La Trévaresse, abbey and vineyards
Off the beaten tracks - Wine and gastronomy
The hills of La Trévaresse are an ideal destination for getting to know Bouches-du-Rhône, from its sacred heritage to its sacred vineyards. After tasting honey produced at Rucher Salonais, head to La Roque d’Anthéron where you can visit Silvacane Abbey and Sainte-Anne de Goiron Chapel. Stop for lunch at Mas de Jossyl and then walk it off around Beaulieu and Rognes châteaux. Château de Calavon is along the wine route and is well worth a detour before you visit picturesque Lambesc and end the day at the sumptuous Château de Beaupré.
La Roque d'Anthéron: Sainte-Anne de Goiron Chapel
Route de Sainte Anne 13640 La Roque-d'Anthéron
La Roque d'Anthéron is also home to another pilgrimage destination, the rather well hidden Sainte-Anne de Goiron Chapel built by hermits in the 11th century. Peasants would go to the church to pray for water to feed their crops. It was restored in the 14th century but its Romanesque architecture has been carefully preserved. Must sees: its triangular bell tower and ancient tombs dug directly into the stone.
Lambesc: Château de Calavon on the wine route
12 Avenue de Badonviller 13410 Lambesc
Continue your tour by heading to Lambesc, an essential stopping point on the Provençal wine route. Here you'll find Château de Calavon, a property that has been in the Audibert family for five generations. Visit the wine cellar and the shop in the village centre to get better acquainted with the wines produced on the estate. All AOP Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence certified and organic, the red, rosé and white wines all have real personality. The site is accessible for people with reduced mobility and tasting is free for non-trade visitors.
Saint-Cannat: get in the mood for jazz at Château de Beaupré
D7n Château de Beaupré 13760 Saint-Cannat
To wrap up your day, head to a Provençal country house built in the 18th century that was turned into a vineyard in the 19th century. Château de Beaupré has 43 hectares of vines on its property all organically farmed. This splendid estate with its distinctive dolphin fountains also hosts a jazz festival and a fine-dining event once a year. At the site shop, La Baronne Double, you'll find a selection of wines and other gourmet products, from tapenades to jams, plus pottery
- Treating yourself to some honey and taking flavours of Provence home with you
- Tasting organic wine made on exceptional volcanic terroir
- Looking out over the Trévaresse hills, set between wild countryside and the Durance
- Immersing yourself in typical Provençal villages replete with stone houses, gardens and fountains
The best time to visit
- In summer to attend the international piano festival in La Roque d’Anthéron
- In spring to admire the beautiful blooms in Lambesc
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The left and right banks of the Durance make the perfect complement to a weekend of luxury and art de vivre. Two well-known wine estates have created a universe in celebration of wine. At one you can expect land art and contemporary art; at the other, gardens inspired by Tuscany. In Puy-Ste-Réparade, Château La Coste is a winning combination of art and nature. In Pertuis, Château Val Joanis invites you to stroll around its vast grounds lush with fruit trees, olive groves and vines. A journey for all five senses!
The many faces of Camargue
See the many faces of Camargue on a tour that promises a refreshing change of scenery away from the usual tourist sites! Visit the Langlois Bridge, made famous in several paintings by Van Gogh, before exploring the ecosystem in Le Vigueirat. Then make your way to the Tour Saint-Louis and onwards to Napoleon beach where you can try your hand at kite surfing. In the afternoon, head to Domaine de la Palissade, an ideal destination to observe Camargue's wildlife. La Chassagnette in Arles is our recommendation for dinner where the original menu is prepared by a top chef.
Get ready for an unforgettable day in one of Provence's absolute treasures. First exploring the majestic ancient ruins in Arles which draws in visitors from around the world each year. Onwards next to the Church of St. Trophime and Montmajour Abbey, stunning architectural gems in this Camarguais city. Take a break from sightseeing to do a little shopping then sample the delicious and unpretentious cuisine at La Gueule du Loup before getting your culture fix at the Arles Antique archaeological museum. Ready to be whisked back in time?It's only a one-hour cruise from Marseille away.
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