Tarascon Fontvieille, by Ma Cigale est fantastique
Shopping in the footsteps of bloggers
From Fontvieille to Tarascon, discover the Provencal countryside and traditions between Arles and the Alpilles National Park.We start this itinerary with the oil mill trail, searching for liquid gold: a pure PDO fruit juice from the marvellous Vallée des Baux. We will continue our trip with a taste of Provencal fabrics, tracing a route that is embellished with Provencal flavours and fragrances. To finish, we will attempt to force the fearsome Tarasque out of hiding.
Le Château d'Estoublon
Route de Maussane, 13990 Fontvieille
A prestigious domain! The Mogador castle is surrounded by grapevines and an incredible olive grove.
The domain is so impressive that I hesitated to enter the property. It is open to everyone and a little luxury never hurt anyone. Everything here is refined and elegant, even the olive oil is presented in beautiful bottles reminiscent of luxury perfumes, but luxury has a price! A beautiful location to visit and don’t miss the Chapel, the gardens and the lake.
Le moulin de Daudet
Allée Des Pins, 13990 Fontvieille
Another mill, but this time it’s a windmill! The very one that inspired Alphonse Daudet.
There is nothing extraordinary about a visit to the Daudet windmill, you say? Certainly, it is nothing more than a windmill and a small, recently renovated museum. But for me, this windmill is an exceptional site, as it is right here that Alphonse Daudet wrote “La Chèvre de Monsieur Seguin”, in English “Mr. Seguin’s goat” from the infamous “Lettres de mon Moulin” (“Letters from my Windmill”). It also provides a beautiful panoramic view of the surrounding countryside.
Le Mazet des Roches
Route de Fontvieille D33, 13150 Tarascon
A remarkable restaurant, ideally situated in the heart of the Alpilles National Park!
Nestled a little way off the road, you must be careful not to miss this restaurant! The woodland setting is quite magical: there is a swimming pool, dining tables on the terrace and a large dining room complete with fireplace. The chef prepares delicious Mediterranean cuisine and if the servings are copious the prices are reasonable; there is even a set menu. Be sure to taste the excellent Alpilles wines!
Chemin des Indienneurs, 13103 Saint Etienne du Grès
A factory shop with a fabric printing workshop perpetuating a tradition born in Marseille in 1648
You may have noticed that the shop is situated on the Chemin des Indienneurs – you couldn’t make it up! Les Olivades has been selling fabric collections inspired by Indians and Provencal traditions since 1818. The fabric with the famous tiny flower motif used for clothes, tableware and small accessories are all printed here in the workshop. Well worth a visit.
Musées des arômes et du parfum
Ancien chemin d'Arles, 13690 Graveson
A trip through the world of fragrances using our sense of smell as a guide!
I wasn’t bowled over by this highly perfumed museum, but the collection of stills is well worth a look. I enjoyed discovering whether or not I had a flare for perfume creation! Depending on the time of year, you will always find something in season in the perfumed garden and herb patch. There is an entrance fee which is a little expensive in my opinion, but using your “myprovence pass” makes it more affordable.
La ciergerie de L'abbaye des Prémontrés
20 rue des Charpentiers, ZA du Roubian, 13150 Tarascon
An astonishing alter candle production site using methods dating back to the 15th century
The candle-making workshop is not easy to find. Once you have parked your car, do not hesitate to ring the bell at the door. Founded in 1904, the candle-making here is artisanal and has received the "Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant" label recognising its commitment to preserving living heritage. Candles are made to order and it is therefore advisable to telephone beforehand if you wish to watch production in action. The factory shop sells a large choice of candles.
Souleiado, Musée Provençal
39 rue Charles Demery, 13150 Tarascon
Tarascon is the birthplace of Provencal fabric; the Souleiado museum tells us its history.
An unexpected, yet wonderful discovery! Here I enjoyed a plethora of surprises and was carried away by the museum’s beautiful scenography. I loved the exhibition hall, the ancient wood and the embroidered quilts, not forgetting the scientist’s laboratory dating back to the 1800s, which has been incredibly well preserved. There is a tearoom open in the summer.
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