Updated: Jul 7
When traveling far away, we often want to see as much as possible.
So, I thought that an overview of the excursions to do in the region would help you make your choice.
I. Excursions around Aix-En-Provence: I share my favorite places to do in immersion. Let’s start by discovering the small village of Rousset itself
1. The Saint Privat Chapel
The Saint Privat Chapel is a small religious building located on the territory of the municipality of Rousset.
It was built in the twelfth century and is dedicated to Saint Privat, a local saint.
The chapel is an interesting example of the Romanesque architecture of the region, with its stone walls and barrel vaults.
It was restored in the nineteenth century and is now used for occasional religious ceremonies.
It is usually closed to the public, except for special religious ceremonies.
However, it can be admired from the outside at any time of the year.
2. The Moulin de Rousset
The Rousset Mill is an old olive oil mill located on the territory of the municipality of Rousset.
It dates back to the seventeenth century and was restored in the twentieth century to make it a museum.
The mill is equipped with a stone wheel and a press, and visitors can see how oil was produced at that time.
The museum also offers exhibitions on the history of the region, including the culture of the olive tree and the production of olive oil in Provence.
The Rousset Mill is open to the public every day except Tuesday, with regular guided tours in summer and by reservation in winter.
3.The Rousset-Peynier Cooperative Winery
This cooperative winery is an ideal place to taste the local wines of the region. You can take a guided tour to learn more about wine production and taste some of their best cuvées.
4. The Sainte-Victoire Massif
This iconic mountain is located near Rousset and offers many opportunities for hiking and outdoor activities.
II. EXCURSIONS NEAR ROUSSET (20 MIN TO 40 MIN FROM THE VILLA)
Aix-en-Provence: Of course, it is essential to discover this lively city full of history and culture, including the Saint-Sauveur Cathedral, the Place de l'Hôtel de Ville, and the Cours Mirabeau. Aix-en-Provence is 20 minutes from the villa.
Museums in Aix-en-Provence: If you prefer to stay near Aix-en-Provence, visit local museums such as the Granet Museum, the Pavillon de Vendôme, and the Cézanne workshop.
Vineyards in the region: The Provence region is famous for its rosé wines.
Visit local vineyards such as Mas de Cadenet, Terres de Mistral, Grand Boise, and Château La Coste to taste local wines.
Marseille: The second largest city in France is only a 40-minute drive from Rousset and offers a vibrant cultural life, museums, beaches, and delicious Mediterranean cuisine.
Calanques de Cassis: Located about 40 minutes by car from Rousset, the Calanques de Cassis offer spectacular views of the Mediterranean and are perfect for hiking.
III. EXCURSIONS NEAR ROUSSET (45 MINUTES TO 1 HOUR FROM THE VILLA)
Luberon: This region is about an hour drive from Aix-en-Provence and offers charming perched villages such as Gordes and Roussillon, as well as lavender fields and olive groves.
Alpilles: Located about 45 minutes by car from Aix-en-Provence, the Alpilles offer beautiful landscapes of hills and vineyards
Visit the town of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence to discover the Roman ruins and the famous paintings of Vincent Van Gogh.
Avignon: This historic city is located about an hour's drive from Aix-en-Provence and is famous for its Palace of the Popes and its Saint-Bénezet bridge.
Les Baux-de-Provence: This medieval town perched on a hill is about an hour's drive from Aix-en-Provence and offers magnificent views of the surrounding countryside.
IV. EXCURSIONS NEAR ROUSSET (MORE THAN ONE HOUR FROM THE VILLA)
Camargue: Located about an hour and a half by car from Aix-en-Provence, the Camargue is a protected natural region famous for its white horses, bulls, and pink flamingos.
Visit the towns of Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer and Aigues-Mortes to discover this unique region.
Verdon Gorge: Located about two hours by car from Aix-en-Provence, the Verdon Gorge is an ideal place for hiking, kayaking, climbing, and other outdoor activities.
Côte d'Azur beaches: The beaches of the French Riviera are located about an hour and a half by car from Aix-en-Provence.
The most popular beaches are in Cannes, Nice, and Saint-Tropez.
If you come to my place for an immersion stay in Provence, I will make you discover the different aspects of Provence: the landscapes and the scents, but also the culture, the gastronomy... while helping you to improve your French. See you soon in Provence!
Virginie In Provence