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  • 1 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.

  • 2 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..

  • 3 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..

  • 4 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..

  • 5 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..

  • 6 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..

  • 7 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.

  • 8 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..

  • 9 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..

  • 10 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..

  • 11 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...

  • 12 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 ..

  • 13 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'..

  • 14 Gallo-Roman Remains Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    r. 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..

  • 15 The village Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. de la Poste F - 84220 Roussillon

    The best way to discover the village of Roussillon is to arrive at dusk when the oblique rays of the sun light up the ochre-painted houses. The sight is grandiose. Starting on the left of the Tourist Office, follow rue des Bourgades then ruelle de l'..

  • 16 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..

  • 17 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.)..

  • 18 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..

  • 19 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..

  • 20 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..

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