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Châteauneuf le Rouge

The Departement of Bouches du Rhone - Pop.: 2.000 h.

10 km east of Aix en Provence via the A8 or the N7.

Chateauneuf-le-Rouge - Castle

Chateauneuf le Rouge is a small town situated between Aix en Provence and Saint Maximin which takes its name from both the red colour of the soil (clay and ochre) as well as the chateau built inside its boundaries in the 16th century and later restored in the 18th century.

Chateauneuf-le-Rouge, bell tower

The chateau, which today shelters the town-hall, is surrounded by 8 hectares of park-land. From the elegant gardens which encircle the chateau, you can admire in particular a "labyrinthe de buis" which appears to be more than 100 years old.

After having walked through one of the three main entrances to the chateau, you will discover a paved interior court-yard. On the second floor the Arteum Museum displays Provencal paintings from 1850 to the present day, together with the reconstruction of Arsène Sari's painting studio.

Chateauneuf-le-Rouge, vaulted passage

Chateauneuf le Rouge is undergoing major economic and population expansion, as it less than 10 minutes away from Aix en Provence. This strategic position makes it a popular place amongst those people working in Aix or Marseille who prefer a more relaxedand natural life-style.

Most of the inhabitants of Chateauneuf have moved here quite recently and they often live in housing developments. The town does not have an "old quarter", but is dispersed around a wide area.

Chateauneuf-le-Rouge, vaulted passage

Don't miss the Provencal food festival which is held every year on the first Sunday in July. Under the plane trees you can taste all the local delicacies supplied by the most prestigious restaurants in the regions.

What to see:

16th and 18th century Château and park.
Ancient Aurelian road leading from Gaul to Rome.
La Galinière.
Roussettes walking-track on the road to Beaureceuil.
Arteum Museum (Provencal paintings).

Leisure activities:

Horse-racing. Tennis. Boulodrome.
Market, Friday afternoon.
Foire Sainte Victoire, antiques and arts and crafts, May.
Theatre and music festival, first two weeks in July.
Horse festival in September.


Bed and breakfast.
Holiday rentals.

Neighbouring villages:

Fuveau (6 km), Meyreuil (7 km), Aix en Provence (10 km), Gardanne (11 km).

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