Aubagne and the Garlaban
The Land of Marcel Pagnol
Aubagne and its surroundings owe their reputation to Marcel Pagnol. Born in the town in 1895, the writer and filmmaker lived here until the age of three, before his family moved to Marseille. But every summer he spent his holidays in a villa, located « just at the edge of a garrigue desert which goes from Aubagne to Aix. » The hills of the Garlaban were his playground. It was from there that Marcel Pagnol drew his inspiration for his « Childhood Memories » and made most of his films, including « La Fille du Puisatier » and « Manon des Sources. » The identity of Aubagne is based on this unbreakable bond. A short walk from the Old Town and its labyrinth of little streets, built on a mound, you can visit the house where the local lad was born. Close by, the recently refurbished Le Petit Monde de Marcel Pagnol [Marcel Pagnol’s Little World], offers an immersion into the world of this member of the Académie Française through an exhibition of more than 200 santons produced by the best artisans in the region.