Bouches-du-Rhône (13520) Population: 2,261 Altitude: 36 m
Maussane-les-Alpilles is a small town on the plains south of the Alpilles mountains. It has a lovely big fountain in the center, two old covered lavoirs and a large old church. Maussane-les-Alpilles also has several good restaurants and café-restaurants, including some with dining terraces on the shady square in the center.
We found Maussane-les-Alpilles mildly interesting for a wandering exploration visit, and more interesting as an excellent stopping point for lunch. There's a great selection of cafés, café-restaurants and restaurants in the town. The terrace dining on the main square, beneath the shady plane trees around the tall Fontain des Quatre Saisons and at the side of the imposing Saint-Croix church are especially nice.
In spite of all the cafés and restaurants, Maussane-les-Alpilles is not just a tourist stop, it's an active residential town with a sense of activity year-round. The town is rather spread out, and doesn't have a compact medieval part, but the center area is interesting enough for a bit of wandering and exploring. Especially to find the two lavoirs.
The Grand Lavoir Napoleon III is located at the north side of the main road through town, just a couple of blocks west of the central square (beside the mairie). It's a long lavoir and inside the basin is high so the washerwomen can work without bending over.
The Grand Lavoir Napoleon III was built in 1865, and the title is in honor of Napolon III who was Emperor the year the lavoir was inaugurated.
Lat, Long: 43.721465, 4.803904
The Petit Lavoir is also a covered lavoir, but smaller. It's located on the narrow Rue Charloun Rieux, just a half block north of the main Avenue de la Vallée des Baux (D17) through the center of town.
Lat, Long: 43.722008, 4.800976
The Roman Aurelian Way (Voie Aurélienne) passed east-west just south of the town center, along the current roads D17C and D78C.
Department 13, Bouches-du-Rhône Buses
- See Beyond's Bouches-du-Rhone (13) Bus Schedules for downloading Bouches-du-Rhone bus-lines map and bus-line schedules [pdf for each line] (link for PDF files).