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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Where to stay

Gite De Hugolin
Holiday rental

Gite De Hugolin

Fontvieille

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

Mas Roche
Holiday rental

Mas Roche

Arles

Provençal farmhouse in the Crau on the outskirts of Arles. 3 rooms: living room and two large bedrooms, shower room with WC, separate kitchen fully equipped with fridge - freezer, washing machine, microwave. Surrounded by 8 acres of meadow, very quiet, front garden, south facing, under an old…

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

Aire du Moulin
Motorhome parking area

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…

Mas Du Lion
Holiday rental

Mas Du Lion

Arles

Between Alpilles and the Camargue at 5 km from the city centre, in an authentic environment on 1.5 ha. Discover our 3 type cottage, furnished two star hotel, full foot (63 m²) very bright, oriented South West, two bedrooms (one with a bed 160, the other with two single beds 90, an extra 90 bed…

Gauguin
Holiday rental

Gauguin

Arles

In the middle of the country, ideal for exploring the Alpilles, Camargue or Arles. Sunny rooms, quality furnishings( flat screen TV) Adjacent to gite 110304 and another seasonal rental property. Owner 600 m away. High ground floor: built in kitchen, laundry, large living room/ lounge opened on a…

La Part des Anges
B&B

La Part des Anges

Le Paradou

Beautifully situated in the small village of le Paradou, South des Baux de Provence and West of Maussane les Alpilles, the mas overlooks very beautiful garden, providing a soothing coolness during the summer season.Include a terrace sheltered by a gazebo overlooking a summer dining room near…

Mas Saint Joseph
B&B

Mas Saint Joseph

Fontvieille

On an olive production estate, at the foot of the Alpilles between Fontvieille and Baux de Provence. Four very characteristic guest rooms including two suites, swimming pool, 270 m2 solarium and parking.

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

Camargue mare's milk
Savon

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,…

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…

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…

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.

Château d'Estoublon
Olives - Huiles d'olives

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…

Rucher de la Cala Melosa
Educational farm

Rucher de la Cala Melosa

Fontvieille

La Cala Melosa (honeyed hive) is a farm located near the 12th century chapel of Saint Pierre d'Entremonts, where you can watch the hive and the bees at work. From honey extraction to potting, you can follow the different stages of the work of the bee keeper. Bee farmVisit: visit the hive,…

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.

Centre équestre des Enganes
Riding school

Centre équestre des Enganes

Fontvieille

The centre has 12 horses. Activities: Federal exam preparation, horse games, horse rental, horse boarding, horseback riding (non-members can access), horseback trekking (non-members can access) in Provence, Cévennes, Camargue, carriage rides, walks in the Alpilles all levels. Facilities:…

Mas Saint Joseph
Olives - Huiles d'olives

Mas Saint Joseph

Fontvieille

Production of olive oil and of melons

Where to eat

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…

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…

La Cuisine au Planet
Food guide restaurant

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

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…

Inspirations

The herbs de Provence

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The "Navette"

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The cicada

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