A Hidden Gem….Eygalières Village
Eygalières is a small village on a hill in the Alpilles, not far from Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. There’s a quiet charm to this special village, though it’s often overlooked for the more well-known. The views from the summit are spectacular Eyglières making it a favorite resting point for hikers and bikers taking advantage of the scenic trails through nearby olive groves and vineyards.
Eygalières is an easily walkable village filled with quaint store fronts and beautiful stone houses, most with a touch of greenery. Everything you might need for the day can be found within a few steps – restaurants, bakery, market, butcher, wine and cheese.
Be sure to wander up the main street of this lovely village and pay a visit to the old church on the crest, La Chapelle des Pénitents. Continue up the hill to explore the castle ruins, taking in the magnificent views and looking out over the plains below and across the Alpilles.
Friday is market day in Eygalières. This very manageable market is filled with fresh produce, bread, fabrics, clothing, seafood, cheese, cured meats, local jams and paella made on site. The feel is definitively and beautifully local- vendors and residents jovially sharing wine, eating flan and sampling cheese as early as 10am.
Despite its understated charm, Eygalières boastsseveral very good restaurants on the main square. Cafe de la Place in the center of the village is worth a visit for its eclectic decor and neighborhood’s cast of characters. For an exceptional meal, try the Michelin starred Chez Bru.
Just outside the village is a spectacular tree-lined entrance to Domaine de Valdition. Stop in for a wine tasting or to pick up decorative and gourmet products at the boutique.
Don’t forget to stop and see the famous 7th century Roman Chapelle de Saint Sixte, located on the Route d’Orgon between Eygalières and the National Route 7 (N7).
It’s hard to put into words what’s so wonderful about Eygalières. Perhaps it’s the way the sunlight hits the stone, orthe way the breeze passes through ever so gently. Or maybe it’s just the energy of the terroir. Whatever it is, there’s a warmth and peace to this village that shouldn’t be missed.
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