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Our Estate is ideally located 1km from the center of the Village of Grans (4000 inhabitants), in the heart of Provence, less than an hour or 50kms from major tourist sites such as the Alpilles, the Luberon, the Camargue, the Blue Coast and its beaches, the Calanques, Baux de Provence, Saint Rémy, Salon de Provence, Istres, Miramas (Village of Marques), Aix-en-Provence, Arles, Avignon, Marseille ...

Sainte Victoire and the Pays d'Aix

It is one of the interior Provence countries. To the north, the Durance river presents a natural border of quality.
In this country, plains and hills alternate, the places are favorable to agriculture as to urban life.
From the landscape emerges to the west a sentinel, the Sainte Victoire mountain (1011 meters), recognizable from afar, recognized throughout the world thanks to Cézanne's paintings.

Aix en Provence was the capital of Provence in the 15th century: prosperous and notable merchants made the city the Provençal Florence that we know today.

Bourgeois residences, flower-filled plots, mansions, old fountains, shaded alleys ... all the images of noble Provence from the 17th and 18th centuries are gathered in Aix.
City of art and culture, Aix en Provence has a rich architectural heritage superbly restored and maintained.

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The elegant people of Aix and the region can be found in the chic boutiques of the pedestrian streets around the town hall and the Mazarin district.
Discover the Easter Festival but also every summer, the International Festival of Lyric Art and Music which presents a sumptuous poster and brings together divas and maestros.
The dance festival also enjoys an international reputation.

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Aix en Provence

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The Blue Coast and the land of Martigues

The country of Martigues is distinguished by a double character, lake and maritime, the pond of Berre occupies a large part of the space, the maritime coast is divided into creeks, ports and beaches.
To this physical character is added another contrast between the industrial shores and the tourist shores.
Here, economic activity closely follows leisure activities. In the center, Martigues brings together all these heritages.

The charm of its canals, islands and bridges have given Martigues the nickname of Provençal Venice ...
So take the time to stroll along its quays, especially in the fishermen's quarter around the Saint-Sébastien canal.
We call this district the mirror to the birds, the colorful houses nestled at the water's edge are the old fishermen's houses from the 17th century.
They inspired many painters like Duffy or Ziem, the district was also made famous by the filming of the film La cuisine aueurre with Bourvil and Fernandel.

You will appreciate the beautiful beach of La Couronne and will be seduced by the small port of Carro, a charming fishing and marina port, sheltered from the Mistral.
Without forgetting the Côte Bleue with its coves and creeks which stretch from Marseille to Martigues (Sausset les pins, Carry le Rouet ...) and is one of the Bouches du Rhône destinations which offer the most beautiful beaches in the department which are known for the clarity of the water.

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Beaches of the Blue Coast (Sausset-Les-Pins Beach, Carry-Le-Rouet, La Couronne in Martigues)

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Avignon

City of history, city of spectacle, Avignon does not leave you indifferent.
The passage of the Popes in Avignon marked its architecture in an impressive way.

Behind the superbly preserved ramparts, you will discover the city of the Popes after having crossed one of the seven main gates: the Palace of the Popes built in the 14th century and its very lively square, the famous Pont d'Avignon, the museums of the Petit Palais and the Palais du Roure.

take to the streets of Avignon! The old alleys, the interior courtyards of the mansions, the restored facades will charm you.
One of the most elegant in the city is rue Joseph Vernet, with the Calvet and Requien museums side by side.

Do not miss the Antiquaires district, the Place de l'Horloge or the rampart walk that will lead you to the Rocher des Doms.
From the top of the ramparts you will understand why the city of the Popes has become a formidable palace fortress: Avignon overlooks the immense spaces of the Rhône plain, it is the strategic capital of the Rhône valley.

Avignon is also the capital of the performing arts with its theater festival (created in 1947 by Jean Vilar). It usually takes place between July 10 and August 5.
Nearly 120,000 spectators flock to discover young companies or admire shows and actors with established reputation who come from France and around the world.

The historical settings give these shows (dance, theater and music) a new and often refreshing light. The OFF festival is a real laboratory for young talents and precursors.
Street shows complete the creation of this inimitable atmosphere which is in full swing late at night on restaurant terraces after the shows, bringing together actors and spectators.

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Avignon

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The Alpilles and the Pays de Saint-Rémy de Provence

Another country of inland Provence, north-west of the Bouches du Rhône department, south of Avignon and the Durance river, east of the Rhône.
This territory is made up of small mountains and valleys. The Alpilles chain crosses it from east to west.
It is the traditional hinterland, the land of regionalist writers Alphonse Daudet and Frédéric Mistral.
Visit the famous Moulin de Daudet located in Fontvieille.

Located in the heart of the Alpilles, Saint Rémy is one of the must of Provence. Its green and subtly scented valleys, its beautiful houses tastefully restored and its charming old streets have made its success ...
While strolling quietly in its narrow and winding streets, you will come across beautiful old fountains, small shaded squares welcoming pleasant restaurant terraces and elegant shops.

The small town of Saint Rémy de Provence welcomed the painter Vincent Van Gogh who painted his greatest masterpieces there (sunflowers and cypresses).

Saint Rémy de Provence, a town of history, is built on one of the oldest archaeological sites in Europe. The remains of the Comptoir de Glanum founded in the 3rd century BC, then reworked by the Romans under Julius Caesar. They impressively bear witness to the successive civilizations here. You can visit the large thermal baths, the long residential avenue, the temple and the natural source of a true Gallo-Roman city dating from 30 to 10 years BC. Two important monuments are visible near the site: the Arc de Triomphe and the Mausoleum of the Antiques.

The magnificent village of Baux Provence is classified among the most beautiful villages in France. Perched on the Alpilles chain, Les Baux de Provence is a must-see destination! Dominated by the ruins of its citadel, the village is home to charming cobbled streets lined with restored Renaissance houses.Outside the village, do not miss the permanent spectacle of the Cathedral of Images called Carrières de Lumières, a true audiovisual fairyland projected on 4.000m² of rock faces as giant screens ... Impressive!
The many fields of olive trees produce excellent oil ...

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The Alpilles

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The Baux de Provence

( Château des Baux de Provence and Carrières de Lumières )


Saint Remy

( Glanum site , Peiroou Lake )

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The Luberon and the country of Apt

In the Vaucluse, a neighboring department, the Luberon is a few kilometers from Salon-de-Provence. You just have to cross the Durance to access the departures of the hikes in the "little Luberon", the ocher quarries, the lavender fields and towards Mourre Nègre (summit of the Grand Luberon at 1125 meters).
Or to stroll in the villages of Lourmarin, Bonnieux, Ménerbes, Gordes.

.Between the Alpes de Haute Provence and the plain of Vaucluse stretches the mountain of Luberon: tutelary mountain, which assembles more than it separates, the valleys of Calavon to the north and the Durance to the south; natural link between these "Luberon countries" which undulate at these feet.
Provence finds here the full strength of its character. The softness of the climate and the transparency of the air exalt the astonishing contrasts of a rich and multiple nature: blue streaks of lavender, green of forests with subtle nuances, flamboyance of ocher cliffs, austere whiteness of limestone hills.
Luberon alive, where everything evokes the roots of man to his land: bories and dry stone walls, imposing bastides, hilltop villages encasing castles and churches, some won by fame: Lourmarin, Gordes, Manosque, Roussillon ... , others less known but just as endearing like Vaugines or Mirabeau, where "Jean de Florette" and "Manon des Sources" were filmed ... and many other places to discover.

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The Camargue and the Pays d'Arles

Here is a land of rivers, marshes, sea and plains, a land between sky and water. Located to the west of the Bouches du Rhône department, the Pays d'Arles barely rises above the Rhône delta and ancient alluvial plains, on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. It is a territory marked by a wild nature, where the sea, the river and the ponds mingle intimately, where the fauna manifests itself in the environment: birds, bulls, horses, sheep ...

The Camargue, one of the most beautiful natural sites in Europe with an exceptionally rich flora and fauna ... The Saintes Maries de la Mer, Salin de Giraud, Port St Louis du Rhône and the magnificent sandy beaches ( Napoléon, Beauduc or Piémanson beach ... Discover the mountains of salt, take the Bac by car to cross the Rhône or the Bâteau to visit the Camargue differently ...

In these places, an ancient city, Arles, classified as a world heritage site by UNESCO is strong in Provençal and Camargue traditions. The city was once a metropolis of the Roman gaul then symbol of a radiant Christian past as evidenced by it. again the arenas and the Alyscamps (necropolis), the ancient theater or the thermal baths of Constantine.

Arles is today the gateway to the Camargue, homeland of the gypsies and meeting place for herdsmen with their ferias and the bullfights which take place in these same arenas (12,000 spectators) which housed the Roman games in the 1st century!
City of celebration, history and culture, Arles has never ceased to attract artists, Van Gogh stayed there with his friend Gauguin. Picasso, a lover of bullfights, devoted 2 paintings and 57 drawings to it.
Arles is now active in the field of photography: every summer the International Meetings of Photography attract many visitors. The Roman monuments of Arles are listed as World Heritage by UNESCO, they are to be discovered, as well as the houses and mansions of the 16th and 17th centuries, the St Trophime cloister, the Town Hall and the terraces shaded by plane trees of the Place des Lices.

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Arles ( Arles Antique Museum )

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Camargue ( Boats to visit the Camargue differently , Camargue Museum , Fine sandy beaches )

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The creeks and the land of Marseille

Between sea and mountains, the country of Marseille occupies the south-east of the Bouches du Rhône department.
Here is therefore a territory with contrasting relief. The towns developed there between the Etoile and Sainte Baume massifs, to the north and east, and the Mediterranean Sea to the south. Without forgetting the land of Marcel Pagnol and its famous Garlaban ...

The harbor which opens widely within the cut coasts explains the maritime vocation of the city and its people from the beginning.
The presence of vast protected creeks in the town center and numerous islands accentuates the mineral and marine character of the landscape. Take the boat from the Old Port or from Cassis and visit the Clanques and mythical islands such as Frioul and the Château d'If ...

Marseille is the oldest city and the largest port in France.
Visit the MUSEM, National Museum at the entrance to the Old Port (Museum of Civilizations of Europe and the Mediterranean); The "Bonne Mère" and its plunging view over the whole town and the sea ... The Goudes district at the "End of the world" with its landscapes such as Greece .... The BOBO district of the "Panier" with its small alleys pedestrians ...

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The Calanques ( Calanques by boat )

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The Pays des Sorgues, the Monts de Vaucluse

Located to the east of Avignon, in Vaucluse, the Pays des Sorgues owes its name to the Sorgue, this tributary of the Rhône which is divided into multiple rivers to better meet afterwards.

You will be able to discover Isle sur la Sorgue, 'the Venice of Provence', famous for its walks on the sorgues and its antique dealers, Fontaine de Vaucluse, exceptional site of 'Vallis Clausa', the Closed Valley, at the bottom of which mysteriously emerges the Sorgue and gives its name to the village, Chateauneuf de Gadagne, a village which occupies the eastern slope of the heights which from Bonpas to Vedène, separate the Rhône plain from that of Comtat. The small town of Thor, whose origins undoubtedly date back to the early Middle Ages, with its church, Notre Dame du Lac, a real gem, bathed by the Sorgue, Saumane de Vaucluse, perched on its rock, dominates the land of the Sorgues. This charming village, with a small church of Romanesque origin with cobbled streets and dry stone houses, combines picturesque and authenticity. Lagnes, a small Provencal town, extends between the plain of Comtat Venaissin (former papal lands) and the first foothills of the Monts de Vaucluse, between Mont Ventoux and Luberon. Cabrières d'Avignon, village located on a gently sloping mountain side and facing the Luberon mountain. The long-distance hiking trail (GR6) passes over the town. Remains of part of the 1721 Plague Wall north of the village.

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Pays des Sorgues (Fontaine de Vaucluse, L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue ...)

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