LA PROVENCE Travel back in time, to the heart of the castles of Provence

The time has come to for kids and parents alike to meet the knights… just follow your guide for a one-of-a-kind trip to four emblematic castles in the Alpilles.

The visit begins with the Château de Tarascon, built by the Dukes of Anjou and one of France’s finest medieval castles. The architecture and decor is a blend of both Gothic and Renaissance style with a moat bridge and huge stone walls. This impressive 45-metre high feudal fortress is set on the banks of the Rhône and the view from the terrace is simply spectacular. Today it houses an art gallery that presents works of local heritage and more contemporary design.

A few miles further on via some pretty country lanes, is the feudal castle of Châteaurenard where your time travel takes you back to the times of the Counts of Provence. After walking up the hill via a path that takes you through the pine trees behind Griffon church, you reach the Tour gardens that are ideal for a relaxing stroll. Guided tours of various rooms give insight into life as it was in the castle: its architecture, everyday life and role of this strategic site.
Closer to Arles, discover the castle of Montauban in Fontvielle, celebrated by the writer Alphonse Daudet. Daudet stayed is this relaxing and inspiring castle a number of times and used his stays as the backdrop for many of his books. The castle comprises a monumental 19th century facade adjoining an 18th century farmhouse and today houses a museum that presents a number of local archaeological discoveries and also a room devoted exclusively to the writer himself.

Further east, to complete our Medieval travels, is the unmissable Beaux-de-Provence castle, spread out over 7 hectares. The ruins, sat atop a rocky outcrop, overlook the spectacular landscapes of the Alpilles and Camargue. The Brau Tower houses a model of the castle as it was in the 13th century.
A free audio-guide allows you to discover the keep with its decorative remains and Roman stele, the Quiqueran charity hospital, former wind mill, Sarrasine tower, lords’ chapel, and more.