Visit the most beautiful villages of the Bouches du Rhône
The most beautiful villages of the Bouches du Rhône
Are you tempted to visit Provence during your next vacation? The Bouches-du-Rhône does not lack assets, nor charms to seduce the visitors who come to enjoy a stay in the region. On the program, they will be able to take advantage of its rich heritage to explore the most beautiful villages of the Bouches-du-Rhône. Just a step away from the Saint Gabriel campsite, enjoy all the charm of Provence!
The most beautiful villages to discover near our campsite in the Alpilles
This low altitude mountain range is home to Provencal villages nestled in the heights offering breathtaking views of the surrounding area. Discover all the identity of the Alpilles Natural Park, through the visit of its most beautiful cities between gastronomy, culture and traditions. Less than 30 minutes from our campsite in the Bouches du Rhône, you can easily explore the Alpilles on the northern road to Saint Remy de Provence or on the southern road to Mouriès.
Les Baux de Provence
Classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France, Les Baux de Provence is only 12 km away from Le Saint Gabriel. Its proximity will give you the opportunity to explore its narrow streets and its superb architectural heritage. Located on a rocky outcrop, we find its medieval castle, but not only! Visitors can also choose to discover its private mansions, the Lumières quarries, the santon museum, etc.
Saint Rémy de Provence
A few kilometers from Les Baux de Provence is another Provencal village worth visiting, Saint Rémy de Provence. In its historic center, you can admire its Renaissance mansions, chapels and convents. Among them, don’t miss a stop at the monastery of Saint Paul de Mausole. Indeed, it is in these places marked by the Romanesque art of Provence that the artist Vincent Van Gogh painted a hundred of his works. However, the discovery of Saint Rémy de Provence does not stop there since another place full of history deserves as much a visit, the Archaeological Site of Glanum.
Bordered by the Rhone River, Tarascon stands out thanks to its imposing Gothic and Renaissance style castle. Just a stone’s throw away from the Saint Gabriel campsite in Tarascon, visitors will find themselves plunged into history!
Between history, authenticity and gastronomy, Eygalières has a lot to please visitors and epicureans. Surrounded by olive trees and vineyards, the small village of Eygalières has all the charms of Provence. Stroll between its bucolic streets and its stone houses that recall the limestone of the Alpilles. The program includes the 17th century clock tower, the Chapel of the White Penitents, the old church of Saint Laurent, the ruins of the Eygalières castle and the Chapel of Saint Sixtus.
A perfect blend of Provencal and Roman culture, Fontvieille is an old village that exudes a fragrant atmosphere and a gentle way of life. Characterized by its mills, you will indeed have access to a nice family walk on the path of the four mills which inspired Alphonse Daudet. Among the other monuments to discover, you will be able to see the Castle of Montauban, the Tower of the Abbeys, the Roman Aqueducts but also curiosities like its troglodyte houses.
The landscapes of the Alpilles offer its villages a unique character. On your way to the most beautiful villages of the Bouches du Rhône, the Alpilles massif is definitely the place that is worth the detour. Don’t miss the villages of Mouriès, Maussane les Alpilles, Saint Etienne du Crès and Mas Blanc des Alpilles which also have an unmatched Provencal charm.
Explore the rest of the region and its most beautiful Provencal villages
The Bouches du Rhone is also characterized by vast and varied spaces with a part on the Mediterranean Sea and in the back country. In the southwest of the department, the Camargue represents a watery territory of great agricultural wealth where some historical villages have preserved their charm. The majestic landscapes of the calanques or thepond of Berre are the opportunity to discover the surrounding cities in the heart of the Provencal heritage.
Saintes Marie de la Mer
Holidaymakers who come to take advantage of their stay to discover the Camargue can make a detour to Saintes Marie de la Mer. Home to a large part of the Camargue regional park, the city is appreciated for its natural riches such as the Ornithological Park of Pont de Gau. However, this visit also offers the possibility to those who wish to visit its other essential place, the Sanctuary of Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer. In addition, there is the Camargue museum, the Beauduc beach, the bullring, etc.
Known for its breathtaking landscapes, a visit to Cassis allows you to discover the beauty of the Port-Miou cove and the nearby beach of the Great Sea or the Cap Canaille. Its places allow swimming as well as activities such as kayaking and diving. However, the small seaside resort is also appreciated for its small port and its market.
50 kilometers from the Saint Gabriel campsite, La Barben can be an ideal alternative for holidaymakers who come to enjoy camping with their families as it is home to the Barben animal park. Moreover, the village is distinguished by its superb castle of La Barben where various animations and visits adapted to the children are organized.
To go further in the discovery of the Provencal heritage of the department, don’t miss a stop in Arles! Located about ten kilometers from the campsite, this charming city getaway will enchant cultural visit lovers. Between its Roman vestiges of which the arenas are part, its cathedral, its abbey, its Van Gogh foundation, the city is a real must to visit during its stay in the Bouches du Rhône.