Tourism Accommodation Leisure activities Gastronomy Practical information Local community Media Provence Web English Home Page


The Departement of Bouches du Rhone - Pop.: 790 h.

14 km north-west of Aix en Provence via the D10.
Vauvenargues, landscpae

Situated on the border between the Departements of the Var and the Bouches du Rhone, Vauvenargues covers a vast territory at the foot of the north massif of Mount Sainte-Victoire.

Vauvenargues, terrace
The valley surrounding the village is beautiful, with an undisturbed natural environment. Delightful walks are possible following the sign-posted tracks which cross Vauvenargues.

However, because of the fire-risk, the slopes of Sainte-Victoire are protected during July and August.

Vauvenargues, castle
Outside the village, nestled amongst the greenery, the château de Vauvenargues appears to watch-over the entrance to the valley.

Flanked by two 14th century round towers with a 16th century surrounding wall, its turbulent history goes back to the Comtes de Provence.

Vauvenargues, bell tower

In 1257 the chateau belonged to the archbishops of Aix en Provence, en 1722 Louis 14th offered it to a certain Joseph de Clapiers for loyal service during the 1720 plague...

and in 1958 the chateau was bought by the famous painter Pablo Picasso who desired that it become his eternal resting place.

What to see:

16th century church with Roman
sector dating back to the 5th century.
Gouffre du Garagaï. La Glaciere.
Vallon des Masques. Citadel.

Leisure activities:

Friday morning market.
Hiking (except July/August).
Fishing. Tennis.
Arts and crafts and cultural events.
Village festival, first weekend in July.


Bed and breakfast.
Holiday rentals.

Neighbouring villages:

Saint Marc Jaumegarde (7km), Jouques (13km), Rians (17km).

Provence and French riviera
Enlarge the map
Vauvenargues en FrançaisVauvenargues in English
Hotels in Vauvenargues


Bouches du Rhône
Villages in the Bouches du Rhone (120)

Photos HD More HQ photographs
Castle of Vauvenargues - HQ Photographs

Vauvenargues, street

Vauvenargues, tiny street
bed breakfast Provence -- hotels Provence -- holiday rentals Provence -- Provence campsites

-- copyright© 1996-2019 - All rights reserved - Legal --