The Alpilles form the last relief before the big delta of the Rhône. Isolated between the plains of the Rhône and the Durance, the great territories of the Comtat Venaissin and the Crau, the relief of the Alpilles appears like an island. This domination of the massif on the plains without slow transition makes it original. At the top of the golden triangle of Camargue - Crau -Alpilles biodiversity, the Park territory offers a complementarity of natural habitats rarely observed, where wetlands (canals, temporary ponds ...) blend intimately with the dry spaces of the hill .
This ecological richness is the fruit of exceptional natural conditions, shaped and diversified by more than 4,000 years of civilization. Take the opportunity to stop at Maussane, Eygalières or Fontvieille!
From 15 to 22 December, Saint Remy de Provence invites you to come and celebrate Christmas in the heart of the Alpilles. On the program of the Christmas fortnight in the city center: entertainment for children, the hut and the village of Santa Claus, local producers ... we dive into the spirit of Christmas and we are full of gift ideas. With the traditional festivities that intensify with the approach of 25 (Pastoral, Fires of Saint John), this is one of the best times of the year to enjoy the historic center of Saint Remy de Provence slowly immerse in the magic of Christmas. The village unveils its charms to make its visitors live joyfully, greedy and generous.
200 gardians, 1000 horses and thousands of enthusiasts will gather on 10 and 11 November 2019 on the beach of Saintes Maries de la Mer for one of the biggest festivals of abrivado in southern France.
A unique encounter between horses, bulls and all lovers of bouvine and taurine tradition.
An impressive sight to see absolutely if we love the Camargue and its traditions!
Escape Game at Baux de Provence Turenne, the Viscount spectrum from October 19th to November 3rd at the Château des Baux de Provence. This game allows you to learn the history of the castle while having fun. In a team of 2 to 6 people, the apprentice detectives must observe the remains of the Castle and, with the help of a booklet, be ingenious to answer a series of enigmas and challenges (discover hidden places, to decipher texts ...).
For the All Saints holidays, the Château des Baux-de-Provence also offers tours and activities for the whole family. The Ambre Moon Company offers legendary tales: historical shows about Provençal legends from Antiquity to the 19th century.
In Avignon, the sound and light show at 360 ° returns to enchant the Court of honor of the Palace of the Popes, every evening until October 12, 2019.
Lavender fields stretching to infinity, the starry sky Van Gogh shudders ... Get ready to vibrate! For the second consecutive year, the monumental show "Vibrations" unfolds its clothes of light on the walls of the Courtyard of the Palais des Papes, in a profusion of images, colors and music.
This summer, the Rencontres d'Arles are back with 50 exhibitions for 50 years! Created in 1970, the Rencontres d'Arles ranks as one of the best photo festivals. On the occasion of this new edition, discover different projects. For this 2019 edition, there are nearly 50 proposals taking place in the heart of thirty or so historic places in the city. The wind of photography blows on the big south with 17 exhibitions labeled in Avignon, Cavaillon, Nimes, Marseille, Port-de-Bouc and Toulon as part of the Grand Arles Express. On this occasion, the stations of Paris Lyon and Avignon TGV mark the event: two photo series are to be discovered in these. To visit till September 22nd!
The Festival d'Avignon is the most important event of theater and live show in the world, by the number of creations and spectators combined.
The Palace of the Popes' Court of Honor is the cradle of the Festival which invests more than 30 places in the World Heritage Site of Unesco, and its region, in works of art but also gymnasiums, cloisters, chapels , gardens, quarries, churches.
The program is composed of thirty shows, but also readings, exhibitions, films and debates, which are as many entries into the world of guest artists. Every evening at the Festival, there is one or more "premieres", which make Avignon a real place of creations and adventures for artists and spectators alike.
Come and relive an entirely Roman day in Arles during the month of June! Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 11:45 and 15:15 at the Amphitheater of Arles (1h), live the theatrical demonstrations and vibrate face the gladiatorial battles in the amphitheater.
Accompanied by a specialist in experimental archeology, discover the gladiature, this ancient sport practiced in the amphitheater. After the visit, you will see a short fight between two gladiators (ACTA).
Entertainment and guided tours included in the entrance fee, free under 18 years old.
The city of Arles has a double inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage list, for the cultural property "Arles, Roman monuments and novels" and for the cultural property in series "Paths of Santiago de Compostela en La France ".
The cloister of Saint Paul de Mousole, a masterpiece of Romanesque Provencal art, is located at the foot of the Alpilles, next to the Roman ruins of GLANUM in Saint-Rémy de Provence.
A beautiful square bell tower decorated with Lombard arches and a cloister decorated with elegant Romanesque sculptures. Such was the setting where Vincent Van Gogh, after his crisis in Arles, was interned, from May 3, 1889 to May 16, 1890. Period of fertile creation since the artist, fascinated by the light and the beauty of the landscapes of Saint-Rémois, realized that year more than 150 paintings and drawings.
A small museum traces this year of internment and the history of the institution.
In this early spring, I suggest you visit the fortress of Mornas, in the department of Vaucluse. Since the eleventh century, many men have clashed to conquer it. For you today it will be enough to climb the hill; as soon as you enter the door of the barbican, knights, soldiers, and pretty ladies will invite you
to enter the story. At the bend of a jealously guarded wall you will see Le Mont-Ventoux, the Dentelles de Montmirail and the Rhone Valley. You will meet many authentic characters (in period costumes) and you will discover with wonder that the fortress of Mornas is always full of life! With your complicity, they will make you discover what life could be like at that time. A playful, educational visit that dispels prejudices and offers you some surprises …
Come discover the Carrières de Lumières in Les Baux de Provence, this unique and unusual place, dug over the years to extract limestone.
An immersion in Van Gogh’s finest masterpieces!
As of 1 March 2019, the Carrières de Lumières will exhibit the work of the genius painter Vincent Van Gogh. Spanning the 7,000 m² of the Carrières, a visual and musical production retraces the intense life of the tormented artist.
The clouds, suns, and portraits, represented in the artist’s unique style, come to life on walls that are more than fifteen metres high, evoking the artist’s boundless, chaotic, and poetic interior world.