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Fontvieille

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Fontvieille - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Bouches-du-Rhône
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Commune of Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur region, Fontvieille is a charming town located at the foot of the Alpilles, at the gateway to the Camargue. It is located between the very tourist cities of Arles, Baux-de-Provence and Paradou.

Covered alleys of over 4000 years have been found on the territory of the town, testifying to a very old human occupation. Developed in antiquity, it forms a first medieval village in the twelfth century, before experiencing a real breakthrough in the fifteenth century with the beginning of the exploitation of stone quarries. Founded in 1790, the town of Fontvieille has gradually become an important agricultural city and now has several AOC and AOP as the wine of the Alpilles, the olive oil of the valley of Baux-de-Provence, or the wines Coteaux-des-Baux-de-Provence.

Very popular and appreciated by visitors, the city of Fontvieille unveils a rich architectural and historical heritage to discover the time of a stay in the surroundings.

Geographical information

MunicipalityFontvieille
Postcode13990
Tourism label
Latitude43.7255220 (N 43° 43’ 32”)
Longitude4.7094100 (E 4° 42’ 34”)
Surface area40.18 km²
Population3732 inhabitants
Density92 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureMarseille (63 mi, 1h08)
Insee code13038
IntercommunalityCC Vallée des Baux-Alpilles
DepartmentBouches-du-Rhône
TerritoryProvence
RegionProvence-Alps-French Riviera

Nearest cities & towns

Paradou4.2 mi (9 min)
Maussane-les-Alpilles5.2 mi (11 min)
Saint-Étienne-du-Grès5.3 mi (12 min)
Les Baux-de-Provence5.7 mi (12 min)
Arles6.5 mi (19 min)
Tarascon6.6 mi (12 min)
Mas-Blanc-des-Alpilles7.3 mi (14 min)
Beaucaire7.5 mi (16 min)
Mouriès9.6 mi (18 min)
Saint-Martin-de-Crau10.5 mi (20 min)
Vallabrègues10.9 mi (22 min)
Graveson10.9 mi (17 min)
Boulbon11.2 mi (21 min)
Saint-Rémy-de-Provence11.2 mi (22 min)

Things to see and do

Also known as Daudet Mill, the Saint-Pierre mill is the most famous windmill in the city. Built in 1814, it is also one of the last to have stopped shooting. Although the legend says the opposite, the writer Alphonse Daudet never lived there. A hiking trail allows you to enjoy the building while discovering the local fauna and flora. It leads to the castle of Montauban, where the author of the Letters of My Mill spent the last years of his life. It is part of the Parcours Daudet, a small tourist promenade touching the four mills of the city.

North of Fontvieille, do not miss the chapel of Saint-Jean-du-Grès, at the foot of the Alpilles. Parish church until the second half of the seventeenth century, it has a beautiful semicircular apse covered with a cul-de-four.

Listed as a Historical Monument, Estoublon Castle has remained famous in history for having served as a setting for the famous television series, Les Gens de Mogador. Rebuilt at the end of the 17th century, it is since the late 1990s dedicated to organic farming for viticultural and olive-growing purposes.

You can discover, during your walks, the tower of Canillac, the fountain of the village, or the troglodyte habitat at Planet. It is still possible to see the Roman aqueducts, as well as the vestiges of covered walkways, or the wash house.

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Photos

The town
The town
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The town
The town
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The Mayor
The Mayor
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Moulin de Daudet (© FR)
Moulin de Daudet (© FR)
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The Saint Peter's Church
The Saint Peter's Church
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Statue
Statue
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Alphonse Daudet and his wife
Alphonse Daudet and his wife
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Chateau de Montauban
Chateau de Montauban
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The town
The town
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the town
the town
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the town
the town
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the town
the town
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Town Hall Annex
Town Hall Annex
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The St. Peter's church
The St. Peter's church
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The Saint Peter's church
The Saint Peter's church
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The Saint Peter's church
The Saint Peter's church
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The Saint Peter's church
The Saint Peter's church
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The Saint Peter's church
The Saint Peter's church
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The Saint Peter's church
The Saint Peter's church
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The Saint -Pierre church
The Saint -Pierre church
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Weather

Thursday 23 march
Min. 2°C - Max. 23°C
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Friday 24 march
Min. 7°C - Max. 24°C
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Saturday 25 march
Min. 11°C - Max. 20°C
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Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Strolling in the lavender fields and discovering the hilltop villages from Arles
Nature and the great outdoors65 € Arles (5.3 mi)
Provençal excursion from Arles: discover the lavender fields and the hilltop villages
Entertainment115 € Arles (5.3 mi)
Discovering the Roman vestiges from Provence (from arles)
Culture and education65 € Arles (5.3 mi)
Day discovering the lavender fields and Gordes from Arles
Nature and the great outdoors105 € Arles (5.3 mi)
4x4 sightseeing circuit in the Camargue or Alpilles
Nature and the great outdoors48 € to 96 € Arles (5.4 mi)

Outings

Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
The Hermitage
HikeEasy3h00Collias (19.5 mi)
From the Spring to the Venice of Provence
Cycling itineraryEasy2h00L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue (22 mi)
Source of the Boulon, Baude Rocks
HikeIntermediate3h00Robion (22 mi)
Robion - Maubec
HikeIntermediate3h00Robion (22 mi)
Beaumes Rouges Path
HikeEasy2h30Fontaine-de-Vaucluse (25 mi)

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