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The Departement of Bouches du Rhone - Pop.: 2.480 h

35 km north-west of Aix en Provence. Take the N7 then the D17.
13 km north of Salon de Provence. Take the N538 then the D17,
or the scenic (but longer) route along the D16, via Vernègues.

Alleins is situated in the middle of a plain between Salon de Provence and the Luberon, It is a charming little village ideally located for excursions into the beautiful Alpilles, and the countryside around Aix and Luberon, all less than an hour's drive away.

Alleins - Typical café

As you approach the village, the patchwork of roofs can be seen from afar. On the right is an unusual round tower, perched on a rocky outcrop. It contains a spiral staircase and is part of the ruins of the château (15th century) which once formed the entrance to the village. Alleins also boasts other interesting relics of its past, including some attractive 16th-century houses.

Alleins - belfry

The main street is flanked by impressive plane trees and takes you to the foot of the belfry, topped by a lovely campanile. Passing through the gateway, you come to a network of narrow, old village streets. Part of the old heart of Alleins has been restored to preserve the village’s heritage.

Alleins - Fountain

Continuing along the cobbled lanes, you will pass several old wells. Many of the houses have ancient doors marked by time and once-colourful shutters, now faded by the sun. If you look up you will see beautiful ancient façades covered in wisteria or Virginia creeper. This scene has all the charm of typical villages of the Midi where life is lived in a relaxed and convivial atmosphere.

What to see:

Ruins of the 15th-century château
Old heart of the village.

Leisure activities:

Market on Tuesday mornings (place de la République)
Walking, horse riding and mountain biking. Tennis. Boules.
Pont Royal golf course at Mallemort (3 km)
Summer activities.


Gites. Bed and breakfast

Neighbouring cities and villages:

Lamanon (6km), Vernègues (8km), Mallemort (7km), Lambesc (13 km).

Alleins - Fountain Alleins - Coat of arms Alleins - The hill

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