Bouc Bel Air

Departement of the Bouches du Rhone - Population : 14.386 inh.

puce 13 km south of Aix en Provence via the A8 or the N7.

Bouc Bel Air, bell-tower

Bouc Bel Air is an agreeable village strategically situated between the two large cities of Aix en Provence and Marseille.

A typical Provencal village, it is built around a rock and an ancient 12th century chateau and it offers a panoramic view of the countryside.

Bouc Bel Air, street

From the look-out point, you have a beautiful view of Mount Sainte Victoire, "la chaîne de l'Etoile" and the "Monts Auréliens".

In the village, you can leisurely walk around the peaceful streets and you will soon be seduced by the pleasant Provencal atmosphere.

Bouc Bel Air, monument

The village is lucky to have an exceptional site that you must not miss: the Albertas gardens.

True works of art, these gardens are beautifully laid-out and magnificently maintained.

Bouc Bel Air, door

They have been inspired by the classic gardening tradition "à la française" in the style of "Le Nôtre", "d'Argenville" as well as the Italian style which has had a major influence on Provence, and particularly the region of Aix en Provence. Terraces, ponds, statues, lush vegetation and plants of all variety make this an enchanting spot...

The gardens are open to the public every afternoon during the summer, including week-ends and public holidays in May, September an October. (other periods : by appointment)


puce What to see:

Parish church Saint André.Bastide de la Salle.
12th century Chapelle Notre Dame de l'Espérance.
The Albertas Gardens, decorated with ponds and 18th century statues, inspired by Le Nôtre.
Arts and crafts : visits to ceramic and earthenware pottery studios.


puce Leisure activities:

Hiking. Tennis. Golf. Swimming pool. Boulodrome.
Two sports complexes.
Market, every Thursday and Sunday morning.
Antique fair, every 2nd Sunday of the month.
Festival during the last week of June and the first week-end in August.
December : autumn painting exhibition.
Numerous sporting events during the year :
mountain biking, triathlon, car-racing, horse-racing, cycling....


puce Accommodation:

Campsites. Gites.
Bed and breakfast.


puce Neighbouring towns and villages:

Cabries ( 4 km), Simiane Collongue (4km), Gardanne (5km) and Meyreuil (9km).