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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  3. Office de Tourisme de Tarascon

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  4. La Canterane

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Where to stay

Mme M. POIRET Gérard
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Mme M. POIRET Gérard

Tarascon

In a quiet green setting, in the midst of the countryside, you will have a warm welcome in this Guest room where you can have a real getaway.

Camping Tartarin
Campsite

Camping Tartarin

Tarascon

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.…

La Tour
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La Tour

Tarascon

Gite situated in the oldest part of a rustic, Provencal farmhouse surrounded by orchards. Just 15 km from Avignon and Arles and 20 km from Saint Rémy de Provence. Very centrally located for visiting tourist sites. Ground floor : little kitchen. Microwave. Washing-machine. Dishwasher. Large…

La Cantharide
Holiday rental

La Cantharide

Tarascon

Au coeur d'un grand parc arboré, dans mas, appartement de plain-pied bien équipé, tout confort avec jardinet clos, proche Alpilles, Camargue et tous sites provençaux réputés, calme.

Le Cetoine Dore
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Le Cetoine Dore

Tarascon

Dans un grand parc arboré, petite maison indépendante sur deux niveaux tout confort. Belles prestations, jardin privatif. A proximité des sites touristiques : les Baux de Provence, les Saintes Maries de la Mer, Arles, Avignon, Saint Rémy de Provence, Nîmes, Camargue.A saisir.

Mas Lou Sandolivan
B&B

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.

Mas Des Alpilles
Holiday rental

Mas Des Alpilles

Tarascon

Studio on the ground floor adjoining the hosts villa. Main room with a double wardrobe bed. TV plug Kitchen. Bathroom with toilet. Air conditioning. Central heating included. Shaded terrace with garden furniture. Private parking area.

Grand Mas De Lansac
Holiday rental

Grand Mas De Lansac

Tarascon

Farmhouse on a vineyard in the Tarascon countryside. Ground floor: kitchen, dining room / lounge with double sofa bed. Upstairs, two bedrooms with a double bed and two single beds. Bathroom with shower and bath and separate toilet. Terrace with garden furniture, barbecue. Pool furnished with 8…

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.

Things to do

Domaine du Grand Castelet
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Domaine du Grand Castelet

Tarascon

Dans la famille Gallego-Pouget, on se transmet le domaine viticole du Grand Castelet de génération en génération depuis le XIXème siècle. La propriété, bordée d'un côté par le Rhône et de l'autre par les Alpilles, offre un cadre idyllique pour produire un vin en IGP Alpilles sur plus…

Ferme du Mas des Tours
Produits laitiers - Fromage

Ferme du Mas des Tours

Tarascon

Discover the joy of real milk, on sale at the farm. The last dairy in the town and the only producer in the region, the family has been breeding dairy cows for six generations. Today, half-way between Saint Gabriel Chapel and the hamlet of Lansac, Jean-Michel Robert has taken over from his…

La ferme de Gratte-Semelle
Olives - Huiles d'olives

La ferme de Gratte-Semelle

Tarascon

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…

La Ciergerie de l'Abbaye des Prémontrés
Craftsman

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…

Place Alexandrine Bremond
Site

Place Alexandrine Bremond

Tarascon

In memory of its poetess, the town of Tarascon erected a statue in her honour and named one of its squares after her. Elisabeth 'Alexandrine' Brémond (29 October 1858, Tarascon - 22 June 1898), better known by the name of Brémonde de Tarascon, was a Félibran poetess. The recurrent themes of…

Domaine de Lansac
Wines

Domaine de Lansac

Tarascon

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 du Grand Servan
Educational farm

Domaine du Grand Servan

Tarascon

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. Visit the estate alone or in a group: on carriages pulled by a tractor or horses, listen to the details of olive growing,…

Boutique Souleïado
Craftsman

Boutique Souleïado

Tarascon

The shop sells men's and women's clothing, handkerchiefs, scarves and other accessories made from Provencal Souleïado fabrics, which are unique in the world.

Musée d'Art et d'Histoire
Museum

Musée d'Art et d'Histoire

Tarascon

Le musée d'art et d'histoire accueille une exposition thématique autour du patrimoine festif de Tarascon qui fait la part belle à la Course de la Tarasque, reconnue au titre du patrimoine oral et immatériel de l'Humanité par l'UNESCO en 2005. Images du patrimoine et archives inédites vous…

Where to eat

Les Echevins
Food guide restaurant

Les Echevins

Tarascon

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…

Inspirations

The rap in Marseille part 1

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Tradition

Christmas in Provence and 'Santon' Figurines

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The bouillabaisse of Marseille

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