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  • Maison de la Transhumance

    Maison de la Transhumance - Outdoor activities

    Places to visit - Nature interpretation centre
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    Home of Transhumance, interpretation of Mediterranean pastoral culture centre, will open its doors to the 2010/2011 year into the fold of the domain of Alders, property of the General Council of Bouches.In a magnificent setting, it will cover an area of more than 500 m². It will first offer on 300 m², a space for temporary exhibitions renewed each year. It will also include a public reception area and a shop.

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  • Jardin aquatique "Aux fleurs de l'Eau" - Outdoor activities

    Places to visit - Park - private garden
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    At Graveson lies a magical place born from the imagination of a man fascinated by water and plants. Mr Stroppiana, in his spare time, imagined and built his garden with ponds, waterfalls, plants and fish. The calm and serenity that exudes this place evokes relaxation when strolling along the water points. Visitors will appreciate the harmony of the flora and fauna of the different basins. You will observe the colourful koi carp, a magnificent collection of water lilies and many exotic plants. During periods of closure, visits are by reservation only. Animals are not allowed.

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  • Les Alpilles - Outdoor activities

    Places to visit - Massif - mountain
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    The Alpilles mountains are located in the north-west of the department, in line with the Rhone corridor. The Alpilles form a marked, raised chain, oriented east-west. The main chain is distinguished from the Chambremont chain, which although it is not directly adjoined, has similar characteristics to those of the main chain.

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  • The Montagnette hills - Outdoor activities

    Places to visit - Massif - mountain
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    La Montagnette is an isolated mountain with well-defined contours, located in the extreme north-west of the department. La Montagnette is a low-altitude mountain (150 m), but with rather steep slopes, particularly on its eastern and western faces where slopes prohibit access by roads. This mountain is also marked by a series of hills and valleys generally oriented north-west / south-east, parallel to the axis of the mistral wind as the valley plain was often occupied by estates with their associated crops. La Montagnette includes the departmental roads D81 and D35.

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  • The beaches of Arles - Outdoor activities

    Places to visit - Beach
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    Arles, the largest commune of France, includes a large part of the Camargue and extends between the arms of the Rhône to the beach located 45 kilometres from the city centre: the Piemanson beach or beach of Salin-de-Giraud (naturist area at the eastern end), the amazing architecture of Northern corons village, and Beauduc beach. It is 28 km from non urbanized beaches which are the largest natural beach of Mediterranean Sea. 2 kilometres of sand dunes, a belvedere overlooking the salins to admire the salt marshes, the area of crop and salt storage.

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  • The river Rhône - Outdoor activities

    Places to visit - Stream - river - canal
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    The Rhone and its delta have not only given their name to the department, but this peaceful and majestic river also forms the backbone of the Bouches-du-Rhone. From Avignon to the Camargue beaches, the river passes through the most authentic Provençal landscapes. Famous for a long time for the rapidity of its current and the fury of its floods, the Rhone was only really developed from the 19th century, with diking and the creation of locks and canals.

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  • Réserve naturelle volontaire Tour du Valat - Outdoor activities

    Places to visit - Miscellaneous sites
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    Representative biotope of the fluvio-lacustrine Camargue.Site open to the public only during the days open (one to two times per year).

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  • Réserve nationale de Camargue - Outdoor activities

    Places to visit - Plain - valley - delta
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    Covering 13,000 ha in the heart of the Camargue, the Camargue National Reserve is one of the largest wetland areas in Europe. Its vast territory over a single area, located in the towns of Arles and Saintes Maries de la Mer, is fully protected. The originality and international heritage interest of the Camargue Reserve lies in its diversity of habitats and species that occupy it (272 bird species of which 243 are of heritage interest) as well as its ecological functioning. The Camargue National Reserve is part of the network of 158 French nature reserves.

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  • Les canaux de la Crau et des Alpilles - Outdoor activities

    Places to visit - Stream - river - canal
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    The ancient construction of the Crau and the Alpilles canals are essentially used for agricultural irrigation. However, they also provide drinking water and water for industrial use.

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  • Plaine du Comtat - Outdoor activities

    Places to visit - Plain - valley - delta
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    The Comtat plain, located at the confluence of the Rhone and the Durance, is more widely developed in the Vaucluse. It is the largest agricultural plain of the department. Such countryside landscape is marked by the omnipresence of canals. The alignments of plane trees along the roads are bordered to the south by the Alpilles.

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  • Porte St Jean - Heritage

    Built heritage - Gate
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    14th century. It has crenellations and barbicans for defensive reasons and took its name from St John the Baptist Chapel, which is in the same area. The superb golden Virgin was installed in 1866, with the inscription: 'posuerunt me custodem', which translates as 'They (the people of Tarascon) made me keeper'. The gate has been a regional Historic Monument since 1930.

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  • Croix du Jubilé - Heritage

    Built heritage - Stations of the cross - cross
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    The Croix du Jubilé is located on the site of the former cemetery, now the Place de l'Eglise. It was erected in 1851, originally made of walnut and bore a cast iron Christ; however, it was toppled by the Mistral winds one day in 1864 and replaced in the same year with the current wrought iron cross.

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  • Château d'Estoublon à Fontvieille

    Château d'Estoublon - Heritage

    Chateaux, areas, battlements - Chateau
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    Rebuilt at the end of the 17th century on the site of an old fortress destroyed by the residents of Les Baux, the château and its chapel did not go by the name of d'Estoublon until the 18th century. The estate, which covers 200 hectares, as well as its wine-growing and oil-producing operations, was restored around ten years ago by the Schneider family. A milestone testifying to the passage of the old Via Aurelia was found in the château grounds. The Via Aurelia connected the Rhône from Tarascon, to Rome, via Aix and then the Col de la Turbie in Alpes Maritimes.

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  • Les Antiques - Heritage

    Religious buildings - Triumphal Arch
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    The Jules Mausoleum: this funeral monument dates back to 30-20 BC. It was erected by the Julii, descendants of one of the major Roman families, in honour of their father and grandfather. It is particularly well preserved and owes its fame to its distinctive structure, which is unique to Roman architecture as we know it today.

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  • Les carrières - Heritage

    Historical site, archaeology - Historical industrial site
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    Fontvieille stone was first quarried in Roman times. However, it was not until the early 15th century, with the Château de Tarascon site, that it expanded significantly. From that time, the quarries were operated continuously until modern times.

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  • Pavillon de la Reine Jeanne - Heritage

    Chateaux, areas, battlements - Pavilion
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    Nestled in the Valley of La Fontaine, near the old wash house, is an elegant Renaissance-style corner pavilion built by Jeanne de Quiqueran, widow of Honoré des Martins, Baron of Les Baux from 1568 to 1581. Frédéric Mistral had a copy made for his tomb in Maillane. The site has been baptised 'Temple of Love' by the Félibres, writers in Occitan, in memory of the legendary lessons in love given there. This small temple was build according to a hexagonal plan.

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  • Eglise paroissiale Sainte-Agathe - Heritage

    Religious buildings - Church
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    The parish church is of 13th century Romanesque origin and was dedicated to Notre-Dame-de-Bethléem. It was replaced by the church of Saint Agatha, patron saint of the village. In the 17th century, the building was facing ruin; restoration work was started and later completed during a more extensive project in 1760. Worship had been banned at the church, as the building was judged too dangerous. A master mason from Tarascon built the chancel, sacristy, bell tower and two chapels (Sainte-Agathe and Sainte-Vierge).

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  • Oratoire Notre-Dame-de-Grâce - Heritage

    Built heritage - Oratory
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    This Oratory, constructed in 1954, commemorates the 1854 miracle and gives thanks for the healing of Maillane residents during a cholera epidemic. Cholera was rife in the commune during August of that year and many people of all ages died. Some people fled the village and only 100 remained out of a population of 1,500. On 28 August 1854, a few people brought out the Madonna of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce and formed a procession. The Madonna was wearing a violet dress at the time.

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  • Hôtel des Monnaies - Heritage

    Chateaux, areas, battlements - Stately home
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    Tarascon enjoyed many privileges under the reign of the Counts of Provence. In August 1272, an Act of Charles I of Anjou, the uncle of King René, authorised the founding of a Maison de la Monnaie (Mint), thus allowing Tarascon to mint money in the same way as Tours. Coins were minted here from 1387 to 1520. During this time, a real coin and a fake coin were nailed to the door, in order to inform the population and discourage forgers. The mint ceased operation between 1518 and 1526 and between 1543 and 1591, as its activity was contested by the Provence Parliament.

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  • Church of St. Blaise - Heritage

    Religious buildings - Church
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    The Monks' Chapel of Saint Césaire Abbey, founded in the 6th century by the Bishop of the same name, Saint Blaise Church is of interest to historians and archaeologists alike. It was mainly built in three stages, starting in the 12th century, but earlier remains have been found. It was deconsecrated during the Revolution and had a range of different utilitarian uses, before being excavated in 1972 and 1982.

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Circuit touristique

Les sites touristiques

Ornithological park of Pont de Gau in Camargue

Outdoor activities
Les Saintes Maries de la Mer
Musée de la Camargue

Museum of the Camargue

Art and culture
Arles
Les jardins de l'alchimiste à Eyaglières

Jardin de l'alchimiste

Outdoor activities
Eygalières
Les Carrières de Lumières aux Baux de Provence

Cathédrale d'Images

Art and culture
Baux de Provence
Exposition Fondation Vincent Van Gogh Arles

Fondation Vincent Van Gogh Arles

Art and culture
Arles
Château des Baux-de-Provence

Château des Baux-de-Provence

Heritage
Baux de Provence