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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Nearby

  1. Aire du Moulin

    Motorhome parking area

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  2. Pines

    Campsite

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  3. La Bastide De Fontvieille

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  4. Le Clos Du Passant

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Where to stay

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.

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.

Fontvieille
Holiday rental

Fontvieille

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…

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…

Pines
Campsite

Pines

Fontvieille

Flat land, half-shade, quiet. Set in a pine grove 1.5 km from the village (leave the village on the road to Baux-de-Provence, Maussane -turn right at the roundabout). 100 m2 marked pitches. Municipal swimming pool nearby (500m).

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…

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…

Lou Pastre
Holiday rental

Lou Pastre

Fontvieille

In the Baux de Provence valley, on a beautiful land of 55 hectares of meadows and organic olive trees, charming gite in a XVIIIth century farmhouse, adjoining the owners'. Quiet environment for sure. Ground floor: fully equipped kitchen, living room with fireplace (free wood). 1 bedroom (1 bed /…

Mas du Lion
B&B

Mas du Lion

Arles

1 room (20 m²) overlooks the garden with its large window, it has a 160 bed, air conditioning, fridge, micro wave, TV and Internet access, covered parking.Room 2 has a window which overlooks the garden, two beds 90. Possibility of an extra bed (€15).The bathroom is equipped with a large…

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.

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.

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:…

L'Eden Cinéma
Cinema

L'Eden Cinéma

Fontvieille

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

Moulin à huile de Bédarrides
Olives - Huiles d'olives

Moulin à huile de Bédarrides

Fontvieille

Direct oil sales AOC virgin olive oil. The Moulin de Bédarrides, located on the way out of the village, has been producing olive oil since the end of the 18th century. The village of Fontvielle then boasted nine mills. The Bédarrides mill is the only one that survives from this period. It has…

Mas Saint Joseph
Olives - Huiles d'olives

Mas Saint Joseph

Fontvieille

Production of olive oil and of melons

Les Délices de Daudet
Producer

Les Délices de Daudet

Fontvieille

Gourmet Patisserie - Ice Cream - Chocolates

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…

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,…

Where to eat

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

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…

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…

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.

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

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The Feria

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