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TarasconTourism and travel guide


For your next vacations, you can stay in Tarascon. Situated in the Alpilles, the town is very pleasant with its monuments, its legends (Tarasque), its historical center, its activities…

Do you like to plan visits to monuments during your stay? You will appreciate the monuments of Tarascon (the castle of King René, the Church of Sainte-Marthe, the Abbey Saint-Michel de Frigolet, the Mas de Panisse, the Porte Saint-Jean, the Villa de Tartarin, the Hôtel de Sambucy, the Hôpital Saint-Nicolas…). In the Alpilles, you can also visit museums, churches and chapels, castles, abbeys, monasteries….

In Tarascon, you can multiply activities close to nature. Numerous hiking trails have been laid out in this unspoiled area of the Alpilles. During your stay in the Bouches-du-Rhône, you can also try other activities. You can also discover this region during a horse riding session, or thrill during a session of tree climbing.

Bouillabaisse with fish of the day, wine, cherries, apricots, peaches, olive oil, tapenade, fougasses, ratatouille, bull stew, goat’s or sheep’s milk bush, nougats and calissons: the attractiveness of southeastern France is also based on a delicious cuisine. The local area near Tarascon invites you to beautiful gourmet excursions, to discover the local producers and the regional markets.

Would you like to dine in a restaurant? You are looking for a grocery store, a bakery? You want to enjoy a shopping session? Would you like to treat yourself to a beauty salon treatment? Tarascon offers you on the spot all the necessary amenities to spend a vacation in your image.

You wish to stay in the Bouches-du-Rhône ? Rental of a pitch or a mobile home in a campsite, reservation of a bed and breakfast, hotels… You can easily find accommodation in the region. The Tourist Office of Tarascon will advise you on available activities and monuments.

The Alpilles

Evoking an island between the Durance and the Rhône, the Alpilles massif is renowned for its landscapes and exceptional biodiversity. For several millennia, men have lived on this steep territory 30 kilometers long and about 10 kilometers wide. The Alpilles are ideal to discover on foot, on horseback or by bike.

The Alpilles are also home to preserved villages and a remarkable architectural heritage, which have lived for millennia from wine growing and olive growing . Antiquity and the Middle Ages have left us vestiges and monuments, such as the ancient Gallo-Roman town of Glanum, the Roman aqueduct of Barbegal and the Château des Baux.

Read more: Alpilles Regional Natural Park

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The Tarascon Castle

King René, a historical figure greatly beloved by the people of Provence, stayed in Tarascon.

Tarascon Castle once watched over the Rhône, an essential communication route in the Middle Ages. The castle is one of the most beautiful fortresses in Europe. Built by the Princes of Anjou in Gothic and Renaissance styles, this fortress was a symbol of ducal power and a place of residence. King René, who was much loved by the people of Provence, carried out work at the end of the 15th century to turn it into a residence. The castle was then transformed into a prison for several centuries.

The castle was opened to visitors in 1933. The monument is in an excellent state of preservation. The crenellated summit platform offers a breathtaking view of Tarascon, the neighbouring town of Beaucaire and the Alpilles hills.

Museums in the Bouches-du-Rhône

Many museums await you in the Bouches-du-Rhône. Large museums or foundations, you’ll find many ideas for cultural outings! From Tarascon, it’s easy to get to Avignon, with its many museums and monuments. You can also visit Arles, a Roman city with magnificent ancient arenas and remarkable museums.

For example, you can also visit the Château des Baux in Les Baux-de-Provence, the museum of building machinery and public works in Mallemort, the Bastide du Jas de Bouffan in Aix-en-Provence, the museum of old Allauch, the Réattu museum in Arles, the Museum of Aviation in Saint-Victoret…

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Visiting Tarascon: practical information

The Tarascon Tourist Office can assist you in planning your visit:

  • Address: 62 Rue des Halles, 13150 Tarascon
  • Phone: +33 (0)4 90 91 03 52