Made for English-speaking people looking for good tips and good addresses in Alpilles and Camargue, “Best of Alpilles – Camargue – Arles” by Petit Futé is an essential how-to guide to find an accommodation, a restaurant, to organize your visits and outings to be sure you will enjoy your stay in those beautiful lands! It is true that Alpilles and Camargue are well known by all lovers of gastronomy, historical sites and art. Alpilles and Camargue are lands with great patrimonial weath and countless attractions: castles, abbeys, churches, natural sites, museums, etc. Alpilles and Camargue are great touristic regions with enchanting landscapes, charming small towns and wild nature that you can explore by walking, cycling, etc.
But Alpilles and Camargue are also the craftsmen, the festivals, the cultural and culinary events, the markets where you can find local products… Tasty!
With this guidebook, Petit Futé has done everything possible to give you a selection of addresses gathering the must-sees as the hidden treasures for a successful stay and to enjoy the best of Alpilles and Camargue!
Welcome to Alpilles and Camargue!
Population: 38,794 inhabitants
Density: 88 inhabitants/km2
Area: 440 km²
Number of municipalities: 13
Home region: Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Highest point: Tour des Opies (498m)
Population: about 10,000 inhabitants
Density: 10 inhabitants/km2
Area: 100,000 ha
Number of municipalities: 3
Home region: Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Major river: the Rhône
Near the Barbegal locality, approximately seven kilometers east of the town of Arles.
Largest known concentration of mechanical power in the ancient world, the aqueduct and mills of Barbegal was a complex structure consisting of two parallel aqueducts, channelling drinking water to the city of Arles from Alpilles and supplying a mill that could produce up to 4.5 tons of flour per day. This complex was built in the early second century and worked at least until the end of the third century. It is attributed to the Gallo-Roman engineer Candidius Benignus of the group of carpenters from Arles whose sarcophagus contained more suggestive inscriptions: "there was no wiser and no one excelled like him in the art of mechanical literature and in the channelling of waterways". Partially listed as a historic monument in 1937 and a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1981, some of these vestiges are still visible.
Les Baux-de-Provence (Occitan: Lei Bauç de Provença) is a commune in the Bouches-du-Rhône department of the province of Provence in southern France. It has a spectacular position in the Alpilles mountains, set atop a rocky outcrop that is crowned with a ruined castle overlooking the plains to the south. Its name refers to its site: in Provençal, a bauç is a rocky spur. The village gives its name to the aluminium ore bauxite, which was first discovered there by geologist Pierre Berthier in 1821.
CHÂTEAU DES BAUX
Open all year. Open from 10am to 5pm in January, February, November and December. From 9.30am to 6.30pm in March and October. From 9am to 7.15pm in April, May, June and September. From 9am to 8.15pm in July and August. Adult: €10 (€8 without entertainment). Child (from 7 to 17 years old): €8 (€6 without entertainment). Last entrance with audioguide, 1: 00 before the closing of the site. Ticket combined with special rate to visit the Careers of Lights and the Castle of Baux-de-Provence. Guided tour (with your own guide or guides of the Tourist Office; booking required). Shop.
This powerful medieval fortress bears witness to a turbulent military past punctuated by repeated assaults. The solid dungeon proves that the Provence was desired by many. The Saracen tower is named after its orientation towards the south, from where the Saracens arrived. Only the Paravelle tower overlooking the courtyard of the castle on one side and the valley on the other remains. Dismantled under Richelieu's order, the vestige will let you imagine life in the middle Ages. Note that the site offers many picnic areas and you can attend some really impressive demonstrations of catapult firing from April to September, during the weekend, public holidays and school holidays. These imposing machines with evocative names (trebuchets, couillard, trifle and ballista) in action are worth a visit. As for the medieval duel (at 12 pm, 2: 30 pm and 4: 30 pm), this historical and humorous show will let you discover the use of weapons and techniques of medieval combat. Endeavour to take the booklet in the form of a treasure hunt if you are visiting with your children for it will enable them discover the history and the site in a fun and enriching way.
|misspaleo le 28/10/2010|
|The site is magnificent it is safe! All these ruins full of history and panoramic view of Provence! However, I recommend one thing: to get there 9: 00 for the morning at spring when all the parking spaces are available and there are no visitors and that time is already beautiful! Take my advice and!|
|coline88 le 29/08/2010|
|Les baux de Provence and its castle to be missed during a stay in the region. Magnificent place full of history with its catapults, head ram... children beloved. On the other hand to visit very early in the morning or season to avoid the crowds|
|lasp31 le 17/03/2010|
|An exceptional site, a white stone which reflects the sun, a town overlooking reveals the surrounding vast countryside. Cobblestones, fine old residences as one does not make it any more and you need to protect. Take time to see all the details.|
|marinouch2 le 03/02/2010|
|An exceptional site and wonderful views! Do not hesitate to visit there Easter Sunday for hunting eggs and do not miss the demonstrations by catapults!|
OFFICE DE TOURISME DES BAUX-DE-PROVENCE
Maison du Roy
Open Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 5pm; the weekend and public holidays from 10am to 5.30pm. Closed on December 25th and on January 1st.
The welcome is always warm and professional, despite of the numerous daily visitors. You will be given relevant information which will make your stay an unforgettable one. Possibilities of a Pass for the visits: castle + quarries of Lights + Yves Brayer museum: 18,50 €. Castle of Baux + quarries of Lights: from 15 € to 17 €. And if you want to prepare your stay upstream, the web site abounds in practical information and in downloadable documents, including the application e-trails.
Real postcard of Provence, this small village, located 5 minutes away from Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, has preserved its charm and authenticity. Its verdant valleys, its olive groves or vineyards, rows of cypress trees and its blue sky make it a popular venue. Along the main street, take a detour to the ruins of the castle, the esplanade of the old keep and the Saint-Laurent church. Finally, a move to the Penitents' Chapel is required. Here, you will find the museum of old Eygalières but also – and most importantly – a beautiful mountain panorama of the Caume, the Alpilles and the Durance.
Office de tourisme
The Alphonse Daudet mill is the most famous of them but it should also be noted that the three other fontvieillois mills are also interesting and beautiful. First of all, the Tissot-Avon mill is the closest castle of Montauban. Originally, this mill was called Tissot, but the last owner, a miller by trade was called Avon. This explains the name "Tissot-Avon." It was built in the early nineteenth century and operated until 1905. The Sourdon mill is on a small hill, on your right as you ascend the pine alley. A specified notarial act that existed in 1791. It finally stopped working around 1870. The Ramet mill meanwhile was built around the early nineteenth century. Located in the centre of the site of mills, between Daudet or Saint-Pierre and the Tissot-Avon mill, it stopped working in the early twentieth century.
© Lawrence BANAHAN – Author's Image
MUSÉE FRÉDÉRIC MISTRAL
1, avenue Lamartine
Open all year. Low season: Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 11.30am and from 2pm to 4.30pm. High season: Tuesday to Sunday from 9.30am to 11.30am and from 2.30pm to 6.30pm. Guided tour. Activities. Free visit to the garden.
Frederic Mistral, an illustrious Provencal poet was born in Maillane on September 8, 1830. Founder of Felibrige and advocate of Provençal cultural identity, Nobel Prize for Literature and founder of the museum Arlaten of Arles, this unique personality was influential in Maillane and the whole Provence. His birthplace is also now being converted into a museum entirely dedicated to him. Photos, articles and books will immerse you in the life of the author of "Mireille", whose statue stands in the garden adjoining his farmhouse.
|raymbetz le 13/08/2009|
|For all those who want more on the language of Provence and its greatest defender, Frederi Mistral, visit the house where he lived from 1876 until his death in 1914 is a but discovery unrivalled. All the original furniture has been preserved: you can better realise the living conditions of this time! Guided tour (except Heritage Days): the description of the museum is worth the purchase!|
At the foot of the Alpilles, Maussane is a small and pleasant village in the vallée des Baux. You will find a little freshness on the shady place of large plane trees in front of the church of the 18th century. Bistro and restaurants will welcome you for a beneficial stop.
Open all year. Free.
Located outside the city in the direction of Baux-de-Provence, the Antique are two monuments unmissable. In Antiquity, they marked the entrance to the town of Glanum, near via Domitia. They consist of a triumphal arch and a monument improperly called "mausoleum", which was not probably used as tomb, but rather memorial. As you can read on the explanatory panels, the mausoleum of Julii dates from years 30-20 before BC. It was built by the brothers Sextus, Lucius and Marcus Julius in honour of their Caius father and their grandfather. Its architectural characteristic makes it unique: it consists of a base decorated with bas-reliefs, topped by an arch will quadrifrons and a tholos (a round temple). As for the arc de triomphe, it was built at the end of the reign of Augustus or the beginning of that of Tiberio, near the "mausoleum" of Julii which is former for him with fifty years. It evokes the conquest of Gaule by Caesar. Recently restored, these two monuments found all their brightness. Nearby car park.
|forp580 le 08/09/2009|
|Free must; parking nearby. the monuments have just been whitened again: magnificent. excellent signs placarded discreetly by the Tourist Office. A page culture not to be missed, in an enchanting setting.|
LES ANTIQUES - Les Antiques, site de vestiges romains – Saint-Rémy-de-Provence
© Stéphane SAVIGNARD
SITE ARCHÉOLOGIQUE DE GLANUM
Route des Baux-de-Provence
Low season: open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm. High season: every day from 9.30am to 6.30pm. Free for under 18-year-olds. Adult: €7.50. Child (from 18 to 25 years old): €4.50. Group (20 people): €6. Tourism label & Disability. Access to the manual armchair with easier guide. Ticket parking at with dimensions entry site. Children welcome (educational workshop). Guided tour (by reservation). Catering facilities. Shop.
Excavated from 1921, the Glanum site located at the exit of Saint-Remy led to the discovery of many relics that mark its history since antiquity. Its exemplary town planning is characterized by many religious and civic monuments. A housing environment protected by fortifications dating from the Iron Age reveals the occupation of the site from the first millennium BC. One can still see the great monuments arranged along a central street but only a part of the city was discovered. Research work is still carried out on the site.
|lolo5552 le 11/06/2011|
|I really loved to walk while discovering the history of its remains! ! ! !|
|coline88 le 29/08/2010|
|Very interesting site really. I appreciated the guided tour. Impressive walk in the footsteps of our Gallic ancestors. On the other hand I advise to go there in the morning when the sun does not type tyrop yet extremely. There is also a pretty view on the heights of the site to Mont Ventoux|
|forp580 le 08/09/2009|
|I was a guided tour top of summit: the guide has to relive the town of an extremely interesting way... otherwise you can see the ruins from behind the fences.|
THE ARENAS OF ARLES
Rond-point des Arènes
Open all year. Low season: every day from 10am to 5pm. High season: every day from 9am to 7pm. Adult: €6.50. Activities.
Apparently inspired by the Coliseum of Rome, slightly older, the Arena were the pride of Arles for nearly four centuries. This temple of games could welcome up to 21 000 people, crowding up to see the gladiators fight to death or even reconstructions of hunting scenes. After the fall of the Empire, the arenas were transformed into fortress with the construction of four towers, about two hundred houses and even two chapels. It is finally on the initiative of the writer Prosper Mérimée that this unique place is classified as "Historical Monument" in 1840. Its prime function, to welcome major events,is still valid: the Roman games of the 1st century give way to bullfights organized during the two Féria, annually. The arenas, went through a vast plan of restoration and development (the works lasted 10 years and cost 25 million euros), and since July, 2013 got back their original brightness. From an architectural point of view, the amphitheatre is 21 meters high with two levels of 60 arches in full round arch, separated by massive posts of rectangular section. With a main line of 136 meters in length and a small axis of 107 meters, the amphitheatre of Arles is slightly bigger than that of Nîmes, and occupies the twentieth rank among those of the Roman world.
|dimitri44400 le 23/02/2011|
|Magnificent arena, still in good condition despite last time. Go some panels signposting, we would like to know more about this monument. Magnificent visit nonetheless.|
|cozthom le 05/07/2010|
|no... the site is restored but the interior facilities for bullfights spoil the visit. There is no sign, not audioguides, toilets, it shows the urine,... a monument badly managed by the community, while it is unesco-listed|
|marc8383 le 08/09/2009|
|visit in 1987 AND 2010 always work do is completed as cleanliness has always re-examine rise stay in|
|papatango le 21/05/2009|
|Currently under renovation works they are despite very beautiful and impressive. We dip back ourselves quickly at the beginning of our era and we are in admiration in front of such a building|
FONDATION VINCENT VAN GOGH ARLES
35ter, rue du Docteur Fanton
Closed of the Foundation from September 1st to September 20th, 2014. Open Friday to Wednesday from 11am to 7pm; Thursday from 11am to 9pm. Free for under 12-year-olds. Adult: €9. Child (from 12 to 26 years old): €4. Shop.
After three years of work and a beautiful architectural achievement, the Vincent van Gogh Foundation opened its doors to the public last year with the inaugural exhibition "Van Gogh live! ”. Over nearly 1,000 m2, are found, according to the temporary exhibitions, paintings and original drawings by the Dutch master and contemporary art creations. This year, for example, two exhibitions are planned from June to September, "Van Gogh's drawings: influences and inspirations" and "Roni Horn, butterfly to oblivion." The building itself is worth a visit.
MUSÉE ARLES ANTIQUE
Presqu'île du cirque romain
Avenue 1ere division France libre
Open all year. Closed on January 1st, May 1st, November 1st and December 25th. Wednesday to Monday from 10am to 6pm. Free for under 18-year-olds. Adult: €8 (reduced: €5). Subscription: €15 - unlimited access with the museum – validity 1 year. Tourism label & Disability.
Inaugurated in 1995, this modern building designed by the architect Henry Ciriani, houses the pre-and post-roman archaeological collections of the city. The various sections offer different themes that move from the prehistory to late antiquity (from the fourth to the sixth century) period, through protohistory and the High Roman Empire. It is a must for fans. The museum presents in model the majority city monuments in their original construction. Three elements make up the visit: the marble statuary of the first century, the mosaics and the collection of early Christian sarcophagus. Located on the edge of the Roman circus, the large museum, accessible to disabled people also has an Institute for Archaeological Research. This is also where you can see the famous bust of Caesar, recently found during excavations in the Rhône.
Rue de la Calade
Low season: open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 12pm and from 2pm to 5pm. High season: every day from 9am to 7pm. Adult: €6.50. Reduced rate: €5.
The Antic theatre dates back to the 1st century BC and is of Augustan style. It forms part of a vast project of urbanization with two other constructions: the Arc of Rhône and the Forum. It spreads on more than 102 meters in diameter, and contained 33 rows of terraces from which a big section has disappeared, and its outside wall had 3 rows of arches richly decorated with monumental statues. Auguste's statue kept in the museum of Arles and of classical Provence, Venus of Arles at the Louvre Museum. Strengthened during the Middle Ages, witness of Roland's Tower, he sees in his surrounding wall, the development of parasites houses as well as the Jesuits College and a convent of the sisters of Mercy. Plundered for its materials, it is rediscovered only in the 17th century, but the real excavations only begin in 1828. Completely restored, the site is clearly more functional and offer new attractions: in summer, on Tuesday and Thursday morning, there are demonstrations of Roman games that are nice for children. And also, it welcomes numerous festivals like the International meeting of photography, the music festival of the South or even that of the movie of péplum. The first two ones taking place in July, the last one in August.
|dimitri44400 le 23/02/2011|
|Superb ancient theatre! Well preserved. The proximity to the roman amphitheatre allows you to visit the two great has the suite. Arles can highlight its monuments, magnificent visit.|
|sandy01978 le 11/06/2010|
|In July and August every Tuesday and Thursday morning from 10: 00, there are demonstrations of Roman theatre, Roman Olympic Games. It is a show that children and parents including.|
|pseudoisa le 09/09/2009|
|Yes, there are beautiful relics... but lacks explanations, activities... in short is too obliged to only manage. On the other hand, which is well it is that this theatre is really used for concerts. Here, it is worth treat to a square and dating " vivre" in this theatre, which becomes less ancient as a result.|