The UNDERGROUND CATHEDRAL
At around 30 mins away from Le Clos Geraldy B&B at St Maximin la Ste Baume Nestled in the small village of Saint-Martin de Pallières, the greatest cistern of Europe of its century, architectural rarity was built in 1747. It was ensuring the huge water needs of the castle park.
With its impressive size (more than 500m²) comes its uniqueness. Who would guess that in this small village, hidden under the ground would be a huge cistern looking like a cathedral ?
The vaults sustained by 20 pillars illustrate the gothic architecture of that period. The “Underground Cathedral” is registered at the Monuments Historiques since 2003.
Stes MARIES DE LA MER
At around 1h30 Away from Le Clos Geraldy B&B at St Maximin la Ste Baume, The village of Saintes Marie de la Mer, a place of warm reception, tradition and pilgrimage, is built between sky and sea, where the Rhone meets the Mediterranean Sea. In the shade of its Romanesque steeple, visitors can stroll through the narrow paved streets, following the tracks of the pilgrims. From the village, visitors feel the attraction of the dunes, the sandy beachesand the large marshlands with reeds and “manades” (herd of black bulls and white horses). As they love nature and wild lands, they can enjoy the pleasure of exploring the landscape by foot or on horseback, admire the dance of birds, yield to the euphoria of sailing and sliding on a windy day. Les Saintes Maries de la Mer rises as the capital of the Camargue for those who fall in love with this region, bewitched by its wild beauty, its culture and its lively and authentic traditions.
At around 1h15′ Away from Le Clos Geraldy B&B at St Maximin la Ste Baume, La Camargue is an island of 85000 hectares situated between the embanked arms of the Rhône, formed by the deposit of sand, stones and alluvium by torrents. This strange fusion of land, river and sea shelters huge wild plains with marshes, tufts of thistle and fields of sea lavender surrounding the Vaccarès stream and making this region an exceptional land.
With a perfect balance between environment and human activities, possessing a history of 26 centuries, this land of passion has become a privileged destination.
STE VICTOIRE MOUNTAIN
At les than 20 mins Away from Le Clos Geraldy B&B at St Maximin la Ste Baume, The Sainte-Victoire range extends from Aix-en-Provence to Pourrières, forming a link between the Var and the Bouches-du-Rhône departments. Sainte-Victoire is world famous as Cézanne’s favourite model, and which the artist immortalised in over 80 paintings. Today you can explore the painter’s favourite scenes on foot or visit his studio, which has remained unchanged since his death.