Château de Tarascon
Tarascon - Monument
The imposing fortress of Tarascon stands like a sentinel overlooking the waters of the Rhône. During the Middle Ages, the château was located on the border of the County of Provence, opposite Beaucaire and French territory, and gave the impression of defence. Louis II, Duke of Anjou and Count of Provence, began the construction of the château in 1400. The work was continued by Louis III, then René I. The fortress was eclipsed by the Renaissance palace during the reign of 'Good King René'. In the 18th century, the old residence of the Counts of Anjou was stripped of its former glories so it could house prisoners of war and convicts on their way to the labour camp. With the presence of the Court of First Instance in Tarascon, it functioned as a detention centre in the 19th century and until 1926.
- Public car park, Coach park
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Where to stay
Mas des Comtes de Provence
At the gates of the Alpilles and the Camargue, the Mas des Comtes de Provence, a former hunting lodge of King René (15th century), opens to create unforgettable moments and dream holidays. Many welcoming areas, a 2-hectare park, a bright and beautiful courtyard, vaulted lounges. Lounge pool -…
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At the foot of la Montagnette, South of Avignon, farmhouse in stones, in the countryside but close to all amenities. Accomodation fo character, with a refined decoration and equipment of high quality. Private swimming pool (16 m x 4 m), from Easter to 1st of november, protected by alarm. Pond…
Beautiful XVIIth mas in the plain between Tarascon and Arles, between Alpilles and Montagnette. On a 4ha land with swimming pool (12x7m) and pool house (open from 15/04 to 15/10), petanque (bowling) area, shaded terrace of 90 m², enclosed terrace with barbecue of 35 m², tennis table, fishing…
Things to do
Rue du Château
Located close to the mediaeval fortress of King René, the Rue des Halles, near the Jewish quarter and the Hôtel de Ville, contains some superb 16th and 17th century buildings. Take the time to stroll along this magnificent mediaeval street which is still just as charming as ever!
Speciality: 'Tarasque', 'Tartarinades' and 'Bésuquettes de Tartarin' (made with chocolate and praline). Exclusive registered trademark. Delicious almond biscuits perfumed with orange and chocolate and filled with crème fraiche are produced as effigies of the monster and mascot La Tarasque ( a…
La ferme de Gratte-Semelle
The magnificent orchards of Gratte-Semelle farm extend between Avignon and Tarascon, opposite the Alpilles and on the slopes of La Montagnette. This agricultural operation is perfectly suited to nature: human intervention without damaging the environment, maintenance and development of secured…
Where to eat
Master restaurateur Christian Chay takes pride in perpetuating a family tradition dating back to 1945. His lovingly-prepared cuisine is also a tribute to regional culinary customs, although the sun-packed flavours have evolved with the times. The dishes here provide an explosion of Provencal…
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