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Located in the heart of the Alpilles.

What you need to know about Fontvieille

Located in the heart of the Alpilles, Fontvieille is an engaging village which has worked to keep its Provencal traditions alive. It is a typical village inhabited by locals and is a good example of a “real”, living village in Provence.

Thanks to Alphonse Daudet, Fontvieille is a symbol of the beauty of ‘La Provence’. In his collection of short stories called Les lettres de mon Moulin the writer described the traditional windmills and the captivating Provence landscapes. As you walk through the rolling hills of Fontvieille, you will discover architectural marvels such as the Montauban castle, the roman aqueduct and the roman milling of Barbegal— an exceptional site, which supplied Arles with its water and flour.

Bakeries / Bread Shops

Weekly Market

Monday morning in Fontvieille


Please note that most restaurants in Provence do not open until 7:30 in the evening. Reservations are needed in the high season, especially for groups.


Intermarché in Fontvieille Google map 
Open Monday through Saturday from 8:30am to 12:30pm and from 2:30pm to 7:30pm
Open Sundays from 9:00am to 12:30pm.

Spar in Fontvieille
Address : 3 Place Fernand Arnaud
13990 Fontvieille
Open Mondau through Sathurday from 8 :00am to 8pm
Open on Sunday from 8am to 1pm and from 4 :30pm to 8pm


Most wineries are closed on Sundays and during lunch hours.

Château d’Estoublon
Route de Maussane, 13990 Fontvieille
Tel : (0) 4 90 54 64 00
Open from 10AM to 1PM and from 2 to 6.30PM


Château Dalmeran
45 avenue Notre-Dame du Château 13210 Saint-Etienne-du-Grès
Open November to March from Monday through Saturday from 10:00 to 12:30 and from 2:00 to 6:00 pm.
April through October : from Monday through Saturday from 10:00 to 12:30 and from 3:00 to 6:30 pm.

Olive Oil

Moulin de Bédarrides
Avenue de Tarascon, 13990 Fontvieille
Tel : (0)4 90 54 70 04
Open 7 days a week, from 9:00am to 12:30 and from 2pm to 6:30pm

Areas of Interest

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.
Avenue des Moulins, 13990 Fontvieille

Abbaye de Montmajour
In the Arles countryside, visit Montmajour Abbey, 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. Ascension, the work by Alain Kirili (b. 1946) for the abbey choir, is a homage to his use of thick layers of color.
Route de Fontvieille, 13200 Arles
Tel : (0) 4 90 54 64 17

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.
21 Chemin de Montauban, 13990 Fontvielle
Tel : (0) 4 90 54 67 49

Roman Aqueducts and Barbegal mill
Route de l'Acqueduc, 13990 Fontvieille

Villas for rent near Fontvieille


Vacation Rentals at Mas de Castillon6

Mas de Castillon6

€18100-18100 / week.

Ideal location for exploring the Alpilles region, and Provence as a whole, while enjoying full privacy and beautiful views.

  • Sleeps 15
  • Bedrooms 6
  • Baths 6
Vacation Rentals at Mas de Castillon

Mas de Castillon

€14250-14250 / week.

Ideal location for exploring the Alpilles region, and Provence as a whole, while enjoying full privacy and beautiful views.

  • Sleeps 11
  • Bedrooms 5
  • Baths 5

Only Provence co-founder Lydia Dean writes about their experiences raising a family, building a business in Provence, and later combining the love of travel with giving back in "Jumping the Picket Fence”. In 2021, she published “Light Through the Cracks,” a continuation of her journey, much of which has been based in Provence. Both books are available Amazon,, and Amazon.Fr.