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Noves


Village de Noves

5 km from Caumont sur Durance, Châteaurenard, 6 km from Cabannes, 7 km from Saint-Andiol, 8 km from Eyragues, 10 km from Le Pontet, 11 km from Vedène, Rognonas, 14 km from Avignon

Altitude: 43 m
Population: 5000

Set at the confines of the Bouches du Rhône and the Vaucluse, Noves is an ideal base from where to explore the great many tourist sites in the vicinity: Avignon is 10 minutes away, and the Alpilles and the Luberon are also very close. Saintes-Maries de la Mer and the Camargue are 75 km away. In addition to its ideal setting, Noves is a pleasant place to stay and it retains many remnants of its medieval heritage, such as the ramparts and gates, the belfry above the Porte de l’Horloge, the church of Saint-Baudile... The castle esplanade offers beautiful views of the whole village. During the warm months there are a number of traditional Provençal events organised in the village: abrivados, fête de la Saint Eloi, competitions between manades…

Village of Provence   village of Alpilles
Ramparts of Noves   Church of Noves

What to see, what to visit: the church of Saint-Baudile, in Romanesque/Provençal style (12th and 14th centuries), the ancient chapel of the Pénitents blancs from the14th century, the castles of Peyrevert, Villargelie, Bournissac, manades visits. Les Baux de Provence, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Cavaillon...
Recommended activities: calèche, fishing, walking, mountain biking, swimming, pétanque.

village of the Bouches du Rhône

Provencal market: Thursday. Farmers' market on Friday afternoon in the castle's grounds.
Festivities: Fair exhibition of fossils and minerals in March. Horse market and second hand goods early November. Bull races and corrida games on 15 August. At Paluds-de-Noves, in late August, there is giant aïoli populaire, and encierro (bulls running loose through the streets).