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  • 1 The Corniche Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Corniche du Prés.-Kennedy F - 13007 Marseille

    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..

  • 2 Morgiou Creek Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    chemin de Sormiou F - 13009 Marseille

    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.

  • 3 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..

  • 4 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..

  • 5 Musée d'Histoire de Marseille Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    2 r. Henri-Barbusse F - 13001 Marseille

    Archaeological exhibits, reconstructions and documents depict the city of the Phocaeans, the Celto-Ligurian civilisation, the economy and trade in Gallo-Roman times. You will see the amazing shipwreck of a 3C Roman merchant vessel, preserved by lyoph..

  • 6 Plateau des Antiques Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    rte des Baux F - 13210 Saint-Rémy-de-Provence

    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.

  • 7 Mausoleum Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    rte des Baux F - 13210 Saint-Rémy-de-Provence

    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..

  • 8 Cloître St-Trophime Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    r. du Cloitre 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..

  • 9 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 ..

  • 10 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).

  • 11 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..

  • 12 Ramparts of Aigues-Mortes 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..

  • 13 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..

  • 14 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.

  • 15 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..

  • 16 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..

  • 17 Petit Palais Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    21 pl. du Palais des Papes F - 84000 Avignon

    The Pope bought Cardinal Arnaud de Via's palace in 1335 to install the bishop's house there. It now houses the Petit Palais Museum's paintings, of which the Campana Collection of Italian paintings from the 13C and 16C is the high point. Don't miss Th..

  • 18 Saint- Bénézet Bridge Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    6 r. de la Pente-Rapide Charles-Ansidei F - 84000 Avignon

    The «Bridge of Avignon» which was in fact built for pedestrians and cavaliers was about 900m long with 22 arches and ended at the Tower of Philippe-le-Bel de Villeneuve-lès-Avignon. Situated on one of the bridge supports, the chapel of St-Nicholas ha..

  • 19 Arc de Triomphe Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Avenue de l'Arc de Triomphe F - 84100 Orange

    Erected c 20 BC this remarkably large and extremely well preserved triumphal arch is one of the most imposing examples from Ancient Roman times in existence. Furthermore, the north façade has retained a good deal of its original decoration, which com..

  • 20 Rocher des Doms Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Rocher des Doms F - 84000 Avignon

    A stone's throw from the Papal Palace. From the different levels you can take in views of the Rhône, St Bénézet Bridge, Philippe-le-Bel Tower and the fort of St André de Villeneuve-lès-Avignon, Mt Ventoux, the Alpilles...

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