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Peynier

 
The Departement of Bouches du Rhone - Pop.: 3.157 h.

22 km south-east of Aix en Provence via the N7 then the D596.
Peynier Castle



This pretty Provencal village is situated only a few kilometres from the departmental border of the Var,in the heart of the Arc valley between Mount Sainte-Victoire and the "chaîne du Regagnas".



Peynier Roman church

Built around its Roman church, Peynier has preserved the medieval aspect of its past. By walking in the narrow labyrinth-like streets you will discover some 16th century houses which have been painstakingly restored and lend much character to the town. The village outskirts are equally agreeable and superb countryside surrounds this pretty, Provencal settlement.


Peynier- Street

At the base of the village, you will find a huge chateau constructed in the mid-17th century - unfortunately is not open to the public. History-lovers will enjoy visiting the Saint-Pierre chapel. Dating back to 1098, it is situated behind the cemetery and was previously the ancient parish church.

If you stop at the "Oustaou du village" or tourist office, you will see a variety of photographic or painting exhibtions which are held all year-round including a beautiful collection of photographs of 23 different orchid varieties.


Peynier - Old village


You can walk along the charming road which links Fuveau to Peynier (the D57A), and discover the superb countryside.



You will come across the "Hameau des Michels", pretty forests, valleys planted with grape-vines and beautiful houses nestled amongst the nature... it's idyllic !

What to see:

11th century Chapelle de Saint-Pierre.
Saint-Julien parish church.
17th century Renaissance-style chateau.



Leisure activities:

Hiking, Mountain biking.
Tennis. Walking. Sports stadium.
Archery. Boulodrome.
Friday morning market.
Fête de la St Pierre, the first Sunday in August.
(Painting exhibition by the artists of the Arc valley).
Fête des Michel, beginning of September, (aïoli celebration).
Year-round art exhibitions at the tourist office.



Accommodation:

Bed and breakfast.
Holiday rentals - Gites.



Neighbouring cities and villages:

Rousset (5km), Trets (4 km), Fuveau (5km).





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