Aubagne, in Pagnol country
Pottery and santons aside, Aubagne is also the birth place of French author and film director Marcel Pagnol. Get better acquainted with the cinematic legend by following the Marcel Pagnol 'from Aubagne to La Treille' guided tour or the 'Childhood memories' walking tour. You can also visit the house on Cours Barthélémy where Pagnol was born. And last but not least, the Petit Monde de Marcel Pagnol has recreated cult scenes from his films and novels, from the iconic card game in 'César et Panisse' to the beautiful 'Manon des Sources'.
Marcel Pagnol's childhood home
16 Cours Barthélemy 13400 Aubagne
Next step across the threshold into the Aubagne native's childhood home. The bourgeois property, not far from the tourist information office, has been divided in two. One part is a recreation of the home, a window into Provençal art de vivre during Pagnol's lifetime. The other part is given over to memorabilia from his childhood, old photographs and school books. Plan around 45 minutes to see it all.
The world of Marcel Pagnol in miniature
Atelier Thérèse Neveu 4 Cour de Clastre 13400 Aubagne
To end your Pagnol-themed tour of Aubagne, visit the miniatures museum 'Le Petit Monde de Marcel Pagnol'. At Esplanade de Gaulle, see 200 santons (figurines) set amongst hilly landscapes that are all incredibly realistic. You'll recognise iconic scenes from his films reproduced in miniature. Can you spot Fernandel, Raimu and Yves Montand?
- Getting a feel for the city sitting on a terrace on Cours Foch
- Immersing yourself in the heart of Provence's popular traditions during the votive celebrations in summer
- Admiring the pain-staking work of the santonniers at their studios
- Seeing the actual places where Pagnol set his books and films
- Aubagne's charming and peaceful typically Provençal centre
The best time to visit
- In summer to see the Cour des Grands company perform scenes from Pagnol's books
'Pagnol sous les étoiles', outdoor screenings of Pagnol films in towns and villages across the region.
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La Montagnette and its monuments
La Montagnette is a low-altitude mountain in Bouches-du-Rhône set against dry and rugged terrain. It is replete with architectural gems to visit. Start the morning with a visit to the cryptoporticus in Arles. In Tarascon, take a tour of Saint Michel du Frigolet Abbey and Château du Roi René. Next head to Le Garde-Manger for lunch before venturing off to see Daudet's mills. When you reach Fontvielle, you can't miss Château Montauban and the Roman aqueduct. Finish on a high note at Montmajour Abbey.
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A typical Provence village, but Aubagne has some hidden surprises! A few minutes from Marseille, we discover a universe that is typically Provencal as we enter the streets and alleys of Aubagne, with the production of Christmas crib figures or “santons”, ochre walls and a mixture of craftsmen that welcome you into their world and invite you to wander through the town, often unacknowledged by the regions habitants.
3 trips in 1, marseille, provence, camargue
Before or after your cruise, make the most of your departure from (or arrival into) Marseille to explore the region over a couple of days. Marseille will show you its many faces, its sea, its ancient heritage and its new museums like the MuCEM. Aix-en-Provence, Aubagne and Les Baux-de-Provence will introduce you to the heart and soul of Provence though its old stone houses, vineyards and olive groves. Last but by no means least, Arles and Camargue will whisk you to a dramatic change of scenery just a few kilometres from Marseille's cruise terminal. Marseille, Provence and Camargue, the promise of three trips in one!
When we talk about the South of France, what's the first thing we think of? The MEDITERRANEAN SEA! (and the sun of course – it's all part of the package).
A gourmet treat…
Provence has been famed for its candied fruit from time immemorial. In the early 16th century, the region was fairly impoverished. Fruit grew here in abundance, but much of it was lost every year.
The 'OM' is more than just a symbol, it's a way of life!
Francis lived happily close beside his tree...
Picked ripe from the tree, figs are simply to die for. They can also be scattered on trays and left to dry in the sun for 3 days: "That's the best way to keep your figs all winter – we serve figs at Christmas as one of Provence's famous 13 Desserts," smiles Jacqueline Honoré.