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International antiques fairs, art, meals out, wine tasting, music festivals, golf, exploring hill tops villages, river cruises.
Les Halles, Avignon: every Saturday at 11am, much to the shoppers delight, you can watch the local leading chefs put on cookery demonstrations using the local produce.
The Camargue is western Europe’s largest river delta comprising lagoons, reed-covered marshes and lakes. Home to more than 400 species of birds including the pink flamingo and white wild Camargue horses, it’s an enticing break from city life. is renowned for it's rare wildlife especially the thousands of pink flamingo's that live in the wetlands, and the migrating birds which flock here each Spring and Autumn. The Camargue Park is historically known for it's special breed of white horses, that are supposedly one of the oldest breeds of horses in the world. You could book a horse-riding trip for you and your family or friends with one of Carmague's traditional cowboy’s. The park's wetlands are designated as a UNESCO heritage site, and they attract thousands of migrating birds in the Spring and Autumn. However the famous pink flamingo's flock to these parts year round, creating a remarkable natural sight. The Camargue has some of the best of the Mediterranean coast's beaches. Walk the winding coast paths to discover wild and remote pebbly coves or white sand beaches that you will never forget. This is also a fabulous area for hiking and cycling, and you can choose from hundreds of trails over flat terrain with expansive views over and across the Rhone Delta River. There are many interesting sites and attractions to be visited in the surrounding towns and villages which show off the distinctive culture and heritage of the Camargue and Rhone Delta- in particular the Mediaeval walled city of Aigues Mortes.
You must visit the Calanques on the coast between Marseille and Cassis. One of the highlights of the south coast of France, the Calanques are a series of high, rocky promontories boasting a wealth of flora and fauna, which plunge into the bright blue Mediterranean waters below, dotted with impossibly beautiful secret coves with bright white sands. There are guided hikes or boat rides, however the best way to explore this natural beauty is on a sea-kayak excursion. Go to La Ciotat, near to Cassis where you can explore the old port, with its fishing boats, shops and al-fresco restaurants serving the catch-of-the-day seafood. This is an amazing stretch of the Provence Mediterranean where you will find dramatic cliffs, secret coves and secluded beaches, and large bays perfect for snorkelling, scuba diving, sailing and fishing trips. Visit the gardens of Rocher des Domes, a vast garden with a large pond – home to ducks, geese and swans. Here you’ll be rewarded with a fantastic panoramic view over the Rhone Valley and picturesque Provencal countryside, and on a clear day, you may even see Mont Ventoux – the tallest mountain in Provence.
The Parc Naturel du Luberon is a region of outstanding natural beauty in southern Provence. It is a great area for walking and cycling and exploring the beautiful countryside on leisurely drives and is superb for gourmet delights with many good restaurants and locally produced fruit, cheeses and honey.
A trip to the top of Mont Garlaban, home to Marcel Pagnol (1895–1970), known both as a filmmaker and for his stories of his childhood, “Le Château de la Mère”, “La Gloire de mon Père”, and “Le Temps des secrets”. He was the first filmmaker to become a member of the illustrious “Académie francaise”.
The peaceful Cistercian Abbaye de Senanque is one of the most well photographed scenes in Provence. Hidden away in the midst of lavender fields on a incredibly picturesque road, it is worth a visit.
Borie village near Gordes.
If you’re interested in bull fighting, another unique must-see is the Musee des Cultures Taurines, located near the amphitheatre. Here you can discover how the bulls of the Camargue were bred for the arenas, and how Nimes played a significant part in bullfighting history.
Visit the iconic Pont du Gard – a seriously impressive Roman Aqueduct crossing the river Gardon. One of the oldest Roman hydraulic works, used to bring water to the city, it is one of the finest remaining of its kind. At 48.77m high, it is an extraordinary sight and just 12 miles away from Nimes.
Avignon. Palais des Papes As you meander around the streets of Avignon you won’t fail to miss the impressive Palace of the Popes (Palais des Papes). One of the most visited heritage sites in France, it really is no wonder. Claiming to be the world’s largest Gothic palace with towers rising 50ft tall and featuring characteristic spires, the sheer size alone is jaw-dropping. And that’s without considering the expanse that is the Palace’s courtyard, which the kids will adore running around in. Built in 1309, it’s been home to nine popes making the city a major political and spiritual capital. So yes, it’s worth the visit!
Avignon: There are an abundance of museums and art galleries to explore.
Try the Petit Palais, a former archbishop’s palace and now museum and art gallery. Home to some amazing Renaissance paintings, including those by Boticelli and Crivelli, it’s also a stunning place to just stroll around. For even more exceptional art, visit the Musee Angladon, exhibiting six Picasso pieces, as well as paintings by Degas, Cezanne, Van Gogh and Manet, and the Musee Calvet – a stylish 18th-century mansion boasting paintings by Bonnard, Brueghel and Vuillard. Avignon certainly offers a feast for the eyes.
Orange: The Roman Theatre and “Triumphant Arch” of Orange in Provence. The spectacular Roman theatre, said to be the world's best preserved. Dominating the town's medieval centre, this is the only European Roman theatre to have conserved its stage wall, which stands at about 100 metres long and 37 metres wide – just one of the reasons this has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Alongside this iconic theatre stands The Triumphal Arch of Orange, a UNESCO listed monument. Acting as a gateway to the town, the arch at 22 metres high displays ornate carvings relating to the conquests of Augustus – another impressive feature of this small gem set in the Rhone Valley. Although the whole of Orange could be seen as a living museum in itself, there’s also the town’s Municipal Museum, a short walk from the theatre. Boasting many artefacts from excavations in the area you’ll find anything from old medieval coins, prints and even a remarkable slab engraved with the allocations of land. And, one final building you should certainly try to see whilst in Rome (sorry, Orange), is the impressive 4th century Cathedral of Notre-Dame-de-Nazareth. Rebuilt in the 12th century, this Romanesque-style building is a delight, especially inside. Adorned with fantastic paintings, frescoes and sculptures created by Italians, it’s a real feast for the eyes.
The Choregies d'Orange What better place to see a summer opera festival than at one of the best-preserved UNESCO Roman Theatres in the Western world- the Theatre Antique d’Orange. In front of a possible 9,000 spectators some of the most famous operas including Madame Butterfly and La Traviata are performed as part of The Choregies d’Orange – the reputed oldest festival in France. Because of the event's heritage, and the circular theatre walls remaining intact – resulting in exceptional acoustics – the festival has gained international success. Many global stars perform here over the six performances that take place over August, so be sure to book your tickets early for the opera of your choice. Then when you’ve had your fill of heavenly music in this stunning theatre, wander around Orange, enjoying its narrow streets, Triumphal Arc and picturesque squares where you can sit down for a coffee or two and watch the world go by.