The Bouches du Rhone Departement - Alpilles Nature Park - Population : 2,530 inh.

puce 7 km north-west of Saint Rémy de Provence and 13 km north-east of Tarascon.

Maillane, the village Not far from Saint Rémy de Provence and Tarascon, Maillane is a peaceful little village situated at the heart of magnificent countryside: hills covered with olive trees and cypresses, long level roads lined with plane trees, orchards and cicadas, shady little squares, blue and green shutters faded by the sun… villages sleepy during the siesta and lively at aperitif and pastis time… here you are, in picture postcard Provence- the beautiful Provence of the Alpilles.
Maillane, water wheel
Maillane is largely devoted to the memory of Freric Mistral, the illustrious Provencal poet who was born here on 8 September 1830. Mistral was founder of Felibrige (a group of militant Provencal writers who campaigned for the preservation of the langue d’Oc - the language of southern France), ardent defender of the cultural identity of Provence in the 19th century, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1904, author of Mireille, the famous poem, Mireio, and founder of the Arlaten Museum in Arles. He wrote beautifully about Provence and lived all his life in his beloved Maillane.
Maillane, Frederic Mistral Museum His house has now been painstakingly renovated and converted into a museum. Here you will find Mistral’s memory kept very much alive, as well as the objects, books and photographs he collected during his life. The majority of his works were written in Maillane. In the garden there is a statue of him made by Achard.
Your visit to Maillane will reveal a pretty little village typical of the Midi, with attractive stone houses, old doors, pretty flower-bedecked windows and little narrow lanes.
Maillane, tourist office Mistral, each house a witness to the life of the poet. First there is the house where he was born, the Mas du Juge. Next is the Maison du Lezard, topped by a sundial, where he lived with his mother, and then comes the house which he had built on his marriage and where he eventually died in 1914.
To finish, you can visit his final resting place in the cemetery where he lies beneath a replica of the mausoleum of Queen Jeanne, which he had erected before he died.

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puce What to see:

Sainte Agathe church.
Frederic Mistral Museum.
Mistral’s grave (cemetery).
Maison du Lezard (Mistral’s house, next to the museum).


puce Leisure activities:

Market on Thursday mornings.
Horse riding and pony club. Tennis.
Summer events.



puce Neighbouring towns and villages:

Graveson (4 km), Eyragues (6 km), St Remy de Provence (7 km) and Mas Blanc/Alpilles (7 km).