Château La Barben, situated between Salon de Provence and Aix-en-Provence, is one of the oldest and most beautiful castles in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region. The famous painter, Marius Granet, who was born in Aix-en-Provence, stayed at the château numerous times and signed the guest book writing: “La Barben is the most ancient and the most picturesque castle in Provence”.
Located in a spectacular setting, it is overlooking an oasis of greenery that grows aside the riverbanks of the rivers Vallon de Maurel and la Touloubre. Which according to certain authors was the ancient Pisavis near which the route Aurélienne was found.
Situated on a big rocky crag, making it impregnable, the fortified castle was built for purpose of defense for the area. Its towers, turrets and its suspended terraces blend into perfect harmony with nature, forming a unity that confers to this site its beauty and its mystery.
Passing through the first postern, one discovers all the architectural elements that are typical of medieval fortresses: watchtowers with pulleys from the former drawbridge, crenulations and machicolation, arrow slits, the coat of arms and the motto of the lords of the place.
Walking up the monumental staircase, one arrives at the grand terrace of honor from where a splendid view extends beyond Salon of Provence and the pond of Berre. A pathway from this terrace leads to the gothic chapel.
In the south, between the medieval towers a charming little chateau with wrought iron windows and wrought-iron balconies, dating back to the classical era, adjoined by a superb Henry IV staircase define the scenery.