Vue aérienne du château de la Barben

Rocher Mistral - Château de la Barben

Recreational activities

In the heart of the thousand-year-old castle of La Barben, Rocher Mistral, theme leisure park, offers you a playful discovery of Provence. Shows, craftsmen, heritage: as a family, take a leap into this story!

Rocher Mistral is a cultural entertainment park located in the impressive castle of La Barben, 20 min from Aix-en-Provence and 40 min from Marseille.
With its many shows and entertainment offers, Rocher Mistral leads you into a unique immersion into the history of Provence.
And in 2022, Rocher Mistral is increasing its offer!
A new medieval show with stunt artists, a puppet theatre, a giant treasure hunt for the whole family and much more entertainment for children and parents will be available for this new season. Lovers of cultural heritage will now be able to visit the second floor of the castle of La Barben and its chapel. A new version of the evening show in the formal gardens, longer and even more spectacular, has also been prepared.

The rising of the Cascavèu
Immersive walkthrough
This show may be somewhat impressive for young spectators under 6 years old.
In 1630, while Richelieu is centralising the collection of taxes in Paris, the people of Provence rise up. Armed with pitchforks and torches, and with bells fastened to their clothes, the insurgents storm the castle of La Barben.

Forbin, knight of the Royal Navy
Immersive walkthrough
This show may be somewhat impressive for young spectators under 6 years old.
Come on board with Claude de Forbin, an officer in the Royal Navy of Louis XIV, an exceptional navigator, a daring knight and an intrepid adventurer.

Double edged
New stunt artists medieval show

As he returns from the Holy Land, Pontevès has to cross swords with Le Hutin, spoliator of his lands. With the help of his most loyal soldiers, he launches a whirlwind attack to free his castle!

The builders quest
Mapping vidéo

As a ruined and exiled peasant, Bénezet owes his salvation only to the Abbey of Saint-Victor de Marseille. At Rocher Mistral, he will tell you the story of the genius of these builder monks who shaped Provence in the year one thousand.

Letters from my windmill
New musical show

A writer of genius, Alphonse Daudet sang Provence. Now it is time for Rocher Mistral to sing this emblematic author and his famous Letters from my windmill with a brand new musical show.

Tartarin de Tarascon
Puppet show - New in 2022

The ultimate antihero, Tartarin of Tarascon, cap-hunter, will take you to Africa on an outlandish lion hunt. An amusing puppet show, intended for the young public, to discover this somewhat unconventional Provence…

Midsummer’s eve romance
Provençal dance show

Traditional dances, music and costumes await you in a show performed by the provençal dancers and the Rocher Mistral volunteers. A joyful time for you to plunge into 19th-century Provence and its Midsummer festivities.
(Only on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays)

Fairyland in the Le Nôtre gardens
New augmented version

In the heart of the marvellous André Le Nôtre formal gardens, admire an enchanting ball where Muses and illustrious provençal families come back to life. A sumptuous evening show to behold the most fairylike evening at La Barben castle.

Provençal market

At the foot of La Barben castle, wander round the stalls in our provençal market. Local artisans, producers using inherited secular know-how, provençal artists, all will be waiting for you to discover the most authentic that Provence has to offer.
During your wanderings, you will come across the Guinguette de Marius where you could stop for refreshments, or you can enjoy a friendly moment around our old-time games.

Jeu de piste
New in 2022

For children and families, Rocher Mistral has designed a treasure hunt to discover the castle and its history. Investigations, intrigues and prizes are included in the programme of this ludic family activity.

The Auberge Daudet

An essential pause during your provençal visit to Rocher Mistral, The Auberge Daudet proposes a refined menu to rediscover the most famous recipes of Provence, in the heart of a restaurant full of charm.

The castle visit
New in 2022

In 2022, Rocher Mistral is proposing a guided visit to Sainte-Roseline chapel, the old kitchen and the apartments.

La Barben Castle

For more than one thousand years, La Barben Castle has dominated Provence from the top of its rocky outcrop. Property of Saint-Victor de Marseille Abbey, then of the Pontevès and Forbin families and good King René d’Anjou, it has evolved, year after year, changing from a medieval stronghold to a luxurious pleasure residence.
Its 400-hectare grounds are a privileged area for the local fauna and flora as well as an exceptional environment for the Rocher Mistral 200 beehives.

  • German - English - French Languages spoken
  • Bank/credit card, Travellers Cheque, Cash, Online payment Payment Methods
  • Not accessible in a wheelchair Disabled access
  • Car park Parking
  • Activity
  • Product tasting
  • Entertainment evenings
  • Shows
Langues des visites
  • French
  • Restaurant
  • Fast food
  • Picnic area
  • Car park
type de clientèle
  • Groups
  • Home school groups
  • Students
  • Special rate for disabled people
  • Special rate for jobseekers
  • Compulsory health pass
  • Not accessible in a wheelchair
Indications Prices

Adult: from 25 €
Child (6-12 years): from 19 €
Family pass: from 19.50 €.

Free entry for children < 6 years, accompanying guides, the drivers.
Group rate available for > 20 people.


Groupe : de 20 à 50 personnes

Indications Openings

From 02/01 to 07/04/2023, daily.

From 08/04 to 31/05/2023 between 10.30 am and 6 pm.
Closed on Monday.
Open exceptionally on 10/04, 01/05, 08/05 and 29/05.

From 01/06 to 30/06/2023, every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 10.30 am and 6 pm.
Open exceptionally on 21/06, 27/06 and 28/06.

From 01/07 to 27/08/2023 between 10.30 am and 6 pm.
Closed on Monday.

From 01/09 to 05/11/2023, every Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 10.30 am and 6 pm.

Localisation & Contacts
Chemin du château
Chemin de la baou
13330 La Barben
+ 33 (0)08 05 29 80 28 Contact us Website