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10 km north east of Arles and 9 km south of the Baux de Provence via the D17

Discover the village of Fontvieille near Arles

Fontvieille is situated in the heart of the "Provence des Alpilles", not far from the historic arena at Arles, the citadel of the Baux de Provence, the museums of Saint-Rémy and the Avignon Festival which is less than 30km away !

A village in the heart of the Alpilles

After having left Arles, you will follow a pretty road (the D17 in the direction of Les Baux and Maussane) which crosses the superb countryside of the Alpilles with its vast fields of olive trees, shrubs and lush green fields, with the majestic Montmajour abbey in the distance.

Arriving in Fontvieille, you will discover a picturesque village with its ancient houses built from stone extracted from the famous quarries founded in the 15th century. The arenas at Arles and Nimes, the 14th century chateau at Tarascon and most recently the Palais Longchamps and the Bourse at Marseille have all been built from the same stone.

Mairie de Fontvieille.

Tourism: Alphonse Daudet's mill and Montauban castle

Fontvieille is the village where Alphonse Daudet wrote his famous "Lettres de mon Moulin". To visit the "Moulin de Daudet" and its small museum, climb the small hill until you reach the summit where the wind-mill overlooks the valley. From the hill (easy to climb), you will have a superb view of the Alpilles and the "Chateau de Montauban" where Daudet lived from time-to-time.

Alphone Daudet Fontvieille.

It was here, surrounded by this "scenery of stone" (or "caillasse" as they say here), on this hill-top covered in olives, pine-trees and oaks that Daudet found the inspiration for his stories.He dreamt up his characters while listening to the stories from the shepherds and inhabitants of the Montauban chateau. A variety of walking-tracks ranging from 2 to 9 km are available so visitors can appreciate the beauty of the natural environment, and it is even possible to walk in the foot-steps of la chevre de Monsieur Seguin!

The Fontvieille market

Fontvieille's Provencal market takes place on Avenue des Moulins (see our map) every Monday and Friday morning. It's a friendly market with many producers from the Alpilles who will provide you with good local produce. It's also a great opportunity to discover the village.

Map of Fontvieille (postcode 13990)

To help you find your way around Fontvieille, this page features our interactive map of the village. We've included all the points of interest in Fontvieille as well as our accommodation recommendations. So you can locate them before booking your stay in Fontvieille.

What to see

Alphonse Daudet's mill (= Saint Pierre windmill)
Alphonse Daudet museum and exhibition.
Castle of Montauban.
Fontvieille church.
Chapel of Saint-Jean-du-Grès

Leisure activities

Tennis. Petanque.
Cultural events.


The Hotel Belesso is ideal for a stay in Fontvieille. It features a terrace with panoramic mountain views and an outdoor swimming pool set in a garden of olive and cypress trees. Guest rooms feature air conditioning, a dressing room, satellite TV and free Wi-Fi internet access. The hotel's bar-restaurant serves fresh Provencal specialities in the courtyard and garden.

Bed and breakfast

Mas des Marguerites
Maussane les Alpilles (Alpilles) | Baux de Provence : 4 km - Arles : 11 km

Bed and breakfast - 5 charming guest rooms incl 3 suites
each with private entrance and terrace Swimming pool - Safe car park

95€ - 149€

Holiday rentals

Le Domaine de Laforest
Fontvieille (Alpilles) | Saint Rémy de Provence : 10 km

4 holiday rentals confortable for 4 pers on a 130 ha property
Air conditioning, wifi & private terrace
Swimming pool - Barbecue - Children games - Quiet

380€ - 1010€
Le Mas Saint Victor
Fontvieille (Alpilles) | Saint Rémy de Provence : 10 km

2 comfortable holiday flats 56m² & 38 m² for 1 to 4 persons
Swimming pool - Terraces - Air conditioning

665€ - 815€

An authentic 150 m2 Provencal farmhouse hidden away in the heart of the famous village of Fontvieille, a veritable treasure trove of heritage, in the Alpilles. Large living room, fully-equipped kitchen, 4 suites combining elegance with modern comfort and a traditional fireplace. Provencal garden with swimming pool. A superb rental!

1450€ - 3600€


Le Saint-Gabriel, the 3-star campsite in Tarascon, welcomes you to the foot of the Alpilles in the Bouches-du-Rhône for your next stay in Provence Alpes Cotes d'Azur. In a green setting close to Fontvieille, Les Baux de Provence and St Rémy de Provence, holidaymakers can enjoy the charm of the region.


Holiday rentals.

Bed and breakfast.


You have sent us many questions about the commune of Fontvieille in the Bouches-du-Rhône department. Here are our answers to your most frequently asked questions, to help our readers who may have the same questions.

Where to eat in Fontvieille, a good restaurant?

If you're looking for a good restaurant in Fontvieille, we recommend "Côté Mer", where you can try their bouillabaisse, or the Mediterranean cuisine at "Le Patio". You're sure to have a good time here, with the best dishes from our beautiful Provence.

Where is Fontvieille?

Fontvieille is in the Alpilles Regional Nature Park, in the Bouches du Rhône département in the Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur region. Nearby villages include Les Baux de Provence and Maussane-les-Alpilles.
Also in Provence, there is a district of Monaco that is also called "Fontvieille".

Moulin de Fontvieille.
Château de Montauban Fontvieille.
Alphone Daudet Fontvieille.
Village de Fontvieille.
Mairie de Fontvieille.


Maussane les Alpilles (8 km), Les Baux de Provence (9 km) and Saint-Rémy de Provence (17 km).

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