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Maussane-les-Alpilles, France (cc)

Maussane-les-Alpilles Travel Guide


Maussane-les-Alpilles, or simply Maussane, is the center of France's olive oil production. Here, between the villages of Maussane and Mouriès which are set roughly 2_ miles (4 km) apart in La Vallée des Baux de Provence – a region that boasts one of three AOC (Appelation d’Origine Contrôlée) “pedigrees” granted to the olive growers in the area south of Les Baux – lies one of France's most important olive oil-producing areas, planted to more than 100,000 olive trees. In fact, chefs from well-known Parisian restaurants travel south to Maussane and Mouriès just to buy olive oil for their establishments. Visitors and those cycling through the area can sample the oil at local cafés, typically dipping bread in it or sprinkling it on vine-ripened tomatoes or goat cheese as the locals do. There are also olive oil-producing mills in both villages where visitors can taste and buy the product; while the tourist office in Mouriès has information on short walks through the region's olive groves.


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