Between Alpilles and Durance, nestles at the foot of the hill and its feudal towers, Châteaurenard, the "city gardening.
A story in capital letters carved in the rock at the castle of the 12th and 15th centuries, the ancient fortress of the Counts of Provence, or drawn into the grooves of the landscape gardener. A story also magnified by authentic traditional festivals which are celebrated as the carts boughs from the past that now forgotten trades through a day in the old way. " Over thirty holidays and are identified only on summer! Midway between Saint-Rémy and Avignon, Châteaurenard is close to tourist sites but has kept all the friendliness and peacefulness of a small Provencal town. Also, Châteaurenard is it a privileged holiday resort in the heart of Provence.
Castle of the Counts of Provence at the top of the hill Griffon stands the medieval castle of the 13th and 15th centuries. Historical monument, this former fortress of the Counts of Provence is restored and maintained regularly for twenty years. Tours allow you to discover Benedict 13th one unusual character, a military operation of audacity and many secrets of the life of this pontiff Avignon Tours ... The garden is an invitation to walk in a quiet and green, designed for your pleasure, on 4.5 hectares.
Schedule of tours: Individuals: 1 May to 30 September: Tuesday to Saturday from 10h to 12h and 14h30 to 18h30, Sunday from 14:30 to 18:30. From October to April: every afternoon from 15h to 17h except Friday. Groups by appointment.
Entrance fee (free for children under 12 years).
Museum of farm tools: in the heart of the historic center housed in a stone house, the museum of agricultural tools suggests the development of agriculture in the region through irrigation. You will discover a varied collection of restored antique tools for cereal crops, vegetable and wine, some dating from the 19th century. Made of iron and wood, these tools were an extension of the hands of women and men who drew the best of the land itself. Information: +33 4 90 90 11 59.
Visit the distillery liquor Frigolet: Châteaurenard in 1865 began to manufacture the liquor Frigolet. Father Gaucher, illustrious character tales of Alphonse Daudet had developed a liqueur "green, gold, hot, sparkling, exquisite" A. Daudet Letters from my Windmill. Since this divine drink is still made here in this distillery in the heart of Provence. Thirty plants entering the secret of the liquor. After being harvested, dried, sorted and weighed carefully, these plants are macerated in neutral alcohol. After a first passage in oak barrels, the liquor is completed by adding sugar, honey ... For the rest, Father Gaucher not forgive us to betray his secret!
Circuit City Story of a Maraîchère: long stronghold surveillance of the Durance valley, Châteaurenard its hill overlooks a fertile valley announcing the plains of Comtat and Avignon. Châteaurenard, nicknamed "vegetable city" to explain how the abundance of water and land rich silt from the Durance allowed this agricultural region to become a major vegetable production regions of France. Guided tours: from 1 May to 30 September, every Thursday at 10am. Departing from the Tourist Office, visit the path "between two waters", the old center, the Museum of Agrarian Tools and discovery of local specialties. Information Tourist Office: +33 4 90 24 25 50.
EVENTS AND CELEBRATIONS
June 21: Feast of the music.
The first Sunday of July: Feast of St. Eloi.
In July Feria de Chato.
The first Sunday of August: Festival de la Madeleine.
In August: Parade burlesque associations.
The 2nd Sunday of September: Final Trophy Gardeners.
The third Sunday in September: Heritage Days.
The third Sunday of September: Feast of Saint Omer.
November 1: All Saints Great Fair.
December: Christmas market and fair Santons.
ATTRACTIONS, LEISURES AND ACTIVITES AROUND
Steam Train du Val de Provence: Line Châteaurenard / Noves - Between the Rhone and Durance, come discover the Val de Provence aboard an authentic steam train running over a small picturesque line, opened in 1884 by the Compagnie des Chemins de Iron Bouches du Rhone. At low speed, you wander among the orchards, in the footsteps of Frederic Mistral. Groups (20 or): by appointment for Line Châteaurenard / or Noves Barbentane / Noves Traction steam or diesel, depending on the season. Seasonal Timetable - Information, hourly rates and reservations: +33 6 98 16 55 33. Leaving the Station Châteaurenard.