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10 km South of Aix en Provence.

Gardanne is strategically located close Aix en Provence and Marseille. Clinging to the green, south east slopes of the Captivel hill, the town is watched over by the historic center Gardanne.
In the past a mining town, Gardanne has an urban industrial landscape but has ben able to conserve the charm of its historic center.
Gardanne, street
Take a walk around the village and you'll chance upon some superb small squares, resplendent with flowers, beautiful fountains worthy of some of the most beautiful provencal villages, take some of the narrow streets and stop at the "Chapelle des Penitents" which hosts the local history museum "Gardanne autrefois" as well some archaeological remains.
Gardanne, bell tower
At the Paul Cézanne Square you can admire the clock tower which dominates the whole village, the ancient gateways and the vaulted passageways.
Paul Cezanne alived in Gardanne in 1885 and 1886, and was inspired by the hill top village which he painted on a number of occasions.
Gardanne, square and terraces
Meander down the Carnot, Forbin or République, and rest a while in the shade on the terrace of one of the cafes whilst taking in the typical south of France atmosphere.

What to see

Penitents Chapel.
Cativel Mill XVI°C.
Place Paul Cézanne and the clock tower
XVI° C Hunting lodge at Valabre (3 km).
Gardanne Local History Museum - Penitents Chapel.
(Local History and Archaeological remains).

Leisure activities

Walking/Hiking. Tennis. Open air swimming pool. Boulodrome
Themed discovery days. Tourist Office.
Media library. Gymnasium. Cinema.
Mediterranean forest Ecomuseum (13 ha Forest Park with museum).
Sweet, "calisson" and nougat factory visits (free visits by prior arrangement).
Guided tour of pottery workshops.
Local Market, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday mornings, town centre.
14 February: St Valentine Day Fete.
End March: Provencal week.
May: Antiques fair (Ascension).
June: St Jean Fire. "Street painting market".
Summer Events: Craft fairs and Provencal fetes.
September: Horse and Pony Fete.
December: Santon Market.


Holiday rentals.
Bed and breakfast.


Meyreuil (5km), Bouc Bel-Air (5km), Cabries ( 7km) et Fuveau (12km).

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