Office de Tourisme de Tarascon
Tarascon - Tourist office
Tarascon has an impressive heritage to discover by sharing its traditions, festivals and the lifestyle of this beautiful Provençal town.
A heritage town rich in history, Tarascon preserves important evidence of the great architectural epochs. You will be captivated by the Provence castle, an impressive building, which was the residence of the princes of Anjou. On the occasion of medieval festivals during the third weekend of August, the castle becomes the majestic scenery of sparring and equestrian games that take you back dramatically to the time of the Tarascon tournaments imposed by King René. The castle stands facing the Sainte Marthe church, whose crypt houses the relics of the Saint.
Martha arrived on a beach in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer beside Marie Jacobé and Marie Salomé, and settled in Tarascon after ascending the Rhone. Performing multiple miracles, she fought victoriously the "Tarasque", a monster who inhabited the banks of the Rhone and terrorised the population. Since 2005, the popular Tarasque festivals, which take place every summer, were proclaimed as Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. The whole town is an invitation to discover classified and varied heritage with its picturesque streets, arcades, cloisters and chapels, and magnificent mansions. Tarascon is also a Provençal town that embraces daily its traditions and its lifestyle. In the old preserved centre, the Souleiado Museum reveals the secrets of making the famous "Indians" or Provençal fabrics. The Cité du Cheval allows you to meet the future stars of the show and equestrian art. A town that lives off the land, Tarascon meet your expectations with its gourmet Provençal market, specialities and fine tables. Nearby, between the Rhone and the Alpilles Regional Natural Park, Tarascon is your starting point for long walks and hikes between the Rhone, the Alpilles and Montagnette.
- Accessible for disabled
- Public car park
Information provided by OT Tarascon
62 rue Des Halles
- 04 90 91 03 52
04 90 91 22 96
Where to stay
Au cœur de la Provence, idéalement située à proximité des prestigieux sites touristiques d’Arles, d’Avignon ou de Nîmes, notre maison de caractère s’élève dans le centre historique de Tarascon. Sur deux niveaux, 150 m² entièrement rénovés offrent confort et modernité. Vue…
Les écuries du Roi
Véritable litière aux tons de paille de sérénité et de confort, cet écrin chic, à la fois intime et moelleux est idéal pour vous évader et se ressourcer à deux. C'est une adresse confidentielle à la décoration raffinée qui saura répondre à vos attentes d'intimité, de luxe et de…
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…
Le Cetoine Dore
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.
Things to do
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…
Chèvrerie du Mas Doutreleau
With the return of the beautiful days the goatherds l'autobus the doors of their cheese.The kids were born and goats have milk again. It's time to find the good taste of the goat cheese.They arrive in force on the market. MAS Doutreleau, Claudine Malbosc Espigue amounts 45 goats Alpine, fed Crau…
Domaine du Grand Castelet
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…
Château de Tarascon
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…
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!
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…