Château de Montauban

Fontvieille - Monument

The residence, celebrated in the preface to 'Letters From My Windmill', was primarily a place of peace and relaxation for Alphonse Daudet, 'Blessed house, so many times have I come here to seek the healing touch of nature, to cure myself of Paris and its fevers...'
This superb building, with its late 18th century gabled façade, was the residence of the Ambroy family, which housed the author during his stays in Provence.
Daudet made regular stays there with his wife Julia from 1863, at the invitation of his cousins.
Nowadays, the building is open to private visitors during the summer season and all year round for groups, subject to booking.
The 'Fontvieille in History' exhibition presents the themes of Provençal, and more particularly Fontvieille, traditions. The place itself testifies to our village's rich historical heritage (as do a number of ancient and mediaeval monuments).
The first room pays tribute to Alphonse Daudet, whose stays in Fontvieille evoked this 'blessed house', where he was made to feel so welcome.
The second room is dedicated to Léo Lelée, painter of Arlésiennes, and to the Provençal costume which he played a large part in promoting in the early 20th century. More recent interpretations of the costume would be based on Lelée's classical version.
The third room is dedicated to the course camarguaise and bears the name of the famous raseteur Manolo Falomir.
The fourth room contains a Provençal nativity scene and the work of Fontvieille santon figurine-makers.
Since 2012, the Alphonse Daudet Museum has been housed inside the château through major works by the writer and translations of his internationally famous book 'Letters From My Windmill'.
There is a shop selling books by the author and Arterra santons representing the most famous characters from his books. You can also buy the souvenir medal (2006 model) from the Paris Mint.

  • Accessible for disabled
  • Public car park

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Nearby

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  2. Villa Regalido

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  3. Hostellerie de la Tour

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  4. La Cuisine au Planet

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Where to stay

Mas de Lèbre
Holiday rental

Mas de Lèbre

Fontvieille

In the heart of the Alpilles, gite in the countryside, adjoining the owners'farmhouse, on a cereals (rice) and wine concern. Close to the tourist sites, especially the Moulin de Daudet. Ideally situated to discover the Alpilles. Secured shared swimming-pool (11 m x 6 m) from the 15th of june to…

Rucher de la Cala Melosa
Campsite

Rucher de la Cala Melosa

Fontvieille

At the heart of the Alpilles hills, this totally organic farm offers its yurt hidden in the olive trees. A space far from any coercion, any nuisance (trail 2 kms), in a spirit resolutely turned towards the respect for nature and active ecology. Particularly suited to walkers on the road to St…

Les Résidences de Virginie
Holiday rental

Les Résidences de Virginie

Fontvieille

Nous sommes situés dans le coeur du village de Fontvieille, tout près du Moulin d'Alphonse Daudet. Nos mazets sont de plein pied, possèdent chacune une petite terrasse et une cour privée avec un salon de jardin sur un peu plus d'un demi-hectare. Près des Baux de Provence et Saint Rémy de…

Hôtel Belesso
Hotel

Hôtel Belesso

Fontvieille

Hôtel Belesso - Restaurant Belvédère Au coeur des Alpilles, dans le village de Fontvieille, se trouve ce domaine hôtel-restaurant 3 étoiles de 38 chambres, un lieu unique avec sa bâtisse construite sur les anciennes carrières de pierre. Son parc de 7000 m², complètement caché des…

La Ripaille
Hotel

La Ripaille

Fontvieille

Establishment of Provençal style located in the countryside between the villages of Baux de Provence and Fontvieille. In summer, dining on terrace. Custom half rooms with a balcony. Restaurant: culinary specialities: traditional and Provencal cuisine.

Villa St Joseph
Holiday rental

Villa St Joseph

Tarascon

In the countryside, surrounded by organic fruit orchards, house divided into 2 parts : the gite on the ground floor and a second appartment upstairs. Flowery courtyard (150 m²) with garden furniture, garage (washing machine). Kitchen / living room with sofa, flat screen TV, fitted kitchen (oven,…

Gite De Hugolin
Holiday rental

Gite De Hugolin

Tarascon

Décorée aux couleurs de la Provence, agrémentée d'objets anciens et de collection, La Maison d'Ugolin peut accueillir 6 personnes.

Aire du Moulin
Campsite

Aire du Moulin

Fontvieille

Located near the Moulin de Daudet, 500 m from the centre of the village, close to all shopping. In the heart of the regional natural park of the Alpilles, the village of Fontvieille awaits nestled in the hollow of its white stone quarries. Its authentic character of Provençal village, its…

Fontvieille L'oustau
B&B

Fontvieille L'oustau

Fontvieille

2 spacious rooms for 2 to 4 people in a 19th century building, in the village centre with independent bathrooms - garden - air conditioning - parking

Things to do

Atelier d'un siège à l'autre
Craftsman

Atelier d'un siège à l'autre

Fontvieille

Gil Grave, upholsterer, trained by the 'Compagnons du Devoir', welcomes you to her Fontvielle workshop. Restoration of old chairs, sale of designer fabrics, sale of chairs, making of curtains and cushions.

L'Eden Cinéma
Cultural place

L'Eden Cinéma

Fontvieille

Authentic, air-conditioned cinema in the old village. Times and programmes available on the website www.fontvieille-provence.com

MOULIN MAS DE DAUDET
Producer

MOULIN MAS DE DAUDET

Fontvieille

Céralier depuis 6 générations, nous cultivons, nous transformons à l'aide d'un moulin à meule de pierre et nous fabriquons des pâtes artisanales au blé dur.

Château d'Estoublon
Wines

Château d'Estoublon

Fontvieille

Located on the southern slopes of the Alpilles, at the entrance to Fontvieille, this wine- and oil-producing estate extends over 200 hectares, including 10 hectares of Baux-de-Provence AOC and Coteaux d'Aix AOC vines and 48 hectares planted with Vallée des Baux-de-Provence AOC olive groves. The…

Moulin du Saint Jean
Olives - Huiles d'olives

Moulin du Saint Jean

Fontvieille

Driven by tradition and an ancestral knowledge of olives, Jean Paul Sourdon, the great-grandson and grandson of oil-pressers, opened his own mill in June 1998. Tradition and modernity come together, and the yellow gold olive oil is covered by the Vallée des Baux-de-Provence AOC. The selection of…

Aqueduc et Meunerie de Barbegal
Monument

Aqueduc et Meunerie de Barbegal

Fontvieille

The aqueducts, remains of which can still be seen near the Barbegal mill, are a diversion of the 'De Caperon', aqueduct which channelled water from the southern slope of the Alpilles. The construction techniques used for the section before the mill differ from those observed on the route of the…

Moulin d'Alphonse Daudet
Monument

Moulin d'Alphonse Daudet

Fontvieille

Built in 1814, the Saint Pierre Windmill ground wheat for a century until 1915. In 1935, the Society of Friends of Daudet's Windmill decided to turn it into a museum dedicated to Alphonse Daudet and containing the poet's works. This windmill has been visible from the outside since 2012, but the…

MOULIN A PEINTURE / LA CIGALE
Souvenirs shopping

MOULIN A PEINTURE / LA CIGALE

Fontvieille

Le Moulin à peinture est un magasin de souvenirs mais pas seulement. Un bric-à-brac idéal plein de charme, idéal pour trouver un cadeau. Lampes, jouets, vaisselle, bien-être, bijoux... Tout est de bon goût et coloré. Un côté souvenirs créatif et artistique avec des cigales en mosaïque…

Les jardins de Cidamos
Producer

Les jardins de Cidamos

Fontvieille

The Cidamos gardens are located in the commune of Fontvieille and consist of 3 hectares of crops.

Where to eat

Villa Regalido
Food guide restaurant

Villa Regalido

Fontvieille

Notre Chef vous propose un menu différent chaque jour à base de produits frais et de saison, où légumes, herbes de Provence, huile d'olive de moulins, se marient pour votre plus grand plaisir.

Auberge des Balastres
Cuisine de Provence

Auberge des Balastres

Fontvieille

Notre établissement à caractère familial adhére à la chartre des Logis de France. A l'ombre de la terrasse ou dans la salle à manger rustique vous apprecierez la cuisine fine et sincère du chef Thierry Lesouple.

Le Patio
Food guide restaurant

Le Patio

Fontvieille

Catherine and Jean-Pierre Cote concoct local specialities in the rustic setting of this 18th-century sheepfold. Served by the fire or out on the terrace in summer, treats include the Alpilles lamb roasted with hay from La Crau (AOC), confit young rabbit with olive oil from the Moulin du Mas Saint…

Hostellerie de la Tour
Cuisine de Provence

Hostellerie de la Tour

Fontvieille

The years seem to leave no mark on this classic Provencal address. Set at the foot of the Tour des Abbés, this ancient hay barn is home to a hotel-restaurant with pool and garden. An agreeable stop-off, where the chef delights guests with Provencal classics such as aubergine papetons, stuffed…

Les Mazets des Roches
Cuisine de Provence

Les Mazets des Roches

Tarascon

At the western point of the Alpilles, between Tarascon and Fontvieille, you will find a 13-hectare estate hidden from view, 200 m from the 12th century Saint-Gabriel Chapel: Les Mazets des Roches. 3-star hotel listed in several guide books. Satellite. Organisation of seminars, banquets, family…

L'AMI PROVENCAL
Food guide restaurant

L'AMI PROVENCAL

Fontvieille

Au coeur du village, à l'ombre des platanes de la place de l'église, découvrez la cuisine authentique et recherchée du chef Yoann Palmero. Il met un point d'honneur à travailler des produits frais et locaux. Plats faits maison et de qualité, ambiance chaleureuse et conviviale.

La Cuisine au Planet
Cuisine de Provence

La Cuisine au Planet

Fontvieille

Dish of the day € 11; meal deal € 16 and fixed menu € 20 for lunch; as well as the menu, meal deal € 25 and fixed menu € 30 for lunch and dinner

La Table du Meunier
Food guide restaurant

La Table du Meunier

Fontvieille

Menus: € 26 - € 34 + menu. Specialities: tian of lamb with basil, minced rabbit with thyme, crispy zander with sorrel and lavender crème brûlée. Capacity: indoors 30 to 50. Shady terrace: 50. Private car park. Henhouse dating back to 1765

Inspirations

Figs

Figs

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.

The siesta

The siesta

Lifestyle

Provence… the perfect place to relax and chill out

Goat's Cheese

Goat's Cheese

Whether it's served hot with a salad, used to crown a cheese platter, or savoured fresh with honey or olive oil, goat's cheese is an absolute culinary must. Provence's dry, sunny climate is perfect for goat breeding -and that's lucky for us!

The "Navette"

The "Navette"

Terroir

Celebrated at Candlemas, this traditional Provencal biscuit is also a popular sweet treat all year round

Serving tourism

Provence Tourisme est une association loi 1901. Sa mission, confiée par le Département : promouvoir le tourisme dans les Bouches-du-Rhône dans le respect de l’environnement et des habitants et garantir aux visiteurs un accueil de qualité.

The best of the destination

En accord avec les aspirations et les goûts de chacun, Provence Tourisme propose d’incontournables valeurs sûres comme des conseils pour sortir des sentiers battus, grâce à sa connaissance profonde du terrain et de par sa neutralité commerciale.