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  • 1 Col du Minier Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    D48

    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..

  • 2 Guidon du Bouquet Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    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..

  • 3 Concluses de Lussan Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    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..

  • 4 Uzès Old Town Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. aux Herbes

    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..

  • 5 Musée d'Archéologie Méditerranéenne Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    2 r. de la Charité

    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..

  • 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..

  • 7 Vasarely Foundation Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    1 avenue Marcel-Pagnol - Jas de Bouffan

    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..

  • 8 Roman Theatre Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Rue de la Calade

    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..

  • 9 St.Saviour's Cloister Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    34 place de l'Université

    This is an enchanting cloister, with lightness and elegance thanks to its small twin columns and historiated and foliated capitals.

  • 10 Centre de la Vieille Charité Hospice Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    2 rue de la Charité

    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..

  • 11 Cours Mirabeau Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    cours Mirabeau

    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..

  • 12 The Corniche Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Corniche du Prés.-Kennedy

    The road is dominated by elegant late-19C villas. There are fine views of the coast and the islands from the Monument aux Morts de l'Armée d'Orient (army memorial). A viaduct runs across the picturesque vale of Auffes. You will see the disused Maregr..

  • 13 Morgiou Creek Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    chemin de Sormiou

    This calanque offers a wild setting with little sign of human presence: tiny creeks for swimming, clusters of cabanons at the bottom of the valley, restaurant, small port... idyllic.

  • 14 Plateau des Antiques Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    rte des Baux

    The plateau is composed of Glanum city , abandoned in the 15C following barbaric invasions, and two superb monuments, the mausoleim and the municipal arch which amidst a wood of pine trees paint one of the most romantic pictures imaginable.

  • 15 Mausoleum Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    rte des Baux

    The 18m-high Mausolée is one of the finest examples of the Roman world, and is still intact. Bas-reliefs depicting battle and hunting scenes decorate the four sides of the square base. On the first floor, beneath a maritime fresco, is the inscription..

  • 16 Old Aix Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    When strolling around historic Aix, look up and admire the wrought-iron balconies of the Cours Mirabeau, pause on Place Albertas (1745) and join the bustling Saturday morning crowds as they flock to the colourful flower market on Place de l'Hôtel de ..

  • 17 Abbaye de Silvacane Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    D 561

    Founded in the 11C on marshland, the pink-tiled roofs and small belfry of this Cistercian abbey stand near the banks of the River Durance. Abandoned and in decline from the 14C, following the Wars of Religion, it was bought by the State in 1949 and h..

  • 18 Jardins de la Fontaine Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Avenue Jean-Jaurès

    Designed in the 18C by military engineer JP Mareschal, this garden is at the foot and on the slopes of Mont Cavalier, atop which stands the Magne Tower. It was laid out in accordance with the classical layout around the Nemausus spring, spreading for..

  • 19 Tour Fenestrelle Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    This Romanesque vestige (12C) of the old cathedral is the sole example in France of a round bell tower. The name derives from its five storeys of twinned windows surmounting a blind-arcaded first floor.

  • 20 West Front of the Church Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    The west front of St Gilles is a remarkable example of Romanesque sculpture in the South of France. Created in the 12C by artists of several schools (five different styles in all), it draws its inspiration from antiquity: high relief, draped and plea..

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