Eygalieres an Authentic Village in Provence
Contributor blog post by Nutmeg:
The key to understanding Provence is to spend some quality time in historical villages such as Eygalières. The town is tiny compared to its neighbours, with a population of only 1830 (pop. census 2008). The village site as it is known today began to take shape in the 12th century, but inhabitation dates back to Neolithic times. The first town in Provence where residents bought their freedom from feudal lords the population is proud. Watch this video on the clock tower to understand more about the spirited inhabitants.
Present day, this town dazzles visitors with its charm. Eygalières can gloat about an authentic looking main street with building shutters in various hues, where older residences casting watchful eyes over passers-by and feral village cats outwit sluggish dogs. Outside of the village core, there are vineyards, running trails, hiking and lots of biking.
During your visit, it is worthwhile dropping by the local butcher or bakery. On Eygalières’ adorable main street, there are restaurants, bars and cafés to choose from, each one wrapped in personality. However, to get a sense of the past meander up the main street, into the old village and up to the ruins of the rampart walls, the mills and the old church. Get away from the tourist crowds and let your mind drift into another time.
Continue reading here for more about the charms of Eygalieres from a four-legged friend’s point of view.