For the perfect melange of sun, sights, sea, and delicious culture, Provence in the south of France is the place to be. Let’s take a look at five must-see destinations.
Mont Ventoux is a mountain in Provence, famous for the wines grown from the vineyards nestled at its feet and as a route on the Tour de France. If you don’t have a bicycle, you can also drive up to its windy peak which gives magnificent views over the whole picturesque land of Van Gogh and Cezanne’s paintings.
Palais de Papes, Avignon
Located in the historical town of Avignon, the Palais de Papes is a must-see. Towering over the quaint medieval town of meandering streets and artisan boutiques is this colossal castle which was the Pope’s residence and the seat of Western Christianity in the 14th century.
Isle sur la Sorgue
Built on a network of intersecting canals and rivers, Isle sur la Sorgue is more than just a pretty town. It is home to a community of antique shops, artistic boutiques and weekend markets selling all the local produce. If you want to soak up Provençal culture and cook with some local ingredients, this is the town to visit.
13 miles north of Avignon, the town of Orange is renowned for its Roman architecture. Its Theatre Antique d’Orange has been described as the most impressive in Europe.
Pont du Gare
The Pont du Gare is a colossal Roman aqueduct that is still intact and can be walked over. Its size and antiquity are truly mesmerizing and can be enjoyed either by walking on its ancient stones or from below paddling in the sapphire stream gushing beneath its feet.