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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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  • Chapelle Notre Dame du Château - Heritage

    Built heritage - Chapel
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    Private property; can only be seen from outside. Known under the name Notre Dame de Piargue, this chapel was built by the side of the old Via Aurelia. Although Notre Dame de Piargue is of modest architectural beauty, it faces an exceptional landscape; opposite its old walls lie the magnificent Alpilles, which inspire visitors to stop and admire one of the most harmonious views in this corner of Provence.

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  • Gate of Augustus - Heritage

    Built heritage - Gate
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    Sometimes called Porte de la Redoute Date: End of the first century BC Era: Antiquity Type: Fortified military architecture Status: Property of the Town of Arles, listed as a national Historic Monument in 1886 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981 The Porte d'Auguste, also called the Porte de la Redoute after the fortressed built there in the Middle Ages, was the main entrance to the Roman town. Located at the highest point in the town, to the east, it was on a diversion of the Via Aurelia from Rome.

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  • Fontaine place Voltaire - Heritage

    Built heritage - Fountain
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    Built in 1909, this fountain pays tribute to the River Durance which flows to the north of Châteaurenard. Its inscription, 'Eici, l’aigo es d’or' (Here, water is gold) reveals the importance of this river, not only for the Châteaurenard region, but also for a large part of the Pays d'Arles. Its canalisation and distribution throughout the territory by means of a hydraulic network of small streams and canals allowed a flourishing fruit and vegetable production industry to develop on this arid or marshy land.

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  • Château d'en Haut Barbentane - Heritage

    Chateaux, areas, battlements - Chateau
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    This château, some of whose wall surfaces date from the 15th century, is located in a 4-hectare wooded park in the heart of the village of Barbentane. The château estate consists of a park, a private chapel in the woods (closed to the public) and the Anglica Tower (14th century), a listed and remarkably well-conserved structure.

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  • Moulin d'Alphonse Daudet - Heritage

    Built heritage - Mill
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    Built in 1814, the Saint Pierre Windmill ground wheat for a century until 1915. In 1935, the Society of Friends of Daudet's Windmill decided to turn it into a museum dedicated to Alphonse Daudet and containing the poet's works. This windmill has been visible from the outside since 2012, but the inside cannot be visited as it has been closed by its owner.

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  • Eglise Saint Pierre Es Liens - Heritage

    Religious buildings - Church
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    Saint Pierre-ès-Liens, the commune's parish church, is built in the Classical style. Construction began in 1695, as the former Saint Pierre-ès-Liens parish church had become too small to accommodate the villagers due to the growth of the village (growth due in part to the operation of the quarries from the 15th century).

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  • Oratoires de Fontvieille - Heritage

    Built heritage - Oratory
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    Oratory of St Theresa: Oratory built in the 17th century. The building, constructed of medium-sized stones, consists of three storeys separated by moulded cornices. The central part is cut through with four rectangular bays supporting the lantern-shaped niche, whose four sides have semi-circular arches. The roof consists of a stone dome.

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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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  • Hôtel des Porcelet (XVI° siècle) - Heritage

    Chateaux, areas, battlements - Stately home
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    This beautiful 16th century residence has an original façade and elegant, finely sculpted mullioned windows. The Hôtel de Porcelet was the residence of one of the most famous families in Arles, which still has a street named after it. On the ground floor, the interior décor still includes a vaulted room decorated with 17th century paintings of the Four Seasons and the Allegories of the Four Cardinal virtues. One first floor room still has a French-style ceiling decorated with floral motifs in shimmering colours.

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  • Explore the village of Orgon - Heritage

    Historical site, archaeology - Mediaeval walled city
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    Orgon is a town of 3010 people in the Bouches du Rhone, located in the Parc natural Regional des Alpilles, 15 kilometres from Saint-Rémy, 25 km from Avignon and 6 km from the Parc Naturel Regional Luberon. This typically Provençal village, dominated by the chapel Notre Dame de Beauregard and the ruins of the ancient fortress of the Duc de Guise, is rich of an illustrious past. Archaeological, geological and paleontological past prestigious: Orgon is a Mecca of geology and Provençal paleontology concealing an internationally recognized stratotype.

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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