Aureille

& the ruins of Castelas Castle
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Aureille is the ideal setting for those who want to experience the authenticity and charm of Provence.

A characteristic village displaying the remains of a medieval castle.

Between history and nature

Welcome to the heart of the Alpilles, in the exuberant nature of the village of Aureille, which lies at the foot of the Opies, the highest peak of the massif (492m).

The ruins of the castle dominating the village date back to the 12th century and provide a bird eye’s view over the Crau Plains.

Whoever comes to Aureille will appreciate the multitude of hiking and horse-riding trails in the heart of the Alpilles massif. You can also go climbing on the magnificent Civadières site, or discover the rich heritage of the village.

Where does the name "Aureille" come from ? To some, the name is linked with the nearby Aurelian way. To others, the word "auro", which means wind in Provençal, would have influenced the village’s name. And finally, the name might have been lent from Aurelius, the former Roman owner of the land.

Today the village of Aureille attracts many visitors thanks to numerous hiking trails, a climbing site (les Civadières) and its varied historic must-sees, among which Notre Dame Church, Castelas Castle (ruined fortified castle), the wash house, the fountain, oratories and old houses in the old town-centre.

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Aureille, the ideal place for hiking and climbing lovers.

Mairie Aureille

Must-sees to explore :

  • The ruins of Castelas Castle.
  • The Oratories.
  • The Parish Church of Notre-Dame.
  • The Clock Tower.
  • The Three-Arched Wash House.

TOP WALKS :

  • Explore the ruins of Castelas Castle.
  • Hike to the summit of the Opies.
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