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Classical Provençal charm in abundance.

About the village

Located in the heart of the Alpilles, Fontvieille is a charming village which has worked to keep its Provencal traditions alive. Thanks to Alphonse Daudet, Fontvieille is a symbol of the beauty of Provence told through his stories called Les lettres de mon Moulin. Markets are on Monday mornings in Fontvieille

As you walk through the rolling hills of Fontvieille, you will discover architectural marvels such as Montauban castle, the roman aqueduct and the roman mill of Barbegal

Abbaye de Montmajour

This sprawling and imposing Abbey was founded in 948 by Benedictine monks. Van Gogh (1853-1890) was one of the artists fascinated by Montmajour and created several works on this spot over a two year period. It hosts art exhibitions that change frequently and is not in complete ruin so you can appreciate its grandeur.


Our top picks for food in Fontvieille:


Le Patio
Style: French, Mediterranean, European

Table d'Hôtes d'Emma
Style: French, Mediterranean


La Cuisine au Planet
Style: French, Mediterranean, European

Côté Mer
Style: French, Seafood

Le Bel Ousteau
Style: French, Mediterranean, European

Must See & Do!

Below we've made a shortlist of our favourite things to do in Fontvieille.

Moulin de Daudet
Named after the writer Alphonse Daudet, the mill is open to the public. Renovated, you can find a museum in it concerning the works of art of the writer and his memories. The mill’s real name was Moulin Ribet. Constructed in 1814, it ground wheat for a century until it stopped working in 1915.

Le Chateau de Montauban
Celebrated in the art work of les "Lettres de mon Moulin", this building was a place of serenity for Alphonse Daudet. This castle presents today the museum of the writer. It is open in season.