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Le Paradou


vault of paradou   house in paradou

2 km from Maussane les Alpilles, 3 km from the Baux de Provence, 9 km from Fontvieille, Saint Rémy de Provence, 10 km from Mouriès, 12 km from Maillane, 15 km from Eyragues, Graveson, 16 km from Tarascon

Altitude: 22 m
Population: 1297

Set against the Alpilles, Paradou is a village full of charm. You will have to decide for yourselves whether it owes its name to being a small corner of paradise, as many believe, or, maybe more prosaically, whether it stems from the ancient weavers' mills. The museum exhibits, over an area of almost 500m²,a collection of nearly 400 santons.

vault paradou alpilles   church paradou alpilles

What to see, what to visit: the parish church of Saint-Martin, Romanesque in origin and dating from the 15th century, the tomb of the poet Charloun Rieu, with its engravings in the Provençal language, the ancient Romanesque chapel of the Mas Saint-Jean, the Baux de Provence, Saint Rémy de Provence, Arles and the Camargue
Recommended activities: walks, mountain biking, cyclo touring, pétanque...

Provencal market: tuesday morning. Festivities: Festival on 11 November.