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Press file 2011
Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur
From town to town
Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur Tourism Board
Press Office: [email protected] - Tél. +33 (0)4 91 56 47 00
Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur
From town to town
Thanks to the mild climate and effervescent culture all year round, the major cities in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region – Marseille, Aix-en-Provence, Arles, Avignon, Orange, Toulon
and Hyères – invite you to explore the activities and fun throughout the entire year.
Easy to reach and also easy to get from one to the other – “good-cost” transport by plane or
train, in the heart of the cities or very close – ideal to slake a thirst for fun and culture!
New in 2011 - not to be missed
European capital of Culture in 2013
“l’Exemple de Cézanne”
30th anniversary of UNESCO World Heritage Site
Bridge and City of the Popes
40th anniversary of the New Chorégies
One of the most beautiful natural harbours in Europe
International Fashion and Photography Festival
Please ask for our CD-ROM featuring many photos of the region. For any further details please contact the press office: [email protected]
Caution: the prices shown in this file are those mentioned on the websites of the various service providers when the file was written.
Your press officers for Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur:
Susanne Zürn-Seiller: [email protected]
+33(0)4 91 56 47 13
Rabiha Benaïssa: [email protected]
+33 (0)4 91 56 47 32
Melody Raynaud: [email protected]
+33(0)4 91 56 47 38
Valérie Toche: [email protected]
+33(0)4 91 56 47 35
Last update 18/12/2010
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From town to town
Marseille, European capital of Culture in 2013
Future European Capital of Culture in
2013, the oldest city in France! Founded by
the Phocean Greeks in the 6th century BC.
And of course… the heritage to go with
such history!
The Greco-Roman archaeological discoveries
exhibited at the Roman Port, Saint Victor
Abbey, the heritage from the Middle Ages,
Renaissance architecture such as the Château d’If, the isolated prison on the rocky isle,
famous the world over thanks to Alexandre
Dumas’ novel, The Count of Monte Cristo…
Works from the classical period built during
the urban revival, such as the forts on the
Old Port - Fort Saint Nicolas and Fort Saint
John, the Town Hall, designed by Pierre
Puget, and the lovely Vieille Charité hospice,
a Baroque masterpiece. The 19th century
saw the construction of Haussmann-inspired
architecture, such as the elegant Rue de la
République, Cathedral La Major, SaintCharles train station with its famous staircase, and of course, the emblem of Marseille
- Notre-Dame de la Garde basilica ! NeoByzantine in style, the basilica is 154 metres
high, and the gilded statue of the beloved
Good Mother watches over the people of
Marseille. Since 2008, the mosaics have been
entirely restored and now gleam with extra
The regional capital of the Provence-AlpesCôte d’Azur region, Marseille is a deeply dynamic, forward-thinking city. The futuristic
constructions for the Euroméditerranée
cluster, the rehabilitation of the Docks de la
Joliette, construction of the CMA/CGM
Tower, the new communications cluster
at the Saint Charles train station and the
many projects currently underway are making
the 2nd biggest city in France one of the great
European metropolises.
Marseille, voted the European
capital of culture in 2013
2011 is brimming with excitement
Major Art Exhibition
“Orientalism in Europe,
from Delacroix to Matisse”
26 May to 28 August
The Marseille Provence 2013 cultural project
brings together several cities in Provence,
and Marseille will be sharing the spotlight
with Aix-en-Provence, Arles and Martigues
with their magnificent cultural assets.
Exhibit organised in partnership with the
Belgian Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Brussels
and the Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung
in Munich. This exhibit is on display at the
Royal Museums of Fine Arts from 15 October
2010 to 9 January 2011, then at the Kunsthalle
der Hypo-Kulturstiftung in Munich from 28
January to 1 May 2011. Fascination for the
Orient… expressed in over 120 works, paintings
and sculptures from the greatest international
museums and private collections. The exhibit
displays a sweeping view of Orientalism in
France and throughout Europe. Masterpieces
by Ingres, Delacroix, Fromentin, Gérôme,
works by British artists such as Lewis
and Alma-Tadema, German artists such
as Bauernfeind and Müller, Belgian
artists (Portaels, Evenpoel), Spanish artists
(Villegas, Sorolla) Italian artists (Fabbi,
Simoni), and Turkish Orientalist Osman
Hamdi Bey, trained in Paris. See works by
Renoir, Matisse, Kandinsky, Klee, Macke
which illustrate the last part of the exhibit
focusins on modernist Orientalism.
Check out the blog and all the news
on events, the EuroMediterranean
Ateliers and the many different projects
on the official site:
Exhibition of paintings by Félix Ziem
In 2011, 4 February to 22 May
To mark the 100th anniversary of the death
of Pre-Impressionist and Orientalist painter
Félix Ziem. A tribute to Félix Ziem (1821-1911),
displaying several of Ziem's recurrent
themes - lively landscapes, seascapes, history,
genre paintings, still lifes, and portraits. Ziem
painted views of Marseille, the Estaque,
panoramas of Martigues and the Etang de
Berre, Venice, the Mediterranean, Constantinople, Egypt, North Africa. He also painted
scenes of Russian life. This exhibit marks
the 100th anniversary of the death of Ziem,
a great pre-Impressionist, Orientalist painter,
and is on display at:
The Palais des Arts
Place Auguste Carli
13001 Marseille.
Centre de la Veille Charité
2 Rue de la Charité - 13002 Marseille
City Strolls
Getaway Weekends
The new Central Reservations switchboard
at the Tourism and Convention Centre proposes thematic stays all year long, all included packages in 2-star to 5-star hotels for
1 or 2 nights. Discover Marseille package
stays start at 60€ per person. Stay in 2 to
5-star hotels, with something for everyone
Marseille Seaside - Marseille Gourmand
Reservations service
0 826 500 500
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Discover Marseille-Provence
through the eyes of its inhabitants
Marseille Provence Greeters is the opportunity
to meet with local Provence inhabitants who
want to share their knowledge and their
legendary lifestyle with visitors. The Marseille-Provence Greeters are volunteers who
propose to greet you and show you their vision
of their city, their favourite spots and other
insider information.
To reserve an outing
The Region Centre “La Maison
de la Région”
In the very middle of legendary La Canebière,
the Maison de la Région is a fun and friendly
way to approach the Provence-Alpes-Côte
d'Azur area. There is a multimedia space,
exhibitions, things to do. The space is designed to be a true invitation to travel through
history, culture, landscapes, savours and the
legends of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur.
Free - open Monday to Saturday 9am to
7pm .
Maison de la Région
61 la Canebière - 13001 Marseille
+33 (0)4 91 57 57 50
[email protected]
Unique For Architecture Lovers
Le Corbusier Building
Built between 1947 and 1952, the Le Corbusier building includes all of Le Corbusier’s “Ville
radieuse" concepts developed as of 1935.
The 50,000 tonnes of the Cité Radieuse
building are laid on 34 rough reinforced
concrete pillars. There are 337 flats of 15 different types.
The building features: a hotel-restaurant,
an interior street with shops, a gymnasium,
an open-air theatre, a children’s pool, a nursery school and playground, and a fabulous
view over Marseille and the coast, from the
deck roof. Discover the building, the concept
and see a flat.
Tours every Friday afternoon with the
Marseille Tourism Office.
Office du Tourisme et des Congrès
Where to stay at Le Corbusier ?
Hôtel du Corbusier
+33 (0)4 91 77 18 15
Where to dine at Le Corbusier ?
Le ventre de l’architecte. The dining room
overlooks Marseille. Outdoor balcony in nice
weather, outstanding cuisine by a creative,
talented young Chef.
Unité d'Habitation - Le Corbusier
280, bd Michelet - 13008 Marseille
+33 (0)4 91 77 14 07
The Panier quarter:
the oldest neighbourhood in Marseille
Fishermen, sailors and tradesmen originally
lived in this dense neighbourhood with its tall
houses built along narrow streets where
water once flowed in the middle. The neighbourhood is enjoying a strong revival and
now houses interesting crafts and shops
(chocolate, pottery, soap …) and exhibits
displayed at the Vieille Charité. Not far from
there, the Regional Contemporary Art Fund
(the FRAC) displays regional artists.
New look for the Old Port
The Old Port is changing! And the project
has been assigned to one of the leading European architects – British architect Norman
Foster, designer of the Millau Viaduc, the Berlin
Parliament, winner of over 300 prizes … Follow
the project for a greener Old Port, scheduled
for 2013.
Architectural Projects:
Euroméditerranée” (Euromed for the locals) is
a public-interest operation designed to make
Marseille the thriving centre of a collective
prosperity zone defined by the European
Union and 12 Mediterranean countries.
Several architectural projects are
part of the Euroméditerranée dynamic,
• The CMA-CGM tower, emanating a sense
of a modern-day lighthouse, 145-meters high,
built by Zaha Hadid is home to the offices of
the 3rd shipowner in the world (CMA-CGM).
Projects underway:
• The tower “SAS Suède” designed by Jean
Nouvel to be a place for housing, offices, and
commerce. It should reach 135-meters high.
• The Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations (MUCEM) by architect
Rudy Ricciotti
• The Marine Centre a venue for scientific exhibits, documentation, meeting and convention.
• The International Management and Training
• The Cooperation and Co-Development Training Centre
• A multiplex cinema “Luc Besson”
• The shopping and leisure complex
known as “Les Terrasses du Port”
• The former Silo transformed into a
2,000-seat convention and performance
Models and descriptions of the Euroméditerranée architectural projects:
Docks de la Joliette - Atrium 10.3
Ground Floor 11:30 to 6:30.
Closed Saturday and Sunday
Among Marseille’s twenty-some museums,
here are just a few that should not be missed:
The Cantini Museum with superb collections
of modern art. The beautiful setting of the
Vieille Charité, home to the Mediterranean
Archaeology Museum, the Museum of African,
Oceanians and Amerindian Arts Museum.
Steps from the big “Thumb” by César, the
MAC (Museum of Contemporary Art) shows
contemporary art and hosts artists’ performances.
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The Monticelli museum is nestled inside
the Corbières fortin in the Estaque, and is
devoted to the painter Monticelli, influenced
by masters like Delacroix and Van Gogh.
A Memorial to sing the Marseillaise!
A small new “Museum of the French Revolution”, located 25 rue Thubaneau (centre
city – opens in March 2011). This small museum lies in a historical building where the
Jeu de Paume was played in the 17th century,
and the Club des Jacobins met starting in
1790. This was the very spot from which the
revolutionaries from Marseille started out on
foot to march to the Palace of the Tuileries.
They left in June 1792, singing the hymn
composed by Rouget de l’Isle for the Rhine
Army, which then became known as “la
Festivals and Exhibitions
The Marseille Festival
June - July
Like each year, this multi-discipline Festival
brings Marseille back into contact with the
performing arts in their most innovative
form. Each year, professionals, choreographers, directors and artists take the stage,
providing the Marseille audiences with top
quality creations.
Festival de Marseille
+33 (0)4 91 99 00 28
Le Festival de Jazz des 5 continents
Jazz evenings at the Water Tower at the Palais
Longchamp. Music from Europe, Africa, North
and South America, during the summer
evenings, for a wide-ranging audience and
mixed beats.
Sailboats at the Vieux-Port - June
Marseille rekindles its romance with the sea
during a lovely long weekend. Some forty
classic sailing ships, some of which are over
a hundred years old, can be seen at the
Vieux-Port and at Lacydon. The younger
ships take to the sea, the older ones can be
Address book: Accommodations
Marseille Arty, Design, Vintage
Two brand new guest rooms unlike any
other, a real show stopper for travelers who
are looking for interesting decoration ideas:
In the Vieux Panier:
A guest house in a 17th-century building in
the historical Vieux Panier. 5 artists – painters,
designers, illustrators – have created 5 ephemeral spaces where the deco changes
every eight months ! Prices range between
85 and 120€ per night.
+33 (0)6 32 19 90 05
New Look at the Sofitel Vieux-Port
which opened a CARITA spa, the SoSpa, in
September 2009, for clients’ enjoyment and
relaxation. The hotel has earned 5 stars after
its recent complete restoration project. A
2nd restaurant lounge – “Le Carré” draws a
chic, trendy clientele all day long and into
the night for light meals.
Pension Edelweiss
Four urban guest rooms in centre city, warm
and personal, tastefully decorated with furnishings, objects and flea market finds, each
room has a totally different style and reflects
different eras – the 1930’, ‘50’, ‘60’ and
‘70’s. 75€ to 90€.
1950’s for the Résidence du Vieux-Port
+33 (0)9 51 23 35 11
Among the new changes - 3 rooftop suites
and the “le Relais 50” restaurant sure to
please lovers of local foods!
Holiday Inn Express
Marseille Saint-Charles***
Le Vertigo 2
A fun and different address that is a hotel, a
hostel, an inn… created near the train station
3 years ago and now has a new addition to the
family by the Vieux Port, on rue Fort NotreDame. A good bargain for backpackers or
travel lovers looking for something off the
beaten path or.
Facing the Saint Charles train station and
the shuttle to the Marseille Provence airport,
this great location lets you enter and leave
Marseille in record time. Ten minutes on foot
takes you to the Vieux Port, an interesting
cultural and tourism part of Marseille.
15, bd Maurice Bourdet - 13001 Marseille
+33 (0)4 91 99 59 90
38, rue Fort Notre Dame - 13007 Marseille
+33 (0)4 91 54 42 95
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3-star Suite Novotel Euromediterranée***: you get a car for 4 nights or more!
In tasteful atmosphere designed with the
client’s well-being in mind, the Suite Novotel
offers another approach to hotels. Modulable 30m² living space which can be opened
or closed. Facing the port, in the heart of the
business area, Euro Méditerranée is close to
the tramway and the metros which connect
you to the Vieux Port.
Something special: for stays over 4 nights,
3-star Suite ?pvptem loans a Smart car for
your personal use up to 4 hours a day…
Free massages on Thursday !
SuiteNovotel Euromediterranée
33, boulevard de Dunkerque
13002 Marseille
+33 (0)4 91 01 56 50
Address book: Restaurants
4 Michelin-starred restaurants
Le Petit Nice - L’épuisette
Le Peron - Une Table au Sud
Cours de bouillabaisse
avec un Chef Marseillais
Held every 3rd Thursday on the month by the
Marseille Tourism Office and Visitors’ Centre.
Young chef Sylvain Robert shows incredible
promise and delights diners at L’Aromat where
you will discover inventive, modern cuisine
with a Mediterranean accent. His legendary
bouillabaisse hamburger draws gastronomes
from far and wide.
La Cantinetta
Artisanat and creation
At La Cantinetta, lovers of Italian dishes will
come again and again. Driven by simple
word-of-mouth, this trendy cantine located
at the tip of the Cours Julien offers food that
is both classical and highly original. The setting
is charming, and the patio is a delight in the
for his alphabet chocolates, has just opened
a shop in Marseille
24, Cours Julien - 13006 Marseille
+33 (0)4 91 48 10 48
A 2nd shop for Savon de Marseille Savonnerie la Licorne
Joël Durand, the chocolate maker famous
Rue Caisserie - 13002 Marseille
A table in the south:
head for Marseille !
In a strict, contemporary setting, overlooking
the Vieux-Port and facing the ‘Bonne Mère’,
Lionel Levy prepares his Mediterranean inspired cuisine. Creative, dynamic dishes featuring fresh, seasonal products. (16/20 Gault
& Millau 2007 - 1* Michelin).
Une table au sud
2 quai du Port - 13002 Marseille
+33 (0)4 91 90 63 53
Le Moment
Le Moment is a new Marseille restaurant which
offers creative ideas based on gastronomy.
The restaurant, research lab, cooking classes,
take-out gourmet! Christian Ernst and his
entire brigade are there to meet gastronomes’
Le Moment
5 place Sadi Carnot - 13002 Marseille
+33 (0)4 91 52 47 49
La Menthe Sauvage
Steps from the famous street La Canebière,
this small restaurant features creative cuisine
focusing on specialties from North Africa,
with market-fresh ingredients and inspiration.
La Menthe Sauvage
3 rue Guy Mocquet
13001 Marseille
+33 (0)4 91 58 48 82
This soap-makers is one of the few remaining
handmade soap-making plants in Marseille.
Learn about all the steps involved, from blending the oil and the soda through to labelling.
This second shop opened on Quai de RiveNeuve last summer. A great location and a
quick stop for those who don’t have time to
go all the way to the Cours Julien !
Savonnerie La Licorne
30 cours Julien - 13006 Marseille or
24 quai de Rive Neuve - 13007 Marseille
+33 (0)4 96 12 00 91
The Mediterranean line with scents
of the sea for The Compagnie de
A cool address, an original concept to bring
the old-fashioned Savon de Marseille up to
date. Here ancient and contemporary materials come harmoniously together.
La Compagnie de Provence
18 rue Davso - 13001 Marseille
and 2nd adress:
Rue Caisserie - 13002 Marseille
+33 (0)4 91 33 04 17
Le Sérail Soapworks
One of the last soap-making works, an
artisanal family business in Marseille founded
over 50 years ago, still using traditional
soap-making processes.
Fabrique Le Sérail
50, bd Anatole de la Forge - 13014 Marseille
+33 (0)4 91 98 28 25
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Santons - Marcel Carbonel
Marcel Carbonel santons are made of terra
cotta. Each is hand stamped and hand decorated. The Carbonel santon makers use
paint they make themselves from a mixture
of pigments and glues. Each subject is
unique. The Museum describes the santon
making technique from the 18th century to
the present day and displays the Carbonel
private collection. Free visit.
Santons Marcel Carbonel
47, rue Neuve Sainte Catherine
13007 Marseille
+33 (0)4 91 54 26 58
La Maison du Pastis
More than just a lovely little shop, the Maison du Pastis is where pastis makers from
throughout France can express themselves.
The shop distributes more than 75 pastis
and absinthe products. Colourful and above
all tasty! It also produces its very own personal blend.
La Maison du Pastis
108, Quai du Port - 13002 Marseille
+33 (0)4 91 90 86 77
Treat yourself to the Chocolate
‘Made in Marseille’: with coriander,
pastis, absinthe….
The Xocoatl Chocolaterie Maino (Xocoatl is
the Aztec name for cocoa) stands among
the best. Widely acknowledged, Xocoatl
makes a wide range of chocolates, from
classic chocolate to chocolate made with
salted butter, chocolates with coriander,
pastis, absinthe, saffron, spices … Chocolate
maker Serge Maino offers over thirty different choices.
Xocoatl Chocolaterie Maino
28, Grand Rue - 13002 Marseille
+33 (0)4 91 90 22 91
The Navette Biscuits - a Marseille
Some 2000 years ago, on 2 February, the
Saintes-Maries (Marie Madeleine, Marie Salomé, Marie Jacobé) landed in the town now
called Sainte-Marie-de-la-mer in a small boat.
This boat-shaped biscuit commemorates
this landing.
Les navettes des Accoules
68, rue Caisserie
13002 Marseille le Panier
+33 (0)4 91 90 99 42
The Marseille-Cassis Calanques:
the jewel in Marseille’s cap. The 500
hectares of the Calanques area are known
and loved the world over, for their beauty, for
hiking, climbing, deep-sea diving and sea
kayaking. This wilderness paradise of white
limestone is home to countless treasures,
including the famous Cosquer Cave, the oldest
underwater decorated cave known to man,
over 27,000 years old. Port Miou, Port Pin,
Sugiton, En-Vau… magical names for magical
Boating in Traditional Marseille boats
Take off for a discovery of historical Marseille
on board a traditional Marseille boat.
Historical tour of the Vieux-Port (35 min).
Historical tour of the coast and the Frioul
islands (2 hours)
Every day June to September. 2 to 8 persons.
+33 (0)4 91 90 60 79
City transport
The City-Pass: The best formula
for visiting Marseille
Good for 1 or 2 days, the pass provides access to many cultural and touring sites, with
free entrance to 15 museums, boat crossing
and guided visit of the famous Château d’If,
little train ride to the Notre-Dame de la
Garde basilica, or in the Vieux Panier area;
free access to mass transit (bus, metro,
tramway) and many other advantages.
Price: 1 day 22€, 2 days 29€.
Tramway, subway, bus
For more information on the Marseille public
transport system:
New in September 2011
Rent a bicycle
The Marseille-Cassis calanques
will be ranked as the “National
Calanques Park” thus becoming
the very first peri-urban national
park in Europe.
at various points throughout Marseille. 1000
bicycles at 130 different spots. For more information, try:
Sea kayaking in the calanques
An outing with a licensed canoe-kayak guide.
This day is devoted to discovering part of
the Calanques, and requires a short 1-hour
preparation in the morning. Approaching the
calanques in a quiet canoe or kayak means
you can really enter the fragile universe of
this magical site and discover all the natural
Shuttle buses run between Aix and Marseille and between Marseille and the airport:
Direct trains between Marseille, Aix en
Provence, Arles:
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Aix-en-Provence, “l’Exemple de Cézanne”
Once the historical capital of Provence,
Aix-en-Provence has retained beautiful
noble architecture. And Aix’s aesthetics and
cultural dynamism are as thriving as ever before. Contemporary Aix-en-Provence offers
a fast pace of interesting events for all ages.
Yet, it remains a very human-scale city
whose winding streets are sheer joy to
meander and browse. Sunny Aix-en-Provence and the outlying area are source of
daily delight. Drink in the sunshine, watch
the world go by from a café, relax and discover the latest shops – all part of the lifestyle characteristic of Aix en Provence.
3 Cézanne sites full of the presence of the
Master, are open to the public. these sites
help visitors better approach Cézanne’s
works in their original settings.
• The Jas de Bouffan property: Paul Cézanne’s father settled his family here in
1870. Paul Cézanne and his two sisters sold
the property in 1899 after the death of Mme
Cézanne. Paul Cézanne worked here over
40 years, drawing his main sources of inspiration from Jas de Bouffan. In all, 36 oil
paintings and 17 watercolours were painted
here, depicting the house, the farm, the
hedges and the chestnut trees, the pool and
the statues. Guided tours of the grounds
show the many points interpreted by Cézanne in his paintings.
• Cézanne’s atelier: in 1901 Cézanne
bought farmland north of the centre of Aix-enProvence and had his last studio built there.
The painter’s presence is intense. Many
works, today displayed in the world’s greatest
museums, were painted in this studio. Among
them, the Grandes Baigneuses. More than a
museum, this studio is a true place of memory, marked by the presence of the master.
See familiar objects as they were, feel the presence.
• The Bibemus quarries: when Cézanne
set his easel up in these stone quarries, they
had not been used for years. Eleven oil paintings and 16 watercolours were painted
here, with subject matter such as “the red
rock” and “Montagne Sainte-Victoire seen
from Bibémus”. A walking path through the
rocks take syou through the places where
Cézanne set up his easel.
Special events: many exhibits throughout
the year at the Cézanne studio. In summer,
several offerings provide interesting insight
into this Cézanne site.
- Cultural and gastronomic events every
Thursday in July starting at 7 pm, in the studio gardens.
- “Arty Tuesdays” : cultural events every
Tuesday starting at 8:30 pm from June to
September in the Lauves studio gardens (cinema, conferences, debates).
A complete calendar is published every year
in early May.
Collection Planque
The example of Cézanne
11 June to 2 October 2011
Over 150 paintings, drawings, ceramic
sculptures by Cézanne, Monet, Renoir,
Van Gogh, Gauguin, Picasso, Braque,
Dufy, Laurens, Léger, Klee, Bissière, de
Staël and Dubuffet… master works displayed in summer of 2011 in hommage
paid to the Jean and Suzanne Planque
Foundation, whose collection has been
placed with the Granet Museum for fifteen years.
Les Belles infidèles
22 October 2011
to 31 January 2012
(dates subject to modification)
The artistic talent of Fontainebleau,
which gathered Renaissance artists from
throughout Europe, was at the court of
François 1st. This exhibition reveals the
cosmopolitan, erotic and highly refined
art of that time, when the Granet Museum
shows the most confidential part of its
collections, enhanced by prestigious
loans from the great European museums.
Office de Tourisme Aix-en-Provence
+33 (0)4 42 16 11 61
City Strolls
In the Footsteps of Paul Cézanne
Atelier de Cézanne
+33 (0)4 42 21 06 53
Strolling through the streets of Aix, visitors
can see the neighbourhoods and places
where Cézanne lived. The Tourism Office
provides a brochure with the walking tour
through the heart of Aix, studded with little
signs marked with a “C”. in Cézanne’s life
in Aix. With a car, you can also see the
nearby landscapes Cézanne painted so
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Aix-en-Provence, “l’Exemple de Cézanne” (more)
The secret atmosphere
at the Pavillon Vendôme gardens
In a discreet street far from the public comings
and goings, the Pavilion gardens were the
venue for the Duke de Vendôme’s secret
amorous adventures. The gardens are strict
French style composed around pruned boxwood and a central fountain. Two rose gardens
emanate their subtle fragrances.
Granet Museum: one of the best
regional museums in France.
4500 m² of display space showing the
French, Flemish, Dutch and Italian schools of
paintings, works by Rembrandt, Rubens, Ingres, David, Granet. The Provencal school, the
Cézanne room with 9 works by Cézanne.
Outstanding “Cézanne to Giacometti” collection, a panorama of 20th century art, with
19 works by Giacometti, paintings by Léger,
Mondrian, Klee, de Staël, Morandi, Tal Coat,
Picasso… Granet Museum has developed
dynamic programming of temporary exhibitions, and cultural activities.
2011 exhibitions : Information
+33 (0)4 42 52 88 32
Collection Planque
The example of Cézanne
June to October 2011
Over 150 paintings, drawings, ceramic
sculptures by Cézanne, Monet, Renoir,
Van Gogh, Gauguin, Picasso, Braque,
Dufy, Laurens, Léger, Klee, Bissière,
de Staël and Dubuffet… master works
displayed in summer of 2011 in hommage
paid to the Jean and Suzanne Planque
Foundation, whose collection has been
placed with the Granet Museum for
fifteen years.
Futuréalismes - Electronic Shadow
Naziha Mestaoui - Yacine Aït Kaci
10 December 2010 to 24 April 2011
Granet museum takes a pioneering approach and provides visitors with the opportunity of imagining the worlds of tomorrow
through Electronic Shadow interactive creations.
Over 700m2 of displays with twenty installations immerse visitors in the hybrid realities
of the digital age.
Les Belles infidèles
22 October 2011 to 31 January 2012
(dates subject to modification)
The artistic talent of Fontainebleau, which
gathered Renaissance artists from throughout Europe, was at the court of François
1st. This exhibition reveals the cosmopolitan, erotic and highly refined art of that time,
when the Granet Museum shows the most
confidential part of its collections, enhanced
by prestigious loans from the great European museums.
The Vasarely Foundation inspired by
Bauhaus architecture, was built in 1976 and
is formed of 16 hexagonal volumes. It faces
Sainte Victoire mountain. This unique architecture houses 42 life-size monumental integrations by Vasarely, father of kineticism.
There is also a room devoted to op-art.
Festivals and Events
Spotlight on Music
5 to 24 July 2011
Many different kinds of music are celebrated
in Aix-en-Provence, with the Festival d’Art
Lyrique in summer and the Grand Théâtre
de Provence throughout the entire year.
The International Piano Festival
in La Roque d’Anthéron
22 July to 20 August 2011
For over thirty years, the Festival de La
Roque-d'Anthéron remains bold and innovative, strong on originality and personality.
The magic of evening recitals in this lovely
garden by the world’s best pianists.
Festival International de Piano
+33 (0)4 42 50 51 15
Venues for culture
Le Grand théâtre de Provence
This Italian-style hall holds an audience
of 1400 and is dedicated to music and
dance. A deliberately eclectic programme.
Grand théâtre de Provence - GTP
380 avenue Max Juvénal
+33 (0)4 42 91 69 70
The “Pavillon Noir”, National
Choregraphic Centre
The Pavillon Noir has a theatre and four dance
studios, and is the first production centre
built purposefully for its activities of creation,
performance, training, awareness-raising.
The artists can work from start to finish on
the creative provess, from the studio to the
stage. The Pavillon Noir is home to the Ballet
Preljocaj, headed by Angelin Preljocaj, widely
considered as one of the best contemporary
French choreographers.
Centre chorégraphique national
Pavillon Noir
530, avenue Mozart
+33 (0)4 42 93 48 00
+33 (0) 820 922 923
Les Nuits Pianistiques
+33 (0)4 42 91 35 32
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From town to town
Aix-en-Provence, “l’Exemple de Cézanne” (more)
Le Théâtre du Jeu de Paume
One of the few remaining original halls where
the Jeu de Paume was placed, this theatre
was built in the early 18th century and was
inaugurated as a Jeu de Paume game room
in 1787. The Rococo style took over between
1829 à 1888. Other changes were made
from 1953 to 1978. It has been on the Historical Monuments register since 1981, and was
renovated and improved in 2000. Beloved
of the people of Aix, the theatre is the venue
for music and dance performances which
are open to the public. A wide variety of
styles for all ages and tastes.
Théâtre du jeu de Paume
17/21 rue de l’Opéra
+33 (0) 820 000 422
Address book: Accommodations
2 nights for the price of 1
A weekend in Aix en Provence ?
Now’s the perfect time!
A special offer from the Tourism Office, with
several hotels, guest rooms and deluxe
accommodations participating – offering
50% off their prices. This special deal is
good through the last weekend in March
Infos et Réservations
+33 (0)4 42 161 184 / 185
[email protected]
Hôtel Aquabella***
Well-being in the heart of the city
In the heart of historical Aix, the Aquabella
offers precious features for both the general
public and corporate clients: a modern,
tasteful hotel, with bar, restaurant, garden,
pool, garage and direct access to the
notorious Sextius Baths.
Hôtel Aquabella***
2 rue des Etuves - 13000 Aix-en-Provence
+33 (0)4 42 99 15 00
Le 28 à Aix (bed and breakfast)
A lovely city mansion from the 17th century,
transformed into the guest house you’ve always dreamed about. In the Mazarin quarter,
steps away from the Cours Mirabeau, 4 Dolphin Square and the Granet Museum, a
highly exclusive address with 4 rooms, tea
salon and boutique, art gallery and interior
28 à Aix
28 rue du 4 septembre
13100 Aix-en-Provence
+33 (0)4 42 54 82 01
Sophie’s little nest (clé vacances label)
Unique in the very heart of the city, this latest
arrival in the guest room range has 2 lovely
guest rooms, breakfast served on the terrace overlooking the city, and a superb view
of Sainte-Victoire.
Le petit nid de Sophie
2 rue Van Loo
+33 (0)4 42 50 31 73
Address book : restaurants
1 Michelin-starred restaurant
Le Clos de la Violette
Le Carton Rouge
Excellent local specialties made with fresh,
seasonal products, and matched with artisan-winemaker wines carefully selected by
Christine and Marjorie.
Le Carton Rouge
7, rue Isolette
+33 (0)4 42 91 41 75
Le Poivre d’Ane
Lively colourful setting for outstanding Provencal cuisine. A young team long on savoir-faire
and the art of hosting a delighted public …
A star awaits the young stars at this restaurant
which is well worth trying!
Le Poivre d’Ane
40 place des Cardeurs
+33 (0)4 42 21 32 66
Le Mille Feuille
Here, the staff is discretely at the client’s service,
creating a 4-star atmosphere enjoyable to
all. Seasonal cuisine featuring the emblematic
Millefeuille. The chef formerly worked as the
pastry chef at Taillevent!
Le Mille Feuille
8 B, Rue Rifle Rafle
+33 (0)4 42 96 55 17
Cooking classes
L’atelier des chefs: at last in Aix!
This totally charming guest house in the very
heart of historical Aix has five beautifully appointed, spacious rooms, two of which are
suites. The theme is one of a grocery from
the 1950’s, where time has stood still.
La Maison d’Aix
12 rue du cancel
+33 (0)6 08 85 38 68
25 rue de 4 septembre
13100 Aix-en-Provence
+33 (0)4 42 53 78 95
Take full advantage of the Love Suite and
the Secret Spa, at the Maison d’Aix.
A prestigious address in the chic, historic
Quartier Mazarin in Aix-en-Provence.
Cooking classes for the general public,
given by professional chefs.
14-16, rue Constantin
+33 (0)4 42 96 41 03
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Aix-en-Provence, “l’Exemple de Cézanne” (more)
Cooking classes with the great
Chefs in an Aix bastide:
The Villa des Chefs offers cooking and wine
classes in a very special venue. Join the
gastronomic preparation of a special menu
and carefully selected matching wines
alongside a great chef from the region.
+33 (0)6 64 84 60 48
[email protected]
Art-crafts and creation
The Calisson: the famous speciality
from Aix.
Calissons - Confiserie du Roy René
Four centuries of Aix tradition and over 80
years of their very own production, the Maître
Confiseur du Roy René continues to blend
its almonds and candied melon to make
their famous Calissons. Ancestral quality for
demanding gourmets. In the little museum
devoted to Calissons and Nougats, you can
learn about the making of Calissons since
the late 19th century to the present time.
Confiserie du Roy René and little
Calisson museum
Calissons - Léonard Parli Confiserie
Léonard Parli set up shop in Aix in 1874,
opening his confiserie. Today, the world over
knows the firm and the elegant shop continues
draw its habitual clientele and discerning visitors. Visit the production workshop and see
the traditional making of Calissons, fruits
confits, nougats and chocolates.
Confiserie Léonard Parli
Chocolaterie Puyricard
An infallible reputation for over 40 years – a
range of nearly 100 varieties of chocolates.
7, rue Rifle Rafle
+33 (0)4 42 21 13 26
Aix et Terra,
A modern grocery store where you can find all
the products from Provence made by regional
artisans régionaux in contemporary packaging - condiments, confitures, flavoured
olive oils, syrups, crumbles, honey...
32, place Richelme
+33 (0)4 42 09 43 81
Shopping, tours, exploring
The pedestrian streets in Aix are lined with
lovely shops, businesses, fashion boutiques,
shops for gifts, interior decoration, bookshops, art galleries and antique dealers.
Farmers’ markets in Aix,
every morning on Place Richelme.
Flower Market on Place de l’hôtel de Ville,
on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings.
On Place des Prêcheurs on other days.
Flea market and collectibles on place de
Verdun, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Fruits and vegetables on place des Prêcheurs on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Clothes market on place des Prêcheurs
on Saturday morning, on Cours Mirabeau
Thursday morning.
Urban Transport
- Bus system:
- Electric mini-bus: There are 3 Diablines
circuits through the narrow winding streets
in the centre of Aix which are off limits to
cars. The Diabline buses can take up to
7 persons, and pass every 10 minutes.
There are no official bus stops – you simply
hail the bus where you are, it picks you up.
The Diablines work every day except Sundays
and holidays, from 8:30 to 1 and 3 to 7:30.
50 centimes fare.
- Easy bike rental: 200 bicycles available
at 16 bike stations.
- Shuttle buses from Aix coach station to
Aix TGV station (15 minutes); to Marseilleprovence airport (a 30-minute trip) ; to
Marseille and to many other destinations.
- Direct trains between Aix-en-Provence,
Marseille and the Southern Alps !
Pedestrian shopping streets:
The pedestrian streets in Aix-en-Provence
are famous for their shops – the big names
in fashion, beautiful gift shops, interior decoration, bookshops … and also fine grocery stores and other fine foodstuffs.
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From town to town
Arles, 30th anniversary as a UNESCO world heritage site
Arles, the 3rd largest town in Bouches du
Rhône County, and the largest town in France
with an area of 77,000 hectares, is above all
a city of art and history. In 2011 Arles celebrates the 30th year of its selection by
UNESCO as Heritage for all Humanity. There
are three important dimensions to Arles’
ranking as a UNESCO Heritage site:
• For its historical city centre with its Roman
and Romanesque monuments (arena,
theatre, baths, cloister, Alyscamps,…)
• As part of the Santiago de Compostela
pilgrimage path, and also Rome and Jerusalem pilgrimage trail. Since the Middle Ages,
the Arles path has been one of the four paths
traversing France and Europe toward Santiago.
• As a world-class natural biosphere, with the
ensuing registration of the Camargue on the
world network of Biosphere Reserves.
Musée de l’Arles Antique
A garden has been laid out in front of the
museum. Inspired by Roman gardens and
christened Hortus, the garden covers
5000m² and blends Roman civilization, educational aspects and Roman games.
21 October 2011 to 22 April 2012
A vast exhibition involving 3000m² of the
museum’s display area will focus on the work
by Jean-Claude GOLVIN, who has spent the
last twenty years recreating Roman monuments and cities in watercolour.
Arles Tourism Office
+33 (0)4 90 18 41 20
City strolls
Musée Réattu - Donation Picasso
+33 (0)4 90 49 37 58
Many different walking tours of Arles:
- Using the brochure on sale at the Tourism
Office. It describes 4 marked walking tours
on different themes through the city.
- Following the World Heritage tour, 1½hour walk which touches on all 4 walking
tour themes
- Using the combi-Pass Monuments: on
sale at the Tourism Office, 7 € to 13.50 €
- Following the guided tours in French and
English – 2 hours – for individuals, with a
lecturer-guide, July to late September and
during the All Saints’ holiday
- With an MP3 for rent at the Tourism Office
(5 €). A fun and original way to tour, with
sound and actors’ voices.
The Van Gogh Foundation
Bike-taxi tours:
The Réattu Museum, housed in the Ancient
Grand Priory of the Order of Malta, along the
banks of the Rhône, displays works from
the 17th to the 19th centuries, drawings and
paintings by Picasso, and contemporary art
(Zadkine). In its acquisitions, proposals, and
temporary exhibitions – some three per year
– the museum clearly expresses its emphasis on current artistic creation.
The Museum also forges a pioneering path
in sound art.
The association for the creation of the Van
Gogh Foundation seeks, like Van Gogh did,
to create the “atelier du midi” bringing painters
together. The Foundation seeks to bring together contemporary international artists who
pay tribute to Van Gogh. Through a decree
dated 8 July 2010, the Foundation has become a public-interest foundation, with an
original, multi-format collection dedicated to
Van Gogh. The Foundations will settle in the
Hotel Léautaud de Donines, 35 rue Dr. Fanton
in spring of 2012. In the meantime, the annex
of the Foundation will be located 17 rue des
Suisses and will offer workshops, information
on the work, exhibitions and a shop.
Discover Arles by the Taco&co bicycle-taxi,
which offers several tours – including the
Roman tour, the Van Gogh tour, the World
Heritage tour, guided tours with a licensed
0 650 296 000
[email protected]
Taco and Co also works in winter, from
Tuesday to Saturday. Hours are 9am to 6pm
except for Wednesday 9 to 2pm.
+33 (0)4 90 49 94 04
Camargue Museum
For geology lovers and those looking for something off the beaten path, the Camarguais
museum has been set up in a former sheepfold. It describes the changes in the Rhone
delta and man’s activities there. A visit to the
museum can include a stroll through the
fields around Mas du Pont de Rousty (1
1/2hrs). Temporary exhibitions.
+33 (0)4 90 97 10 82
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Arles, 30th anniversary as a UNESCO world heritage site (more)
Every Tuesday and Thursday
in July and August
Gladiator combats, Olympic sports
and Roman theatre in the Roman
amphitheatre in Arles !
Go back in time and live an entire Roman
day in Arles in summer 2011 !
Meet in the morning at the Roman Theatre
for a demonstration of Greek Olympic
sports and a performance of Roman
theatre, from 9:30 to 12:30.
Learn about the history of Roman theatre,
about the meaning behind the roles of
the various characters, the costumes
and the masks.
In the afternoon attend combats between
gladiators in the Roman amphitheatre,
from 4:30 to 6:30pm. At the end of the
show, you can try your hand at combat
as it was practiced 2000 years ago.
Festivals and Exhibitions
Gardian Festival and election
of the Queen of Arles
1 May 2011
The traditional language, costumes and festivities make Arles the true capital of Provencal
culture. The Camargue cowboys, called Gardians and the lovely Arlesiennes are the stars
of this celebration. 1st of May every year.
Every three years, the Queen of Arles is
Jazz in Arles
15 to 21 May 2011
at Chapelle du Méjan.
Easter Feria
22-25 April
The first event of the bull-fighting season in
France – sets the tone throughout Arle. Corridas in the Roman arena, entertainment,
music and bull-related festivities throughout
The Rice Féria, Horse Festival
and Gourmand Camargue
9-11 September
The Suds à Arles,
World Music Festival
2nd half of July
A celebration of the Arles and the Arles region – the Feria du Riz is beloved to all the
aficionados – the second big bullfighting
weekend in Arles, marking the end of the
summer, held in mid-September. One week
before the Feria, the Bull Space sets up at
the Gimeaux corrals. Each year, three days
devoted to horses during this Horse Festival
which proposes equestriain events and a
free performance in the amphitheatre.
Created in 2005, the “Camargue Gourmande”
event promotes rice from Camargue and
other regional products from the Arles area.
A fabulous opportunity to discover the regional specialties such as rice from Camargue,
meat from the bulls raised in Camargue,
saucisson from Arles, the wines from the
Arles area, olive oils, salt from Camargue,
the Louisiana crayfish fished in the Camargue
and regional craft products such as the Camargue boots, the Camargue saddle, rice
painting and others.
Over 200 artists – all kinds of events, from
breakfast to musical siestas, aperitif-concerts
and music in the streets.
Digital October
1st week in October
Fêtes d’Arles
Early July
Pegoulado (evening parade of Gardians and
Arlésiennes), Costumes, Cocarde d’or (the
most prestigious of the Camargue bull games).
The Rencontres d’Arles
July to September 2011
Photography festival equivalent to the cinema festival in Cannes. The Rencontres
d’Arles propose eclectic, contemporary programming. A very dense week of events and
two months of exhibitions throughout Arles.
Les Escales du Cargo
Last week in July
The magnificent, magical setting of the Roman
theatre for the very best in current music at
the end of July.
Arelate, Roman days in Arles
and the Peplum festival
Last week in August
An entire week back in Roman days – gladiator shows, chariot races, screening of
epic films at the Roman theatre.
Main festival and Art Court Vidéo, festival of
visual arts.
Provence Prestige, the Provencal
lifestyle show
Late November
An enchanting setting. Magical. Craftspersons
and growers from Provence preview Christmas
treats at Provence Prestige.
International Santon Show
Starting at the end of November,
Provencal culture again draws crowds and
attention at this International Santon show,
the biggest in France. Christmas treats and
shows during Christmas Week.
Arles Tourism Office
+33 (0)4 90 18 41 20
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Arles, 30th anniversary as a UNESCO world heritage site (more)
Address book: Accommodations
Hôtel le Belvédère**
In June 2011:
The 3-star Hôtel du Cloître
Rue du Cloître - 13200 Arles
Style and privacy
Located in the heart of historical Arles, near
the Roman amphitheatre and theatre, the
Hotel de l'Amphithéâtre has been expanded
into the lovely 17th century house adjoining it.
Tastefully decorated, the rooms provide cosy,
private surroundings for a restful, relaxing stay.
Hôtel de l’Amphithéâtre**
+33 (0)4 90 96 10 30
A contemporary and Baroque setting for
total relaxation in the heart of the centre city,
near the Rhône and the amphitheatre.
Hôtel le Belvédère **
5 place Voltaire
13200 Arles
+33 (0)4 90 91 45 94
Guest Rooms – B&B
In April 2011 of the Villa
des Alyscamps: a guest house
with 6 suites and spa.
The chic of a 5-star city mansion
Le Mas Petit Prince
This new deluxe hotel was the last big mansion to be built in Arles by a leading family.
Christened the “Hôtel Particulier”, the
French way of saying an old family home,
this hotel typifies the beautiful private homes
built during the Napoleonic era in the early
19th century. At this newly created hotel, the
decoration is both chic and warm. Spa and
Hammam – the HP Bistrot in the Orangerie,
opens onto the garden for lunch, and the
restaurant “the 33” for dinner. “Relais & Châteaux collection”. In 2010, it became a
5-star luxury hotel !
Located in the very heart of the Camargue
Regional Park, this farm from the 15th century
lies amidst 5 hectares of land where horses,
pink flamingos and bulls live in total freedom.
L’Hôtel Particulier****
Rue de la monnaie - 13200 Arles
+33 (0) 4 90 52 51 40
Mas petit Prince
Gageron - 13200 Arles
+33 (0)4 90 97 01 17
Galerie Huit
Guest rooms in a magnificent city mansion,
just steps from the Roman amphitheatre.
8 rue de la Calade
13200 Arles
+33 (0)6 82 04 39 60
A Roman SPA at the Hôtel Calendal
Hotel Calendal***
+33 (0)4 90 96 11 89
Address book: Restaurants
Three Michelin-starred restaurants
The Atelier de Rabanel,
Le Cilantro, La Chassagnette
L’Atelier de Jean-Luc Rabanel
Jean-Luc Rabanel, the first Maître cuisinier
to get a star for organic food, has 2 stars in
the Guide Michelin. Chef Rabanel pays tribute to the world of plants and to organic
products in his magnificent workshop.
New room: the Salle à manger, on Re des
Carmes… And new concept: IODE: shellfish and seafood, sushi, to enjoy on site or
L'Atelier de Jean-Luc Rabanel
7, rue des Carmes - 13200 Arles
+33 (0)4 90 91 07 69
Le Cilantro
This gastronomic restaurant exquisitely
combines Mediterranean culinary tradition
with tastes from afar. The Michelin Guide
places this Arles restaurant among the best
in the region, and underlines the warm and
friendly ambiance. One Michelin star.
Le Cilantro
29/31, rue Porte de Laure - 13200 Arles
+33 (0)4 90 18 25 05
La Chassagnette
Armand Arnal, the chef at La Chassagnette
proposes inventive fresh organic cuisine featuring organic products from his garden. He
was awarded the Gault Millau Gold Trophy
in April 2010 (One Michelin Star).
La Chassagnette
Route du Sambuc, 13200 Arles
+33 (0) 4 90 97 26 96
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Arles, 30th anniversary as a UNESCO world heritage site (more)
Discover a Camargue Ranch
in a quad
Getting there:
Discover the Flamingo Island
in Camargue
Visit a manade (bull and horse-raising ranch)
in Camargue and Provence, with a guide.
Shuttles between Arles
and the Marseille Provence Airport
Nature guides take you close to an island in
the Fangassier étang – the only spot where
pink flamingos nest in the western Mediterranean. Observe a colony of some 11,000
pink flamingos during the nesting period.
Nature Guide Bureau
+33 (0)6 76 96 75 36
[email protected]
Breathe in the great Camargue atmosphere at the Marais du Vigueirat
… in a buggy, with lots of discoveries
possible… such as seeing fox or wild boar,
lots of birds, flamiginos, grey geese, ducks,
birds of prey … A wonderful way to explore
Camargue with the family, going at the gentle
pace of the draught horses through the
Camargue for a 8-km trip.
Camargue Découverte
24, rue Porte de Laure
13200 Arles
+33 (0)6 85 35 10 04
Le Domaine de la Palissade
Located between the Mediterranean Sea
and the Rhône river, the Domaine de la
Palissade belongs to the Coastal Conservatory. You can visit on own, on horseback or
with a guide, along the beautiful trails.
La Palissade
13129 Salin de Giraud
+33 (0) 4 42 86 81 28
… The cabin trail has made the Marais du
Vigueirat famous. A great discovery trail, 3.5
km where you can discover nature by
playing the game they have prepared. Free
and visit on own - accessible to all from
dawn to dusk.
... The observatories at the sanctuary
Come see the first winter visitors – common
teals, ducks, coots, grey geese, birds of
prey, ring-necked ducks and perhaps even
the beautiful penduline tit … A trip to the
land of reeds and marshes.
The Marais du Vigueirat at Mas Thibert
(closed December and January)
Nature Interpretation Centre
+33 (0)4 90 98 70 91
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From town to town
Avignon, Bridge and City of the Popes
Avignon was the capital of the Christian world
during the Middle Ages, and the prestigious
monuments remaining from that time beautifully express the splendour of the city. Not
to be missed, the Palace of the Popes is
the biggest Gothic palace in Europe, ranked
as part of UNESCO World Heritage. In 2007,
new rooms opened in the Palace, including
the Saint Martial Chapel, where visitors can
discover the magnificent paintings by Mateo
Giovannetti on a lapis-lazuli background.
Also in Avignon, the emblematic Pont d’Avignon, or Saint Bénézet bridge, also part of
UNESCO Heritage. The Avignon bridge was
the first permanent bridge over the Rhône
River. Saint Didier church holds a sculpture
of Saint Bénézet, the shepherd who legend
tells us built the bridge. Strolling the winding
city streets is also a good way to discover the
architectural treasures in medieval Avignon.
Inside the city walls, restored by Viollet-le-Duc,
Avignon is home to many old city mansions.
The Cardinal Ceccano Palace (today the
municipal library) with its sumptuous 14th century painted ceilings, the Baroncelli mansion,
Renaissance in style, the Baroque architecture
of the Monnaie mansion.
“PONTS” (Bridges)
An outstanding theme exhibition
with support from UNESCO.
Connecting famous bridges and their builders
to Avignon, the city made famous the world
over by a bridge.
4 December 2010 to 30 June 2011
Palace of the Popes - Avignon Bridge
(Pont Saint Bénezet)
39 of the leading artists in the contemporary
art field have taken part in this ambitious
bridge project, sharing their vision, idea and
image of the bridge. Works by Pierre Antoniucci, Shane Conroy Ashesha, Benjamin,
Devadatta Best, Bioulès, Braun Vega, F.O
Brunet, Michel Butor, Chantalpetit, Cieslewicz,
Nada Clyne, Combas, Cremonini, Errò, Föllmi,
Fromanger, Giorda, Grosajt, Kaviiik, Le Gac,
Liot, Machado Rico, M. Muller, Murua, Olivier O. Olivier, M.Potier, Roux Fontaine, Denis
Schneider, Schrijen, Segui, Sepulveda, Soulié,
Tamarchenko, Texier, Velickovic, Villar, Wado,
Weigel, Willm. See their work on the Palace
walls which have displayed in the past Picasso, Botero, Dubuffet and most recently
Miquel Barcelo. The Bridges exhibit is displayed in the most famous monuments in
Avignon, at the Palace of the Popes and at the
Pont d’Avignon. It shows work by some forty
leading artists in the contemporary art field
who have taken part in this exhibit, sharing
their vision, their idea, their image of the Bridge.
Imaginary or real, philosophical, spiritual, poetic or figurative, these bridges all take place
during a 6-month exhibit, on the legendary
walls of the beautiful Grand Chapel at the
Palace of the Popes - 70 large-format digital
prints are on display, expressing a wide range
of talents and ideas. The 6 other UNESCO
World Heritage bridges are guests of honour
at the exhibition: Mehmed Pacha Sokolovic
and Mostar in Bosnia-Herzegovine, Vizcaya
Bridge in Spain, the Pontcysyllte channel
bridge and Telford Ironbridge in the United
Kingdom, and of course, the Pont du Gard,
which shares with the Pont Saint Bénezet
the honour of being ranked as UNESCO
Heritage for all Humanity.
The fabulous destiny of the City
of Avignon and Avignon at the
time of the popes
Everything you wanted to know about
Avignon, from the major events to the
insider’s anecdotes.
From the time of the arrival of the Popes
and the cardinals who built their magnificent Italianate palaces, churches and
chapels, totally changing the destiny
of the city, through to the 17th and 18th
centuries, with the construction of city
mansions in the Italian and French
classical styles, making Avignon
the architectural treasure it is today.
As you visit the streets, learn about
the street names and the guilds and
trades that once worked in the various
neighbourhoods. See the famous pont
d’Avignon... The second tour includes
the visit of the Palace of the Popes,
the biggest Gothic palace in Europe.
Fabulous destiny:
November to March, every Saturday
at 10am, leaves from the Palace of the
Popes. April to October, Wednesday
Friday Saturday at 10am, leaves from
the Tourism Office.
Avignon at the time of the popes:
Monday - Tuesday – Thursday (visit
of the Palace of the Popes included)
Night-time visits
In August 2011, the Palace of the Popes
is open at night ! A night visit has been
designed to discover the major rooms
and off-the-beaten path parts of the Palace of the Popes. A guided tour with video
screenings to better understand the life of
the sovereign pontiffs in the Middle Ages.
Renseignements OT
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With the family this winter
Demons and Marvels tour
Legendary beasts and familiar animals at
the Palace of the Popes. A circuit full of fun
and interest for the entire family !
1 hour guided visit to discover the animal
themes at the palace, looking at the sculptures and all they can teach us, and at the
naturalist decors in the palace. Together we
explore the legendary animals – unicorns,
dragons, then look at the sheer poetry of the
animals which were common during the
Papal era. 13 November 2010 to 26 February 2011, every Saturday evening at 5:30
pm. Closed on Christmas Day and New
Year’s Day.
Book ahead at
+33 (0)4 32 74 32 74
Avignon Tourism Office
+33 (0)4 32 74 32 74
City Strolls
Avignon - Secret Palace
Visit the “Secret Palace” every Saturday and
Sunday from September to late May. In the
company of a knowledgeable, enthusiastic
guide, see the rooms normally off limits to
the public, and learn about the most recent
archaeological finds. Discover the serenity
of the hidden gardens, and enter the world
of the Sovereign Pontiffs during the Avignon
Before or after the visit, delight in a brunch
served with Côtes du Rhône wines on the
Great Dignitaries’ Terrace. Saturdays at
12:30 and Sundays at 10:30.
Advance bookings required.
River Cruises
For outstanding views and cool breezes,
board the Avignon riverboats for a Rhône
river cruise. Several choices:
• The short river crossing, free of charge,
from the base of the Avignon bridge to Barthelasse Island, where there are lovely views
of Avignon and the bridge.
• A 45-minute cruise for beautiful views of
the Papal city (April to September),
• Lunch cruises to Arles or Châteauneuf du
• Dinner-show or dinner-dance cruises.
Les Grands Bateaux de Provence
+33 (0)4 90 85 62 25
Rocher des Doms Gardens
and Panorama
over the Palace of the Popes
The gardens atop the hill overlooking Avignon
and the Rhone River valley also afford beautiful
views of the Palace of the Popes.
The rich collections in the Avignon museums
further reflect the splendour the city acquired
during and since the Papal presence.
The Petit Palais Museum, housed in a former
Cardinal’s palace from the time of Pope
John XXII (early 14th century) displays the
Campana collection of Italian paintings from
Middle Ages and the Renaissance.
The Calvet Museum, housed in a beautiful
city mansion in the heart of the city, displays
Fine Arts including works by Soutine,
Manet, and Gleizes.
The ground floor at the Angladon Museum
shows 19th and 20th century masterpieces
by Degas, Van Gogh, Cézanne, Picasso…,
while the upper floor displays the furnishings,
drawings and objects collected by the
museum’s founders.
The Louis Vouland Museum, also housed
in a lovely old home, specialises in the
decorative arts.
A visit to the Collection Lambert to see
the major movements in contemporary art minimal art, land art, conceptual art, video
… is also a must.
Avignon Pass’ion
Petit Palais Museum
Welcome to Avignon and Villeneuve-lezAvignon !
Enjoy special discounts at the monuments, museums and for attractions and
services. Request your Avignon PASS
card, free of charge, from the Tourism
Office and from the monuments. After
the first, full-price visit, all the others are
discounted – for the whole family.
+33 (0)4 90 86 44 58
Avignon Tourism Office
+33 (0)4 32 74 32 74
Palais des Papes
+33 (0)4 90 27 50 00
Calvet Museum
+33 (0)4 90 86 33 84
Angladon Museum
+33 (0)4 90 82 29 03
Louis Vouland Museum
+33 (0)4 90 86 03 79
Lambert Collection
+33 (0)4 90 16 56 20
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Festivals and Exhibitions
Avignon Theatre Festival
July 2011
4 December 2010 to 30 June 2011
The very peak of contemporary creation during
three weeks in July. An ongoing festive
atmosphere with previews of the plays in the
streets, street theatre and colourful crowds.
Hundreds of venues. During the month of
July, the entire city of Avignon becomes a
major stage.
Exhibition at the Palace of the Popes and
the Avignon Bridge – an outstanding theme
exhibition which connects bridge builders
from the world over to Avignon, the city
made famous by its bridge. Nearly forty artists express their vision of a bridge. Sound
and light, 70 digital prints, film, poetry…
Festival d’Avignon
+33 (0)4 90 27 66 50
Cheval Passion
January 2012
The Festival OFF
One of the biggest equestrian events in
Europe takes place in Avignon in January
every year.
Nearly 900 theatre troupes, from every part of
France and beyond, turn the city of Avignon
into one immense stage during 3 weeks.
Every type of performing art in over 100 venues
throughout Avignon.
Cheval Passion
+33 (0)4 90 84 02 04
Truffle Festival
February 2012
Market, culinary demonstrations, parade,
tastings at Les Halles marketplace in Avignon…
Avignon Tourisme
+33 (0)4 90 27 50 00
The Hivernales Dance Festival
24 February to 5 March 2011
The annual Hivernales winter dance festival
in Avignon is the showcase for the most
innovative contemporary dance.
+33 (0)4 90 82 33 12
2 to 5 June 2011
7th edition, Meetings and displays on roses
at the Palace of the Popes. Beautiful.
Address book: Accommodations
In a cloister in the Papal city
The 16th century Cloître Saint Louis was originally a Jesuit novitiate prior to becoming a
military hospital then a hospice. The Cloître
was transformed into a 4-star hotel in 1990.
Spare, peaceful contemporary lines for this
beautiful setting surrounded by the cloister.
Le Cloître Saint Louis****
20, rue du Portail Boquier
84000 Avignon
+33 (0)4 90 27 55 55
Fax. +33 (0)4 90 82 24 01
The Palace and the Avignon lifestyle
The Hotel de la Mirande, located next to the
Palace of the Popes, has 700 years of history.
A living historical monument, the Mirande is
proud of its warm and comfortable rooms
with painted woodwork and wood flooring.
Behind the beautiful 17th century façade also
lie a gastronomic restaurant, outstanding
cooking classes and impromptu concerts.
Book your accommodations
on line at:
Hôtel La Mirande****
4, place de l’Amirande - 84000 Avignon
+33 (0)4 90 14 20 20
Fax. +33 (0)4 90 86 25 85
Hôtel d’Europe, a 5-star hotel
in the heart of the city
A Provencal inn on the outskirts
of the city
This old home was built in 1580 by the Marquis
de Graveson. Victor Hugo and Charles Dickens
stayed here. Since the 1900 edition of the
Michelin Guide, countless artists, and actors
have added to the rich history of the hotel
that the 2007 Travel and Leisure Guide listed
as one of the 100 most beautiful hotels in the
On the edge of Avignon, nestled in an oasis
of green gardens and splashing fountains,
the Auberge de Cassagne is a lovely bastide
dating from 1850. Former Paul Bocuse student,
the chef Philippe Bouche is a true magician
who works with all the colour and fragrance
of Provence. 500m² of relaxation space with
pool, spa, hammam, beauty treatments.
Hôtel d'Europe****
14, Place Crillon - 84000 Avignon
+33 (0)4 90 14 76 76
Fax. +33 (0)4 90 14 76 71
Auberge de Cassagne & SPA ****
450, allée de Cassagne
84130 Le Pontet Avignon
+33 (0)4 90 31 04 18
Fax. +33 (0)4 90 32 25 09
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City Gîtes and Guest Rooms
Villa de Margot
In the heart of historical Avignon centre, literally
steps from the Palace of the Popes, the Villa
de Margot is open all year long. A lovely garden, a
19th- century home, full of comfort and charm.
La Mirande
In a beautiful old city mansion, just steps
from the Palace of the Popes, discover the
lovely table d’hôtes in the 19th-century kitchens,
presided by chef Jean-Claude Altmayer.
Cooking classes for groups and individuals
one week every month.
24, rue des 3 Colombes
+33 (0)4 90 82 62 34
Restaurant l’Essentiel
Côté Square
In the historical city centre of Avignon, near
the lovely Rue des Teinturiers, 8 minutes from
the Palace of the Popes, on Pétramale Square,
there are 3 guest rooms on the 1st floor.
Contemporary charm, lean clean lines.
8, rue du Crucifix
+33 (0)4 90 85 52 42 - 06 84 05 81 09
La Banasterie
A charming guest house from the 16 century.
Next door to the Palace of the Popes in an
oasis of greenery. 3 suites, 2 rooms – air-conditioned, flower-bedecked terraces, balcony and
patio. Beautiful bed linens, chocolates in the
rooms. The house is candle-lit at night.
11, rue de la Banasterie
/ Fax. +33 (0)4 32 76 30 78
Address book: Restaurants
Regional specialties
with a creative flair
Next door to the Palace of the Popes, Christian Etienne’s restaurant remains the leading
Avignon eatery. Chef Christian Etienne, Maître
cuisinier de France, works his magic with traditional recipes from Provencal gastronomy.
(16/20 Gault & Millau 2007 – 1* Michelin).
Discover the Provence lifestyle by tasting the
Côtes du Rhône wines. The Bouteillerie offers
tastings, wine events, sales and shipment,
with a selection of 50 AOC wines at wine
cellar prices.
Palais des Papes
+33 (0)4 90 27 50 85
Laurent Chouviat and his wife, from the Vallon
de Valrugues in St-Remy-de-Provence has
opened this lovely restaurant with great design,
in the heart of Avignon..
Sale of regional products: Tapenade, eggplant
caviar, AOC olive oil... all made near Avignon.
21, rue Petite Fusterie
+33 (0)4 90 85 87 12
20, place du Change
+33 (0)4 90 84 03 58
Les 5 Sens
Aline Gehant Chocolatier
Cooking from the south and the southwest,
full of taste and colour, flavour and inventiveness. Special emphasis on vegetables.
Unique setting in the historical city centre,
on a small Provencal square. Chef Thierry
Baucher, meilleur ouvrier de France pours
his passion into elegant, creative cuisine.
A new chocolate maker, with tasting workshops and classes on Saturdays at 2:30 pm.
18, rue Joseph Vernet
+33 (0)4 90 85 26 51
Cooking classes for adults and children at
Les Halles and at the Bistro du Cabestan.
Produits gourmands
Les Halles
Two Michelin-starred
Christian Etienne and La Mirande
The Bouteillerie at the Palace
of the Popes
An indoor market with over 40 stalls, featuring fresh regional products. Tuesday
to Friday, 6 am to 1:30, Saturdays and
Sundays 6 am to 2 pm (except August).
Petite cuisine des Halles:
Cooking demonstrations with regional
chefs on Saturday at 11am (except August).
Délices du Luberon
15 rue Trois Faucons
+33 (0)4 90 02 27 21
Concept Chef
13, rue Collège de la Croix
+33 (0)6 25 36 12 40
Le Vin devant Soi
A wine bar which offers a choice of 32 wines
to taste and a new concept for keeping
wines which ensures outstanding quality.
4, rue Collège du Roure
+33 (0)4 90 82 04 39
Place Pie
+33 (0)4 90 27 15 15
Restaurant Christian Etienne
10 rue de Mons - 84000 Avignon
+33 (0)4 90 86 16 50
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Vox Populi, a contemporary
take on the art of reintegrating
old materials
Vox Populi re-uses recovered old materials
(wire, paper, wood …) to create amazing,
one-of-a-kind works, lamps, small series
and made to order pieces.
Vox Populi
54, rue Joseph Vernet - Avignon
+33 (0)4 90 85 70 25
Carlisse et Régamelle
A shop and workshop where the artistowner makes jewellery and accessories on
site (bags and sacs of all kinds, many different
accessories). Jewellery and objects are
made with mother-of-pearl, wood, glass,
resin and many different stones. Jewellery
and accessories for little girls too.
59, rue des Fourbisseurs
/Fax. +33 (0)4 90 16 93 57
Se déplacer
- Bus, see all the bus lines on
- Vélopop: 200 bicycles ready to use in the
centre city
- Baladine: 100% ecological little electric
shuttle to get around the city centre.
- Car Parks: 2 guarded, free parking lots
(on Piot Island – 900 spaces and the Italiens
carpark with 550 spaces), with free shuttle
bus to and fro.
Nota Bene : Avignon airport, minutes
away from the city-center, serves
Southampton, Exeter, Leeds,
Birmingham, Manchester.
Check online the latest connections on
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Orange, 40th anniversary of the New Chorégies
Lovely old streets, small shady squares,
cafés under the spreading branches of the
venerable plane trees, menus proposing
Provencal specialties – the “City of Princes”,
Orange, offers all the charm of a good-sized
Provencal town. Two impressive monuments,
ranked as UNESCO Heritage for Humanity
stand tall and proud, a reminder of Orange’s
foundation as a Roman colony known as
“Arausio”. Internationally celebrated and
locally beloved, the Roman Theatre, the
only one in the world which still has its stage
wall, and the Arch of Triumph, renovated
in 2009, both date from the 1st century AD.
The transformations which have occurred to
the Cathedral of Notre-Dame-de-Nazareth et de tous les saints attest to the
prestigious, tumultuous religious and political
past in Orange. The Cathedral’s southern
portal is a magnificent example of Provencal
Romanesque art.
The hill known as Colline Saint Eutrope is
in the centre of Orange, and the Roman
Theater backs up to the hill. Colline Saint
Eutrope overlooks Orange, the Rhone river and
the countryside stretching to Mont Ventoux,
providing outstanding views in every direction.
The public park has vestiges of the history
of Orange, in particular the ruins of the
Princes of Nassau-Orange. During their reign,
Orange was one of the most beautiful
strongholds in Europe, 183 years of history connected to the Netherlands. Visits to
Orange are enhanced by the sound of the
bell chiming in the graceful campanile at
the Town Hall.
40th anniversary of the “New
Chorégies”: 1971- 2011
The “Viva Verdi !” event, to celebrate
the 40th birthday of the Chorégies.
Verdi and the Roman theatre – a
monumental setting on a par with
Verdi’s work
30 July to 2 August 2011
“... The first performance ever took place in
1869 with an opera by Méhul, entitled “Joseph”. At the time the Roman Theatre
chose to emphasize French composers and
turned to the sources of the great Greek and
Roman tragedies.
The lyrical and musical dimension at
the Théâtre Antique came to the fore in
1971, with the creation of the “Nouvelles Chorégies”, ...”
“... 2011: Forty years have gone by and the
Chorégies now stand among the great
opera festivals, its objective from the start.
The greatest conductors and the most talented directors work with the unrivalled setting
of the Roman theatre to enhance the most
beautiful operas, to the immense pleasure
of a demanding, loyal audience. Today, this
magic is also shared with millions of opera
lovers watching the opera live from Orange
– the Chorégies has garnered the highest
audience and viewer satisfaction levels.”
Circus Festival in Orange
2 to 5 June 2011
All the magic of the circus in the breathtaking
setting of the Roman Theatre
+33 (0)4 90 51 17 60
The Phantoms of the Theatre
(a new event since 2009)
Multi-media magic at the Roman Theatre,
part of UNESCO World Heritage – where the
ghosts of the famous and less famous people
who have trod the stage come to life.
Théâtre Antique d’Orange
+33 (0)4 90 51 17 60
Office de Tourisme Orange
+33 (0)4 90 34 70 88
City walks
To discover the city and its history, the Tourism
Office provides you with a discovery map
with three different walks – Roman Orange,
the Princes of Nassau, and other sites and
In French, English, German, Spanish, Italian
and Dutch.
Exploring the Roman Theatre
Theatre has led it to be proclaimed the
“leader” of all Roman theatres. Included in
the 8-euro entrance fee to the Roman Theatre:
- Audio guides in seven languages:
French, German, English, Spanish, Italian,
Dutch and Japanese.
- Film14-minute film The Grand Theatre
of Imperial Rome, in French with English
- The permanent multimedia show: The
Phantoms of the Theatre: audio-visual show
in 4 of the grottoes which tells the story of
the history of the monument, with pantomime of Roman times and reference to the
current Chorégies d’Orange with Roberto
- The Art and History Museum
Le Musée d’Art et d’Histoire
Théâtre Antique - Culturespaces
+33 (0)4 90 51 17 60
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Walking on Saint Eutrope Hill
Access (fairly steep) by the staircase on the
eastery side of the Roman theatre. Or, in a
car on the western side via the street “Montée
des Princes Orange-Nassau (free parking)
Saint Eutrope hill is the cradle of history for
the city of Orange. It overlooks Orange, the
Rhône and the Comtadin countryside – with
breathtaking views of Mont Ventoux and the
outlying landscapes.
Walk around the Arc de Triomphe
Free - free parking
In-depth restoration in 2009 has left the Arc
de Triomphe stunningly beautiful and crystal
clear – the sculptures designed to be seen
from below, are like new – come and admire
the work done by outstanding sculptors in
the 1st century. Remarkable power and presence emanate from this beautiful monument.
Art and History Museum
A wonderful museum with three Roman
land registers, carved in marble. Paintings
from the 18th century tell the story of making
the Provencal fabric known as Indiennes at
the old Wetter atelier. Several fascinating
finds from the 1999 archaeological digs are
now on display, including a sphinx, mask,
friezes, capitals…
Collection of works by Albert de Belleroche
and Frank Brangwyn, an English artist famous
for his art nouveau monumental decorations
at the Rockefeller Centre in New York and
the Chamber of Lords at Westminster
Palace in London.
Roman Theater and Orange Museum
+33 (0)4 90 51 17 60
Strolls through the vineyards
in Orange
Tea and Augustines
near the Roman Theatre
The many cellars, estates, châteaux, and
clos offer visitors the opportunity to taste
and buy their wines. Appellations include
Côtes du Rhône and Châteauneuf-du-Pape
(which is also produced in Orange. There
are also Vins de Pays de la Principauté
d’Orange. Also see Le Palais du Vin, to the
south of Orange, created by 150 independent
growers to showcase their wines. The cellar
offers 600 wines from the Rhone valley. Stop
in at Château Mongin, the cellar for the vineyards that are part of the curriculum at the
Viticultural School in Orange.
Chocolates and biscuits in the shape of Emperor Augustus, whose 3.55-meter high statue
stands in a niche in the stage wall at the
Roman theatre.
Excursion in a 4-wheel vehicle
in the vineyards
Guided outing in the vineyards, in 4-wheel
drive vehicle – learn about the vines, the terroir
and the magnificent countryside. End up at
the cellar with a tour and a tasting!
Several itineraries are proposed.
Les Garrigues sud - 84290 Cairanne
06 86 72 41 29
Boulangerie Pâtisserie Didier Carpentier
9, rue Pourtoules
+33 (0)4 90 34 30 18
Festivals and Exhibitions
The Fêtes Romaines
At the Roman Theatre: several weekends
throughout the year (May, September, …)
and during the school holidays. Performances of Roman theatre, interactive
workshops to make oil lamps, fibulae, do
Roman writing… Scenes from everyday life
in a Roman city. Go back in time on a journey to the heart of ancient Rome.
Théâtre Antique
+33 (0)4 90 51 17
Tradition and crafts
Medieval Day
Saturday 4 June 2011; 14th year
The Provencal market in Orange
Thursday morning market
Street entertainment, medieval camp in the
heart of the city, exhibitions, combat, stunts,
initiation workshops, elves, troubadours,
jugglers, acrobats. Old fashioned wheatthreshing and countless medieval recreations.
Just what we love to find! Cabinet-maker
Jean-Pierre Magnan, 8 bis rue du Mazeau
(next to the Roman Theater) makes traditional Provencal furniture: wedding armoires,
bonnetières, commodes, breadbins ….
Jean-Pierre Magnan is also famous for the
musical instruments that he makes, which
include not only the Provencal instruments
such as the galoubets, tambourins and baguettes, but also traditional instruments
from other European countries.
8 bis, rue du Mazeau
+33 (0)4 90 34 25 62
Service Culturel
de la Ville d’Orange
+33 (0)4 90 51 57 57
Jazz Concerts in Orange
16th Jazz Festival
27 June to 2 July 2011
Free concerts
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Les Chorégies d’Orange
9 July to 2 August 2011
Address book: Restaurants
Le Parvis
Orange is home to one of the best preserved
Roman theatres in the world, part of
UNESCO’s Heritage for Humanity. Each
summer, the prestigious venue is the setting
for majestic operas and lyrical concerts.
Tickets go on sale on 18 October 2011. 9
and 12 July: Aida by Verdi. 11 July: Symphony concert. 16 July – Beethoven’s 9th.
30 July and 2 August: Rigoletto by Verdi.
Au Petit Patio
A classic – the favourite for outstanding
Provencal gastronomy.
Presse Nationale et Internationale
Colette CHAUNU
+33 (0)1 43 21 21 80
Reservations :
+33 (0)4 90 34 24 24
Fax. +33 (0)4 90 11 04 04
“Theatre Meetings”
2nd half of July
Performances of the great classics in the
French repertory. The spirit of this event is
to share the jewels of the French repertory,
many of which have been overlooked for too
long, with a wide audience.
Service Culturel de la Ville d’Orange
+33 (0)4 90 51 57 57
Journey to the heart of Roman
theatres in the Mediterranean world
The 2010 exhibit at the Art and History Museum
Scheduled until December 2011
at the Art and History Museum
Photographic work by Claude Philip. Both a
traveller and a spectator, Claude Philip takes
us on a journey into the Roman theatres
around the Mediterranean, revealing both
illustrious and little-known theatres, grandiose
monuments or small intimate venues.
Just steps from the Roman Theatre, yet in
a quiet and cozy street, the ideal sidewalk
café, with a lovely dining room indoors. The
chef works with fresh local ingredients, and
offers generous, flavourful dishes. Full of the
colours of Provence.
58, cours Aristide Briand
+33 (0) 04 90 29 69 27
Décor and design at the Monteverdi
Very hot and trendy, infused with superb
design, the Monteverdi Caffè has become
the place to be in town for dinner or a drink
to the pleasure of music.
443, boulevard Edouard Daladier
+33 (0)4 90 29 53 77
La Grotte d’Auguste
(on the Roman Theater site)
The name of course comes from the fact
that the restaurant is in one of the grottoes
on the Roman theatre site, and Augustus
comes from the famous statue of the emperor
still standing at the theatre.
Provencal cuisine.
On the Roman theatre site – Access from
Silvain Square
+33 (0)4 90 60 22 54 - 06 76 04 43 83
La Table du Verger
Restaurant with emphasis
on organic products
The lovely Mas des Aigras provides quality
service and has an excellent restaurant.
+33 (0)4 90 34 81 01
Musée d’Orange
Rue Madeleine Roch
+33 (0)4 90 51 17 60
55, cours Pourtoules
+33 (0) 04 90 34 82 00
Les Artisans du Goût
New name for the restaurant at the Palais
du Vin, and a resounding success. Gastronomic cuisine featuring regional products.
Seasonal menu.
Le Palais du Vin
Zac Porte sud - RN7
+33 (0)4 90 51 76 50
Address book: Accommodations
Hôtel Arène Kulm Best Western ***
300 years of history for this hotel, located on
a charming square, veritable oasis of peace
and quiet in the city centre. Beautifully
comfortable rooms. Decoration evokes the
Chorégies d’Orange. Great in 2011: 2
swimming pools, one indoors, one out. Two
restaurants: gastronomic Le Garden, and
Espressamente Illy.
Place de Langes
+33 (0)4 90 11 40 40
Provencal mas and top
of the line service
Hotel and restaurant with
priority on organic products
The exquisite Provencal home, the Mas des
Aigras, offers impeccable service and a delightful restaurant serving organic, gastronomic
cuisine prepared by chef Alain Davi.
La Table du Verger
Le Mas des Aigras
+33 (0)4 90 34 81 01
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From town to town
Orange, 40th anniversary of the New Chorégies (more)
Hôtel Park Inn Orange ***
L’A Propos
Villa Aurenjo
Friendly and functional, big swimming pool
and lots of parking space. The traditional
cuisine with a Provencal accent at the restaurant L’Oliveraie draws a loyal following.
5 guest rooms.
Beautiful location in the very heart of town,
5 guest rooms in a city mansion from 1860.
Lovely garden with flowers and trees, very
restful and relaxing. Warm, tasteful interior.
Spacious, comfortable rooms, a great address.
Restaurant on site now – and a beautiful
outdoor heated spa pool and solarium.
5 guest rooms.
18th-century home in the centre of Orange,
full of charm, exuding the Provencal style.
One hectare of grounds which are planted
with olive trees and century-old plane trees.
Relaxing, lovely city address.
Hôtel Park Inn Orange
Route de Caderousse
+33 (0)4 90 34 24 10
Chambres d’hôtes
Justin de Provence
An outstanding address for a lovely farmhouse with 5 guest rooms. Seen in all the
best magazines, a great address for interior
decoration, art deco and the art of collecting.
Gorgeous guest rooms and exquisite taste.
On 7 hectares of grounds.
Chemin Mercadier
+33 (0)4 90 69 57 94 - 06 11 54 20 19
15, avenue Frédéric Mistral
+33 (0)4 90 34 54 91 - 06 10 33 06 32
121, rue François Chambovet
+33 (0)6 62 67 03 30
Getting around Orange …
Most visitors visit Orange on foot.
Mas Julien
Mas with 4 guest rooms.
This 18th-century Provencal farmhouse lies
in the vineyards, surrounded by 5000 m² of
shady grounds. Covered swimming pool for
the spring and fall. Top quality welcome.
704, chemin Saint Jean
+33 (0)4 90 34 99 49 / 06 62 47 99 43
Little Touring Train
1-hour train tour of the city centre and Saint
Eutrope hill (in the heart of the city).
SNCF train station in the city
Two round trips to Paris a day on the highspeed TGV train. Trip takes 3 hours and 2
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Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur
From town to town
Toulon, one of the most beautiful natural harbours in Europe
Truly one of the most beautiful harbours
in Europe, Toulon is also a military port…
Lots of things to do and see, for Toulon has a
rich history and architectural heritage - between
the sea, the harbour, or the “Rade de Toulon”
as it is known, and Faron, the mountain
overlooking Toulon. Explore picturesque old
Toulon with its winding shopping streets, the
theatre, the statues of Raimu, Cours Lafayette
and the beautiful Provencal market. Toulon
is a true Mediterranean crossroads. Located
between Nice and Marseille, Toulon enjoys
an ideal geographical position and is easily
accessible by air (Toulon/Hyères airport),
train (just 3 hours and 50 minutes from Paris
on the TGV Méditerranée), and by road.
Toulon Tourism Office
+33 (0)4 94 18 53 00
City strolls
Festivals and Exhibitions
The National Marine Museum
Toulon Music Festival
Don’t miss this fascinating museum after
seeing the Toulon Harbour. Also take in the
D-Day Memorial.
Note: The Sites Pass gives discount prices
to 27 cultural sites, including the Asian Art
Museum and the D-Day Memorial.
In 1950, music lovers created the Festival de
la Tour Royale. Now, sixty years later, the Toulon
Music Festival has become a yearly highlight
– the only music festival in the Provence
region – and has two major events.
The Summer Festival out of doors from midJune to mid-July, with emphasis on staging,
recitals, chamber music, world music, early
music, voice… This is held at the Collegiate
Church in Six-Fours. The architectural and
acoustic qualities of the Collégiale provide a
magnificent setting for the 'Voix de la Collégiale'. Then, in the winter, comes the
Classiques du Festival, devoted to grand
symphonies and concertos, recitals and
chamber music.
Entrance: 5,50 € - Reduced price: 4 €
Avenue de la République
+33 (0)4 94 02 02 01
The House of Photography
This beautiful Toulon landmark is located in
the centre of the old city and was inaugurated
in 2002. A true launching pad for regional
artists and a display venue for works of
international stature which have influenced
different photographic trends.
Free of charge
Place du Globe
+33 (0)4 94 93 07 59
Discovering Toulon’s History
In the old neighbourhoods in the historical
city centre, see the architectural heritage, the
history of Telo Martius which became Port
Royal and today is the number one military
port in France. A stroll which takes you
through picturesque streets and lovely
squares. A guided tour is available all year
long, twice a month..
Toulon Tourism Office
+33 (0)4 94 18 53 00
Mont Faron
Take a cable car up to the top of Mont
Faron. Get the 1-day “Pass teléphérique” and enjoy the bus, cable car and
boat! Then walk to the peak and take in
the breathtaking views all around. Marked trails, zoo, and restaurants on site.
R-t ticket: 6€60 - Free under 4.
Several reduced price categories too.
Art Museum
Also home to the library. Large collection of
works from the School of Provence. Also
the venue for the Natural History Museum
with displays of flora and fauna, mushrooms,
113, bd Maréchal Leclerc
+33 (0)4 94 36 81 00
Museum of Historical Toulon
In the former Bishopric in Toulon, the Société
des Amis du Vieux Toulon runs a library and
a museum of local art and history.
69, cours Lafayette
+33 (0)4 94 62 11 07
Toulon Tourism Office
+33 (0)4 94 18 53 00
Toulon Jazz Festival
Jazz in Toulon offers rich and diverse
programming to the delight of both expert
jazz lovers and neophytes. The festival
makes it easy to see all the shows and to
discover the beautiful venues in Toulon and
the beaches of Mourillon. 2nd and 3rd weeks in
July. Concerts are free.
Office du tourisme de Toulon
+33 (0)4 94 18 53 00
International Festival of maritime,
exploration and environmental films
An international festival of films, audio-visual
works and photographs on the sea and on
exploration. Part of the programme is devoted
to magnificent slide shows and photos on
wide screens, in partnership with the Strasbourg Undersea Image Festival. In addition
to the films, there are also conferences,
meetings, round tables. Takes place in late
October and early November. Many screenings
are free of charge.
Toulon Tourism Office
+33 (0)4 94 18 53 00
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From town to town
Toulon, one of the most beautiful natural harbours in Europe (more)
Address book: restaurants
La tête à Toto
In the very centre of Toulon, come enjoy this
colourful restaurant, on a beautiful Provencal
square with a fountain. Market-inspired cuisine
and a fun atmosphere.
La tête à Toto
4 rue Larmodieu
+33 (0)4 94 24 43 17
Sea views at Le Lido
Le Lido is on the Mourillon beach. The setting
is fabulous and the Provencal and seafood
specialties are just as outstanding. The terrace
overlooks the sea and is the place to be.
Thursday evenings and weekends, Le Lido
organises fun theme evenings.
Le Lido
Plage du Lido - Le Mourillon
+33 (0)4 94 03 38 18
Le Gros Ventre
Near the Fort Saint Louis, facing the Mourillon
beaches, this venerable Toulon restaurant
proposes gastronomic Provencal cuisine
and wine by the glass. Among its specialties
– try the truffle omelette, the free range fish
from Porquerolles, or the filet with foie gras
in a crust…
La cade à Dédé
One of Toulon’s specialties is the “cade”, a
large galette cooked in large copper trays
over a wood fire. Rare taste, beautiful alchemy
combining chickpea flour, olive oil and water.
The recipe is typically Mediterranean, and
the name is said to come from the word
“calda” which means warm, for legend has
it that the women from Genoa sold them
from big copper trays balanced on their
hips, calling to passers-by in Italian “Calda”
Today, you can also buy cade on the market
on Cours Lafayette opposite Saint François
de Paule church.
La Cade à Dédé
17, rue Charles Poncy
+33 (0)4 94 89 32 32
Carré de vigne
Restaurant and wine bar, trendy colours and
decoration. The cuisine draws its inspiration
from Italy, and the wine list is vast and tempting.
Carré de vigne
14 rue de Pomet
+33 (0)4 94 92 98 21
Address book: accommodations
Best Western La Corniche ***
The hotel has a sea view and is just 50m
from the beaches, in the Mourillon area and
near the centre city. 29 soundproof, air-conditioned rooms. Renovated in 2009, certified
European Ecolabel Free WIFI throughout the
hotel. Panoramic breakfast room looks out
to the sea.
Best Western La Corniche***
17 littoral Frédéric Mistral
+33 (0)4 94 41 35 12
Grand Hôtel Dauphiné**
In the historical centre, on a pedestrian
street, Toulon-Opéra quarter, near the port
and all shops. A warm, talented team welcomes you and helps you discover Toulon
and the outlying area. Rooms are for 1, to 4
persons. Soundproof. Free WIFI throughout
the hotel. Easy parking, preferential prices
for nearby guarded parking.
Grand Hôtel Dauphiné**
10 rue Berthelot
+33 (0)4 94 92 20 28
Le Gros Ventre
279 littoral Frédéric Mistral
+33 (0)4 94 42 15 42
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From town to town
Toulon, one of the most beautiful natural harbours in Europe (more)
Chambres d’hôtes
La maison d’en haut
Le Pradet
Vila Maolni
Toulon - Le Faron
An ideal stop during a trip through Provence.
Warm family-style welcome, rooms have
terrace, relaxation by the poolside. Open all
year long. 2 rooms.
Panoramic sea view, peace and quiet,
beautifully located 500m from the beach
and 600m from the centre of Le Pradet.
2 guest rooms with a lovely garden and
swimming pool. Gourmand breakfasts served
on the terrace overlooking the sea.
Villa Maolni
1135 av. J-L. Ortolan
+33 (0)4 94 41 24 89
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La maison d’en haut
4 rue Jean Aicard - 83220 Le Pradet
+33 (0)6 25 46 08 42
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Villa la Lézardière (Tamaris sur Mer)
Guest rooms, table d’hôtes and spa on the
Tamaris Corniche, on the seaside, in a
beautiful old home from 1890. Your hosts
Pascal and Philippe provide a warm and
friendly welcome. Very restful and relaxing,
with a spa, massages, Jacuzzi, sauna and
heated pool. Benefit from the “all included”
package with massage(s) from 1 to 7 nights,
including meals. Spa access during the day
with the possibility of lunch. The table
d’hôtes menu is 30€. Open 1 February to
30 November. 5 rooms.
Villa la Lézardière
Les Allées de Tamaris
83500 La Seyne sur Mer
+33 (0)4 94 63 20 06
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From town to town
Hyères, 26th International Fashion and Photography Festival
The historical city centre in Hyères is a colourful
blend of monuments, parks and homes.
Overlooking the fine sandy beaches on the
Giens peninsula, the old city is best visited
on foot. Take in Saint Blaise Tower, Saint
Paul Collegiate Church, Saint Louis Church,
Saint Bernard and Saint Claire parks and the
Olbius-Riquier gardens. During the 19th
century, Hyères was very popular with the
British as a winter resort, and hosted Queen
Victoria’s visit in 1892. Today, the city of
Hyères is twofold, with the historical old city
and the port. From the Tour Fondue on
Giens peninsula which adjoins the city, ferries
take you to the Isles of Gold (Port-Cros and
Le Levant from Port Saint Pierre and
Porquerolles from La Tour Fondue).
26th International Fashion
and Photography Festival
Villa Noailles - Hyères
29 April to 2 May 2011
This reputed ‘Festival de Hyères’ promotes
young creation in the fields of fashion and
Held every year, the festival features a competition, exhibitions and round tables. Ten
designers and ten photographers are selected
by a jury of professionals. The creations
designed by the selected candidates are
presented in fashion shows. A group exhibit
displays the work by the ten selected photographers.
One major interest of the Festival in Hyères
is the close partnership with the professionals,
actively involved in the jury, in the organization, in sponsoring the event and endowing
City Strolls
1½ hour tour to discover medieval
The Villa Noailles
Between the 9th and 13th centuries, local
nobility gave great impetus to growth in the
town of Hyères. Thriving trade increased the
number of inhabitants and Hyères grew
significantly. The brother of Saint Louis,
Charles 1st of Anjou, made Hyères an earldom.
In the late 14th century, Hyères built a second rampart to encircle the new dwellings.
This configuration remained untouched until
the 19th century, when Hyères experienced
new growth due to its reputation as a health
The Tourism Office provides a descriptive
brochure with which to visit the Medieval
The Villa Noailles, a masterpiece of modern
architecture, is located above the city of
Hyères. The house was commissioned by
the aristocratic couple de Noailles, and was
built in the 1930’s. The couple hosted many
illustrious friends, including young artists
Picasso, Stravinsky, Buñuel, and Man Ray.
Villa Noailles
+33 (0)4 98 08 01 98
The Knights Templar Tower
or the Saint-Balise Tower 12th
and 13th centuries, restored
Place Massillon
Saint-Blaise Tower is the last remaining vestige of the Commandery which the Knights
Templar built in the 12th century. After Pope
Clement V banished the Knights Templar
order, the tower went to the Order of Malta,
and in 1667, the clergy began renting it to
the town of Hyères. In the early 18th century,
the tower was used as the Town Hall. Now,
it is an exhibition venue.
Free entrance - Ground floor access for the
disabled persons
+33 (0)4 94 35 22 36
1½ hour tour to discover
19th-century Hyères:
Health resort activity got started in 1815,
and Hyères hosted a wealthy international
population between October and March.
Many British citizens took up residence in
the Iles d’Or neighbourhood, creating grand
architecture, squares, fountains, bandstands, and palm-lined strolling paths. Queen
Victoria came in 1892. Hyères spread outside
of its ramparts with the additional winter
population, and many celebrities took up
The Tourism Office provides a descriptive
brochure with which to visit the homes and
hotels from the “Belle Epoque”.
Hyères Office de Tourisme
+33 (0)4 94 01 84 50
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From town to town
Hyères, 26th International Fashion and Photography Festival (more)
Address book: restaurants
Le Poisson Rouge at Port du Niel
An idyllic setting on the beach and fishing
port, perfect for enjoying the southern cuisine
with a Provencal accent.
Port du Niel
+33 (0)4 94 58 92 33
La Biscuiterie Ré
Hôtel Lido Beach **
Claude Ré is a gentle giaint who makes gorgeous cookies and biscuists, tiny navettes,
Provencal crowns, sables, and over 40 other
varieties just waiting to be devoured. His
gorgeous vacherins are full of meringueand
whipped cream and are anything but tiny.
Directly on the beach, no roads to cross,
stupendous views of the islands.
10, rue de Limans - Hyères
+33 (0)4 94 65 28 41
A l’ombre du figuier
Seaside restaurant, a must.
Reservations recommended.
This beautiful shop houses a 13th-century
chapel and a magnificent bread oven from
the 19th century. Above all, it offers a fine
selection of fine foods with tapenades from
Vaucluse, aperitif wines with basil and citronnella, bouillabaisse, rose petal jams…
Place Daviddi - L’Ayguade
+33 (0)4 94 66 42 58
Chez Lulu
Caterer’s restaurant featuring top quality
Italian products.
29, rue Massillon - Hyères
+33 (0)4 94 35 76 25
14, av. des Iles d’Or - Hyères
+33 (0)4 94 00 32 61
Domaine Saint Albert
Le Baraza
Restaurant and piano bar, regional products
and exotic products. One hundred wines,
15 of which can be served by the glass.
Menus range from 12€ to 20€
Avenue Ambroise Thomas (centre ville)
+33 (0)4 94 35 21 01
Address book: shopping
Marie-Claude CANO in Porquerolles:
“Saveurs des vergers”
Marie Claude Canno makes exquisite jams
with the fruit from the Porquerolles Botanical
Conservatory. Also: olive oil, liqueurs, and
picnics with unforgettable products.
A fun and friendly atmosphere chez Sophie
and Olivier Foucou who welcome your visit
to their estate – truly vines in the city. Guided
tour with the winemaker and a wine tasting!
Possibility of having lunch or dinner in the
vineyards. Sale of local products.
3ème Borrels - Hyères
+33 (0)4 94 65 30 66
Address book: accommodation
Hôtel Bor
On the water’s edge, this hotel has a very
relaxed atmosphere which makes you feel
right at home.
3, allée Emile Gérard
+33 (0)4 94 58 02 73
Ferme de l’Oustaou de Diou
+33 (0)4 94 04 60 78
5, allée Emile Gérard
+33 (0)4 94 04 43 80
Hôtel du Parc **
In the heart of the city, steps from the shopping
streets, the Casino and the medieval city.
Hotel du Parc provides a warm, family-style
welcome in a very soigné setting.
7, boulevard Pasteur
+33 (0)4 94 65 06 65
La Buanderie
Chambre d’hôtes
Charming guest room in the pine trees with
sea view.
36,avenue des Colibris
Mont des Oiseaux
+33 (0)4 94 38 30 98
Castel Pierre Lisse
Chambres and table d’hôtes
Outstanding 19th-century home in the heart
of the historical city centre, with swimming
pool, spa, and organic cuisine.
1, rue du Château
+33 (0)4 94 31 11 18
Les Terrasses
de la Presqu’île de Giens
A restful venue, very relaxing, in a natural yet
very design setting. Presqu’île de Giens.
+33 (0)4 94 03 13 27 - 06 87 21 59 16
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