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Provence, France - Highlights

Hidden Villages of Provence

Provence, France - Highlights

story by: Inspire France & Italy

There is so much to see and do in France and Provence that you could become overwhelmed with choice.  To help narrow down your options if you only have a limited time available, at House of Travel we have put together some of our favourite attractions or visitor spots so you don't miss out on anything.

  • Avignon – Surrounded by amazingly well preserved ramparts built in the 1300s, the Old Town is a maze of pedestrian streets and cobbled lanes that lead to the Palais des Papes. Built during the 14th century for the Pope of the time it is the largest Gothic palace in the world.
  • Aix en provence – Called the ‘Left Bank’ of Provence, Aix (pronounced ‘X’) is a classy town with wide boulevards and lovely squares lined with 17th and 18th century mansions. Cézanne is one of the towns most famous sons and you can visit his studio that is exactly as he left it. Picasso also spent time painting here - a walk through the sunflowers on a shimmering afternoon will show you why.
  • Arles – Became a Roman town after Julius Caesar distributed the land among his veteran legionnaires in 46 BC. Today you can still see some incredible Roman sites such as the arena and theatre.
  • Pont du gard – 2000 years ago over 1000 people worked for 5 years on the construction of the Pont du Gard, the Roman aqueduct bridge. The objective was to bring water to the city of Nîmes via a 50km long aqueduct, it is an amazing engineering feat and an artistic masterpiece.
  • Gordes – A beautiful old village with narrow cobbled streets perched on the southern edge of a hill. The town is made from a light stone that glows orange in the morning sun and the view out across fields and forests and small perched villages is a real ‘Provençal’ scene.
  • Roussillon – A beautiful village famous for its red and yellow ochre cliffs. The rocks have eroded over the years creating amazing shapes, gullies and a maze of caves. Painters and photographers rave about this place!
  • Lavender – 4km from Gordes is the stunning 12th century Abbey de Senanque which is framed by fields of lavender in the summer.

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