Château de La Barben
13330 La Barben
Practical information A unique park and castle to visit near Marseille, Aix-en-Provence and Avignon
In the heart of the Bouches-du-Rhône, less than an hour from Marseille, Aix-en-Provence, Avignon and Arles, Rocher Mistral offers you a unique visit to Provence, its history and its culture at the Château de La Barben. Find here all the practical information to prepare your visit and discover a place that goes far beyond a simple amusement park.
The Rocher Mistral park at the Château de La Barben is open from April to December inclusive.
April to December
January to March
The Rocher Mistral park is located in the small village of La Barben. It is located in a unique natural setting around the castle of La Barben. In the heart of the Bouches-du-Rhône region and close to the La Barben Zoo, the park is a showcase for the history and heritage of Provence. A few kilometres from the Luberon and the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, the Vaucluse and the Var, the Rocher Mistral park is the ideal place to visit Provence, on holiday and with your family.
How long does it take to visit Rocher Mistral Park?
Between 4 and 6 hours
To visit the Rocher Mistral park, you should count about 4h30, the time to discover all the shows during the day, the Provencal market and to enjoy the sumptuous setting offered by the castle of La Barben.
Concerning the evening offer, from 7pm, you can access the Provencal market and the Auberge Daudet. The show “Les fééries des jardins Le Nôtre” starts at nightfall and lasts half an hour. On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, the show “La Romance de la Saint-Jean” will also be presented in the early evening.
A part of the Rocher Mistral park is developed outside (Provencal market, evening shows). In case of rain, particular weather conditions or on request of the prefecture, the outdoor proposals may be momentarily interrupted or even cancelled.
When evening shows are cancelled due to the weather, spectators can postpone their visit to the day that suits them: they will just have to present the name to which the reservation was made, the number of seats, the date of the first reservation and the e-mail address of the reservation if applicable.
Do I need to make a reservation to go to the Auberge Daudet?
It is indeed preferable to reserve a table at the Auberge Daudet. Call +33 (0)4 88 60 22 57 or write to email@example.com .
Can we picnic on site?
It is possible to picnic at the Rocher Mistral. The Provencal market offers a large space with picnic tables, deckchairs, a petanque field and animations.
Coming to the Rocher Mistral park in la barben
Where to sleep near Rocher Mistral ?
Many accommodation offers exist near Rocher Mistral.
Ace Hotel, in Salon-de-Provence. Adapted to the needs of families as well as professionals, Ace Hôtel welcomes you in spacious rooms, perfectly soundproofed and always at the best price. You will even be able to buy directly your tickets to come to the Rocher Mistral. As for groups (CSE, companies, associations, etc.), the partnership between Rocher Mistral and Ace Hotel allows them to benefit from exclusive offers.
Pierre & Vacances, in Pont-Royal. A Provencal village entirely designed for vacations, Pont-Royal combines authenticity and modern facilities.
The Abbey of Sainte-Croix, in Salon-de-Provence. In the heart of a 12th century abbey, Garrigae welcomes you in a 4 star hotel where comfort, nature and heritage are combined for a unique stay.
Located between the Alpilles, the Luberon and the Camargue, the Ibis Salon de Provence hotel welcomes you in a green setting with its swimming pool and its buffet restaurant “Ibis Kitchen”. It is located 10 minutes from the Rocher Mistral.
Coming to the park from Marseille
From Marseille, take the A55 freeway towards Fos-Martigues/Airport Marignane/Aix-en-Provence/Lyon/L’Estaque/Les Arnavaux. Continue on the A7 freeway towards Aéroport Marignane/Avignon/Lyon. Take exit E80/A54 towards Salon-de-Provence/Arles/Nîmes/Barcelona. Take exit n°15 towards Pélissanne, then follow Pélissanne to Pélissanne. Then follow La Barben and Château de La Barben/Parc zoologique.
Coming to the park from Lyon
By motorway : 3h
From the city of Lyon, join the A7 towards Marseille. Continue for 265 kilometers. Take the exit E80/A54 towards Fos/Martigues/Arles/Salon-de-Provence. Take exit n°15 towards Pélissanne, then follow Pélissanne to Pélissanne. Then follow La Barben and Château de La Barben/Parc zoologique.
Coming to the park by bus
During the summer, All Saints’ and spring school vacations, line 9 of the Libebus network serves the village of La Barben and the La Barben Zoo from Salon-de-Provence and Pélissanne.
Coming to the park from Aix-en-Provence
By motorway : 30min
From the city of Aix-en-Provence, take the A8/E80 freeway towards Salon-de-Provence/Avignon/Nîmes/La Fare-les-Oliviers. Continue on the A8 and then take the E80/A54 exit in the direction of Salon-de-Provence/Arles/Nîmes/Barcelona. Take exit n°15 towards Pélissanne, then follow Pélissanne to Pélissanne. Then follow La Barben and Château de La Barben/Parc Zoologique.
Journey without toll : 30 minutes
From the city of Aix-en-Provence, join the N296/E712 then follow Saint-Cannat until Saint-Cannat via the D2N. In Saint-Cannat, follow the direction of Pélissanne/Château de La Barben/Parc Zoologique.
Coming to the park from Avignon
By motorway : 50min
From Avignon, take the A7/E714 freeway towards Marseille/Aix-en-Provence. Take the exit E80/A54 towards Fos/Martigues/Arles/Salon-de-Provence. Take exit n°15 towards Pélissanne, then follow Pélissanne to Pélissanne. Then follow La Barben and Château de La Barben/Parc zoologique.
Coming to the park from Paris
From Paris, take the A6 freeway towards Lyon/Evry. In Lyon, continue on the A7 towards Marseille. Continue for 265 kilometers. Take the exit E80/A54 towards Fos/Martigues/Arles/Salon-de-Provence. Take exit n°15 towards Pélissanne, then follow Pélissanne to Pélissanne. Then follow La Barben and Château de La Barben/Parc zoologique.
Accessibility in the Rocher Mistral Park
For people with reduced mobility
A privileged access is reserved for vehicles of people with reduced mobility. It is located on the castle road, click here to see the location on the map.
The site is partially accessible to wheelchair users and people with walking difficulties (+200 steps): for the inaccessible spaces, a virtual reality experience is proposed at the entrance of the castle.
Accessible shows: Double Edged, The builders quest, The breath of Provence, Letters from my windmill, Tartarin of Tarascon, Midsummer’s eve romance, and the Fairyland in the Le Nôtre Gardens.
Shows inaccessible to wheelchair users and people with walking difficulties: Forbin and the royal navy, the Uprising of the Cascavèu. However, you have the possibility to discover these shows in virtual reality in a dedicated space.
Pets are not allowed in the park. To date, no space is provided for them.
For very young children
The park is obviously accessible to families with young children. However, it is recommended to come with a baby carrier rather than a stroller, as the castle of La Barben has many stairs.
In addition, the volume of the shows may disturb very young children.
Parking and concierge service within the park
The car park
The parking of the Rocher Mistral is accessible by the departmental road D572.
The GPS coordinates of the parking are 43.6235543660492, 5.203290011711134
Concierge service and luggage storage
To date, Rocher Mistral Park does not offer luggage storage or concierge services.
Night parking for motorhomes
The Rocher Mistral parking lot does not currently accommodate caravans and motor homes overnight. A free motorhome area exists in Pélissanne (13330), 2-10 Chemin de la Prouvenque.
Ticketing and payment methods
What payment methods are accepted at the park's ticket office?
The park ticket office accepts payment by credit card, cash and vacation vouchers (ANCV and ANCV Connect).
Can I buy my tickets on the online ticketing service to come on the same day?
It is not possible to purchase dated tickets online for a visit the day before or the day of the event. Please go directly to the park’s ticket office.