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  • 1 Old Aix Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - 13080 Aix-en-Provence

    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 ..

  • 2 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).

  • 3 Abbaye de Silvacane Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    F - 13640 La Roque-d'anthéron

    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..

  • 4 Ramparts Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    bd Diderot 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..

  • 5 Jardins de la Fontaine Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    av. Jean-Jaurès F - 30000 Nîmes

    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..

  • 6 Tour Fenestrelle Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    F - 30700 Uzès

    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.

  • 7 Bambouseraie de Prafrance Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    552 r. 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..

  • 8 West Front of the Church Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    F - 30800 Saint-Gilles

    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..

  • 9 La Cocalière Cave Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 30500 Courry

    Via a staircase with 252 steps hewn out of the rock, you come to the galleries, which are open to visitors and extend over approximately 1km. The cave's rich and varied concretions that reflect in the pools of water - fed by waterfalls - make it exce..

  • 10 Empéri Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Montée du Puech F - 13300 Salon-de-Provence

    The museum's collection, housed in the Château de l'Empéri, illustrate the history of the French army from the reign of Louis XIV to 1918. The fine architecture of the rooms highlights the 10,000 pieces on display, including uniforms, harnesses, flag..

  • 11 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.)..

  • 12 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..

  • 13 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..

  • 14 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 ..

  • 15 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..

  • 16 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 ..

  • 17 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..

  • 18 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..

  • 19 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..

  • 20 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..

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