Aix-en-Provence Historic Itinerary Northwest
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).
Our favorites in this area are the Jacquemard clockwork tower in Lambesc and the Silvacane Abbey beside La Roque-d'Anthéron.
Route. [16 km, 27 min] Depart Aix to the west on the D10 (Route de Berre) to Ventabren.
Route. [6 km, 11 min] West from Ventabren (either N to the D10 or SW to the D65), via Moulin du Pont to Velaux.
Route. [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.
Route. [10 km, 14 min] Go north-northeast on the small D67A road over the Chaine des Côtes to La Roque d'Anthéron. This is a difficult road in the winter; you can also loop to the west (via Pont Royal) or to the east (via Rognes).
Route. [10 km, 12 min] Head east from La Roque-d'Anthéron on the main D561; in about 3 km branch right on the D66e, which joins the D543 south to Rognes.
Route. [7 km, 11 min] West out of Rogne, then immediately left (southwest) on the D18 to Saint Cannat.
Route. [8 km, 10 min] Go south from the center on Ave Victor Hugo, which becomes Route de Saint-Cannat (D18) going southeast to Eguilles.
Route. [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.
Route. [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.