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
Grand Mas De Lansac
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…
Le Cetoine Dore
Au bord du Rhône dans parc arboré, maisonnette indépendante sur deux niveaux avec jardin. Parking privé. Belles prestations. Tout confort. A proximité des sites touristiques : les Baux de Provence, les Saintes Maries de la Mer, Arles, Avignon, Saint Rémy de Provence.
Charming family hotel, close to the village centre, to shops and to the train station. Andrew and Laurence provide a warm welcome, personalised and attentive, in a family atmosphere. 17 tastefully decorated rooms, renovated and bright in pleasant and quiet settings. In good weather, relax on the…
RUE DU CHATEAU - Martine LARAISON
A brightly coloured house where you can share a passion for worldwide travel: India, Thailand, Bali, Mexico, Morocco. Here in Tarascon, alongside the Rhone, between Avignon, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Arles and Nimes, in this sun-drenched region not far from the sea, the Alpilles and the Luberon,…
Things to do
Place Alexandrine Bremond
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Rue du Château
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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…