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Aubagne Travel Guide

Post by Sharat | June 14, 2017 | See France Destination Guides | Comment
Aubagne Travel Guide

You can find the small town of Aubagne located right in between Marseille and Aix-en-Provence. This lovely little town is surrounded by hills. The town’s big claim to fame is that it was the birthplace of Marcel Pagnol, who was an author. Whilst Pangol is not as famous as Monet or Van Gogh he nevertheless is very popular. The town has resisted building fame and fortune from its association with Pangol but you will find a number of mentions of Pangol located at various places around town.

Exploring Aubagne

Aubagne is a pleasant town to visit and has managed to escape the tourist industry that tends to plague much of Provence’s Southern region. The town does have some attractions but they can be difficult to find. The house where Pangol was born is right in the centre of town and is furnished exactly as it was in 1895 so people who do visit can get a good sense of what it was like around the time of his birth. There are a number of religious monuments in the town that are worth visiting including the Church of Saint Sauver which was built during the 11th century and is located at the very top of the town right by an excellent viewing spot of the surrounding hills.

Check out the chapel

If you are wondering what else there is to see you should check out the Chapel of Penitents Noirs and the Chapel of Penitents Blancs, both of which are well worth visiting. Other attractions of interest which you will probably come across as you travel around town include the clock tower which dominates Aubagne and dates back to 1900. You should also check out the bread oven which can be found on Rue Torte which is very interesting and there is a church which has a triangular bell tower which is very unusual.

Attractions nearby

The association with Pangol is used to promote a number of walks through the hills above the town where the author lived and worked. If you want details of these routes and their timings you can obtain them from Aubagne tourist office. You can also pay a visit to La Font de Mai which is a very old and substantial farm that has about 100 hectares of countryside that is dedicated to the traditional regional farming activities.

Rue Gachiou, Aubagne by Cilou101, on Flickr

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