Eygalieres makes a
stunning sight as you
approach, the remains of
an 12 th Century church
and chateau occupy the
hilltop and are viewable for
many miles. For the hikers
who come on the trails
through the olive groves
and vineyards or for the
bikers who come from
Mouries and Les Baux, The
village center of Eygalieres
is a welcome stop for a
coffee or a glass of wine at
the sidewalk cafés.
When approaching from the
east on the Orgon Road
watch for the St Sixte
Chapel, a nicely preserved
building of the 12 century
just a mile east of
Tour groups hike from villages like Eygalieres to other villages or to lodging in vineyard
farmhouses on a vast network of trails through olive groves, vineyards, and grazing land.
Bike tours often travel the same routes used by the Tour de France racers.
known today for
to the 12 century
and for hiking
Travelling to Eygalieres Provence, The South Of France
Only small portions of the old walls
remain but Eygalieres still carries on
the traditions of honoring its ancient
customs and its patron saints.
On the Tuesday after Easter each
year, the people of Eygalieres form
a procession and carry the likeness
of the martyred Pope St. Sixte II
towards the chapel dedicated to this
3rd century saint accompanied by
Camargue Guardians on white
horses and men and women
dressed in the costumes of Medieval
They walk to the chapel of Saint
Sixte and celebrate mass in the
ancient language of Provencal. The
site of the chapel once held a
neolithic altar to the rain god and this
spring ceremony is a continuation of
that plea to the gods for favorable
Getting to Eygalieres Provence:
The best bet from Paris is to take the TGV train from Paris to Avignon
(several trains each day) and then a rental car or bus will get you to Eygalieres
Many daily TGV trains from Paris reach Nimes. From there a bus, train, or
rental car will reach Arles and then east to Eygalieres.
If coming from the south out of Marseille, bus service reaches Eygaleires. By
car from Marseille, take the A-7 to the Orgon road and follow it west towards St
Remy. Eygalieres is a tiny village between Orgon and St Remy .
By train from the south to Avignon, bus or rental car from there.
By car from Avignon take the N-7 south to Plan de Orgon and then a short
way west towards St Remy and then south to Eygalieres.
Extensive Air service is available to Marseilles' Airport (MRS). Bus service
connects to Arles. Avignon, Aix, Marseilles City and many smaller towns and
The City of Nimes is 30-45 minutes from Arles by bus or car. Air service
(limited) is available at Nimes
The airports (except Marseille) within the region have limited or no
connections to major hubs. Ryan air serves Marseille and Nimes.
Do You need an International Driving Permit to drive in Europe.
In France and Italy you can rent a car and do not need to show an International Permit, only your drivers
license from your home country and perhaps your passport. Italian law requires that you carry an IDP as does
Spain, Portugal, Greece, and several of the former Soviet Union countries. The International driver's permit is
issued by the American Automobile Association AAA in the States and the CAA in Canada. The cost is $15
and not a bad bit of insurance against running into trouble while driving in Europe.
of way to
right of way
to traffic in
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Road, Air Service
by rental car on high speed roads, the D-7 N-7 highway toll roads,
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