Le Tholonet

Tourism and travel guide

Between Aix-en-Provence and Montagne Sainte-Victoire, Le Tholonet enjoys an ideal location close to a tourist city and the hills of Provence.

Despite its proximity to Aix-en-Provence, Le Tholonet is surrounded by forests, farmlands, and vineyards. Numerous hiking trails and mountain biking paths allow you to explore the landscapes of Provence. You can reach Lake Zola, Lake Bimont, or even climb the Sainte-Victoire mountain, which rises to over 1000 meters in altitude. Montagne Sainte-Victoire is renowned for its climbing routes and its paragliding launch site.

Le Tholonet also boasts an interesting historical heritage. The Tholonet castle, which houses the Society of the Canal de Provence, was built in the 18th century, and you can admire its beautiful facade and shaded park. You can also visit the Church of Sainte-Croix, rebuilt in 1780 in a classical architectural style, discover the remains of a Roman aqueduct, or visit the Zola Dam, built in the mid-19th century. Additionally, you can explore the Cézanne Mill, which hosts painting and sculpture exhibitions.

If you want to savor Provencal cuisine, Le Tholonet is renowned for its wines. You can also discover local markets featuring olive oils, honey, sweets, fruits, and vegetables of Provence, as well as fresh Mediterranean seafood. A market takes place in Le Tholonet every Saturday morning.

If you plan to stay in the Bouches-du-Rhône department and are looking for accommodation during your vacation in Le Tholonet, discover quality lodgings and organize your trip by contacting the Le Tholonet Tourist Office.

Sainte-Victoire Mountain

Painted many times by Paul Cézanne, Sainte-Victoire mountain rises to a height of 1,011 meters. Its elegant silhouette is emblematic of the landscapes of southern Provence and can be seen from many kilometers away.

Hiking enthusiasts, climbers, mountain bikers, and paragliders gather here and engage in a variety of outdoor activities.

An old priory was built in the 17th century near the summit of Montagne Sainte-Victoire and offers a stop for hikers. From the summit, you can enjoy a 360-degree view of the entire region, and you may even catch sight of the peaks of the Southern Alps.

Museums near Le Tholonet

Are you looking to expand your cultural explorations?

Many museums await you just a few kilometers from Le Tholonet. You can head to Aix-en-Provence, a city renowned for its museums:

  • The Granet Museum showcases nearly 750 works dating from antiquity to the 21st century.
  • The Vasarely Foundation presents monumental works by a pioneering artist.
  • Cézanne’s Studio allows you to discover the daily life of a world-famous painter.
  • The Vendôme Pavilion exhibits numerous portraits and antique furniture.

You can also visit Marseille. The city, located about 45 minutes away by car, boasts many museums, including the famous Mucem dedicated to the civilizations of Europe and the Mediterranean.

Practical Information

Do you want to explore Le Tholonet and the neighboring towns? You can get in touch with Aix-en-Provence Tourist Office: