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Provence Cities and Villages

Cities & Villages to visit in Provence

Welcome to the Cities & Villages of Provence! From the vibrant city of Marseille to the quaintest of hilltop villages, this section provides a closer look at some of Provence's loveliest places to visit and live in. For information on other things to see and do in Provence, visit our Leisure & Tourism section.

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Vaucluse: hilltop and perched villages

HOCQUEL Alain - Coll. CDT VaucluseThe soul of Provence lies in its rural villages. In Vaucluse, they are spread across the foothills of Mont-Ventoux, hiding between the contoured valleys of Luberon or watching over the vineyards which surround them. more...

Aix-en-Provence: City of art, festivals & culture

Historical capital of Provence Aix-en-Provence Aix-en-Provence is arguably the cultural and tourism capital of Provence. It is a stunningly beautiful university town whose riches are based on agriculture, academia and a long association through history with royalty and nobility. As a result Aix possesses a wealth of superb architecture that has been carefully preserved and restored over the years. more...

Arles: The Ancient Roman City

Van Gogh, bull fights & la féria Arenes d'Arles, Charlie Redmond Arles is an historical and magical city. Bordered by the Rhône, la Camargue, les Alpilles and la Crau, it seems like an island. Arles is home to numerous ancient Roman and Latin monuments listed by UNESCO as world heritage sites. Its famous bullrings, known as Les Arènes ... more...

Avignon: City of Theater

Marked by papal history Palais des Papes Avignon Avignon has one of the best-preserved centers in France. Piercing the skyline are the beautiful spires of the Palais des Papes, accompanied by the renowned Pont Saint Bénezet, the bridge made famous by the children's song 'Sur le Pont d'Avignon'. Along Avignon's cobbled streets ... more...

Les Baux de Provence: 22 Historical Monuments

A must-see village in the heart of the Alpilles Rock from Les Baux de Provence While Les Baux de Provence is a tourist site rather than an active village - there are only 500 inhabitants - it still remains one of the most breathtakingly beautiful villages in France. The real beauty of Les Baux is the site itself, viewed from the exterior with the château-fortress and the surrounding Alpilles ... more...

La Camargue: Provence's River Delta

Land of gypsies and cowboys White Camarguais Horse La Camargue is like its own tiny country. It is a land of marshy plains, cowboys, horses and bulls. Long used for the breeding of cattle and horses, for the production of salt and for the growing of rice, the Camargue is Western Europe's largest river delta, covering an area of over ... more...

Gordes: Provence's Trendier Village

One of Provence's "Most Beautiful" Gordes This ancient village stands on the edge of the plateau of Vaucluse, facing the Luberon valley. It has been voted one of France's most beautiful villages. Its houses and buildings made of white stone are rooted into the cliff of a mountain, making it one of the most ... more...

Marseille: Cosmopolitan and Vibrant

A city with its own soul Le Vieux Port Marseille The city of Marseille is a melting pot of cultures from all over the world, home to a vast commercial port and a traditional hub of maritime trades. It is the capital of the South. With over one million inhabitants, it is France's second largest city and third largest metropolitan area. Its dynamic and festive .... more...

Roussillon: Red cliffs and ochre quarries

An Artist's Pallet Red Ochre Cliffs Roussillon Rousillon is most famous for its magnificent red cliffs and ochre quarries. It is the contrast of the blue Provençal sky against the red, brown and yellow shades of of the ochre cliffs - an exceptional combination of colors, which make this village such a magical place ... more...

Saint-Rémy de Provence

In the heart of the Alpilles Saint RémySituated in the heart of the Alpilles, this Gallo-Roman village is built on one of the oldest archeological sites in Europe. It is filled with Renaissance facades, bourgeois homes, convents and chapels. Saint-Rémy is an active village and is famous for its excellent selection of restaurants and shops ... more...

Saint Tropez: Provence's Most Famous Holiday Spot

Where the Jet-Set crowd vacation St Tropez portThey say anything goes in St Tropez - the more sinful the better. Back in the 1930s sexy starlets flaunted topless long before anyone dared to elsewhere. To this day St Tropez is known to be the summer jaunt of the world's sexiest and most famous JetSet crowd. This fairly inaccessible fishing village was 'discovered' ... more...

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