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Pourrières

 
Departement of Var - Population: 4.005h - Surface: 5.632 ha

3km north of N7 between Aix en Provence and St. Maximin by D23 or D423.

Pourrieres - Place


Pourrières is a large village built on a rocky spur at 350m. altitude. Across from the Montagne Ste. Victoire dear to Cezanne. Pourrières overlooks the plain where the river Arc runs.



Pourrieres - Terrace

While walking in the narrow village streets you will come across some typical old Provencal houses, that have been restored literally stone-by-stone. With their colourful shutters half-open, other more recent dwellings provide their inhabitants with a welcome refuge from the heat.



By climbing the village's steep slopes, you will arrive at a pleasant square complete with "le boulodrome" and two picturesque cafes opposite each other. During the long summer evenings, lively gatherings are often held here.

Pourrieres - Door


While only 25 km. from the museums and fashionable boutiques of Aix en Provence, here in Pourrières you will find many walks and excursions in the picturesque Provençal countryside.



Pourrieres - Fountain

If you wish, you can cross the superb countryside by taking a small, very charming road (D57) which leaves Pourrières and leads you to the neighbouring village of Puyloubier. The road is quite flat and ideal for cycling.

You will pass old stone cottages surrounded by flowers and trees and vast fields of grapevines separated by small groups of trees. Around each corner in the road, the splendid Provencal countryside unfolds, worthy of the most cliched postcard and complete with the magnificent backdrop of both Mount Sainte Victoire and La Sainte Baume.


What to see:

Montagne Sainte Victoire (1102m) à 7km. Mont Auréliens au sud.
Le chemin des contrebandiers and les ruines du château moyenâgeux de Roquefeuille.
Le Pain de Munition (rocher fortifié) :
vestige d'un oppidum édifié à 600m d'altitude il y a 3550 ans.
Vestige du trophée de Caius Marius.



Leisure activities:

Walks, Horseback riding, tennis. Mountain bike.




Neighbouring Villages:

Puyloubier (6 km), Ollières (12 km), and Rousset (10 km).






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