In the heart of


L’Eau Vive is based in Ventabren (Bouches-du-Rhône) since 1971.
The centre is ideally situated at 15km from Aix-en-Provence and 30km from Marseilles.

Access is simple & rapid

Marseille Provence: 25 minutes
Nice Côte d’Azur: 1 hour 30

Aix-en-Provence TGV station: 15 minutes
Marseille TGV station: 30 minutes

Autoroute A7 exit 28 Berre / Rognac: 15 minutes
Autoroute A8 exit 28 Coudoux: 5 minutes



Our centre and its facilities

L’Eau Vive is housed in a typical Provençal building that has grown and been modernised over the years.

We can sleep 40 people, in varying bedrooms (twin, family)
Certain bedrooms have their own washbasin, the bathrooms are on the same corridor. A bedroom and bathroom with disabled access has recently been installed.

Numerous facilities are available:

  • 2 dining rooms (interior and exterior)
  • Library / salon
  • Chapel (for personal prayer and quiet time)
  • A fully equipped meeting room for 65 with air conditioning (video projector, electric screen, PA)

Free wireless connection is available on the principal site.


In the summer season the swimming pool is the focal point of leisure time. Spacious and providing shade with its pine trees, it is conducive to relaxation and fun as well of times of sharing and connecting. Of course the cicadas provide the musical background! Numerous shaded areas lend themselves to enjoying the tranquil surroundings.

It also provides a french bowls strip (pétanque), ping-pong, volleyball and football pitches and a small park for the very young.

A wide choice of board games and giant chess is available.

L’Eau Vive’s surroundings

Thanks to its unique position L’Eau Vive is an ideal starting point for varied day excursions.
Whether it’s relaxing in a shady café, shopping, visiting an exciting art exhibition or simply browsing in the historic centre, Aix-en-Provence is a must. Marseilles, with its beaches, cathedral, trendy art gallery and vibrant cosmopolitan society is easily accessible as is Avignon.

Why not lose yourself in the lavender fields of the Abbey of Senanque. With a little more time to spare the turquoise water and stunning scenery of Cassis or the idyllic beaches of the Mediterranean can be reached within 45 minutes.