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.

Abbey of Senanque (Vaucluse)

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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)

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Agay is a very small Riviera resort to the south of the Massif d'Esterel

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Aiguines (Var)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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Less touristy than many Provence towns, the highlight in Apt is the baroque style cathedral

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Arles (Bouches-du-Rhone)

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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)

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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)

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This pleasant town is interesting to visit during your stay near the Gorges du Verdon

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Avignon (Vaucluse)

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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)

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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)

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

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Bandol (Var)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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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Bauduen (Var)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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The lovely historic centre of Bormes-le-Mimosas overflows with plants and flowers

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Breil-sur-Roya (Alpes-Maritimes)

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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)

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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)

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Cadenet is a small town in the south of the Luberon Regional Natural Park

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Cagnes-sur-Mer (Alpes-Maritimes)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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

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Carpentras (Vaucluse)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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The focus at family-friendly Cavalaire-sur-Mer is firmly on the beach and related activities

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Chateau de Lourmarin (Vaucluse)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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In the mountain village of Colmars highlights include the Fort de Savoie and fortified medieval gateways

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Cucuron (Vaucluse)

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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)

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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)

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

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Draguignan (Var)

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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)

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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)

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Entrecasteaux is a traditional Provencal town between the Gorges du Verdon and the French Riviera

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Entrevaux (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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This town near Arles has a small historic centre to explore when you are passing

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Forcalquier (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence)

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Forcalquier is a pleasant Luberon town with several interesting historic monuments

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Frejus (Var)

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Among other historic sites, the town of Frejus has one of the best ancient baptisteries in France

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Gap (Hautes-Alpes)

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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)

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Gassin, listed as a 'most beautiful village in France' is high on a hill above Saint-Tropez

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Gorbio (Alpes-Maritimes)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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These gorges in northern Provence are one of the most impressive scenic highlights in France

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Gourdon (Alpes-Maritimes)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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The Iles de Lérins is a peaceful group of islands to the south of Cannes

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Juan-les-Pins (Alpes-Maritimes)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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It is the wide choice of beaches that attracts most visitors to La Croix-Valmer

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La Grave (Hautes-Alpes)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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An attractive village with ruins of a castle and fortified walls, and surrounded by attractive scenery

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Le Barroux (Vaucluse)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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Les Arcs, with its historical Parage quarter, is a very lovely historical town

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Lorgues (Var)

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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)

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Lourmarin is one of the most important scenic villages in the Luberon region

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Luberon Natural Park (Vaucluse)

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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)

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The village of Lurs is small but has a great deal of character

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Mandelieu-la-Napoule (Alpes-Maritimes)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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One of our favourite Luberon villages, the streets of old Menerbes are overflowing with charm

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Menton (Alpes-Maritimes)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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Naturoptere is a biodiversity centre where you can learn of the interaction between nature and insects

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Nevache (Hautes-Alpes)

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The picturesque mountain village of Nevache is well placed to explore the scenic Vallée de la Clarée

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Nice (Alpes-Maritimes)

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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)

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Opio is a tiny village in the hills, with very far-reaching views

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Oppede-le-Vieux (Vaucluse)

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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)

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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)

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Orange is best known for its Roman monuments such as the very good condition Theatre

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Papal Palace, Avignon (Vaucluse)

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The Papal Palace in Avignon is the most imposing gothic palace in Europe

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Pegomas (Alpes-Maritimes)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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Pertuis is a small Provencal town to the south of the Luberon Regional Natural Park

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Port Grimaud (Var)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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The town of Arles contains numerous Roman monuments including the famous amphitheatre

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Roquebrune-Cap-Martin (Alpes-Maritimes)

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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)

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

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Roussillon (Vaucluse)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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

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Sault (Vaucluse)

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

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Seguret (Vaucluse)

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

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Seillans (Var)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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Between Menton and the mountains, the river and fortified bridge are a very scenic part of the town of Sospel

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Tanneron (Alpes-Maritimes)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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Stunning exotic garden overlooking Monaco and the Cote d'Azur

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The Ochre Footpath of Roussillon (Vaucluse)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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Tourtour is a very attractive and traditional Provencal village with a great deal to enjoy

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Trigance (Var)

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Trigance is a charming small village and castle to the east of the Gorges du Verdon

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Vaison-la-Romaine (Vaucluse)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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Valmasque Parc is a tranquil park of trees and picnic areas

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Venasque (Vaucluse)

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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)

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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)

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Villa Ephrussi is an beautiful villa with views across the Riviera, impressive architecture and extensive gardens

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Villa Kérylos (Alpes-Maritimes)

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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)

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

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Villecroze (Var)

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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)

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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


Tourist attractions to visit in Provence

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


Marineland d'Antibes

Grand Sites of France

Gorges du Verdon: Tourist guide

Mont Ventoux

Montagne Sainte-Victoire

Vallee de la Claree: Tourist guide

UNESCO world heritage sites

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

Avignon Centre: Tourist guide

Briancon fortifications (Vauban fortifications): Tourist guide

Mont-Dauphin place forte (Vauban fortifications)

Orange Roman Theatre: Tourist guide

Roman Arles: Tourist guide

Villages classified as "most beautiful villages"

Ansouis: Tourist guide

Baux-de-Provence: Tourist guide

Coaraze: Tourist guide

Gassin: Tourist guide

Gordes: Tourist guide

Gourdon: Tourist guide

La Grave: Tourist guide

Lourmarin: Tourist guide

Menerbes: Tourist guide

Moustiers: Tourist guide

Roussillon: Tourist guide

Sainte-Agnes: Tourist guide

Seguret: Tourist guide

Seillans: Tourist guide

Tourtour: Tourist guide

Venasque: 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: Tourist guide

Grimaud: Tourist guide

L'Argentiere-la-Bessee: Tourist guide


Pernes-les-Fontaines: Tourist guide

Saint Cyr sur Mer: Tourist guide

Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer: Tourist guide

Sisteron: Tourist guide

Vaison-la-Romaine: Tourist guide

Regional Natural Parcs


Camargue: Tourist guide

Luberon: Tourist guide


Verdon: Tourist guide

Secteur Sauvegardé (protected historical town centre)

Aix-en-Provence: Tourist guide

Arles: Tourist guide

Avignon: Tourist guide

Briancon: Tourist guide

Grasse: Tourist guide

Menton: Tourist guide

Nice: Tourist guide

Theme Park

OK Corral

Towns of Art and History

Arles: Tourist guide

Briancon: Tourist guide

Carpentras: Tourist guide

Frejus: Tourist guide

Grasse: Tourist guide

Marseille: Tourist guide

Menton: Tourist guide


Vaison-la-Romaine: Tourist guide

4* Towns in Bloom

Bormes-les-Mimosas: Tourist guide

Cannes: Tourist guide

Hyeres: Tourist guide


Martigues: Tourist guide

Menton: Tourist guide

Nice: Tourist guide

Sanary-sur-Mer: 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