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My Route du Bonheur

Flavours and beautiful sights, from the Camargue to Marseille

Jean-André Charial
By Jean-André Charial, Maître de Maison and Chef of the Oustau de Baumanière

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Fields of olive trees, sun kissed vines and the memory of the greatest painters enliven this Route de Bonheur which leads from the Nîmes arena and Arles to the city of Marseille. We pass by bulls and wine-makers, horses and fishermen. The intensity of the Mediterranean reaches out to you.
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To give you inspiration, Relais & Châteaux presents the Routes du Bonheur: suggestions for travel itineraries that you can fully personalise according to your wishes and the experiences you would like to discover. Our consultants are available to help customise your route and assist you in making reservations at our properties. It is up to you to reserve any recommended activities on-site or nearby that might interest you.
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Baumanière Les Baux de Provence

Les Baux-de-Provence - France

Restaurant and hotel in the country. As a result of the merger of La Cabro d’Or and L’Oustau de Baumanière, Baumanière has become the epitome of Mediterranean art of living in a magical place. Appreciated by personalities from the political and the media world, this domain was founded by Raymond Thuillier, the "historical monument" of French gastronomy according to Gault et Millau. In 1969, Jean-André Charial took over from his grandfather as the head Chef, a position he held with maestria until today. This respected Chef is now no longer in the kitchens but managing the domaine. Beaumanière remains a unique place, nestled in the Baux-de-Provence rocky outcrops. It encompasses five buildings: L’Oustau, the historical centre, La Guigou, a Provencal mas, the Manor of the 18th century and finally Carita and Flora, in a rural setting. It also includes two gourmet restaurants, L’Oustau de Baumanière – an institution to enjoy the refined, subtle, simple cuisine of the chef – and La Cabro d’Or. A table d’hôte for lunch, a bar and numerous terraces supplement them. Moreover, the estate boasts a spa, three outdoor pools and a tennis court. ... Learn moreless

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Restaurant Alexandre

Garons - France

Restaurant in the country. With exceptional cuisine and an inviting and sophisticated interior crafted by the artisans of the Gard region, the Restaurant Alexandre is a unique place. Two-star Chef Michel Kayser has perfected the art of pleasing the palate. The seasonal products with their special aromas are skilfully prepared and paired with wines from Languedoc-Roussillon. The île flottante with Provence truffles on a velouté of Cévennes cep mushroons and the “écrin des gourmandises d'Alexandre”, a selection of desserts, are both not to be missed. A passionate Chef, Kayser takes you on a culinary journey through deeply-rooted southern cuisine. ... Learn moreless

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Visit to the Castelas olive oil mill

Visit to the Castelas olive oil mill

In 1997 Catherine and Jean-Benoît Hugues created the Domaine Castelas. Today they produce olives over 45 hectares in the Les Baux-de-Provence valley and 65 hectares in Plaine de Crau. In the mill situated at the food of the Château des Baux, all the oils are extracted cold in order to make the most of the olive’s fruit and crunch. You can taste their oils as you would wine...

Visit to the Castelas olive oil mill

 

The Carrières de lumières show, Les Baux-de-Provence

The Carrières de lumières show, Les Baux-de-Provence

After nightfall, the mineral walls of Les Baux’s former quarry are transformed into giant screens. The former working site today hosts astonishing son et lumière shows where visitors can walk through images projected onto the vertical walls. On the immense chalk walls, the world and the works of Gaugin, Van Gogh, Arcimboldo and Picasso come to life. A unique, pictorial and magical spectacle.

The Carrières de lumières show

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Boulbon

Boulbon

Stop off at Boulbon, a small Provencal village and former fortified town with a history stretching back a thousand years. Stroll through its picturesque, rustic streets and visit the medieval castle, the former parish church of Sainte-Anne, its chapels, and the Bonnet mill before admiring the magnificent panoramic view over the Rhône plain and the Montagnette mountain range.

Tarascon

Tarascon

On your route, Tarascon is well worth a detour. Made famous by the writer Alphonse Daudet and his celebrated novel Tartarin, Tarascon’s historical heritage draws visitors from far and wide. Start at the Château du Roi René before exploring the churches of Sainte-Marthe and Saint-Jacques, the 400-year old town hall, the baroque theatre and spectacular houses scattered across this historic town. You won’t be disappointed!

Photo stop at the Rencontres d’Arles

Photo stop at the Rencontres d’Arles

In 50 years, the Rencontres d’Arles has become an unmissable event in the world of photography. Each summer, the festival is reimagined around some forty exhibitions spread across the town. Alongside the famous names, unknown photographers from the general public exhibit in the most beautiful heritage sites of the old town. Arles remains a unique place in contemporary photographic creation.

Rencontre d'Arles

Take part in the Feria de Nîmes

Take part in the Feria de Nîmes

Whether you are a fan of bullfighting or not, The Feria de Nîmes is above all a popular event which brings the town’s inhabitants together around its arena. In answer to the carnivalesque Pégoulade procession comes the abrivado, the parade of the bulls through the streets, and the slow meander of the peñas, the impassioned musical groups. The whole town only moves to the rhythm of the bodegas...

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Le Prieuré

Villeneuve lez Avignon - France

Hotel and restaurant in a village. Le Prieuré in Villeneuve-lez-Avignon, tucked away in the mediaeval village, with its cottage garden and its trailing wisteria, emanates a rare charm. Jean-André and Geneviève Charial, who also own two properties in Les Baux-de-Provence, say that this former convent epitomises silence and relaxation. In the different rooms and suites contemporary style meets ancient tradition. The menu also pays tribute to the region, with dishes such as duck foie gras with Gariguette strawberries from Nîmes and pot-roasted Costières wood pigeon with fresh sage. Le Prieuré’s mouth-watering cuisine is served in surroundings which bring all the senses to life. ... Learn moreless

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Attend the Nuits de la Chartreuse, Villeneuve-lès-Avignon

Attend the Nuits de la Chartreuse, Villeneuve-lès-Avignon

Founded in the XIV century, since 1991 the splendid Chartreuse du Val de la Bénédiction (Carthusian monastery) has housed the National Playwriting Centre. During the Nuits de la Chartreuse, authors and artists in residence present their ongoing projects. With its readings, premières, theatrical talks and other shows, the dramatic arts here find an exceptional setting in the former monastery.

Discover the Château de Beaucastel, Courthezon

Discover the Château de Beaucastel, Courthezon

Owned by the Perrin family for five generations, the Château de Beaucastel remains one of the original reference points for Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Produced over some 100 hectares, its vintages bring together the thirteen grape varieties from the A.O.C. Its wines are often lauded by critics for their balance and elegance. In 2014, Decanter magazine named the Perrin family ‘personality of the year’...

Château de Beaucastel

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Oppède-le-Vieux

Oppède-le-Vieux

At the peak of a rocky spur, discover Oppède-le-Vieux, a delightful hill-top village and its 12th century collegial church. Stroll along the streets of this historic village whose charm and ancient buildings have seduced countless artists and writers.

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Villa Gallici

Aix-en-Provence - France

Hotel and restaurant in town. Paul Cézanne missed Aix terribly whenever he left, and never ceased to be inspired by its beauty. Many after him succumbed to the charm of this town and the ambience of this Florentine residence. The rooms are sumptuously decorated, and open onto a private garden filled with the fragrance of lavender. The cuisine pays tribute to Provence with dishes like sautéed loin of lamb and aubergine caviar with olives, black garlic sauce and fried basil. Try the famous local speciality of Calisson, sweets flavoured with melon and orange. Villa Gallici offers a special “Cézanne package”, which includes a visit to the painter’s studio. ... Learn moreless

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Wander through Cézanne’s studio, Aix-en-Provence

Wander through Cézanne’s studio, Aix-en-Provence

Born and died in Aix, Paul Cézanne was a child of Provence. On the first floor of the house, his studio has been kept in its original condition. It was here that the artist painted Bathers. From the window, visitors can see Mont Saint-Victoire which the artist depicted so often, with 44 oils and 43 watercolours! Today, walking around his studio you feel the need to reach for a paintbrush and a light...

Tasting calissons at the Confiserie Léonard Parli, Aix-en-Provence

Tasting calissons at the Confiserie Léonard Parli, Aix-en-Provence

A symbol of Aix-en-Provence, the calisson, a famous confectionary made from crushed almonds and candied fruits, is celebrated on the first Sunday in September at the Blessing of the calissons. Among the traditional factories still operating in the town, Maison Parli, created in 1874, has idealised confectionary with its confecting syrups and packages of candied fruits. Not to be missed.

Confiserie Léonard Parli

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L'Estaque

L'Estaque

As you travel from Aix to Marseille, we suggest a detour via L’Estaque to visit the Route des Peintres, which includes a small fishing port, home to Cézanne for a year and which has inspired countless other artists.

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Le Petit Nice-Passedat

Marseille - France

Restaurant and hotel on the seafront. To love Marseille means to love the Mediterranean, inseparable from the city, just like Gérald Passedat’s three-star cuisine. First come sea anemones, bonito, sea urchins, crabs and shellfish. Then fish occupies the heart of his cuisine. More than 65 varieties are fished locally over the year, such as tub gurnard, rascasse, red porgy, comber fish, common dentex, in compliance with the guidelines for the protection of maritime resources. The cult dish is “Bouille Abaisse”, light, iodized and zephyr-like, and also the famous Lucie Passedat sea bass. Sea views are everywhere… from the terrace, from the restaurant and from your spacious bedroom, overlooking the distant horizon. ... Learn moreless

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Santons Marcel Carbonnel workshop

Santons Marcel Carbonnel workshop

Philippe Renoux and his team invite you to discover the workshop where the Provençal figurines created by Marcel Renoux in the 1940s are still made. Don’t miss the “santon” museum and shop featuring hand-decorated and stamped figurines.

At the fish market in the Old Port, Marseille

At the fish market in the Old Port, Marseille

Theatrical types might call the Old Port fish market a mise en abyme. Every morning, on the Quai de la Fraternité, you can see the spectacle of fishermen unloading their catches of fresh fish caught in the night (sea bass, conger eels, sea bream, groupers, etc.). All around you, the Old Port is waking up, offering a unique setting for the fishermen, the chefs... and the daily photographers.

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The Chateau d'If and the Iles du Frioul

The Chateau d'If and the Iles du Frioul

Just off the coast of Marseille, discover the Frioul archipelago consisting of four white limestone islands: Pomègues and Ratonneau, If and Tiboulen. The island of If and its fortress made famous by the novelist Alexandre Dumas as the prison of his memorable hero, the Count of Monte Cristo, is well worth a visit.

Hire a boat to discover the calanques

Hire a boat to discover the calanques

Abrupt cliffs plunging to the sea, hidden coves and arid vegetation, the calanques reveal their secrets from the sea. One after the other, we discover the wild and craggy coast to the rhythm of the waves. Sormiou, Morgiou, Sugiton, En-Vau, Port-Pin and Port-Miou are places where you can moor your boat before diving into the turquoise waters. So close, yet so far from Marseille...

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