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What to see in Provence

Provence Attractions

Attractions in Provence are centred on interesting and picturesque villages with wonderful historical sightseeing opportunities. Baux de Provence is an ancient village with a ruined château that commands spectacular views over Provence to the Mediterranean sea. Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a medieval village dominated by the ruins of the ancient château that 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 who visit in summer can attend concerts at the ancient theatre.

Of course, the Provence landscapes are also breathtakingly 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 Sainte 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 Sainte Marie.


Aix-en-Provence is the cultural and touristic capital of Provence. This beautiful university town has been an inspiration to many great writers and painters, most famously Paul Cézanne,…

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Situated on the River Rhone, the historic holiday destination of Avignon is famed for being the Vatican of the 14th century. Six successive Popes resided here from 1309. Avignon is one of very few…

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Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a medieval village on the side of a hill, dominated by the ruins of an ancient château towering above. The château was the pope's summer retreat from the Palais…

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Just north of Avignon, Orange was the former seat of the Counts of Orange, a title created in the 8th century and passed to the Dutch crown in the 16th century. The family's most famous member was…

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Saint Rémy de Provence

While it's a bit off the beaten path for most holidaymakers in France, St-Rémy de Provence is among the most attractive and interesting towns in Provence, and is well worth the 12 mile (19km)…

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