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7-day stay to discover Provence

1st day in Provence: the Alpilles

For your first day, we suggest you start with the Alpilles. 30 minutes from Salon-de-Provence, explore the Alpilles Regional Natural Park via the D17.

Passing through Mouriès, Maussane-les-Alpilles, discover the famous rock of Baux-de-Provence, as well as its point of view on the citadel dominating the valley, with all this vegetation characteristic of Provence, these fields of olive trees and these famous Carrières de Lumières.

Without forgetting to go through Saint-Rémy-de-Provence a few kilometers away and finally on the way back, discover the pretty village of Eygalières.
 

2nd day in Provence: Salon-de-Provence

The next day, after your breakfast, take a walk to discover our large traditional Wednesday market, spread throughout the historic city center.

As you stroll, discover the Château de l'Empéri which dominates the city and houses the Military Museum with a collection of Napoleon's uniforms, weapons and objects unique in the world. During your cultural walk, perhaps the Patrouille de France will make you admire our incomparable blue sky.

After that, your footsteps will lead you to the house of Nostradamus. He ended his life in Salon-de-Provence. His house has become a museum. Along the way, you will have the opportunity to relax on Place Crousillat at the foot of the Moussue Fountain.

In the afternoon, stroll through the soap makers district. Guided by the scents of roses, lavender, verbena, olives and soaps, you have arrived in the historic soap factory of Monsieur Rampal Latour, soap maker since 1828 and installed in Salon since 1907.

You will also be able to discover all the manufacturing: from cooking in a cauldron, to pouring in the frames, its drying by the mistral and stamped by hand at the Marius Fabre soap factory. The Marseille Soap Museum, located on the ground floor, will allow you to deepen your knowledge.

Throughout your walk, you will find many rich houses, castles and mansions built by wealthy merchants as well as the Armand Theater, the Cercle des Arts et Métiers and the former Silk Factory ...
 

3rd day in Provence: the Camargue

Golden triangle from Arles which extends to Salin-de-Giraud via Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, discover pink flamingos, Camargue horses and bulls, rice cultivation and marshes salt pans, which make the reputation of the Camargue culture.

Welcome to the ancient and Roman city of Arelate with its 2000 years of history. Created in 46 BC. by Julius Caesar, it owes its fortune to its location on the Rhône. The city has inherited a remarkable set of ancient monuments.

Discover the 8 major monuments in the old center. Start by visiting the Roman Amphitheater (also known as the Arles Arena) and the nearby ancient theater, inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

The most remarkable remains found, including the bust of Caesar, are now visible in the collections of the Arles antique departmental museum. The latter was installed next to the remains of a large Roman circus.

Also immerse yourself in the life of Vincent Van Gogh by visiting the foundation.
 

4th and 5th days in Provence: the Luberon

It will not take you less than 2 full days to visit the Luberon without an accent!

1 hour from here, discover the riches of the Luberon.

Welcome to the city of the Popes, endowed with an exceptional heritage thanks to the arrival of the Popes in the Middle Ages.

The Palace of the Popes in Avignon is the largest of the Gothic constructions of the Middle Ages. Both a fortress and a palace, the papal residence was the seat of Western Christianity during the 14th century.

Avignon is also known for its bridge and its famous song…!

High place of contemporary creation, Avignon is also recognized as being the most important manifestation of theater and live performance in the world, by the number of creations and spectators gathered.

Then direction Isle-sur-la-Sorgue. Discover the "Venice Comtadine", a paradise for lovers of flea markets and other antiques.
Bordered by the Sorgue and its rich history of silk and woolen trade which contributed to the prosperity of the city.
Visit its old center, crossed by many branches of the Sorgue, alleys and canals intertwine. Stairs lead down to the wash houses and quays line the river.

The first Sunday of August takes place the famous floating market.

The international Antiques and Brocante fair takes place on Easter weekend and August 15.

For our second day of discovery in the Luberon, let's visit the largest market in Provence in Apt.

After the lunch break, take the direction of one of the ocher sites:
  • the Ocher Trail in Roussillon
  • the Mines du Bruoux in Gargas
  • Colorado Provençal in Rustrel

A superb experience awaits you, that of diving into the Far West in Provencal style!
Between cliffs, creeks, chimneys and hills, a variation of colors ranging from yellow, red, orange and brown ochres to green and mauve will amaze your eyes!

In the direction of Notre-Dame de Sénanque Abbey, take a break on the road to discover Gordes and the panorama of this pretty village built on the rock.

On the way back, stop at Fontaine-de-Vaucluse. Discover this beautiful village crossed by the Sorgue.

At the end of a deep green gorge, at the foot of a cliff sculpted by erosion, the Sorgue gushes out. Cool and peaceful source in winter as well as in summer. Bubbling and brash in spring and fall. The fountain, a true whim of nature, never ceases to amaze.

Without forgetting the essential Vallis Clausa Paper Mill, where you will discover the ancestral method of making rag paper, using techniques dating from the 15th century.
 

6th day in Provence: Marseille

On this 6th day in Provence, let's set off to discover Massilia, one of the oldest cities in France, with a stroll through the Old Port district, not to mention the unmissable MUCEM, the Musée des civilizations de l ' Europe and the Mediterranean.

Take the little train which will take you to the basilica of Notre-Dame de la Garde or rather the “La Bonne Mère” which dominates the Old Port.

To end this day on a high note, a little relaxation with the afternoon visit of the magnificent creeks.

For the more adventurous, discover the beauty of the natural park through the hiking trails:
  • the Calanque de Port Pin
  • the Calanque of En-Vau
You will also have the opportunity to access the depths of the creeks by means of a nautical circuit leaving from Cassis.
 

7th day in Provence: the lavender fields

And to end your stay in Provence, let's explore the emblem of Provence, a postcard shot.

Welcome to the Plateau de Valensole where the lavender fields line up to the horizon, flowering begins from June until August.
Very close, the lake of Sainte-Croix will offer you a superb panorama on the beginning of the Gorges du Verdon as well as the pretty village of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie famous for its earthenware.

Last trip of your stay: Aix-en-Provence. Welcome to "Aquae Sextiae", its name in Latin (the waters of Sextius). The water from the fountains here flows gently and spreads through the arteries of the city, infusing it with this sweetness of life.

Departing from the rue Italie, stroll to arrive on the Cours Mirabeau, a famous avenue lined with trees, cafes and its small Moussue Fountain.

Lose yourself in the alleys, to arrive as far as the place of the four dolphins. When you look up, you can see many votive niches in the corners of houses and particuliar hotel. Take the opportunity to visit the Hôtel de Caumont - Art Center and its temporary exhibitions.
Then head towards the Place de la Mairie, passing by the Fontaine de la Rotonde. Discover the Town Hall Square with its Astronomical Clock Tower dating from 1661.

You will be able to discover the city as the painter Cézanne experienced it, by following an elegantly marked walking route: notable places, milestones of youth, addresses of family and friends, cafes of friends ...

And above all, don't forget to taste the local specialty: the calisson. A subtle blend of almond paste and candied melon as well as some orange peel, oval in shape on a bed of host, topped with royal icing. Traditionally, calissons are one of the 13 Christmas desserts in Provence.
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