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The Departement of Bouches du Rhone - Pop.: 5.600 h.

15 km South of Aix en Provence on the A51 or the N8 towards Marseilles (25 km).
Simiane-Collongue bell tower

Simiane-Collongue is a picturesque village located halfway between Aix en Provence and Marseilles. The commune sits in the bottom of a small valley at the foot of the Pilon du Roi hill(710 m), on the green northern slopes of the Chaîne de l'Etoile.

The Castrum rock with its look out tower dominates over the ancient streets of the village. The "Tour Sarrasine or Tour de l'Horloge" (dates back to the XIII° century). The narrow streets lead up to the Parish Church Saint-Pierre.

Simiane-Collongue castle

On Saturday mornings, on the "cours des Héros" a colourful market takes place around the ancient mossy drinking fountaine.

Further away at the foot of the historic Saracen tower views extend over the plain of Aix and the Sainte-Victoire mountain. Around the historic village you can also see the newer housing estates which have been built on the sunny plains.

Simiane-Collongue, street

On the Pilon du Roi hill, nature and the forest reign supreme. This 2,400 hectare haven of peace is a paradise for walkers and nature lovers. Discover the small paths which wind their way to the ancient hamlets of the Freres, St Germain, or les Putis as well as the the Marres.

Simiane-Collongue, landscape

From the heights of the Pilon du Roi (710m) and the Col Saint-Anne (691m) you have wonderful views over the bay of Marseilles and the Aix en Provence area.

For those who enjoy archeology don't miss the archaeological museum in the basement of the Town hall which displays remains which have been found in the village, including some items which date back to prehistoric times.

What to see:

Roman chapel St Germain XI°.
Church St Pierre XVIII°.
Hotel de Ville XVIII°(former chateau).
Saracen Tower XIII°(pentagonal exterior, and square interior)
Archaeological Museum.

Leisure activities:

Walking. Boulodrome.
Local Market Saturday Morning.
Music festival in June with "soupe au pistou").
End June Fete de la St Jean (parade, village dance).
July, Fete de la St Eloi (fair, cart parade).
August, Fete de la St Germain (procession, hunters festival).
Sardine festival in September (grilled sardines).
Ploughing festival (races).
Xmas : Midnight Mass, Nativity Scene.



Neighbouring villages:

Cabries ( 4km), Bouc-Bel-Air (5km), Mimet (6km), Gardanne (8km).

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