Are you planning to spend time in or around Salon-de-Provence? Greeters will welcome you in “their” Salon.
Greeters are volunteers who live and/or work in Salon-de-Provence and who will show you their town , which they know like the back of their hand, for free ! Take advantage of their anecdotes , during an unusual type of visit , all off the beaten track !
The idea is not a new one and even less a unique one ! The very first group was formed by Lynn Brooks in 1992 in New York . Today , the concept is spread across all 5 continents and is ever on the increase . www.globalgreeternetwork.com
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All Greeters across the world share the same core values, decreed by the Global Greeter Network (GGN) .
1)Greeters are volunteers, a friendly face for those visiting a city/destination
2) Greeters welcome individuals and may serve small groups of up to six people
3) Meeting a Greeter is free of charge
4) Visitors are welcomed without any kind of discrimination.
5) Greeter programs support sustainable tourism. Programs respects natural and man-made environments, it brings both cultural and economical enrichment to the local communities. Programs aim for a lasting positive image of each destination.
6) Greeter programs create a mutually enriching opportunity for cultural exchange, create links between ordinary people in creating a better world
A Greeters is not a conference-type guide . Rather , he adapts his itinerary and explanation according to your expectations , your questions . Thus , you are guaranteed a personalized visit .
A Greeters is a volunteer and is especially motivated by the wish to share and show you his “Salon” , through his own vision , his daily life there , mixing anecdotes and historical facts .
In sharing the town life , a Greeters integrates you into Salon-de-Provence’s culture, and so permits you to more easily understand the “Provençal identity” . Also , the visits are organized in small groups (6 people maximum) thus enabling you to enjoy closer contact with the Greeters .
NB : We insist on that it’s a thematic walkabout and not a guided tour . Greeters have a wealth of knowledge but they are not historians . Their explanations are , above all , the story of the town , supported with anecdotes .
Settled in Salon-de-Provence area for 40 years , I have for long wanted to share the love of my adopted city .
Member of the Friends of St Jacques of Compostela , I regularly welcome pilgrims with whom I already visit the city in a Greeters spirit .
Born in Marseille , I have always lived in the south of France . I am deeply rooted in this beautiful Provence typically represented in Salon-de-Provence .
Fountains , architecture , history … I’m offering you a different way of to discover all the atmosphere of local life in this amazing city with its rich culture and the high quality of its “terroir.”
Spoken languages:French, spanish
My family has lived in Salon-de-Provence for several generations .
I used to run a butcher shop in the city center. I am now retired and I am involved with the Friends of Saint Jacques of Compostela.
In 2013, I travelled on The Way from the Puy en Velay to Santiago.
I like meeting new people, tchatting ,exchange It’s very rewarding and informative.
Spoken language : French
Established in Salon de Provence for 40 years I quickly got involved in the cultural community .
President of the Friends of Saint Jacques of Compostela hiking occupies my spare time . I invite you to explore this city that I love from the paths of the nearby hills .
“Salon” viewed from above , read through its history its “terroir” and its agriculture …
Spoken languages : French, Provencal, Spanish, Catalan
I have been an inhabitant of Salon-de-Provence as a teacher first for 25 years .
I’m now retired and involved in the association promoting cycle routes end greenways in Provence-Alpes Côte-d’Azur . A few pedal strokes from the tourist Office , passing across the rich neighbourhood of former soap merchants’ mansions , the countryside of “la Crau” spreads its fields of AOC hay maintained green thanks to the miraculous irrigation work of Adam de Craponne and his channels .
I can suggest several tours of various lengths on small quiet roads . You will be able to gaze upon the Alpilles mountains and will discover the typical countryside of Salon-de-Provence , a land of sheep flocks and “Coussouls”, typical stones, witnesses of the old river flowing through the plain .
Spoken language : French
I’ve been living in Salon de Provence since 1992 and I enjoy it .
I’m interested in the evolution of the city and, thanks to the work of some specific associations , I still always discover new elements of its past.
I also have some neophyte knowledge on the local flora and fauna.
I am fond of sharing these discoveries with people (friends or family ) either by bike or through an urban walking in the close neighborhood.
Spoken language : French
– is spending time in Salon-de-Provence (business or pleasure) for at least 1 day
– wishes to discover a town away from the classic tourist circuits, giving him the opportunity to meet the local inhabitants
– is easy to reach , especially by e-mail
– is aware of the Salon-de-Provence Greeters charter before going on such a visit.
NB : The number of visitors in a group cannot exceed 6 people on any one tour . If a child participates to the tour, he should be supervised by an adult. If more than 1 child participates , then 2 accompanying adults is necessary .
– Send your request at least 4 working days before your arrival , only with the application form . As applicable , you can also indicate your preference for one or several Greeters in the “comments” section .
– You will receive a confirmation of receipt and consequent follow-up by the tourist office .
– If a Greeters suiting your request is available , this person will contact you directly.
In making such a tour request , this implies that you are aware of the Salon-de-Provence Greeters charter .
1st , 15th , 50th stay in Salon-de-Provence ? Before coming , take the time to consult the website and Facebook page of the tourist office, and download the Salon-de-Provence app . Hotels , restaurants , tours , tips, and local events are listed in order to help you organize your stay in the best possible way .
Upon arrival , please do not hesitate to come to the tourist office and ask for maps and documentation from our operating agents .
Are you perhaps seeking to know the historical and architectural details of our town ? If so , a conference-type guide is the most apt for this type of request . Please contact the tourist office for information .
Greeters are ready to meet you . It is for you to choose the visit theme you wish to take up . Please see the application form for more details on the “center of interest” you may choose.
To give you an idea , and possibly help you to be specific in your request , please consult the description of our Greeters under the heading ” Portraits of the Salon-de-Provence Greeters “