Aqueduc et Meunerie de Barbegal

Fontvieille - Monument

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 Caparon aqueduct.
Fernand Benoît had originally dated this construction to the 4th century AD, connecting it with the spread of Christianity and the increasing scarcity of the slavery it would have entailed. However, research carried out by the CNRS and the University of Provence in the 1980s refuted this hypothesis and dated the construction of the complex to the 2nd century AD. The columns are built from small stones, although some of their bases consist of large reused blocks; the arches are also made of small blocks, supplemented with brick. However, this system can also be found from time to time along the course of the aqueduct on the southern slope, particularly on the section parallel to the aqueduct that supplied the mill. This leads us to believe that the mill was constructed at the same time as a campaign was carried out to restore the hydraulic network. These two wonderful vestiges are unique in Europe and are 2 km from the centre of the village.

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  1. La Bastide De Fontvieille

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  2. Office de Tourisme Fontvieille

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  3. Gite De Hugolin

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  4. Le Pré des Alpilles

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Where to stay

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.

Hostellerie de la Tour
Hotel

Hostellerie de la Tour

Fontvieille

Very quiet countryside hotel. All rooms with terrace are arranged around the pool and garden. Restaurant: Provençal cuisine and local specialities.

Thym
Holiday rental

Thym

Fontvieille

In a Provencal setting, this gite adjoins 3 other gites in a building near the owners' house. Walk around the hill to discover Alphonse Daudet's mill and the Roman aqueduct at Barbegal or continue to the village of Fontvieille. Ground floor: kitchen/living room, Wi-Fi nd TV/TNT. Upper floor: 2…

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…

Hôtel Belesso
Hotel

Hôtel Belesso

Fontvieille

Hôtel Belesso - Restaurant Belvédère Ce domaine hôtel - restaurant de 38 chambres avec son parc de 7ha est un lieu unique bâti sur les anciennes carrières de pierre de Fontvieille. Dans le parc vous trouvez la grande piscine chauffée, bordée de plages en pierre de Fontvieille, et son…

La Maison d'Amandine
B&B

La Maison d'Amandine

Fontvieille

Doté d'une terrasse et d'une connexion Wi-Fi gratuite, l'établissement Chez amandine se situe à Fontvieille. La salle de bains privative entièrement équipée est pourvue d'une douche et d'un sèche-cheveux. Vous séjournerez à 33 km d'Avignon et à 38 km de Nîmes. Enfin, l'aéroport de…

Le Clos Du Passant
B&B

Le Clos Du Passant

Fontvieille

800 Meters from the village, quiet and in a closed property. Suite for 2 to 4 persons and a bedroom for 2 persons, all comfort, rooms of water and separate toilet, bathrobes and pool towels provided, hairdryer. Pets not allowed. Non-smokers. Access to swimming pool with owners agreement. Private…

Mme et M. DOUMENC
B&B

Mme et M. DOUMENC

Saint Martin de Crau

Les propriétaires de cet établissement ont bénéficié d'une formation au tourisme ornithologique grâce au Parc Naturel Régional des Alpilles et la Ligue de Protection des Oiseaux. Dans cet établissement, vos hôtes pourront vous prodiguer de précieux conseils et mettrons à votre…

The Val Majour Best Western
Hotel

The Val Majour Best Western

Fontvieille

Renovated hotel with air conditioning and 32 individually decorated rooms, located in the heart of a shaded park with swimming pool, close to many sites. Catering for groups. Snack bar by the pool in July and August.

Things to do

MOULIN MAS DE DAUDET
Producer

MOULIN MAS DE DAUDET

Fontvieille

Paysan Pastier de père en fils depuis 5 générations, la terre, la nature, les traditions sont ancrées dans la famille. L'exploitation agricole familiale s'étend entre la Tour des Abbés et l'Abbaye de Montmajour dans une plaine au sol argilo calcaire, où le climat méditerranéen, en fait…

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…

La Cravenco, SICA oléicole de la Vallée des Baux
Olives - Huiles d'olives

La Cravenco, SICA oléicole de la Vallée des Baux

Arles

SICA: society of agricultural collective interest.Cooperative. Sale of olive oil AOC Olive oil of the Valley of les Baux de Provence, tapenades, soaps, olives French

Château de Montauban
Monument

Château de Montauban

Fontvieille

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…

Mas de l'Ange
Olives - Huiles d'olives

Mas de l'Ange

Fontvieille

The Mas de l'Ange in Fontvieille definitely takes its name from the kindness and hospitality of its owners. In his farm, Mr Monnier produces traditional olive oils, cracked olives, black olives, olive creams, tapenades, jams and his speciality, olive jam, which is available for tasting.

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.

Camargue mare's milk
Soap

Camargue mare's milk

Arles

In the cradle of the Camargue and la Crau, mussels (commune of Arles) society enjoys a location second to none which allows both the production of mares purebred Camargue and hay de Crau AOC: two essential elements in the development of quality milk.Small family breeding, the Prairie livestock,…

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

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…

Where to eat

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

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…

L'AMI PROVENCAL
Food guide restaurant

L'AMI PROVENCAL

Fontvieille

L avis de Gault&Millau sur le restaurant L'Ami Provençal : Elle est bien jolie, l'histoire que Fanny et Yoann Palmero commencent à écrire dans cet écrin de pure Provence. Fontvieille, c'est un village pour Mistral et Daudet réunis, et cette maison sur la placette, prolongée par une très…

Auberge des Balastres
Cuisine de Provence

Auberge des Balastres

Fontvieille

Notre bastide de charme à caractère familial, adhère à la Charte des Logis.

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

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…

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.

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