The Countryside

water and agriculture in Salon de Provence, priceless ressources...

In medieval times, Salon-de-Provence tried to get the best from the meagre resources offered by the land of the Crau Plain. Before being a tributary of the Rhône, the Crau was formerly a river of the Durance Delta.

This landscape, which can be compared to the Asian steppes, is covered with pebbles, which have inspired countless legends since time immemorial. If only 12,000 hectares of this "original Crau" remain, it is due to the incredible engineering work designed and built by Adam de Craponne in the 16th century, bringing water to this arid land and making it fertile.


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