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  • 1 MuCEM (Museum of the Civilisations of Europe and the Mediterranean) Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    1 espl. du J 4 F - 13002 MARSEILLE

    Located at the entrance to the Vieux Port, the MuCEM features a contemporary building designed by Rudy Riciotti (a dark cube overlaid with concrete lacework built on the former "J4" pier) and the historic Fort St-Jean (restored ramparts and..

  • 2 Les Alyscamps Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    r. du Cloitre F - 13637 Arles Cedex

    From the Gallo-Roman period up to the end of the Middle Ages, the Alyscamps ("Champs-Élysées") was one of the most prestigious necropolises in the West. Its heyday came when the necropolis was Christianised, with relics from St Trophimus an..

  • 3 Croix de Provence views Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - Les Cabassols

    It's just a short climb from Notre Dame de Ste Victoire Priory (1656) to the 17m Croix de Provence (on a 11m foundation). From here, at an altitude of 945m, there is a magnificent panorama over Provence's mountains. To the south you see rise up the p..

  • 4 Mont Sainte Victoire Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 13080 Aix-en-Provence

    East of Aix-en-Provence lies Mt Sainte Victoire, which reaches a height of 1 011m at its peak, the Pic des Mouches. Its sheer face, creating a silhouette that is evocative of the entire region, is best seen from the Croix de Provence (945m). The D10 ..

  • 5 Camargue Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 13104 Arles

    With its vast open spaces that are home to herds of black bulls with distinctive curved horns, slender silhouettes of pink flamingoes and galloping white horses, the Camargue is a unique place. This natural habitat has been preserved thanks to the cr..

  • 6 Massif des Calanques Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 13000 Marseille

    The Massif des Calanques stretches almost 20km between Marseille and Cassis. This rocky limestone landscape is dazzling white and culminates in the 565m-high Mt Puget. Its outstanding charm can be ascribed to the creeks deeply chiseled into its coast..

  • 7 The village Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Maison du Roy F - 13520 Les Baux-de-Provence

    The must-see buildings in Les Baux include: the former town hall and its museum of "santons" (Christmas crib figures), and the Porcelet mansion which houses the Museum dedicated to Yves Brayer, who painted the pastoral scenes in the Péniten..

  • 8 Nîmes Amphitheatre Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    bd des Arènes F - 30000 Nîmes

    The Roman amphitheatre at Nimes is the best preserved anywhere. Dating from the late 1C and early 2C, it measures 133m by 101m and could accommodate 24 000 people. Its exterior presents an attic storey above two levels of 60 arcades each (21m). The V..

  • 9 Maison Carrée Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    pl. de la Maison-Carrée F - 30000 Nîmes

    This is as pure and well-preserved a Roman temple as may be found anywhere. Erected in the reign of Augustus, it was dedicated to the "princes of youth", the emperor's grandsons. It exudes a fragile charm, due to the harmony of its proporti..

  • 10 Pont du Gard Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    F - 30210 Vers-Pont-du-Gard

    With its ancient patinated stonework, delicate structure and backdrop of green hills and waters of the Gardon, this grandiose feat of engineering built in the 1C continues to amaze. It was part of a 50km-long aqueduct built to bring spring water from..

  • 11 Mont Aigoual Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 30570 L'Espérou

    The meteorological observatory on the summit of Mont Aigoual (1 567m) overlooks the Gard, Hérault and Tarn valleys. The instruments used to record the speed and direction of rain-bearing winds from the Mediterranean and the Atlantic are ever-more sop..

  • 12 MuCEM (Museum of the Civilisations of Europe and the Mediterranean) Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    1 espl. du J 4 F - 13002 MARSEILLE

    Located at the entrance to the Vieux Port, the MuCEM features a contemporary building designed by Rudy Riciotti (a dark cube overlaid with concretelacework built on theformer "J4" pier) and the historic Fort St Jean(restored ramparts and wa..

  • 13 Cap Canaille Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    D141 F - 13260 Cassis

    From Cassis, head towards La Ciotat on the Route des Crêtes, dotted with panoramic viewpoints created to enjoy the mountains in the Cap Canaille massif, with spectacular cliffs (the highest in France) overlooking the sea. The word ''canaille'' comes ..

  • 14 Papal Palace Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    6 pl. du Palais-des-Papes F - 84000 Avignon

    This 15 000m Palais des Papes is made up of the Old Palace and the New Palace. The former, a fortress with austere architecture, was commissioned by Benoît XII in 1334. Artist and prodigy, Clément VI, grand prince of the Church, must have found it ra..

  • 15 Théâtre Antique Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    r. Madeleine-Roch F - 84100 Orange

    Louis XIV called the stage wall of the Ancient Theatre "the most handsome in the kingdom". It is made of granite and African breccia, and its outer facing is striking in its simplicity - it is broken only by the corbels supporting the poles..

  • 16 Mourre Nègre Summit Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 84400 Auribeau

    The Mourre Nègre (or "Black Face") is the highest point of the Luberon mountains (1 125m). The immense panorama from the summit takes in the Lure mountain and the Prealps of Digne to the northeast, the Durance Valley to the southeast, with ..

  • 17 Mont Ventoux Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 84340 Malaucène

    A UNESCO-listed "biosphere reserve", the so-called "Giant of Provence" (1 909m) dominates the Rhône part of the region. At its summit is an air force radar station and a TV tower. From the platform in the south there is a vast pan..

  • 18 Luberon Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 84400 Apt

    Declared a Regional Nature Reserve in 1977, the area is planted with oak forests and garigue stretching between the Alps and the Mediterranean. To the west the Petit Luberon forms a plateau carved by gorges where the altitude rarely exceeds 700m, whe..

  • 19 Château de Barbentane Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    1 1 Rue du Château F - 13570 Barbentane

    Its classical 17C façade, terraces and balustrades decorated with lions and flower urns overlook a pond and Italian-style park. The interior of the château, designed by Louis-François de Valfenière, features an 18C décor of Italian inspiration. The f..

  • 20 Chaussée des Géants Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 84220 Roussillon

    A signposted footpath dotted with information panels leads to the famous Chaussée des Géants, overlooked by the eroded forms of the Aiguilles des Fées. The walk is also an excellent occasion to get better acquainted with the flora of these ochre hill..

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