In the Alpilles, Les Baux, Saint-Rémy and more
Culture - Not to be missed - Art of living
A day suffices to see the main sites in the Alpilles. Don't miss the ancient town of Glanum with its Roman ruins and Saint-Sixte Chapel. The Carrières de Lumières is worth a visit for its original and captivating audiovisual displays. Then step foot in the legendary Château des Baux and find a table at La Reine Jeanne to enjoy refined dishes made with fresh, local produce. Your tour ends at the oil mills, vital links in the production chain for AOP Baux-de-Provence olive oil.
Saint-Rémy and a journey to antiquity in Glanum
Glanum Avenue Vincent Van Gogh 13210 Saint Rémy de Provence
Before leaving Saint-Rémy, get your day off to a fascinating start with a visit to Glanum. Sights at this ancient town include the ruins of public baths, mosaics and dwellings all arranged around a central courtyard surrounded by columns. A 'Qualité Tourisme' certified site well worth a detour! Next follow the Route des Baux-de-Provence.
Les Baux: dazzling displays at the Carrières de Lumière
Carrières de Lumières Route de Maillane 13520 Les Baux de Provence
Before lunch, experience the amazing art projections at the Carrières de Lumières. The 14-metre-high screens put on a surprising and original audiovisual display. The 100 video projectors and 27 speakers create a new dimension, leading visitors on a totally immersive journey through some of the world's most famous artworks. A welcome break from the heat in summer.
Les Baux castle, the heart of the fortified town
Château des Baux 13520 Les Baux de Provence
After lunch, take the time to explore the village on foot and work off the calories by walking up to the castle for a spot of culture. Classified as an Historic Monument, the castle, perched high up, is set in seven hectares of grounds. Features not to miss are the famous stele in the keep with its mysterious reliefs of the 'Three Marys' and the Gothic arches in the castle chapel. Free audio guides and information panels along the tour.
Maussane: visit to the Moulin de Maître Cornille
Moulin Cornille - Coopérative Oléicole de la Vallée des Baux Rue Charloun Rieu 13520 Maussane les Alpilles
The lesser known but equally charming villages in the Alpilles are the next port of call. Home to proud producers of olives – and they have every right to be! AOC Vallée des Baux olive oil is exceptional. First on the tour is Maussane. A number of mills punctuate the route and are worth a visit. We recommend Moulin de Maître Cornille, but it's worth fitting in others if you have the time.
Mouriès: an olive oil co-op in a mill from 1626
Moulin Coopératif de Mouriès Chemin Du Mas Neuf 13890 Mouriès
From Maussane it's onwards to Mouriès to visit its mill which still has its granite millstone and traditional press. The olive oil is just as delicious here, cold pressed and bearing the AOC Vallée des Baux label. A guided tour explains all the processes, old and new, used to produce extra virgin olive oil before you get to browse the artisanal deli.
Eygalières: a tour of the 12th century Saint-Sixte Chapel
Chapelle Saint Sixte Route D'Orgon 13810 Eygalières
On the way back to Saint-Rémy, be sure to swing by Eygalières to visit Saint-Sixte Chapel. From the stunning Route d'Orgon, you'll be treated to breathtaking views of the Provençal countryside. The Roman chapel sits on a former pagan site on the brow of low, exposed hill. The charming old stones speak volumes about the long history of the place. In summer, you can even attend mass. Did you know? Sainte-Sixte gave refuge to plague victims in quarantine during the 17th and 18th centuries.
- Taking back a bottle of extra virgin olive oil from Maussane for your favourite colleague
- Pretending you're a knight among the ruins of a medieval castle
- Crossing over from antiquity to the Middle Ages in the same day
- Seeing first hand how olive oil is made, from tree to table
The best time to visit
- From March to August to attend the Médiévales des Baux (sports and leisure events)
- Late October to visit the Salon des Santonniers
- In the height of summer to experience the sound and light show at the Carrières de Lumières
Culture, Not to be missed, Art of living
Saint Rémy de Provence, Les Baux de Provence, Maussane les Alpilles, Mouriès, Eygalières
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