A Land of Art and Culture

Combining sublime landscapes and fiercely preserved traditions, the harmony of the Alpilles has inspired the greatest artists.

Whether they be writers, painters, intellectuals or musicians, many of them have made this part of Provence a land dedicated to art and culture.

“Oh, sweetness of life!”

“It is in the most abundant and luminous little town of Provence that I spent the calm years of my adolescence. Through the sun, the flowers, the cypresses, through the white roads, the days came to me without effort, and I only had to breathe to feel the beauty of the sky.”  Marie Gasquet

Tableau La Nuit d'étoilée de Van Gogh
OTI Alpilles en Provence

Vincent van Gogh in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence

On 8 May 1889, Vincent van Gogh had himself voluntarily admitted to Saint-Paul de Mausole psychiatric Hospital in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, where he would stay until May 1890. During the year he spent there, Vincent van Gogh painted nearly 150 canvases and drawings that are among his greatest masterpieces.


The Almond Blossom

The Irises

The starry night


Field of poppies

The Alpilles with olive trees

The great figures who shaped the culture of the Alpilles.

Charles Gounod

It was in the Alpilles that classical music composer Charles Gounod composed his opera Mireille, an adaptation of the poem of the same name by Frédéric Mistral. The premiere was performed at Gounod Hotel in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence and was an international success.

"Mireille" Opera

Alphonse Daudet

An unconditional lover of Provence, Alphonse Daudet wrote his most beautiful pages in the heart of the Alpilles. With "Letters From My Windmill", he made the Provençal accent resound throughout France and the world.


Alphonse Daudet's favourite places

Les Moulins d'Alphonse Daudet
Moulin de Daudet - photo mairie fontvieille

Les Moulins d’Alphonse Daudet

  • Historic site and monument
Moulin Tissot Avon
Bureau d'Information Touristique Fontvieille

The Mill Trail of Alphonse Daudet

  • Historic site and monument

Other writers such as Marie Mauron, Charloun Rieu, Marie Gasquet and Joseph Roumanille, have greatly contributed to the cultural influence of the Alpilles and Provençal language.