and the outdoor cafes, shopping at the multitude and diversity of businesses. In all seasons Salon-de-Provence offers a wide spectrum of activities: museums, festivals, concerts, exhibitions, markets, cinemas, spas, gastronomy and the opportunity to enjoy many outdoor activities with the campaign: hiking, mountain biking
At an average temperature of 25.0 °C, July is the hottest month of the year. In January, the average temperature is 5.8 °C. On average, there are 114.39 hours of sunshine per month.
Salon de Provence is only a short 30 minute drive from Marseille airport and a 1 hour 20 minute drive from Montpellier airport.