The Bouches du Rhône are surprising by the diversity of landscapes and Provençal cultures that they offer. Because it is the chain of the Alpilles with the magnificent village of Baux de Provence, the Côte Bleue to the Calanques with its coves and turquoise waters, the wild and unspoiled Camargue but also the unmissable cities of Marseille, Aix en Provence and Arles whose known historical and cultural heritage is unmissable.
What makes this Region special
North of the Bouches du Rhône, between Luberon and Camargue, the Alpilles massif is extremely popular. Its small roads winding along the olive groves, its perched villages and its many castles offer its visitors a timeless experience. Located in the middle of the Regional Natural Park of the Alpilles, the town of Saint Remy de Provence, it is the small capital of the Alpilles, where the sun always shines. Nestled between Marseille and Cassis, the Calanques, where small creeks follow one another, are a pure wonder of nature. To visit absolutely .. by way of the sea or by the marked out paths… .the experience remains unforgettable! In the west of the department, the Camargue is a true natural paradise, still preserved, classified as a Biosphere Reserve by Unesco and a Regional Natural Park. Incredibly exotic, we love it for its unique heritage with its long deserted beaches, its many flamingos, its gypsy culture, its atmosphere with its bulls, its white horses, its rice fields, its ponds, its endless horizons ... it has its own character and it remains unique! Finally, known among other things, for its Old Port, the canebière, its bouillabaisse and the authentic and cosmopolitan district of Le Panier, Marseille, the 2nd city of France, is established as the capital of the South, full of effervescence, creativity, artistic and cultural. Beside it, Aix en Provence, city of art, city of water, with its architectural riches is the city where life is good. Cours Mirabeau, the welcoming terraces of its cafes, the Rotonde fountain and the many small shops inexorably seduce those who take the time to linger there. It is the Provence of the painter Cézanne and Marcel Pagnol where one can easily imagine the famous card game with César. It is also the Provence of one of the greatest French couturiers, of international renown, Christian Lacroix. A Provence with a thousand facets which one can only fall in love with, an inexhaustible source of inspiration for many artists.
Well Known Villages in the Bouches-du-Rhône Display all (13)
Welcome to the capital of the Alpilles and one of the oldest cities in France! About twenty kilometers from Avignon, Saint-Rémy is an elegant little town, an attractive center for artists and personalities, which seduces for its art of living. It's a safe bet that the charm of this typical southern city will not leave you indifferent. It is also the ideal starting point for visiting Provence.
Ranked among the most beautiful villages in France, Les Baux-de-Provence, perched on a rocky outcrop in the heart of the Alpilles, is surrounded by breathtaking panoramic landscapes. Its pretty cobbled streets, shaded squares, museums and rich historical heritage make it one of the most visited tourist sites in the region.
At the foot of the Alpilles chain and a few kilometers from Baux-de-Provence, Maussane is a pleasant village which stretches out in a valley in the middle of olive groves. Center of olive production, it has some historical curiosities and offers visitors typical Provence activities.
City of water and city of art, Aix is a city where it is good to stroll. What a delight to discover, around the Cours Mirabeau shaded by its vault of plane trees, a multitude of pretty squares adorned with fountains, to visit museums and art centres! It is also the city of the painter Cézanne.
The capital of the Camargue, meeting place for photography, music and bullfighting… is a city of art and history, classified by UNESCO as world heritage of humanity for its old center and all of its Roman and Romanesque monuments. A luminous city which for a time attracted the painter van Gogh…
Nestled in the heart of the protected natural park of the Alpilles, this charming village has retained its authenticity. From the top of this perch, a breathtaking panorama of olive groves, green valleys and vineyards awaits you. Eygalières also has magnificent private residences that can be rented for a summer.
Paradou, locally called Le Paradou, is a small medieval town full of charm located between Les Baux-de-Provence and Maussane-les-Alpilles, at the foot of the Alpilles chain. It is the Provençal village par excellence! It is good to stop there, to discover its rich past and to taste its sweetness of life.
This small picturesque village, located in the heart of the Alpilles and surrounded by hills, olive groves and vineyards, is the first olive-growing commune in France. It is also a typical Provençal town where life is good. For lovers of calm and authenticity in search of nature, and gourmets wishing to know more about southern gastronomy.