L'Antre de la Tarasque

Tarascon - Site

The cave of the Tarasque can be found at 15 bis, Rue des Halles, under the arches of this Middle Age road.
The Tarasque we see here is a 20th century mobile Tarasque; it is the one still brought out today for the racing games during the Tarasque festivals on the last weekend in June.
When King René made the Tarasque festivals popular again in the 15th century, he was merely regulating the Rogation festivals, which had been introduced by the Catholic church to replace secular festivals in the first centuries AD. During this period, a procession with a Tarasque paraded through the streets to accompany the distribution of bread at Pentecost; there has been a mobile Tarasque since at least 1465.
On 14 April 1474, King René created the Order of the Knights of the Tarasque, which still exists today. This Order was composed of young people chosen by the Mayor of Tarascon on Easter Monday to be given the title of 'Tarascaïre'. Once received, these members of the Provençal Order of the Knights of the Tarasque were obliged to conserve the Tarasque Games, celebrate them at least seven times a century and respect the ceremony; they had to 'ensure a great hubbub, weddings, farandoles and feasts' for fifty days and 'give strangers a warm welcome and regale them for the duration of the races, as much as you can'.
These festivals have continued ever since. They have become annual and the character of Tartarin joined the festivities in 1946.
On 25 November 2005, UNESCO declared the Tarascon Tarasque a key world cultural heritage figure by recognising it as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage. This recognition has allowed the Tarasque festivals to be promoted and preserved.

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Where to stay

La Maison
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La Maison

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Chambre chez l'habitant dans une maison de ville située au coeur de Tarascon dans une petite impasse calme. Commerces et transports à proximité.

Mas Pitras
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Mas Pitras

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Located 3km from Tarascon, near the Camargue, new apartment adjoining a farmhouse, on the ground floor with living room and sofa bed. Quiet place with a peaceful garden, shaded and fenced parking. For nature lovers, discover the rich biodiversity of the Alpilles and the Camargue, and finally take…

Mas Lou Sandolivan
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Mas Lou Sandolivan

Tarascon

Old Provençal Mas dating back to 1800 restored as a Guest room. In the countryside just at the exit of the town with shops nearby. These welcoming guest room are perfect for a restful stay. You will enjoy the pleasant garden set around the swimming pool and jacuzzi.

Les lavandes
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Les lavandes

Tarascon

Dans un cadre agréable, 2 chambres avec salle de bain et WC communs pour les deux chambres. Accès au jardin entièrement clos, piscine sécurisée.Mise à disposition d'un réfrigérateur et d'un barbecue.

Camping Tartarin
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Camping Tartarin

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At an equal distance from Arles-Avignon-Nîmes, 45 minutes from the Mediterranean sea and its sunny beaches, the Tartarin camping site lies at the heart of Provence, along the river Rhône, at the foot of the Roi René castle. Cyril and his family welcome you to a shaded setting full of flowers.…

Fortunette
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Fortunette

Tarascon

Bénéficiant d'une terrasse bien exposée ainsi que d'une vue sur le jardin, Fortunette vous accueille à Tarascon, en Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur, à 20 km d'Avignon. Les chambres de Fortunette comprennent une salle de bains privative ainsi que des toilettes indépendantes et privées.…

Hôtel de Léautau de Mas Blanc
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Hôtel de Léautau de Mas Blanc

Tarascon

Vaste suite parentale, lumineuse, confortable dans hôtel particulier du XVème siècle. Petite chambre attenante avec deux lits superposés pour 2 enfants. Le tout situé dans la gâche du château de Tarascon.

La place
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La place

Tarascon

Les chambres sont douillettes

Le Balcon
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Le Balcon

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Dans un mas provençal, bel appartement indépendant de 95m². Jardin fleuri et piscine.Le tout clôturé.

Things to do

Miel Barbesier
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Miel Barbesier

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Traditional production of Provence honey, apiaries in La Montagnette. For sale at the weekly Tuesday market in Tarascon and all year in La Tarasque boulangerie-pâtisserie on Rue des Halles.

Domaine du Grand Servan
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Domaine du Grand Servan

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15,000 olive groves are being grown around an 18th century Provençal bastide in order to produce first cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil using the traditional method. In accordance with the pure Provençal tradition, the olives are simply crushed using a millstone to produce a sweet, fruity…

La Ciergerie de l'Abbaye des Prémontrés
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La Ciergerie de l'Abbaye des Prémontrés

Tarascon

In their Tarascon workshop, the Candle-Makers of the Abbey of the Prémontrés continue to use the skills of the White Fathers of the Prémontrés of Saint Michel de Frigolet Abbey. You can discover two production techniques dating back to the 15th century and passed down by the master…

La Chèvrerie de Saint Jean
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La Chèvrerie de Saint Jean

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La Chèvrerie de Saint Jean vous propose leurs préparations de fromages de chèvre frais et affinés, de la faisselle et de la brousse ... Passez vos commandes!

Pâtisserie Morin
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Pâtisserie Morin

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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…

Ancienne Maison de Tartarin de Tarascon
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Ancienne Maison de Tartarin de Tarascon

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Ce pavillon est une habitation privée depuis 2008, anciennement Maison de Tartarin de Tarascon, héro du roman d'Alphonse Daudet. La Maison de Tartarin de Tarascon, située 55bis boulevard Itam, existait depuis 1985. Elle était la reconstitution de la maison du célèbre chasseur immortalisé…

Tapissier de Provence
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Tapissier de Provence

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Tapissier, mais aussi sellier pour bâteau, voiture, moto depuis plus de dix ans Mr DHAOUADI est installé place du marché.

Domaine de Lansac
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Domaine de Lansac

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Un domaine dont l'histoire épouse celle d'une illustre famille provençale. Quand le vin est une histoire d'amour et de fidélité... A quelques kilomètres de Tarascon, le Domaine de Lansac et ses 40 hectares de vignes produisent des vins de pays qui exprime la puissance d'un terroir de…

Domaine Grand mas de Lansac
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Domaine Grand mas de Lansac

Tarascon

Le Grand Domaine de Lansac has been creating high-quality wines for over a century. These Alpilles wines, produced in accordance with best practice, have an exceptional flavour thanks to the combination of certain grape varieties. Direct sales of Vin des Alpilles (PGI). 50 hectares of vines…

Where to eat

Les Echevins
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Les Echevins

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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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