Rognes is one of the most beautiful and exciting places in the South of France. Famous for its stone which has been quarried for centuries, its cherry orchards, its flowers and its truffles, the town is also in the AOC Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence and makes excellent wines.
In 1909, Rognes suffered a major earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale which destroyed most of the ancient houses along the heights of Foussa. The best way to discover the village is with a guided tour, every Thursday morning in the high season, but since this is in French your best bet is just to stroll around this pretty village and examine the edifices that remain. If you happen to be in this lovely part of the world in early spring, the first week in April to be exact, take part in the Fete de la Chèvre et du Chèvrier when everything goaty is celebrated.
There is a lot of nature to be admired here, you can take a trip to some absolutely beautiful waterfalls and spend the afternoon there with a picnic under the sun. There are also lots of wonderful lakes, valleys, and parks to be explored, each more beautiful than the last.
What would a trip to the South of France be, if you couldn’t taste the delicious local wine? There are wine tastings available to the public, which is definitely a must-do in this part of France.
From Rognes, you have access to countless outdoors sporting activities. Spend your afternoons cycling, hang-gliding, hiking in the beautiful surrounding mountains, or you can enjoy an afternoon playing traditional French pétanque (boules), a game open and popular with every age group.
Rognes provides an excellent base for exploring the best that Provence has to offer.