What to see in Provence
Provence tops many lists for romantic travel destinations as it is associated with natural beauty and the delights of good food and wine, not to mention the famous artists who have immortalised the region in paintings and novels. However, a multitude of interesting things to see and do in Provence will keep visitors from simply dreaming the days away in the fragrant countryside.
Attractions in Provence are centred on some interesting and picturesque villages with wonderful historical sightseeing opportunities: Baux de Provence is an ancient village with a ruined chateau that commands spectacular views over Provence to the Mediterranean sea; Chateauneuf-du-Pape is a medieval village dominated by the ruins of the ancient chateau which was once the Pope's summer retreat, and is also one of the best places to visit for wine tasting; Orange, an ancient Roman town, still boasts an astoundingly well-preserved Roman theatre and triumphal arch, and those that visit in summer can attend concerts at the ancient theatre.
Of course, the Provence landscapes are also very beautiful and have famously inspired many artists. Saint Rémy de Provence is one of the most attractive towns in the region, which is saying something, and it is the setting for several paintings by Vincent van Gogh. The Saint Victoire Mountain, just outside of Aix-en-Provence, inspired some of Cézanne's paintings, and has magnificent hiking trails.
Another glorious area for hiking, and kayaking, is the Verdon Canyon, where even just driving along the sheer gorge is breathtaking. A good base from which to explore this area is the charming village of Moustiers Saint Marie.
Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a medieval village on the side of a hill, dominated by the ruins of an ancient château…
Just north of Avignon, Orange was the former seat of the Counts of Orange, a title created in the 8th century and passed…
While it's a bit off the beaten path for most holidaymakers in France, St-Rémy de Provence is among the most attractive…
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