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Welcome to Bouches-du-Rhône

Three ambiances filled with three different emotions - Marseille, a bustling city with a great cultural and ethnic mix, Arles and the Camargue with its wild untamed countryside, and Provence with a lifestyle all of its own.
This is an outstanding area offering a wide range of experiences - towns, countryside, culture, the sea, festivals, walking, arts and crafts, traditions, relaxation and a chance to meet other people.

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Diary  (651)  : Arts, Sport, Traditions, Markets... The Cream of the Events Calendar

Our selection : Festivals, markets, local festivities, “must see” events.

Accomodation  (2703)  : B&B, hotels, self-catering, campsites etc. Sweet dreams!

Our selection : Graded hotels, accredited holiday lets and B&B’s, graded campsites etc. Great accommodation to ensure that you get the very best for your holiday.

Holidays & guided tours  : Make your holidays a success with our 100% Bouches-du-Rhône packages

Our selection : Breaks and activities you can book directly online.

Heritage  (214)  : Museums, historic buildings and gardens - Not to be missed

Our selection : The most outstanding and easy-to-reach beauty spots and museums, symbols of our locality and our history, “must-see” villages and superb gardens. Everything you need to keep you on the right track and make sure you see the essentials without missing the unusual and the antique.

Heritage    Beauty Spots & historic buildings (116)

Beauty Spots & historic buildings - Castle

La Barben

Culture & outings

Château de la Barben

Road Du Château
13330 La Barben

  • Phone : 04 90 55 25 41
  • Fax : 04 90 55 42 75

Anchored on its rock, the Château de la Barben stands in a grandiose setting of greenery and water. It was first mentioned in 1064, in a cartulary in St. Victor’s Abbey in Marseille. It is a mediaeval fortress, once the property of King René who sold it to Jean de Forbin in 1474. In 1630, part of it was destroyed during the Cascavéous popular uprising against the centralisation of taxation, after which the Forbin family gradually turned it into a country house.
The castle has three activities on offer, including two guided tours (each lasting 1 hour):
- A tour of the castle, with riddles and puzzles for children and a surprise on the way out: a tour of twelve richly furnished and decorated rooms with guides in period costume.
- A mediaeval tour of the lower chambers with Sir Thibault: see the old bread oven, the guardrooms and mediaeval weaponry.
- A paper trail around the castle: in nine stages, solve the riddle and win a surprise gift at the end of the trail.
The castle also hosts other ad hoc events such as torchlight tours in summer, special events to mark national Heritage Days, a drawing competition at Halloween etc.
4-star B&B and table d’hôtes in the castle itself, gîte rated as 2 “ears of corn” nearby.
The castle is also available for seminars, weddings etc.

  • Private parking, Coach park
  • Internet access

Reception, amenities & services


  • French
  • English

Amenities and services

  • Book shop
  • Internet access
  • Picnic Area
  • Postcard shop
  • Visite guidée
  • Workshops for children

Opening dates

Open from 30 September 2014 to 11 October 2014
Open on : from Saturday to Sunday from 14h to 18h

Open from 19 October 2014 to 11 November 2014
Open on : from Monday to Sunday from 11h to 18h

(Subject to confirmation)

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Environment  (81)  : Forests, creeks etc. Breathtaking beauty spots by the dozen!

Our selection : Beauty spots that you absolutely must see or explore, conservation areas, local estates laid out by the Bouches-du-Rhône “county council”, urban parks.

Attention : Entre le 1er juin et le 30 septembre l’accès aux massifs forestiers est réglementé pour votre sécurité et la préservation des sites sensibles. Avant de suivre vos «envies de balade», renseignez-vous.

Crafts  (47)  : A selection of craftsmen and women who open their studios to the public

Our selection : Professionals who love what they do, unrivalled experts in their field who enjoy having a really good chat with visitors about their arts and crafts.
(all visited by the Tourist Board)

Local Producers  (153)  : Wines, olives, cheese etc. A selection of addresses for food lovers

Our selection : Local produce, from Bouches-du-Rhône of course. Mouthwatering, without a doubt. Enjoy it on the spot or take it home with you.
(all visited by the Tourist Board)

Water Sports  (118)  : Beaches, Kayaking, Sailing, Rowing, Gliding sports etc. All the fun of water sports!

Our selection : Registered schools or friendly instructors providing technical expertise and quality equipment will take you to some fabulous beauty spots without damaging the coastline (all visited by the Tourist Board). Then, of course, there are the beaches with visitor amenities and lifeguards in attendance.

Outdoor Recreation  (48)  : Equestrian centres, nature reserves, eco-museums, local guides

Our selection : Leisure activities in the great outdoors; such as trekking with mountain guides, climbing with qualified instructors, horse-riding at centres certified by the Camargue regional nature reserve or Tourisme & Handicap, eco-museums and nature interpretation centres.

Scenic Routes  (123)  : Itineraries and excursions on foot, by bike, by car or by bus

Our selection : Outings in the Provence region and itineraries to suit all tastes. Ideas for family outings in the car, free-to-download hiking and cycling routes for all levels, all-day or one-hour mountain-biking trails in the Camargue national park, discovering downtown Marseille or getting out in nature.

Other Activities  (57)  : Ranches in Camargue, Golf courses, Theme Parks

Our selection : Golf and mini-golf courses, herds of the Camargue Regional Nature Park, leisure parks, forest adventure parks, animal parks, planetariums, discovery and educational farms.

Restaurants  (330)  : Great food, whatever your style

Our selection : The best restaurants in the Provence region, Marseille and Camargue. Come and discover these restaurants selected by at least one of the four main French restaurant guides (Michelin, Gault Millau, Champérand or Bottin Gourmand) as well as those with the “Tourisme & Handicap” label. From January onwards, discover the “tables 2013”, a selection of 200 Marseille-Provence 2013 signature restaurants.

Tourist Services  (189)  : all the local addresses for assistance and information

Our selection : all the local addresses for assistance and information

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