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RELAIS DE LA MAGDELEINE

The charm and comfort of an authentic Provençal country house, or 'bastide', of the XVIIIth century in the heart of Provence.

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Charming hotel

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Semi-gourmet restaurant

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Why choose us ?

The comfort of an authentic Provençal bastide of the XVIIIth century in the heart of Provence.

Location

Since the 19th century, this charming town has been variously called Gémenos la Jolie or Gémo la Poulido and is dominated by the foothills of the Sainte Baume with its Cistercian abbey nestling in the valley of Saint Pons.

It is situated at 15 km from the Vieux Port (Old Port) of Marseilles, 35 km from Aix-en-Provence and 4 km from the Aubagne Train station.  The Marseille Provence Airport is 40 km away.

Comfort

The hotel consists of 29 rooms, each of them unique.  Whether facing the park or facing the mountains, from a Classic room to a Suite, you will enjoy all the amenities expected of a comfortable, hospitable residence with staff that caters to your every need.  Facilities include a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, summer and winter lounges, and air-conditioning, among others.

Gourmet cuisine

Our chef Marc Crendal and his whole team invite you to share with them a common passion with the producers, fishermen and farmers who have only one objective in mind: to delight your palate.  Gourmet cuisine that is inventive and colourful topped off by delicious desserts created by our Master pastry chef.

Lunches, dinners, business or family meals, are served in one of the many lounges or on the terrace under the shade of the plane trees, or in the glow of candlelight.

Several menu choices are available for lunch and dinner as well as a light menu for a quick meal.

We also offer customised menus for weddings, baptisms or birthdays with a single goal, to make your meal as enjoyable as possible.

Authenticity

Formerly an estate of the Marquis d’Albertas in the 18th century, the residence became a hospital during the 1914-18 war.

For a few years after the war, the building served as an orphanage called “Le Bercail”.  Later, in 1932, the property was converted into a hotel.

The bastide served as a command post for the Generals DE LATTRE DE TASSIGNY and DE MONTSABERT during the fight for liberation.

The Relais de la Magdeleine was a favourite stopover for Marcel Pagnol (French novelist, playwright and filmmaker) on his way back from his villa in Saint Tropez because he knew Gémenos well.  It was here that he shot several sequences of the film “Regain” (adapted from the novel y Jean Giono).

 

Tourist attractions

In the vicinity:  the village of Le Castellet, the Cadière d’Azur and its vineyards; the port of Cassis and its creeks; Aix-en-Provence, the city of art and water.  There are also four golf courses less than 20 minutes away.

Marseille, the capital of Provence, is just a few miles away from your home base!

Nature

Gémenos lies at the foot of the Sainte Baume, an imposing limestone mountain ridge with a plateau dominating the whole region.  With a number of hiking trails, we are in the centre of the Natural Regional Park.

The Calanques (creeks) of Cassis are 20 minutes away, combining sea and mountains in stunning landscapes.

The Magdeleine in images

A little bit of history

The act of ownership dated 9th February 984 of Wilhelm, Count of Marseille, reveals for the first time the existence of a castrum (Roman fortified camp) called Geminas at the entrance of the Saint-Pons valley.

In 1205, Bishop Rainier of Marseille founded a Cistercian abbey here, the Abbey of Saint-Pons de Gémenos, together with the Marseille chapter, and entrusted it to a lady of the nobility named Garsende (sometimes spelt Gersende).  This place subsequently became an important centre of spiritual and economic development.

It was in 1563 that the Marquises of Albertas, Nicolas and his brother Gaspard, of Italian origin, acquired the seigneury of Gémenos and were the initiators of the development of Gémenos in its modern form.