Nestled in the southern slopes of the Alpilles Natural Park in the Bouches-du-Rhone region of south France is Maussane-les-Alpilles – a small village with a lot of character. Surrounded by vast olive plantations, Maussane is one of the most important olive oil producers in the country, and is the first stop on the "route de l'olivier." Along with its superb countryside and working mills, the area is a joy to explore. Hiking, horse-riding and cycling are highly recommended. In town you can taste the olive oil for yourself at one of the many restaurants, drizzled on a hunk of bread, or trickled over fresh tomatoes. Then, enjoy a refreshing glass of wine at a café terrace in the shady square. On Thursday mornings visit the local market and buy the produce for yourself. With a couple of interesting churches and a Santon museum, Maussane-les-Alpilles is a delightful holiday choice.