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15 km south-east of Avignon and 14 km north of St Remy de Provence.

Noves, the village
The village of Noves is strategically placed in the north of the Alpilles the border between the departments of Bouches du Rhône and Vaucluse. Within a 20 km radius there are plenty of places to visit and charming villages to explore.
From Noves it is just a few minutes to the centre of Avignon and and a stone’s throw to the villages perched on the heights of the Luberon or to the famous market of Cavaillon.
Noves, square and fountain
The citadel of Baux de Provence, the chateau of Tarascon and the Antiques (Roman remains) of St Remy are also nearby and are well worth a detour. Finally, don't forget that the sea and the beaches of the Camargue and Saintes Maries are only 70 km away.
Noves, medieval gate
As you explore the village, you will discover some attractive ruins which date from the time when the bishops of Avignon and the popes were the lords of Noves.
The ramparts, of which the bell-tower, two gates and two beautiful square towers still remain, date from the 12th and 14th centuries. You can’t miss the Porte de l’Horloge (Clock Gate), surmounted by its bell-tower, which marks the entrance to the feudal village.
Noves, clock-tower
Noves has also preserved another aspect of its rich mediaeval past: the narrow winding lanes which are a delight to explore.
During your walk you will pass beautiful 17th-century facades and you will also see the church of St Baudile, built in the 12th century against the ramparts in the typical Provencal Romanesque style.
Noves, town hall
Noves is a lively village and its people enjoy a good party. Every year they organise several typically Provençal festivals with concours de manade (contests with bulls from several herds), courses de taureax (bull races), abrivado (bulls released into the streets) and folklore processions, as well as aïolis (open-air meals) and sardine festivals, where a great atmosphere is guaranteed
Noves, mediaval gate
A little history now - it was in Noves that the famous Provencal poet, Petrarch, met and fell madly in love with Laure de Noves. Alas, she was already married and impervious to the advances of Petrarch. The poet had to resign himself to not sharing his love with the beautiful Laure. Most of his sonnets, poems and love songs are dedicated to her.

What to see

Church of Saint Baudile (13th century).
Chateau esplanade with a view over the village.
12th and 14th-century ramparts.
Chapel of the Penitents Blancs (14th century) now a library.
Chapel of Notre Dame de Pitié (17th century) on the Pieu hill.
Open-air theatre.

Leisure activities

Market on Thursday mornings (Place Jean Jaures).
Walking and horse-riding. Tennis. Archery. Petanque.
Mountain biking. Cinema. Summer events.
1st Sunday in June and in September: St Eloi procession.
he week of 15th August: Paluds votive festival.
Last weekend of August: Noves votive festival.
Second Sunday in November : collectors’ fair.


Bed and breakfast.
gites. Holiday rentals.


Caumont sur Durance (5 km), Châteaurenard (5 km), Rognonas (10 km) et Graveson (15 km).

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