Here you will find out about Provence best places and travel tips. Read this article to discover Allauch, little town sitting on a hill’s top overlooking Marseille and its surroundings.
When you arrive in Allauch, the first thing you see is its little chapel on the hill’s top. For the tourist crowds, this is the village main attraction, but Allauch has also some hidden treasures… Allauch is well-known for its picturesque narrow streets, its beautiful panoramas of Marseille, its local artisan products and its well preserved heritage.This article will tell you all about Allauch and its activities.
Wander in Allauch picturesque streets
Allauch village, that it is to say its historic centre, is a must-see. You will admire its gorgeous church Saint-Sébastien church, built in the 17th Century. As for « L’esplanade des Moulins », it is not just a car park. You will see there the ruins of five windmills, one has been fully renovated and it is sometimes possible to visit it.
These windmills were in use in the 17th and 18th Century to grind wheat grains. Walk to the back of the place and you will discover a magnificent panorama of Marseille city. You will even see « la Bonne-Mère » (Notre Dame basilica)!
Walk up to Notre-Dame-du-Château
On the top of the hill, overlooking the village, rises Notre-Dame-du-Château chapel, which used to be Allauch parish church. The walk has been made easy and very pleasant. You will pass the town old fortifications and will discover Allauch old « castrum » (castle) vestiges. From the chapel, the view is absolutely mind-blowing and it attracts many visitors every year. The place is also the departure point of « la Descente des Bergers » which happens every Christmas Eve, a magic performance during which the nativity scene comes to life, followed by the midnight mass.
The chapel is open every Sunday et bank holidays from 2pm to 6pm.
«La fête de l’Octave » time (September) : everyday, all day.
Christmas time (24th of December-1st of January) : 2pm to 6pm.
July and August : 3pm to 7pm.
Taste Allauch local products
Allauch has his sweets and savoury gourmandises: Artisan goat cheese made by the chèvrerie d’Allauch, which it is possible to visit (on booking); the last « confiseur » (sweets artisan) of Allauch, « le Moulin Bleu » who makes « nougats, suce miel, chiques (and) casse dents ». Book a visit of his atelier and attend one of his fabrication sessions.
Chèvrerie d’Allauch : Odile et Louis Nivaggioli – Chemin du Garlaban, Vallon du Peynaou Confiserie le Moulin Bleu : monsieur Testa – 7 cours du 11 Novembre, 13190 Allauch
Sleep in a bubble under the stars
l’Attrap’Rêves concept in Allauch is a dream that came true! With all the facilities of a hotel, enjoy a romantic night in a transparent bubble.To keep everyone’s intimacy, the bubbles are hidden by vegetation. They have their own terrace, shower and toilets, and there is a telescope with a sky map to see the galaxy. Five bubbles, each of them has a particular atmosphere, and some are half opaque on the sides, so none can see you…
Attrap’Rêves Allauch : chemin de la Ribassière, 13190 Allauch – 04 91 72 10 89
Walk in le Garlaban mountains range
These gorgeous mountains range made of Marseille, Allauch and Aubagne hills are so pleasant to discover by foot! In the mountains heart lies the little village of la Treille, while there are beautiful panoramas and landscapes everywhere. Thanks to the writer Marcel Pagnol, who used the mountains range as a setting for his stories, the place became very famous in France and even all over the world.
Some of the itineraries will take you to the childhood memory places of this writer adored by the Provençaux.