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Restaurants in Eygalieres
Mas de la Plume is only about 1.2 km to the village so you can enjoy a leisurely walk to and from the several restaurants available in the centre of the village.
Sous les Micocouliers, Traverse Montfort, Eygalieres, +33 49095945
Restaurant Lezar Gourmand at Hotel La Bastide, Chemin de Pestelade, Eygalieres, +33 490959006
Brasserie du Progres, Rue de la Republique, Eygalieres, +33 490959116
L'aubergine, Avenue Jean Jaures, Eygalieres, +33 490959889
Laurent Restaurant, Rue de la Republique, Eygalieres, +33 490959317
Chez Paulette, Rue de la republique, Eygalieres, +33 432621819
Chez Gilles (Italian/pizzeria), Place Marcel Bonein, Eygalieres, +33 490260328
Activities in Eygalieres
Guided excursions: Experience provence with a private guide and tailor-made tours
Tennis: Eygalieres tennis club is available to book a court or lessons
Visit and enjoy our beautiful Provence
During your holiday at our Provence Farmhouse, you might want just to relax by the pool or in the shade at Mas de la Plume and enjoy the “joie de vivre” in Provence.
If you prefer a slightly more active lifestyle, you can enjoy cycling, horseback riding, walking, tennis and golfing nearby.
There is also plenty to do and see around Eygalieres and within one hour’s drive.
We have selected a few visits and excursions to help you planning your ideal holiday in Provence. These can take you to visit the historic cities of Avignon or Aix en Provence, to taste the delicious produce from our vineyards and olive groves, to discover the ancient sites of Glanum and Pont du Gard or to experience the Provencal markets and traditional festivities.
Whatever you decide to do, Eygalieres and Mas de la Plume are ideally located for you to explore Provence.
Eygalieres and the Alpilles are the perfect base to visit Provence
EYGALIERES, of course, do climb up the village to discover the oldest part of the village and enjoy the great view towards the Alpilles and the fertile plain towards Avignon. If you can, visit le Mas de la Brune (beautiful Renaissance building) and its Alchemist Garden.
This is a typical Provencal little town that is still showing its medieval structure and some of its old walls. It is the home to Van Gogh, Nostradamus and the roman antiques of Glanum. Its very large market is on Wednesday morning.
Breathtaking fortress and village located on top of a rocky plateau. From Eygalieres, cross the Alpilles via Mouries and Maussane to reach les Baux. Also, if you can, do visit “Mas de la Dame” a worthwhile vineyard with a welcoming bilingual host.
BEAUCAIRE – TARASCON: both medieval towns on each side of the Rhone river have 15th Cent Fortresses guarding the strategic river
LA MONTAGNETTE with the village of Barbentane (and its lovely chateau that can be visited) and Abbaye du Frigolet with its magnificently painted church (our Lady of Good Remedy) and where Anne of Austria came to pray to have a son in 1632. When Louis XIV was born in 1638, in thanks, she adorns a part of the church with baroque art and paintings.
MONT VENTOUX: A feature of a mountain that dominates Provence, I recommend a visit to the top for the view but do take warm clothes at it can be chilly there even in the heart of summer.
AIX EN PROVENCE: magnificent town by the mountain Ste Victoire, home of Cezanne.
MARSEILLE: Second biggest town in France, very buzzing. Do visit the old town, the harbour and climb to the church that dominate the city and protect its seamen (Notre Dame de la Garde)
CALANQUES DE CASSIS: Cassis is a village by the sea from where to can take a boat to see the Calanques (the southern fjords). A lovely day.
CAMARGUE This is a protected 820 km2 marshland, home of the black bulls (used for the feria and corrida), the white wild horses (always born black) and the flamingos. The guardians (cowboys) look after the bulls at their “manades” (ranches) and the land also produces rice and a delicious “sand wine” , the Listel. Look for the traditional Guardian’s thatched houses rounded out on the north side to fend the strong Mistral wind.
ARLES: Town with a rich Roman past and many sites to visit (Roman theatre, Constantine Thermal baths). If you like history, the Arles Archaeological Museum (musee de l’Arles et de la Provence antiques) is wonderful.
AIGUES MORTES: Now land locked, and originally a small village in the marshes, this town was built in XIII Cent by the Knights Templar on their own land and became the main port of departure for the crusades.
SAINTES MARIES DE LA MER: Seaside resort (busy in the summer) with a rich religious history, site of pilgrimage for the roma gypsies and heart of the Camargue
AVIGNON: Beautiful ancient city with its medieval ramparts and home to the Popes between 1309 to 1423. Do not miss the visit of the city and the impressive “Cite des Papes”, the castle where the Popes resided in luxury.
L’ISLE SUR LA SORGUE: A little Venice of a town with all its canals. If you can, go and enjoy the “market on the water” on the first Sunday of August. It is also home to a great number of antiques market and shops where you can browse at leisure and the International Antiques Fair Mid-August (15 to 18).
L’ABBAYE DE SENANQUE: a very special place to discover near Gordes, a 12th Century Cistercian Abbey nestled in a gorgeous valley.
ROUSSILLON, often referred as “the French Colorado”, it is a superb village with houses in warm colours of the local ochres. Do not miss the “Ochres trail”, a great walk through the colourful canyon.
UZES: A gem of a medieval town with its rich and protestant past that shows through its large and sober stone houses. Do not miss the old ducal castle and the leaning Fenestrelle tower.
LE PONT DU GARD: an amazing Roman aqueduct. Not to be missed.
Events in Provence
There are many events throughout the summer in Provence, pick up the free magazine “Farandole” from the baker or grocer; it will give you a calendar of events in the region.
Events in Eygalieres are organised by La Banaste
21 June: Everywhere in France : festival of music in the streets
Whole of July: Festival of music in Avignon
13 July: Night Market (Saint Martin de Crau)
14 July: Bastille Day everywhere in France
First Sunday of August: Market on the water at L’isle sur la Sorgue
15 August: L’Isle sur la Sorgue: great antiques market
15 August: Fete de la Lavande at Sault
Mid August: Feria de St Remy de Provence
Around the 10th August (day of St Lawrence, patron Saint of the village) and for 5 days:
Fete votive in Eygalieres with fun fair for the children, demonstrations of the guardians with their horses and bulls, dancing in the evenings.
3rd week-end August: Fete Medievale (a great event for families) in Tarascon
24 August Fete du vin in Seguret
3rd week-end of Sept: Fete des olives (big provencal fete around the theme of olive), in Mouries
Its summer in Provence and that means its time "pour la fête" or time to party. Every town and village in Provence has a "Fête Votive", which is a festival that is specific to that town, usually celebrating its Patron Saint. It is typically a three to five day event and includes fairground rides and stalls, bodegas (drinking stands), horse-riding, bull running and dinner under the stars followed by a spectacle, a singing and dancing extravaganza, culminating with fireworks on the last night. It is the ideal occasion for our local "gardians" (cowboys) to demonstrate their skills and keep the traditional alive.
Depending on the size (and wealth) of the village or town, the fete votive can include many events and, if the village has an arena, even small corrida (without killing the bull).
So, all summer long, there will always be a Fête Votive somewhere for you to discover.
Every town and village has its market day, taking place usually from 8am to 1pm
They are a perfect place to find excellent and delicious local produce.
The closest markets to the house are:
St Remy Wednesday (very large market)
Molleges Wednesday (small market)
Senas Thursday (and farmers market every day except Sunday, June to Sept)
Vineyards and Olive Groves
There are several vineyards to visit in Eygalieres and where you can taste their produce, such as: Domaine de Valdition, Chateau Romanin and many more (Mas de la Vallongue, Domaine d’Eole, Mas du Gourgonnier, Mas des Dames).
Several of these vineyards also produce the delicious Alpilles AOC olive oil.
If you are interested in wines, I do recommend saving a day to tour the vineyards of Beaumes-de-Venise, Vacqueyras, Gigondas and Seguret (delightful car free village). Choose preferably the Saturday 24th August (see Events). You can finish your tour by driving up le Mont Ventoux. A perfect day.