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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Bouches-du-Rhône

The town of Saint-Paul-lès-Durance, also known as Saint-Paul-lez-Durance by location, is located in the department of Bouches-du-Rhône, in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur. This village of about 1000 inhabitants takes place in the city of Aix-Marseille-Provence, near Aix-en-Provence.

Ancient castle mound, the site shows residents from the tenth century, but not until the late eleventh century to see the presence of a fortified village. If the site is best known for hosting on its soil the nuclear research center Cadarache, and thus be at the forefront of nuclear technology, it also has a certain charm that attracts visitors. A modest architectural heritage is the beauty of this village in the south of France.

Built on a rock promontory, the village of Saint-Paul-lès-Durance also offers a beautiful view of the Durance valley.

Geographical information

Latitude43.6870649 (N 43° 41’ 13”)
Longitude5.7079420 (E 5° 42’ 29”)
AltitudeFrom 230m to 519m
Surface area45.81 km²
Population858 inhabitants
Density18 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureMarseille (74 km, 47 min)
Insee code13099
IntercommunalityME Métropole d'Aix-Marseille-Provence
RegionProvence-Alps-French Riviera

Nearest cities & towns

Mirabeau6.5 km (8 min)
Vinon-sur-Verdon10.4 km (11 min)
Beaumont-de-Pertuis11.9 km (14 min)
Peyrolles-en-Provence13.2 km (14 min)
Rians13.6 km (17 min)
Jouques13.9 km (16 min)
La Bastidonne14.3 km (16 min)
Grambois16.4 km (22 min)
La Tour-d'Aigues17 km (21 min)
Ginasservis17.5 km (19 min)
Meyrargues17.6 km (19 min)
Corbières-en-Provence17.6 km (18 min)
Gréoux-les-Bains18.1 km (22 min)
Artigues18.6 km (24 min)

Things to see and do

Walking through the streets of this small village, it is possible to admire the beautiful St. Michael's Church and the castle interesting Cadarache. The latter, dating from the fifteenth century, has been listed historical monument. He has an older and well restored dungeon.

Note that Saint-Paul-lès-Durance is also crossed by the great GR 99 hiking trail that connects Saint-Martin-de-Pallières the Verdon Gorge.

Reserve Cadarache, charming small zoo is located near the village. Not far from the forest of Cadarache is the site of several outdoor activities such as hiking trails or mountain biking.

In the village, one can discover a necropolis of the Grande Bastide, the remains of a Roman villa, or the municipality that takes place in a former stronghold of the eighteenth century. The old stables of the house have been restored and are now used as hall.

To Cadarache, one can admire the remains of a former Templar hospice, while the forest welcomes ovens remains once used to make oil of cade.

On the Durance, savvy tourists will notice the traces of an ancient port facility that once served as a warehouse for the jars.

Places of interest

Natural sites

Events and festivities

Saint-Paul-lès-Durance The market is held every Tuesday morning.

The votive festival is organized every year at the end of July with meals, entertainment and other contests Belote.


Tuesday 28 september
Min. 11°C - Max. 25°C
Wednesday 29 september
Min. 12°C - Max. 24°C
Thursday 30 september
Min. 8°C - Max. 25°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Guided Tour of the Medieval Village of Puyloubier
Culture and education37 € Puyloubier (18.2 km)
Day Trip to the Occitane Factory, Moustiers-Sainte-Marie and the Verdon Gorges
Entertainment115 € Aix-en-Provence (28 km)
Explore the Hilltop Villages of Luberon
Entertainment75 € Aix-en-Provence (28 km)
Gastronomy tour in Aix-en-Provence
Local flavours42 € to 85 € Aix-en-Provence (28 km)
Tour Provence: Discover Avignon and the Villages of Luberon
Entertainment115 € Aix-en-Provence (28 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Around Gréoux-les-Bains Electric Bike
Cycling itineraryEasy2h30Gréoux-les-Bains (16.2 km)
Sainte-Victoire Mountain - Saint-Ser Chapel
HikeIntermediate1h30Puyloubier (18.2 km)
Around Lincel with the family
HikeEasy3h20Saint-Michel-l'Observatoire (23 km)
Verdon Gorge
HikeIntermediate4h00Quinson (27 km)
Water fountains of Aix-en-Provence
HikeEasy55 minAix-en-Provence (28 km)


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