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Office de Tourisme Pays d'Aubagne et de l'Etoile

Tourism institutions, Tourist Information Office in Aubagne
  • The Pays d'Aubagne et de l'Etoile intercommunal tourist office promotes tourism in 12 communes.

  • At the foot of Garlaban Mountain, between Cassis and Marseille, Aubagne has retained the authentic soul of Provence. This locality, which was still only a large village not very long ago, is inextricably associated with the name of Marcel Pagnol, the author of "Manon des Sources".

    Pagnol was born and raised in Aubagne. A guided tour through the narrow streets introduces the work of the writer and film-maker, before venturing into the surrounding countryside, where each stop is dedicated...
    At the foot of Garlaban Mountain, between Cassis and Marseille, Aubagne has retained the authentic soul of Provence. This locality, which was still only a large village not very long ago, is inextricably associated with the name of Marcel Pagnol, the author of "Manon des Sources".

    Pagnol was born and raised in Aubagne. A guided tour through the narrow streets introduces the work of the writer and film-maker, before venturing into the surrounding countryside, where each stop is dedicated to one of his characters.

    From La Treille, a Marseille hamlet, to the Huveaune Valley, via Château de la Buzine (Buzine Castle) to "Grosbibou’s cave", Marcel Pagnol is omnipresent. You should also visit "Le Petit Monde de Marcel Pagnol", an exhibition at the Syndicat d’Initiative (Tourist Information Bureau) presenting a whole series of santons illustrating the best-known characters of his works.
    Starting from the central square with its pergolas, you can stroll around a network of pedestrian routes. After a massive programme of renovation of the old town, the historic heart of Aubagne is particularly inviting. Inside the walls of the old town, there are three interesting chapels - Penitents Noirs (Black Penitents), Penitents Gris (Grey Penitents) and Penitents Blancs (White Penitents) - as well as the Porte Gachou gate. The French Foreign Legion has set up a museum in Aubagne.

    The town has developed rapidly.However, side-by-side with high-tech industries, well-known traditional craft workshops have survived, including those that have continued the production of santons for more than a century. These miniature baked clay figurines depict Nativity scenes. Made entirely of clay or dressed in fabric clothes, they are hand-made according to practices passed on from father to son, making Aubagne the capital of Provencal santons and of ceramics.

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  • Environment
    • Close to a public transportation
    • Close to a motorway
    • In centre of town
    • Town location
    • Station district
    • Bus station under 300 m
  • Spoken languages
    • Italian
    • German
    • English
    • Spanish
    • French
  • Tourism and handicap
Services
  • Activities
    • Various sports
    • Pedestrian sports
    • Yoga
    • Martial arts
    • Donkey trekking
    • Nordic walking
    • Hiking
    • Orientation race
    • Trail
    • Pilates
    • Qi Gong
    • Biathlon by foot / MTB / Rollerski
    • Fitness
    • Soft gym
    • Discovery
    • History
    • Heritage
    • Board games
    • Crafts
    • Arts
    • Pottery
    • Oenology, study of wines
    • Plastic arts
    • Astronomy
    • Ceramics
    • Creative hobbies
  • Equipment
    • Car park
    • Pay car park
    • Sustainable development
    • Waste management
    • Meeting room
  • Services
    • Pets welcome
    • Shop
    • Wi-fi
    • Tourist routes
    • Tourist brochures
    • Reception service available
    • Central booking system available
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Payment methods
  • Check
  • Cash
  • Bank/credit card
  • Online payment
  • Travellers Cheque
  • Credit transfer
  • Contactless payment
Openings
  • From January 2, 2024
    until June 30, 2024
  • From July 1, 2024
    until August 31, 2024
  • Monday
    9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday
    9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday
    9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Thursday
    10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Friday
    9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Saturday
    9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Monday
    9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday
    9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday
    9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Thursday
    9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Friday
    9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Saturday
    9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Sunday
    9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
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