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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.
The annual olive harvest festival adds a lively cultural touch, drawing visitors into the heart of Provencal traditions.

What makes Mouriès special?

Mouriès is rich in history, the most remarkable being the archaeological site of the Caisses de Jean-Jean oppidum. This historical monument, dating from the 6th to the 1st century BC, lies hidden among limestone cliffs and offers one of the most stunning landscapes in the Alpilles. A marked trail, complete with interpretive signs on geology, flora and fauna, landscapes, and the remains of the Gallic oppidum, makes this site ideal for keen walkers and hikers.

In the village center stands the Church of Saint-Jacques-le-Majeur, dating back to 1782. As you wander through the streets, you can admire well-preserved residences from the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries. Mouriès also boasts an arena that can accommodate 3,000 people and serves as the venue for numerous summer events, including folk dances, Arlesian parades, Camargue shows, and votive festivals.

A visit to Mouriès offers the perfect opportunity to stock up on local products such as olive oil, available from one of the village's operational mills. Be sure to explore the vibrant Provençal market that enlivens the town center on Wednesday mornings. Just steps away, Cours Paul-Revoil welcomes visitors with its inviting café terraces. 

Our favourite places to visit in Mouriès

Mouriès offers a rich tapestry of history, culture, and local charm. Start with the Caisses de Jean-Jean Oppidum, a fascinating archaeological site with scenic trails that reveal the village's ancient past. Next, visit the Church of Saint-Jacques-le-Majeur, a historic gem dating back to 1782. As you stroll through the village, admire the well-preserved historical residences from the 16th to 18th centuries, each telling a story of Mouriès' heritage. The Mouriès Arena is a must-see for its lively summer events, featuring everything from traditional folk dances to thrilling Camargue shows. Lastly, considering Mouriès is known for its olive oil, you must delve into the local olive oil mills to discover more about the intricate process of olive oil production and taste some of the finest oils in France.

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Getting to Mouriès

The nearest major airport is Marseille Provence Airport, approximately 70 kilometers away. The Avignon TGV station, about 40 kilometers from Mouriès, provides high-speed rail connections to Paris and other major cities. Driving down routes such as the D17 offer picturesque views of the Alpilles, perfect for those who want to take it easy and savour their surroundings.

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Useful information about Mouriès

Mouriès, a charming village located in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southern France, offers visitors a quintessential Provencal experience. Here are some useful and interesting details about Mouriès:

Overview

- Location: Mouriès is situated in the Bouches-du-Rhône department, near the Alpilles mountain range. It's part of the Parc Naturel Régional des Alpilles, a protected area known for its scenic beauty and biodiversity.
- Population: The village has a small population, contributing to its tranquil and authentic atmosphere.

Key attractions

1. Olive Oil Production:
- Mouriès is renowned for its olive oil, particularly the AOC Vallée des Baux de Provence olive oil. Visitors can tour local mills, such as the Moulin Saint-Michel, to learn about the traditional production process and sample high-quality oils.
2. Historical Sites:
- Roman Bridge: An ancient bridge that reflects the area's historical significance.
- Saint-Jacques Church: A beautiful church with a rich history, dating back to the 12th century.
- Chapelle Saint-Sixte: A picturesque chapel set on a hill, offering stunning views of the surrounding countryside.
3. Natural Beauty:
- The village is nestled in the Alpilles, making it an excellent base for hiking, cycling, and exploring the natural landscapes of the region. The scenic trails offer breathtaking views and opportunities to spot local wildlife.

Cultural events

- Fête des Olives Vertes: Celebrated in September, this festival marks the beginning of the olive harvest season. It features traditional music, dancing, and, of course, olive tastings.
- Bullfighting Events: Reflecting the region's cultural heritage, Mouriès hosts traditional Provençal bullfighting events, which are less about harm and more about skill and tradition.

Local cuisine

- Provencal Dishes: Enjoy local cuisine at village restaurants, which often feature dishes made with fresh, regional ingredients like olives, herbs, and garlic. Specialties include tapenade, ratatouille, and various dishes featuring local lamb and goat cheeses.

Visiting tips

- Best Time to Visit: Spring (April to June) and fall (September to October) are ideal for pleasant weather and fewer tourists. The olive harvest season in September is particularly interesting.
- Getting There: Mouriès is accessible by car, with the nearest major cities being Avignon and Arles. Public transportation options are limited, so renting a car is recommended for convenience.

Nearby attractions

- Les Baux-de-Provence: A nearby village famous for its medieval castle and stunning views.
- Saint-Rémy-de-Provence: Known for its Roman ruins and as the place where Vincent van Gogh created many of his masterpieces.

Mouriès offers a peaceful retreat with rich cultural experiences, delicious local produce, and stunning natural landscapes, making it a delightful destination in Provence.

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