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  • 1 The Alpilles Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 13520 Les Baux-de-Provence

    Located between Arles and Avignon, the Alpilles chain is a geological extension of the Luberon, divided into the Alpilles des Baux to the West and the Alpilles d'Eygalières to the East. The villages (Les Baux-de-Provence, Fontvieille, Maussane, etc.)..

  • 2 Ochre Trail Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Hameau des Ocres F - 84220 Roussillon

    The two trails are signposted (yellow or red depending on their length) and marked with signs that help to identify the particular flora in these ochre hills (holm and white oaks, juniper bushes, etc) and to explore the amazing landscapes formed by t..

  • 3 Nesque Gorge Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 84380 Sault

    The 70km-long Nesque River has its source on the east face of Mont Ventoux and flows into the Sorgue de Velleron beyond Pernes-les-Fontaines. The gorge, carved out of the limestone foundation of the Vaucluse Plateau, is the most spectacular part of t..

  • 4 Castellaras Belvedere Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 84380 Sault

    Situated on the left side of the Gorges de la Nesque Road at an altitude of 734m, this belevedere owes its name to an ancient oppidum. A stele features an extract from Mistral's Calendau. The view is remarkable of the string of gorges and steep Cire ..

  • 5 Col de l'Asclier Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    D152 F - 30124 L'Estréchure

    From St-Jean-du-Gard, the Col de l'Asclier road heads through the Gardon and Hérault valleys, to the foot of the Aigoual. Beyond Milliérines the landscape becomes wild; the road overlooks the little tributary valleys of the Gardon de St Jean before s..

  • 6 Mont Lozère Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 30450 Génolhac

    This imposing granite massif rises majestically between Florac, Mende, Génolhac and Villefort. The symbol of the département to which it gives its name, its highest point reaches 1 699m (sommet de Finiels). Its desolate landscape strewn with granite ..

  • 7 Col du Minier Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    D48 F - 30570 L'Espérou

    At 1 264m, the Col du Minier offers fine views of Mont Séranne and the Montdardier plateau. A monument commemorates General Huntziger and his companions, killed in an air crash in 1941. Towards Vigan lies the Puéchagut arboretum, established by Georg..

  • 8 Guidon du Bouquet Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 30580 Seynes

    Dominating a vast horizon between the Gard and the Ardèche, the beak-like hight point of the Bouquet range is reached by a steep track, passing the ruins of Château du Bouquet. From the summit the view takes in the Cévennes plateaus, the jumble of pe..

  • 9 Concluses de Lussan Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 30580 Lussan

    The waters of the Aiguillon dry out in summer to the extent that its course may be walked along, but its power has carved a passageway through limestone. The Aiguillon Gorge acquired the name "Concluses" from the Occitan word conclusas mean..

  • 10 Uzès Old Town Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Place aux Herbes F - 30700 Uzès

    Start in place aux Herbes, the heart of the old town which is very lively on Wednesday mornings on account of its farmers' market. Don't miss the Duché, a proud medieval fortress with a Renaissance façade and take in the view from the top of the tour..

  • 11 Musée d'Archéologie Méditerranéenne Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    2 r. de la Charité F - 13000 Marseille

    This museum dedicated to Mediterranean archaeology houses objects from Egypt, from the beginning of the Old Kingdom (2700 BC) to the Coptic era (3C-4C AD), from the Near East Cyprus, Greece and Magna Græcia, Etruria and Rome, as well as Celto-Liguria..

  • 12 Musée d'Arts Africains, Océaniens, Amérindiens (MAAOA) Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    2 r. de la Charité F - 13000 Marseille

    This museum holds the richest collection of art from Africa, Oceania and the Americas outside of Paris. The well curated collection includes masks, sculptures, reliquaries and daily objects, principally from West Africa, Wayana masks (Brazil), shrunk..

  • 13 Sugiton Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Sugiton F - 13000 Marseille

    This little creek with turquoise waters is nicely sheltered by the surrounding high walls and has thus been adopted by naturists. Beware of falling stones, which often cause accidents, and do not enter the caves.

  • 14 Vasarely Foundation Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    1 av. Marcel Pagnol - Jas de Bouffan F - 13090 Aix-en-Provence

    The foundation is located upon the hill of Jas de Bouffan, where Paul Cézanne's house once stood. The resolutely contemporary architecture houses an overview of research done by the master of Op-Art, Victor Vasarely (1906-1997): linear deviations and..

  • 15 Musée Départemental Arles Antique Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Presqu'ile du Cirque-Romain F - 13635 Arles Cedex

    Large statuary (the colossal statue of Auguste that adorned the stage of the theatre), models illustrating how the city and its monuments developed in imperial times, the daily life of the people of Arles in Ancient times, splendid mosaics and an ast..

  • 16 Roman Theatre Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    r. du Cloitre F - 13637 Arles Cedex

    With its two impressively preserved columns standing in a landscape of rare elegance, the Théâtre Antique is one of the greatest Roman theatres from the end of the 1C BC. It served as quarry from the 5C, was transformed into a fortified reduit in the..

  • 17 Centre de la Vieille Charité Hospice Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    2 r. de la Charité F - 13002 Marseille

    This handsome architectural ensemble designed by the Puget brothers and built between 1671 and 1745 is a former hospice. The buildings are organised about a fine Baroque chapel with an oval-shaped cupola. The three levels of arcaded galleries are are..

  • 18 Basilique de Notre Dame de la Garde Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    pl. du Col.-Édon F - 13006 Marseille

    Built by Espérandieu in the mid-19C at the city's highest point (162m), the Romanesque-Byzantine style basilica affords an unrivalled panorama over the whole of Marseille. Note the many commemorative plaques placed here by sailors. On top of the 60m ..

  • 19 Château de Tarascon Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    bd du Roi-René F - 13150 Tarascon

    One of the favourite residences of King René of Anjou, who commissioned the highly refined exterior decoration. Don't miss the outer bailey and apothecary, the royal court with the cantors' chapel and the many-sided turret housing a stairway. The pai..

  • 20 Cours Mirabeau Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    cours Mirabeau F - 13100 Aix-en-Provence

    This wide avenue shaded by superb plane trees is one of Aix's showpieces. Three fountains stand in its centre: the Fontaine des Neuf Canons, the"Fontaine Moussue" (with hot spring water) and Fontaine du Roi-René. Mansions with caryatids and..

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