Roquefavour aqueduct, Aix en ProvenceRoquefavour aqueduct, Aix en Provence

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    This acqueduct is well known in the region. But nice off the path trip!
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      Cool description and tip for a unique visit Fritz!
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      Yes. And you added a google map plan!
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      Yes!
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Very visible when you drive through the Aix en Provence countryside, many people sometimes take it for the famous Pont du Gard Roman bridge (close to Nimes)!

Possibility of making a very pleasant walk tour along a shady canal.

My experience, Explo description: 

In 1830, Marseille had a population of 130,000 hab. Following a particularly dry summer, the city missed cruelly water and an epidemic of cholera killed many people. In 1835 it was decided to divert the water of Durance river by a 80km canal. The project was confided to a young 28-year-old architect : Franz Mayor de Montricher.

The main problem was the crossing of the Arc river valley. Rather than to make a siphon (the least expensive solution), Montricher preferred a 3 level aqueduct, being inspired by the history of its illustrious Roman neighbour. The work is completely made of stones. It measures 393m of length and 83m of height over the Arc river. Its Roman ancestor (Pont du Gard) is only 275m of length for a 49m height !

Until 1970, the canal was Marseille almost unique source of the water supply. It still supplies 2/3 of water of the city.

The walk tour is 4km long, and really nice, with an amazing view on the Sainte Victoire mountain and Aix en Provence countryside ! Look at the joined map for more details.

My personal recommendations: 

Go to see the aqueduct at night in the moonlight, which highlights the whiteness of the stones.

How getting there: 

By car : take the D9 going to Marseille Airport. After having crossed Les Milles and its little airport, take the D65 on the right. Drive about 4km : there you are !

A tip to eat: 

Take a pic nic.

A tip to sleep: 

500m from the bridge when you drive to Les Milles is a nice and fresh hotel : hotel Arquier.

Useful information: 
Open hours: 

All day long !

Entry fees: 

Free !

Access security: 

Beware : some rocks might fall from the cliffs.

In Provence, forests are not accessible from 1st of July till 10th of September due to fire risks.

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