Boulbon

Abbaye de Saint-Michel de Frigolet aux portes de Boulbon

Abbaye de Saint-Michel de Frigolet aux portes de Boulbon

Provence Pays Arles / Canopée / Lionel Roux

…the charm of La Montagnette

Boulbon is a pleasant, authentic village which invites you to discover its heritage, La Montagnette and its 'bottle procession', one of the most picturesque traditions in PROVENCE PAYS D’ARLES.

The village of Boulbon sits on the sides of La Montagnette, with the keep of its ancient feudal castrum standing above the market gardening plains. Its winding lanes, still enclosed inside the ramparts, reveal an unexpectedly rich heritage, which includes a 14th century recess housing a life-sized Saint Christopher, the Romanesque chapels of Saint-Marcellin and Saint-Julien and the former Saint-Anne church. The Montagnette Massif (access restricted from July to mid-September) provides many opportunities for excursions - hikes and bike rides - allowing visitors to discover both its natural heritage and its cultural heritage. Boulbon is a quiet village off the beaten tourist track and is lively and dynamic. You will enjoy discovering the most famous and most unusual of the festivals held there each year, namely the Bottle Procession, celebrated in Saint-Marcellin Chapel. At approximately 7 pm on 1 June, the men and boys of the village meet and proceed to the chapel. They each bring one of their best bottles of wine. At the end of Mass, the bottles are uncorked and the wine is solemnly blessed. Another highlight of the year is the carreto ramado of Saint Eloi. The impressive chariot, decorated with willow branches and pulled by a large number of draft horses, harnessed 'in Saracen fashion'  (with a collar decorated with multi-coloured plumes mirrors and bells), gallops across the delicate passage of the narrow Grand'Rue and bursts through the Loriol Gate. The show continues with a procession of folk troops and ladies dressed in the traditional Provençal costume, perfect ambassadors for the charm of this Provençal village.

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  • La Bastide de Boulbon - Restaurants and cafés

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    At the foot of La Montagnette, in the heart of the picturesque Provençal village of Boulbon, between Avignon, Les Baux, Saint Rémy de Provence, the Pont du Gard and Arles... 5 km from the Abbey of Frigolet, this 1850 building, renovated to create a charming Hotel, has contemporary rooms and a pool. Dine by candle-light under the two hundred year-old plane trees.

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  • La Garrigue - Restaurants and cafés

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    The restaurant is located by the side of the road opposite the Rhône and has two terraces, one of which faces north for comfortable lunch-time service in summer. Located at the intersection of the villages of Barbentane and Boulbon.

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