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The Departement of Bouches du Rhone - Pop.: 7.900 h.

20 km west of Aix en Provence, take the D10 or the A7.
17 km south of Salon de Provence, take the A7 (or the N538, then the D10).
35 km north-west of Marseilles.
Velaux, bell tower

Velaux is a lovely old Provençal village, perched high on a mound and dominating the plain in the area to the west of Aix en Provence. It is ideally situated at the centre of the Aix-Marseilles-Salon triangle and at the same time is surrounded by beautiful, lush countryside and vine-covered slopes. Velaux combines the tranquillity of the countryside with close proximity to the region’s main urban centres.

From the plain you will see the village, high up in the distance, built on the side of a gentle slope.

Velaux, street
Gradually descending towards the plain, recently built houses are dotted across the hillside, bearing witness to the rapid growth in the population of Velaux. After several hairpin bends, you will arrive in the village at the Place François Caire, which is the village square. Beautifully shady and graced with a pretty fountain, this is the square where everything happens. Here you will find the town hall, the bakeries, the grocer’s, the tobacconist, the newsagent and, of course, the bar.

Children play in the square, several cats stretch and get ready for their siesta and old men chat on a bench, canes in hands... Sitting on the terrace of the café, you can observe little scenes in the everyday life of the village.

Velaux, fountain

The square is surrounded by narrow, winding, steeply sloping streets that climb up into the village.

On the right you can visit the lovely church, then, as your walk takes you on, you will come to several beautiful old houses, their venerable doors marked by time. In Rue du Château d’If you will notice a fine residence (a sort of small chateau) which has been carefully renovated and restored.

Velaux, street

In Rue Tour you will find the Velaux Museum, "Le Donjon" which houses the memories of Velaux: archives, old tools and Proven├žal period costumes, as well as archaeological artefacts.

IIt is important to point out that excavations have brought to light a Celto-Ligurian sanctuary dating from the first millennium before Christ, with some superb sculptures, of which the two-headed Hermes and seated Hero are displayed in the Borély Museum in Marseilles.

What to see:

Parish church.
Velaux Museum "le Donjon".

Leisure activities:

Market on Thursday and Saturday mornings
Walking.Tennis. Boules.
Summer events.


Bed and breakfast.

Neighbouring villages:

Coudoux (4km), Ventabren (6km), La Fare les Oliviers (7km), Rognac (8km).

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