Eygalières is one of the prettiest villages of the Alpilles. Eygalières sits on a rocky hill, a peak sown with green pines, on top of which one can see the clock tower topped by a belfry. The Clock Tower is the symbol of the independence of inhabitants of Eygalières. It is built with the stones of the castle in 1660, when the villagers bought back their rights to the Duke of Guise, then a prisoner of the Spaniards. A few meters away, the ruins of the castle next to a statue of the Virgin protects the village, it is placed on a ruined arch, the last vestige of the stately fortress.
A little further down the Penitents Chapel (built in 1381) houses a museum of the old Eygalières is dedicated to Maurice Pezet, a local scholar, he brings together the archaeological and historical evidence of the village. The view of the peaks of the nearby Alpilles is beautiful, while to the east can be seen the Petit Luberon, the Vaucluse plateau and the Mont Ventoux. In descending from the summit you pass the church of St. Lawrence, 12th century, surmounted by a much later tower. Beautiful stone houses are staged to the plain below. Eygalières is surrounded by vineyards and olive groves that were the main wealth of the inhabitants since ancient times.
Eygalières has an atmosphere, a kind of grace that made it a very popular resort by personalities from the world of entertainment and showbiz. The most famous are Michel Drucker and Patrick Sabatier, television star, actors Jean-Claude Brialy and Charlotte de Turckheim, Jean-Marc Thibault, Charles Aznavour, sportsman Alain Prost. Lately the couple of international stars Angelica Jolie and Brad Pitt bought a farmhouse near the town. The arrival of new wealthy people and flamed in property prices has changed the social composition of the village. There are not so long village rural vocation Eygalières opened without denying his soul to a tourism resort somewhat "select", visitors can enjoy its charm and many walking and hiking in the Alpilles.
Chapel Saint Sixtus (Chapelle Sainte Sixte)
Two kilometers from Eygalières towards Orgon, the Chapel of St. Sixtus stands isolated on a rocky bulge. This small Romanesque chapel of the 12th century surrounded by cypress and almond trees is a small jewel of harmony and beauty. This is one of the most famous of Provence, one of the most sold postcards photos. The Chapel of St. Sixtus is built on the site of an ancient Roman temple. It is close to the start of an aqueduct that ran along the north of the Alpilles and supplied the city of Arles. The name Eygalières probably comes from Latin word Aquilera in reference to many sources around the village.
Accommodation in Eygalière
•Selection of guest rooms in the Alpilles in the portal of bed and breakfast in Provence
Eygalières website: www.mairie-eygalieres.fr
Sights and activities:
- Chapel Sixtus
- Picturesque village
- Local history museum Maurice Pezet
Coming to Eygalières
GPS location N 43°45'36'' - E 4°57'00''
The village Eygalières islocated in the Bouches du Rhône, in the Regional Natural Park of the Alpilles.