Bed & Breakfast
Pop. : 1.562 h Elevation : 129 m
Towering over the 16 km2 of vineyards that produce the well-known "Côtes du Rhône" AOC wines, the enormous imposing mass of the Suze-la-Rousse château is visible from a great distance, and is remarkably well-preserved. From close up you can admire the great towers and machicolations of this castle, looking as if it had come straight out of a fairytale. Once in the village, you'll have just one aim: to climb up towards these formidable great walls built from huge blocks of strong yellow and grey stone.
It's easy to find the path; just follow the steps through a beautiful park planted with holm oaks, parasol pines and maple trees ... and giving off the fragrances of Provence; lavender, figs and roses.
The gigantic defensive walls embedded in the ochre-coloured rock are surrounded by a ditch that is crossed by means of a bridge in order to enter the castle.
The castle of Suze-la-Rousse is quite rightly listed as a Historical Monument. In medieval times it was owned by the Princes of Orange, then for six centuries was the property of the Baux family. During the Renaissance a courtyard decorated in the Italian style was added, built on arcades, contrasting with the austere appearance of the exterior.
Note: the Renaissance façade of the Mairie and the former wheat market.
But if you remember anything from Suze-la-Rousse it will no doubt be its unforgettable castle.
Historical remains worth visiting/seeing :12th century castle, Renaissance courtyard.
Open to visitors: every day ,
except Tuesday from 1st November to 31st March.
Guided tours: from 9.30 to 11.30 am and
from 2 to 5.30 pm, 6 pm in July/August
Saint Sébastien chapel, campanile.
University of wine (second floor of castle) :
private organisation dedicated to vines and wine,
consisting of a training centre,
a tasting and documentation centre
St-Turquat Romanesque chapel.
Leisure activities :Hiking.
Golf. Tennis, pétanque.
In July :
Music Academy at Suze Castle.
In August :
1st weekend: Fête de la Bourgade (dance + fireworks).
In October :
2nd weekend: Fête des Vendanges wine harvest festival.
Accommodation:Hôtels. Holiday rentals.
Bed & breakfast. Campsite.