Fontvieille tourism & sightseeing
Visit Fontvieille (Provence, France)
Fontvieille is a small town in the Alpilles between Arles and Les Baux-de-Provence in the Bouches-du-Rhone department of Provence. Although without a great deal of fascinating monuments or notable sights of its own, Fontvieille is a pleasant town and would be a good base for exploring the region.
Quick and easy to explore Fontvielle has a pleasant main street and square, on which you will find a church and a cafe with a shady terrace on its edges.
After having lunch in the cafe I noticed that just off the car park behind the town-hall there was a small monument to three partisans shot at that spot during the Second World War. The monument was unexceptional, although pretty when I visited because it happened to be surrounded by poppies in flower. While there are very many war memorials in France, they are usually to those who died far away, and to be stood in the actual spot where people had been shot for defending their country was very moving.
(I also enjoyed lunch so much I completely forgot to take any photos of Fontvieille, sorry!)
Continuing up the hill behind the monument a walk is available to enable you to enjoy the countryside and discover the 19th century Provencal writer called Daudet.
The 19th century Moulin d'Alphonse Daudet is on a hill above the village and was the inspiration for Daudet when he wrote 'Letters from my Windmill' - a sort of 19th century 'Year in Provence' (a well known book by Peter Mayle who writes about life in Provence) look at the lives of everyday people in the region. There is also a small museum here that provides information about Daudet. The walk continues past several other mills and the Chateau Montauban, where the writer lived for several years.
At the aquaduct and mills at Barbegal close to Fontvieille you can see the ruins of two aquaducts and a mill dating from the roman era.
The substantial ruins of 10th century Montmajour Abbey are in a pretty location along the road to Arles, and have cloisters and a crypt to enjoy, as well as the possibility to climb the keep for some excellent views.
Arles is to the south-west and Les-Baux-de-Provence to the north-east of Fontvieille, and there are many other of the well known sites of western Provence close by including Nimes, Pont du Gard and Avignon.
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Address: Fontvieille, Arles-Est, Arles, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence, 13990, France || GPS: latitude 43.7278, longitude 4.70972
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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby
- Abbaye Notre Dame de Montmajour (Arles): religious monument (5km)
- Montmajour Abbey: national monument (5km)
- Baux-de-Provence: most beautiful village (7km)
- Alpilles: regional natural parc (8km)
- Arles: secteur sauvegarde (8km)
- Roman Arles: heritage site (8km)
- Arles église St Honorat (monuments on French pilgrim routes): heritage site (9km)
- Eglise et cloitres de Saint Trophime, Eglise de Saint-Honorat des Alycamps (Arles): religious monument (9km)
- Beaucaire: recommended detour (10km)
- Glanum: national monument (12km)
Market days in Fontvieille, France
Regular market(s) are held in Fontvieille each Monday & Friday. (Markets are held in the morning unless stated.)
The French version of this page is at Fontvieille (Francais)