Gardens Worth Visiting
Pavillon de Vendôme
At the Vendôme Pavilion, you will be delighted to travel back to 18th century Aixoise. The house was built in 1665 as an illicit rendevous retreat for the Duc de Vendôme (a cardinal in the church no less). Here he would meet his mistress, Madame de Rascas.
The museum town house is surrounded by formal gardens. It is divded into four lawns with gravel paths lined with yew and box topiaries. In the center are a pool and fountain. You'll find the gardens intimate, a perfect spot for the Duc de Vendôme to romantically sport.
Tel: 04 42 21 05 78
13 rue de la Molle
Chateau de la Mignarde
5 km northeast of Aix-en-Provence by the N96 and the D63
Tel: 004 42 96 41 86
11 km south of Aix-en-Provence on the N8
A tiny garden that was created for a chateau that was never built. The seventeenth century garden has lavish waterworks and ornamented with statues and stonework. According to The Garden Lover's Guide to France, the gardens have an aura of Italianate melancholy. No wonder the gardens are sad. It was Jean Baptiste d’Albertas who made the plans for the gardens, planning to build a château later. However, in 1790 he was murdered and that put an end to the construction project.
Tel: 04 42 22 29 77
RN 8, 13320 Bouc-Bel-Air