Fontvieille Today

By combining modernity, authenticity and tradition, the village of Fontvieille offers an exceptional quality of life at the gateway to the Vallée-des-Baux. Valley where the Massif des Alpilles deploys part of its 30,000 hectares of pine forest and scrubland. Due to its ideal geographical location, Fontvieille allows easy outreach to all the villages of this wonderful corner of Provence immortalized by Alphonse Daudet in “Les Lettres de mon Moulin”. The proximity of Baux-de-Provence, and its citadel from the Middle Ages as well as the ancient past of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence reveal real pages of history. Also located at the gates of Arles la “Romaine”, Fontvieille makes it easy to visit the deep and wild Camargue or the semi-desert plain of Crau. By its authentic character of Provencal village with its houses with arbors, its old wells, its ancient streets, Fontvieille imposes its charm by its historical, heritage and cultural assets. The Moulin de Daudet and the superb avenue of hundred-year-old pines are the highlight.

Throughout the year Fontvieille lives to the rhythm of Provençal traditions with, among other things, Camargue races, traditional costume parades, the village votive festival. The cultural domain is also in the spotlight with “The festival of children’s books or within the framework of numerous artistic exhibitions. This effervescence animates a daily life which flows harmoniously under the sun, the blue sky and the song of the cicadas.

Many artists have come to rock their works in the shade of the mills and the Fontvieilloise pine forest. The most famous will remain Alphonse Daudet and the painter of Arlésiennes, Léo Lelée.

In the field of hospitality, Fontvieille has a complete network of professionals in the hotel and catering industry as well as tourist infrastructures adapted to a demand that is renewed every day. The local trade offers a large choice of local products and specialties from the Provençal region with the typical decor of the olive groves of the Vallée des Baux and the superb hills of the wonderful Alpilles massif.