Mouriès

& its olives
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Mouriès is the leading olive-growing community in France with more than 90,000 olive trees. Life is good in this authentic Provençal village !

The capital of olive oil, Mouriès is a genuine olive-growing village.

Strolling in the heart of the Alpilles

Wherever you are from, you cannot but succomb to the charm of this typically Provençal village. Savour the pleasure of staying in this peaceful and authentic rural place in the very heart of still intact natural surroundings.

Mouriès is nestled on the southern slopes of the Regional Nature Park of the Alpilles, where the sun conveys bright and warm light. The village covers more than 3800 hectares and is scattered with olive trees, vineyards, almond trees and cypresses.

Lying in the very heart of the Valley of Les-Baux-de-Provence, Mouriès is the leading olive-growing community in France, with nearly 90.000 olive trees. Its famous olive oils have been awarded golden medals at many an occasion and a large variety of its wines and local products are classified as Vallée des Baux-de-Provence PDO. Consequently, the village is a destination renowned for Provençal gastronomy.

Coeur végétal des Caisses de Jean-Jean à Mouriès
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"Mouiès, Vilajoun dis Aupiho, Païs dis oulivié e dóu bon òli, Vous souveto la bèn-vengudo ! "

Hiking enthusiasts will want to discover the oppidum of the Caisses de Jean-Jean and experience the beauty of nature.

Other circuits on foot or by bike will allow you to visit the territory off the beaten track.

People in Mouriès are very attached to their Provençal culture which they joyfully promote during numerous festivals throughout the year. According to the famous French singer Charles Aznavour who took up residence in the village, “To come to Mouriès is like returning to your homeland  without actually having been born there”.

Ever since 1927, the town has had its own bullring where bullfighting traditions are perpetuated. On the third weekend of June, the Bullfighting Club organizes the “Fête du Riban” (“The Ribbon Festival”) with abrivados (bulls let loose in the streets, encircled with cavaliers from the Camargue region), Provençal parades and the election of the “Reine du Ruban” (“Queen of the Ribbon”).

The « Fête Votive de la Saint-Louis » (Votive Festival of Saint-Louis) takes place at the end of August. Renowned throughout the region, it offers above all a large Aïoli (literally a sauce made from olive oil and garlic, served as a dip for vegetable crudité, boiled eggs and shellfish) shared  in a convivial atmosphere. Finally, in September, “La Fête des Olives Vertes” (“The Green Olives Festival”) honours the olive and, moreover, offers one of the most prestigious Provençal processions.

Mouriès, première commune oléicole
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