Office de Tourisme de Gardanne

Office de Tourisme de Gardanne

Tourist Board

Gardanne, the capital of the Provence Coal Basin, built on the South/South-West slope of Cativel Hill, is dominated by the old centre with a sturdy bell-tower towering above it. This hill-top site painted several times by Cézanne probably marks the location of the “Castrum”, which was the original settlement in the 11th century. At the end of the 19th century, two industries were introduced in the area: the Pechiney plant (leading European producer of industrial alumina) and the coal mine (the Yvon Morandat mine shaft, the deepest in Europe).

Useful Information


in the countryside

Labels and recommendations

Tourism and Handicap, Marque Qualité Tourisme

Facilities, Services and Conditions


  • Public car park