Provence places to visit and attractions

Below you can explore some of the most popular highlights and places of interest in the Provence region. See also our Provence travel guide.

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Abbey of Senanque (Vaucluse)

Senanque Abbey is a roman style abbey in Provence surrounded by lavender fields and with many of the 12th century monastic buildings lovingly restored
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Agay (Var)

Agay is a very small Riviera resort to the south of the Massif d'Esterel
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Aiguines (Var)

Aiguines is a small traditional Provencal village between the Lac de Sainte-Croix and the Gorges du Verdon
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Aix-en-Provence (Bouches-du-Rhone)

The vibrant town of Aix-en-Provence is a traditional Provence town, with many museums and sites of interest, and a very leasant town to visit
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Ancient Theatre of Orange (Vaucluse)

The Antique Theatre in Orange is one of the best preserved Roman theatres in western Europe
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Annot (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence)

The small village of Annot is most unusual, being built around great boulders in the heart of the village
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Ansouis (Vaucluse)

The quaint medieval centre, the castle and the views from Ansouis make it one of our favourite Luberon villages
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Antibes (Alpes-Maritimes)

One of the most picturesque towns on the Riviera, Antibes also has a very lively town centre and a lovely market
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Apt (Vaucluse)

Less touristy than many Provence towns, the highlight in Apt is the baroque style cathedral
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Arles (Bouches-du-Rhone)

The roman amphitheatre and the traditional pastel-painted houses in the historic centre make Arles a very pleasant town to explore
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Aubagne (Bouches-du-Rhone)

The small market town of Aubagne is best known for its association with Marcel Pagnol, the famous French author
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Aups (Var)

This pleasant town is interesting to visit during your stay near the Gorges du Verdon
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Avignon (Vaucluse)

The Pope's Palace, the Pont d'Avignon and an attractive town centre make Avignon very interesting to explore
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Avignon Bridge (Vaucluse)

The Pont Saint-Benezet is the remaining part of the bridge on the Rhone in Avignon that was immortalised in the nursery rhyme 'Sur le pont d'Avignon'
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Bagnols-en-Foret (Var)

Bagnols-en-Foret is a pleasant town close to the popular Gorges of the Blavet River
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Bandol (Var)

The beach and the harbour, the bustling old town and the vineyards nearby all contribute to making Bandol a very popular destination
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Barcelonnette (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence)

Barcelonnette has an attractive town centre, and also a good number of substantial 'Mexican villas' adding character to the town
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Bargeme (Var)

More than 1000 metres above sea-level, it is no surprise that the views are as much part of the attraction as the historic village in Bargeme
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Barjols (Var)

The most striking characteristic of Barjols is the large number of washhouses, fountains and waterfalls which are found in almost every shady square and corner
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Basilica of Saint-Michael the Archangel in Menton (Alpes-Maritimes)

The basilica of Saint-Michael the archangel in Menton is a baroque style church built in the 18th century
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Bauduen (Var)

Bauduen is a pretty village with a beach on the shores of Lac de Sainte-Croix in Provence
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Baux-de-Provence (Bouches-du-Rhone)

The village of Baux-de-Provence is small but exceptionally picturesque, and has beautiful views across the Provencal countryside. Unmissable!
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Beaulieu-sur-Mer (Alpes-Maritimes)

One of the more low-key riviera resorts, Beaulieu-sur-Mer is a pleasant place to take a promenade and to visit Villa Kérylos, a recreation of a 2nd century Greek villa
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Biot (Alpes-Maritimes)

The arcacded houses around Place des Arcades are the start of your visit to Biot, a picturesque 'perched village' in Provence
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Bonnieux (Vaucluse)

Less visited than some of the Luberon villages, the upper town in Bonnieux and the views from the top of the hill make it very pleasant to visit
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Bormes-les-Mimosas (Var)

The lovely historic centre of Bormes-le-Mimosas overflows with plants and flowers
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Breil-sur-Roya (Alpes-Maritimes)

One of the most impressive towns in the Upper Roya valley, Breil-sur-Roya has several sites of particular interest
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Briancon (Hautes-Alpes)

The town of Briancon is best known for its extensive Vauban fortifications, and also has lots to discover in its old town
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Cadenet (Vaucluse)

Cadenet is a small town in the south of the Luberon Regional Natural Park
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Cagnes-sur-Mer (Alpes-Maritimes)

If you visit the resort and beaches of Cagnes-sur-Mer be sure to also explore the attractive old village of Haut-de-Cagnes on the hill behind
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Calanques at Marseille (Bouches-du-Rhone)

The white cliffs of the Calanques de Marseille plunging into the deep blue sea make it one of our favourite coastlines in France
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Callian (Var)

You might lose all sense of orientation in the winding streets of Callian- keep going uphill and eventually you will reach the castle!
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Camargue (Bouches-du-Rhone)

The Camargue region of marhes, with flamingoes and semi-wild horses and an unusual natural environment, make it very popular with nature lovers
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Cannes (Alpes-Maritimes)

Cannes has a charming town and harbour area, and is one of the most visited resorts on the Riviera
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Cap d'Antibes (Alpes-Maritimes)

The Cap d'Antibes peninsula is a tranquil region between Antibes and Juan-les-Pins, with a nice coast path and public gardens
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Cap Ferrat (Alpes-Maritimes)

Cap Ferrat has a pretty port, a lovely coast walk and the Ville Ephrussi among its highlights
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Carpentras (Vaucluse)

Carpentras is a sizeable town, and although not always considered a 'tourist town' we found it had a good number of sites of interest
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Carrières de Lumières in Baux-de-Provence (Bouches-du-Rhone)

The Carrieres de Lumieres is a sound and light spectacle based around famous artists works, in the village of Les Baux-de-Provence
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Carry-le-Rouet (Bouches-du-Rhone)

Slightly outside the main Riviera, the beaches and coastal paths of Carry-le-Rouet are very popular due to their proximity to Marseille
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Cassis (Bouches-du-Rhone)

The harbour area of Cassis, its beach and proximity to the Calanques de Marseille all help ensure the popularity of Cassis
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Castellane (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence)

The small town of Castellane has a pleasant historic centre and is dominated by the cliff and chapel of the Roc
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Castellar (Alpes-Maritimes)

Castellar is a small 15th century village in the hills above Menton with various historic monuments to see
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Cavalaire-sur-Mer (Var)

The focus at family-friendly Cavalaire-sur-Mer is firmly on the beach and related activities
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Chateau de Lacoste (Vaucluse)

The chateau de Lacoste is an 11th century castle in Provence, known for its connection with the Marquis de Sade
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Chateau de Lourmarin (Vaucluse)

The Chateau de Lourmarin is a castle on the edge of the village of the same name, with both medieval and renaissance elements
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Chateau de Tarascon (Bouches-du-Rhone)

The Chateau de Tarascon is an imposing 15th century castle on the banks of the Rhone
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Château des Baux-de-Provence (Bouches-du-Rhone)

The Château des Baux-de-Provence is a remarkable ruined castle above the village of Les Baux-de-Provence, with amazing views across the Alpilles
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Chateauneuf-du-Pape (Vaucluse)

Chateauneuf-du-Pape is a pretty village in Vaucluse, overlooked by a ruined castle and well known for the wines produced nearby
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Coaraze (Alpes-Maritimes)

Coaraze is one of several picturesque villages in the mountains north of Nice that also have stunning views
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Colmars-les-Alpes (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence)

In the mountain village of Colmars highlights include the Fort de Savoie and fortified medieval gateways
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Cucuron (Vaucluse)

Enter Cucuron through one of its medieval gateways to discover a picturesque old town and lots of interesting houses
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Dentelles de Montmirail (Vaucluse)

Although at quite low altitude the jagged peaks of the Dentelles-de-Montmirail are a lovely place for hiking
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Digne-les-Bains (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence)

As well as being a spa town, the medieval centre of Digne-les-Bains also merits exploration
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Draguignan (Var)

Much of the medieval centre of Draguignan is now lost, but the town will be on your list if you want to find a good shopping experience
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Embrun (Hautes-Alpes)

The historic centre of Embrun is usually visited at the same time as the leisure lake of Lac de Serre Poncon
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Entrecasteaux (Var)

Entrecasteaux is a traditional Provencal town between the Gorges du Verdon and the French Riviera
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Entrevaux (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence)

The narrow medieval streets and the citadel on the hill above the village are among the highlights in Entrevaux
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Extraordinary Museum of Georges Mazoyer (Vaucluse)

Museum featuring an eclectic collection of objects discovered in the ocean and various works of art by Georges Mazoyer
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Eze (Alpes-Maritimes)

Eze is one of our favourite villages in the whole of France, with exceptional coast views and a lovely traditional (pedestrianised) village
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Fayence (Var)

Fayence itself is a pleasant, unspoiled small town and well placed to explore the pretty villages of the Pays de Fayence region
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Flayosc (Var)

A stroll to admire the fountains in the quiet historic centre of Flayosc is a perfect contrast to some of the more visited Provencal towns
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Fondation Maeght (Alpes-Maritimes)

The Fondation Maeght art gallery in Saint-Paul-de-Vence features works by famous modern artists such as Miro and Modigliani
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Fontaine-de-Vaucluse (Vaucluse)

The highlight of your visit to Fontaine-de-Vaucluse is the wooded valley and river emerging from the rocks next to the village
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Fontvieille (Bouches-du-Rhone)

This town near Arles has a small historic centre to explore when you are passing
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Forcalquier (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence)

Forcalquier is a pleasant Luberon town with several interesting historic monuments
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Frejus (Var)

Among other historic sites, the town of Frejus has one of the best ancient baptisteries in France
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Gap (Hautes-Alpes)

Not a major tourist destination, in Gap we suggest you take a stroll around the attractive Place Jean-Marcellin
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Gassin (Var)

Gassin, listed as a 'most beautiful village in France' is high on a hill above Saint-Tropez
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Gorbio (Alpes-Maritimes)

You should visit the quiet village of Gorbio as much for the scenery as the pretty historic village itself
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Gordes (Vaucluse)

The exceptionally pretty-village of Gordes is also one of the most visited villages in France
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Gorges d'Oppedette (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence)

The Gorges d'Oppedette are picturesque gorges in provence, accessible by several hiking trails
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Gorges du Verdon (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence)

These gorges in northern Provence are one of the most impressive scenic highlights in France
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Gourdon (Alpes-Maritimes)

Gourdon is practically the archetypal Provencal village, unmissable by you and by the many thousands of other visitors to the region!
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Grasse (Alpes-Maritimes)

Grasse, the perfume capital of France, also has a very extensive old town with tall pastel-painted houses to enjoy
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Greoux-les-Bains (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence)

The small spa town of Gréoux-les-Bains is well situated to explore the Lac d'Esparron and the lavender fields of the region
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Grimaud (Var)

The scenic village of Grimaud is made even more charming by the many gardens and flowers in the village
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Hyeres (Var)

Hyères has an extended historic centre with parks and a castle as well as a charming 19th century quarter in the town
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Ile Saint-Honorat (Alpes-Maritimes)

The Ile Saint-Honorat, one of the Iles de Lerins south of Cannes, is best known for its abbey and fortress
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Ile Sainte-Marguerite (Alpes-Maritimes)

The Ile Sainte-Marguerite is one of the Iles de Lérins on the Cote d'Azur and has a large fort with views of Cannes
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Iles d'Hyeres (Var)

The Iles de Hyeres, off the Riviera coast, are perhaps the most beautiful coastal islands anywhere in France
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Iles de Lérins (Alpes-Maritimes)

The Iles de Lérins is a peaceful group of islands to the south of Cannes
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Juan-les-Pins (Alpes-Maritimes)

A short distance west of Antibes, Juan-les-Pins is one of the liveliest resorts in the riviera
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L'Argentiere-la-Bessee (Hautes-Alpes)

The silver mines in L'Argentiere la Bessée, very active in the 19th century, are now reopened as a popular tourist attraction
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L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue (Vaucluse)

L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is a pretty town well known for its rivers and their numerous water wheels
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La Brigue (Alpes-Maritimes)

La Brigue is a small, pleasant town to explore, and nearby visit the Sanctuary of Notre-Dame des Fontaines with its astonishing 15th century frescoes
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La Ciotat (Bouches-du-Rhone)

The attractive harbour and numerous chapels in the old town are the main attraction in La Ciotat
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La Croix-Valmer (Var)

It is the wide choice of beaches that attracts most visitors to La Croix-Valmer
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La Grave (Hautes-Alpes)

Although better known as a ski resort, the village of La Grave is also a very unspoiled traditional mountain village
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La Turbie (Alpes-Maritimes)

The small village of La Turbie developed in medieval times, or earlier, around the imposing monument called the Trophy des Alpes
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Lac de Sainte-Croix (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence)

The Lac de Sainte-Croix is a popular leisure lake with beaches near the Gorges du Verdon in Provence
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Lacoste (Vaucluse)

The small village of Lacoste, one of the most beautiful in the Luberon, stands below the castle of the Marquis de Sade
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Lake Serre-Poncon (Hautes-Alpes)

Among many beautiful Alpine lakes we mention the Lac de Serre-Poncon because of its spectacular setting and wide range of leisure activities
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Le Bar-sur-Loup (Alpes-Maritimes)

An attractive village with ruins of a castle and fortified walls, and surrounded by attractive scenery
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Le Barroux (Vaucluse)

From the castle ramparts in Le Barroux you have very far-reaching views across the vineyards and olive groves of the region
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Le Beaucet (Vaucluse)

The castle, the fortifications, the cliffs and the troglodyte dwellings come together to make Le Beaucet part of the landscape
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Le Lavandou (Var)

Le Lavandou is a quiet resort on the Cote d'Azur with several beaches close by
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Les-Arcs-sur-Argens (Var)

Les Arcs, with its historical Parage quarter, is a very lovely historical town
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Lorgues (Var)

The town of Lorgues is quite a quiet town, and very typical of Provencal towns in having a historic centre to explore
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Lourmarin (Vaucluse)

Lourmarin is one of the most important scenic villages in the Luberon region
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Luberon Natural Park (Vaucluse)

The Luberon Regional Natural Parc includes several of the most beautiful villages in France and stunning scenery. Highly recommended!
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Lurs (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence)

The village of Lurs is small but has a great deal of character
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Mandelieu-la-Napoule (Alpes-Maritimes)

While lacking the attractions of the more important Riviera towns, Mandelieu-la-Napoule is well placed to explore the coast around Cannes
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Mane (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence)

The citadel above the village is the principal monument in the small Provencal village of Mane
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Manosque (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence)

Ensure that your trip to the bustling town of Manosque includes a stroll up Mont d'Or for views back across the town
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Marseille (Bouches-du-Rhone)

Marseille is perhaps not a tourist town but is one of the most vibrant and exciting port towns in France
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Martigues (Bouches-du-Rhone)

The harbour area and quaint fishermen cottages is the principal attraction in the large town of Martigues
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Massif de l'Esterel (Var)

The Massif d'Esterel is a substantial region of countryside on the riviera with hiking trails through the red-rock scenery
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Menerbes (Vaucluse)

One of our favourite Luberon villages, the streets of old Menerbes are overflowing with charm
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Menton (Alpes-Maritimes)

The beautiful town of Menton, on the slopes of a hill near the Italian border, is one of our very favourite towns in France
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Mercantour National Park (Alpes-Maritimes)

The National Park of Mercantour, in the Alps near the Italian border, includes the Valléé des Merveilles with thousands of prehistoric rock carvings
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Monaco (Alpes-Maritimes)

The Municipality of Monaco, with high-rise blocks squeezed onto every square inch, is a remarkable sight here on the riviera
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Mons (Var)

The elevated position of Mons, at 800 metres altitude, means the views across the Mediterranean stretch an extraordinary distance
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Mont-Dauphin (Hautes-Alpes)

The fortified mountain town of Briancon, one of the highest towns in Europe, is dominated by its historic fortifications
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Montauroux (Var)

Most visitors will combine a trip to Montauroux with some time at the leisure Lake of Saint-Cassien nearby
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Mougins (Alpes-Maritimes)

You will want to pause several times to admire the views across Cannes Bay as you explore the cobbled streets in the centre of Mougins
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Moustiers (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence)

The setting of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie below steep cliffs and the lively historic centre make Moustiers-Sainte-Marie one of our favourite villages in France
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Naturoptère (Vaucluse)

Naturoptere is a biodiversity centre where you can learn of the interaction between nature and insects
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Nevache (Hautes-Alpes)

The picturesque mountain village of Nevache is well placed to explore the scenic Vallée de la Clarée
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Nice (Alpes-Maritimes)

One of the largest towns in France, Nice is also the most visited resort and our favourite Riviera resort town in France
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Opio (Alpes-Maritimes)

Opio is a tiny village in the hills, with very far-reaching views
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Oppede-le-Vieux (Vaucluse)

Oppede might be less visited than the more famous of the Luberon villages, but a visit is still recommended - and the crowds rather less!
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Oppedette (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence)

After a stroll around the historic village of Oppedette you can visit the Gorges d'Oppedette, a lovely local landmark
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Orange (Vaucluse)

Orange is best known for its Roman monuments such as the very good condition Theatre
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Papal Palace, Avignon (Vaucluse)

The Papal Palace in Avignon is the most imposing gothic palace in Europe
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Pegomas (Alpes-Maritimes)

The traditional Provencal town of Pegomas is ideally visited in early spring as part of the Route des Mimosas
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Peille (Alpes-Maritimes)

Its remote location stops too many tourists reaching Peille but make the effort and you will discover a charming little medieval village
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Peillon (Alpes-Maritimes)

Peillon is a small village, but the picturesque cobbled streets and the stunning views make a visit very worthwhile
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Pernes-les-Fontaines (Vaucluse)

Pernes-les-Fontaines takes its name from the large number of historic fountains in the town - 40 at last count!
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Pertuis (Vaucluse)

Pertuis is a small Provencal town to the south of the Luberon Regional Natural Park
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Port Grimaud (Var)

The port at Port Grimaud, and the colourful houses along the waterfront, is mostly quite new and very beautifully maintained
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Presqu'ile de Giens (Var)

The Presqu'ile de Giens is a peninsula with beaches, a nature reserve, pretty coastline and small ports to explore
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Ramatuelle (Var)

A small village just a short distance inland from Saint-Tropez, Ramatuelle can become rather busy - but is also very recommended...
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Riez (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence)

Your trip to the village of Riez should include the baptistery, 5th century and one of the oldest in France, and the Roman ruins
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Roman Arles (Bouches-du-Rhone)

The town of Arles contains numerous Roman monuments including the famous amphitheatre
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Roquebrune-Cap-Martin (Alpes-Maritimes)

Medieval Roquebrune village and the coastal Cap Martin combine to make Roquebrune-Cap-Martin one of the most desirable locations on the Riviera
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Roquebrune-sur-Argens (Var)

Roquebrune-sur-Argens combines a traditional Provencal village, a beach resort...and a great chocolate shop!
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Roussillon (Vaucluse)

As well as the orange houses of the village you can explore the ancient ochre mines just below Roussillon
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Route des Cretes (Bouches-du-Rhone)

The Route des Cretes between Cassis and La Ciotat is a beautiful route in Provence along the highest sea cliffs in France
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Saint-Cezaire-sur-Siagne (Alpes-Maritimes)

A visit to the small town of Saint-Cezaire-sur-Siagne might be combined with a trip to the nearby caves - Grottes de Saint Cézaire
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Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer (Var)

The beaches such as Les Lecques, the forest and the pleasant town make Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer a popular summer resort
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Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume (Var)

The principal monument here in Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume is the Basilica of Sainte-Marie-Madeleine
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Saint-Paul-de-Vence (Alpes-Maritimes)

On of the highlights in the pretty village of Saint-Paul-de-Vence is the famous Museum of Modern Art
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Saint-Raphael (Var)

The clean and popular resort of Saint-Raphael is one of our favourites along this section of the Riviera
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Saint-Remy-de-Provence (Bouches-du-Rhone)

The historic monuments here are a testament to St-Remy-de-Provence's claim to be one of the oldest towns in France, and the time that Van Gogh spent here is also celebrated
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Saint-Saturnin-les-Apt (Vaucluse)

It is true that Saint-Saturnin-les-Apt is larger and less visited by tourists than many of the Luberon villages, but find the time and you will discover another scenic small town
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Saint-Tropez (Var)

As well as its very famous harbour, town centre and beach Saint-Tropez also has a charming medieval village centre to explore
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Sainte-Agnes (Alpes-Maritimes)

Sainte-Agnes is the highest coastal village in Europe, 800 metres above sea-level and close to Menton - although the road here is rather steep and winding!
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Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence)

Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon, France is a charming small resort on the west coast of the Lac de Sainte-Croix in Provence
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Sainte-Maxime (Var)

Sainte-Maxime has a small town to explore, but it is as a popular family beach resort that it is better known
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Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (Bouches-du-Rhone)

On the edge of the Camargue region, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer is a very pleasant coast town well known for its gypsy festival
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Salernes (Var)

Nicely situated in the Bresque river valley, both the medieval quarter and the shady valley in Salernes should feature on your itinerary
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Salon-de-Provence (Bouches-du-Rhone)

The castle and Collegiale church of Saint-Laurent are among the principal places of interest in Salon-de-Provence
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Sanary-sur-Mer (Var)

The historic boats and the palm trees around the pretty harbour are the highlight in Sanary-sur-Mer, with various beaches close to hand
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Saorge (Alpes-Maritimes)

The village of Saorge is spread along a high ridge, with dramatic views to the Tende Valley
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Sault (Vaucluse)

In a region most visited for the surrounding lavender fields, Sault is also a picturesque village to explore
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Seguret (Vaucluse)

Seguret is a very picturesque village east of Orange, now classified among the most beautiful villages in France
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Seillans (Var)

The village of Seillans is a perched village in the Pays de Fayence region of Provence, now listed among the 'most beautiful villages in France'
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Serre Chevalier (Hautes-Alpes)

Serre-Chevalier is an extensive alpine ski region, based around Briancon and incorporating many resorts and villages
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Seyne-les-Alpes (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence)

In the mountain village of Seyne you can see various parts of the medieval defences that once stood here, and a pretty village
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Simiane-la-Rotonde (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence)

The medieval castle with its domed rotunda is just one of the sites of interest in the lovely village of Simiane-la-Rotonde
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Sisteron (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence)

The citadel is the main attraction in Sisteron, along with the dramatic rocky slope on which it is built
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Sospel (Alpes-Maritimes)

Between Menton and the mountains, the river and fortified bridge are a very scenic part of the town of Sospel
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Sospel cathedral (Alpes-Maritimes)

The cathedral in Sospel is an impressive example of baroque architecture in a small town
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Tanneron (Alpes-Maritimes)

Tanneron is a small village, often visited by those enjoying the leisure lake at nearby Lac de Saint Cassein
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Tarascon (Bouches-du-Rhone)

Tarascon is a pleasant town with a substantial castle on the Rhone river, well placed for exploring the region around Arles and Avignon
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Tende (Alpes-Maritimes)

Within the eastern Mercantour National Park, Tende is a very unspoiled and traditional mountain town with an extensive historic centre
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The Jardin Exotique d'Eze (Alpes-Maritimes)

The Exotic Garden of Eze is a beautiful garden overlooking the Cote d'Azur
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The Jardin Exotique de Monaco (Alpes-Maritimes)

Stunning exotic garden overlooking Monaco and the Cote d'Azur
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The Ochre Footpath of Roussillon (Vaucluse)

The Ochre mines of Roussillon are eroded into beautiful colours and shapes and fascinating to explore
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Theoule-sur-Mer (Alpes-Maritimes)

The resort at Theoule-sur-Mer is on the coast near Cannes, and is a cheaper alternative to staying at Cannes or Nice
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Toulon (Var)

A town with its focus firmly to the sea, Toulon is the base for the French Naval fleet and the National Museum of the Navy as well as having a large attractive pleasure port and harbour
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Tourrettes (Var)

The small village of Tourrettes is one of several perched villages in the Pays de Fayence region of Provence
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Tourrettes-sur-Loup (Alpes-Maritimes)

It is the medieval centre and the lovely views that will attract you to the perched village of Tourrettes-sur-Loup
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Tourtour (Var)

Tourtour is a very attractive and traditional Provencal village with a great deal to enjoy
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Trigance (Var)

Trigance is a charming small village and castle to the east of the Gorges du Verdon
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Vaison-la-Romaine (Vaucluse)

You are spoiled for choice in Vaison-la-Romaine, with substantial Roman remains and also a large medieval centre to explore
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Valbonne (Alpes-Maritimes)

Very quiet when we visited, we found Valbonne to be an almost undiscovered small jewel of a town
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Valensole (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence)

Valensole is surrounded by lavender fields, and the lavender industry is also seen in the products sold in the shops in the village
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Valgaudemar Valley (Hautes-Alpes)

The valley of Valgaudemar is one of many picturesque natural highlughts in the high Alps region
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Vallee de l'Ubaye (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence)

Starting near the Lac de Poncon, the Vallée de l'Ubaye is one of the scenic highlights in the Alps
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Valmasque Parc (Alpes-Maritimes)

Valmasque Parc is a tranquil park of trees and picnic areas
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Venasque (Vaucluse)

The ancient baptistry and the scenery of the Nesque river valley are just two of the reasons to visit the village of Venasque
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Vence (Alpes-Maritimes)

After exploring the walled historic centre of Vence you can take a stroll to the nearby Matisse Chapel
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Villa Ephrussi (Alpes-Maritimes)

Villa Ephrussi is an beautiful villa with views across the Riviera, impressive architecture and extensive gardens
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Villa Kérylos (Alpes-Maritimes)

Villa Kerylos is the recreation of a Greek Villa, with mosaics and frescoes, built on the Riviera in the early 20th century
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Village des Bories (Vaucluse)

The Village des Bories, near Gordes in Provence, is a fascinating group of ancient stone dwellings and shelters
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Villecroze (Var)

Villecroze is a charming small village with a quaint historic centre and a park with troglodyte dwellings
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Villefranche-sur-Mer (Alpes-Maritimes)

The small harbour town of Villefranche-sur-Mer is in one of the loveliest positions on the Cote d'Azur
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For more information see the Provence guide

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Tourist attractions to visit in Provence

The following sites have received official "tourist classifications"...


Marineland d'Antibes

Grand Sites of France

Gorges du Verdon: See tourist guide

Mont Ventoux

Montagne Sainte-Victoire

Vallee de la Claree: See tourist guide

UNESCO world heritage sites

Arles église St Honorat (monuments on French pilgrim routes): See tourist guide

Avignon Centre: See tourist guide

Briancon fortifications (Vauban fortifications): See tourist guide

Mont-Dauphin place forte (Vauban fortifications)

Orange Roman Theatre: See tourist guide

Roman Arles: See tourist guide

Villages classified as "most beautiful villages"

Ansouis: See tourist guide

Baux-de-Provence: See tourist guide

Coaraze: See tourist guide

Gassin: See tourist guide

Gordes: See tourist guide

Gourdon: See tourist guide

La Grave: See tourist guide

Lourmarin: See tourist guide

Menerbes: See tourist guide

Moustiers: See tourist guide

Roussillon: See tourist guide

Sainte-Agnes: See tourist guide

Seguret: See tourist guide

Seillans: See tourist guide

Tourtour: See tourist guide

Venasque: See tourist guide

National Monuments

Chateau d'If

Frejus Cathedral cloisters


Montmajour Abbey

Place Forte de Mont-Dauphin

Saorge Monastery

Thoronet Abbey

Trophy of Augustus

Towns classified as Recommended Detours

Apt: See tourist guide

Grimaud: See tourist guide

L'Argentiere-la-Bessee: See tourist guide


Pernes-les-Fontaines: See tourist guide

Saint Cyr sur Mer: See tourist guide

Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer: See tourist guide

Sisteron: See tourist guide

Vaison-la-Romaine: See tourist guide

Regional Natural Parcs


Camargue: See tourist guide

Luberon: See tourist guide


Verdon: See tourist guide

Secteur Sauvegardé (protected historical town centre)

Aix-en-Provence: See tourist guide

Arles: See tourist guide

Avignon: See tourist guide

Briancon: See tourist guide

Grasse: See tourist guide

Menton: See tourist guide

Nice: See tourist guide

Theme Park

OK Corral

Towns of Art and History

Arles: See tourist guide

Briancon: See tourist guide

Carpentras: See tourist guide

Frejus: See tourist guide

Grasse: See tourist guide

Marseille: See tourist guide

Menton: See tourist guide


Vaison-la-Romaine: See tourist guide

4* Towns in Bloom

Bormes-les-Mimosas: See tourist guide

Cannes: See tourist guide

Hyeres: See tourist guide


Martigues: See tourist guide

Menton: See tourist guide

Nice: See tourist guide

Sanary-sur-Mer: See tourist guide

Zoo or wildlife park

Parc Phœnix

Parc zoologique de Fréjus

Parc zoologique du Cap Ferrat

Zoo de La Barben

Zoo du Mont Faron