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Aix-en-Provence Historic Itinerary Northwest

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This itinerary visits eight villages of historical interest to the northwest of Aix-en-Provence. The route is a loop, with a total distance of 89 km (about 2hr15 driving time).

picstravel/aix-historic-area-map400.jpg Our favorites in this area are the Jacquemard clockwork tower in Lambesc and the Silvacane Abbey beside La Roque-d'Anthéron.

Aix-en-Provence to Ventabren

Route. [16 km, 27 min]
Depart Aix to the west on the D10 (Route de Berre) to Ventabren.

Ventabren to Velaux

[6 km, 11 min]
West from Ventabren (either N to the D10 or SW to the D65), via Moulin-du-Pont to Velaux.

Velaux to Lambesc

[18 km, 28 min]
Return north to the D10 at the Moulin-du-Pont roundabout, then left (northwest) on the D10 about 1.5 km; Right (north) on the D67E through Coudoux, via Les Quatre Termes to Lambesc.

Lambesc to La Roque-d'Anthéron

[10 km, 18 min]
Due north from Lambesc on the D67, directly into La Roque-d'Anthéron.

La Roque-d'Anthéron to Silvacane Abbey

[1 km, 2 min]
The Abbey is just over 1 km east of town, on the D561A. The parking area is just beside the road, on the north side. It's only a short walk from the parking area to the Abbey grounds.

Silvacane Abbey to Rognes

[10 km, 12 min]
Head east from the Abbey on the D561A. (b) In 1 km, the small D66E branches right, past a lake, and joins the D543 south to Rognes. (b) Or, at about 3 km east of the Abbey on the D561A, (in the hamlet of St-Christophe) turn right onto the D543 south, which passes on the other side of the little lake and continues to Rognes.

Rognes to Saint Cannat

[7 km, 11 min]
West out of Rogne, then immediately left (southwest) on the D18 to Saint Cannat.

Saint Cannat to Eguilles

[8 km, 10 min]
Go south from the center on Ave Victor Hugo, which becomes Route de Saint-Cannat (D18) going southeast to Eguilles.

Eguilles to Les Figons

[3 km, 6 min]
Northeast from the center out the D17 for 500m, then turn right (southeast) onto the Route d'Aix-en-Provence to Les Figons.

Les Figons to Aix-en-Provence

[9 km, 14 min]
Southeast to Aix-en-Provence; either from the north of the village, join the route d'Avignon (D7n); or southeast from the village on Route d'Eguilles that joins the D17 into Aix.

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