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  • 1 Abbaye de Sénanque Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    F - 84220 Gordes

    An excellent example of Cistercian art, this monastery founded in 1148 has retained its ancient layout, with the exception of the lay wing (18C). The medieval parts are made from local stone and boast finely sculpted joints. The church does not face ..

  • 2 Village des Bories Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Lieu-dit Les Savournins F - 84220 Gordes

    Musée de l'Habitat Rural. The museum is comprised of twenty or so buildings, houses, sheepfolds and barns of various shapes and sizes, two to five centuries old and built with materials found on site (mainly flagstone) and all arranged about a baker'..

  • 3 Gallo-Roman Remains Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Rue Bernard-Noël F - 84110 Vaison-la-Romaine

    This huge 15ha field of ruins reveals the daily life of antique Vasio. The remains are those of the outer quarters of the Gallo-Roman city, with heterogeneous housing. Its centre (forum and outskirts) is covered by the modern town of Vaison. Digs are..

  • 4 Carrières de Lumières Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Route de Maillane F - 13520 Les Baux-de-Provence

    In the half-light of the former quarries, the immaculate limestone walls of the high-ceilinged rooms and columns are used as screens for a giant 3D audio-visual projection. The programme relates to the big names in art history and changes every year.

  • 5 Grotte de Trabuc Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 30140 Mialet

    This cave, the largest in the Cévennes, was inhabited in the Neolithic Age, then served as a residence to the Romans, a refuge to the Camisards during the Wars of Religion, and finally as a den to bandits, armed with pistols or trabucs (flintlocks), ..

  • 6 Empéri Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Montée du Puech F - 13300 Salon-de-Provence

    The museum's collections, housed in the Château de l'Empéri, cover the history of the French army from the reign of Louis XIV to 1918. The fine architecture of the rooms offsets the pieces displayed. There are over 10 000 of these, including uniforms..

  • 7 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..

  • 8 Les Alyscamps Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Avenue des Alyscamps 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..

  • 9 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.

  • 10 Musée Granet Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    13 place St-Jean-de-Malte F - 13100 Aix-en-Provence

    The museum presents its collection in chronological order. In so doing it brings to the forefront the work of early Renaissance painters along with, among others, Flemish painters of the 17C and 18C (Rubens, Rembrandt) and Italian painters. There are..

  • 11 Roman Theatre Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Rue de la Calade 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..

  • 12 Basilique de Notre Dame de la Garde Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    rue du Fort-du-Sanctuaire F - 13006 Marseille

    Built by Henri Espérandieu in the mid-19C at the city's highest point (154m), the Romanesque-Byzantine basilica affords unrivalled views over the whole of Marseille. Note the many ex-votos placed here by sailors. On top of the 60m bell tower is the f..

  • 13 Château de Tarascon Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Boulevard 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..

  • 14 Château d'If Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Île-Frioul F - 13007 Marseille

    A fortress built on a 3ha rock, which owes its fame to the time when it was the prison where Alexandre Dumas' heroes were incarcerated. The tour includes video extracts of the misadventures of the Count of Monte Cristo, as shown on the cinema screens..

  • 15 Old Port Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Le Vieux Port F - 13001 Marseille

    It was a mere creek when the Phocaeans came ashore here and set in motion the history of Marseille. Although it no longer has a maritime role, the Vieux Port remains the place where all paths converge, where crowds gather for big events and the depar..

  • 16 Cloître St-Trophime Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Place de la République F - 13637 Arles Cedex

    The carved decoration of the 12C-14C cloisters is most remarkable, in particular that of the capitals and the magnificent corner pillars in the north gallery (on the left on entering). Those in the east gallery, next to the refectory, depict the Life..

  • 17 En Vau Creek Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 13260 Cassis

    With its vertical walls and emerald waters, this is the most picturesque and the most famous of the calanques, bordered by a forest of pinnacles dominated by the peak known as "Doigt de Dieu". Sand and pebble beach (no lifeguard).

  • 18 Château des Baux-de-Provence Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Allée du Château F - 13520 Les Baux-de-Provence

    The vestiges of the Château des Baux, demolished in 1632 by order of Richelieu, include the ruins of the citadel, towers, the castle chapel (12C-16C) and the keep, with a splendid panorama. You enter via a space that uses models to retrace the site's..

  • 19 Ramparts of Aigues-Mortes Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Accès par le Logis du Gouverneur - place Anatole-France F - 30220 Aigues-Mortes

    Walking around the ramparts gives visitors a useful overview of the town with fine views of the marina and salt marshes. Started in 1272, the walls of Aigues-Mortes are a good example of military architecture and have survived down the centuries rema..

  • 20 Bambouseraie de Prafrance Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    552 rue de Montsauve F - 30140 Générargues

    This exotic park, created in 1855 by local man Eugène Mazel, boasts nearly 200 varieties of bamboo. A fine avenue lined with 20m-high bamboos and splendid Californian sequoias runs right through the 10ha park. Another route, lined with palm trees, bo..

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