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Avignon Festival

Avignon, Provence, France

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An actor with a painted face, waistcoat, and a bowler hat, walks on stilts and holds fliers to advertise his performance

Nearly a thousand shows and exhibitions over three weeks, showcasing world-class drama, music and dance. France’s answer to the UK’s Edinburgh Festival.

Best for ages 13+

Duration: 3 weeks

When: July

Frequency: annually

Provence Wine Region

Provence, France

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Landscape photo of vineyards with mountains behind

Postcard-perfect vineyards yielding world-famous wines – Provence is the home of the most prestigious Cotes du Rhone wines, including the reds of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas, and Beaumes-de-Venise.

Best for ages 18+

Roman Theatre of Orange

Orange, Provence, France

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View of the amphitheatre from top of the steps looking down to the stage

Europe’s best-preserved Ancient Roman theatre, dating back to the 1st century AD, is still used for performances today.

Adult price: £9

Best for ages 18+

Palace of the Popes

Avignon, Provence, France

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Exterior view of front facade

The world’s biggest Gothic palace was home to popes during their 14th-century exile from Rome. Seven reigned here until 1377, in a colourful period of greed and depravity.

Adult price: £10

Best for ages 18+

Arles Amphitheatre

Arles, Provence, France

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Aerial view down on the amphitheater surrounded by houses

The biggest and one of the best-preserved Roman amphitheatres in France, where 20,000 would come to watch gladiators fight to the death.

Adult price: £8

Best for ages 18+

Cezanne’s Studio

Aix-en-Provence, Provence, France

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The interior of Cezanne's studio, with art implements and still life objects.

The studio where French artist Paul Cezanne painted – evocatively preserved, as if he had just put down his brushes.

Adult price: £6

Best for ages 13+

World-class art in Provence

Provence, France

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A portrait of Van Gogh set on a pillar, by a stone wall

Provence offers a feast for art lovers, with several excellent museums. Two of the world’s greatest painters – Cezanne and Van Gogh – painted many of their masterpieces here. Follow in their footsteps, see the actual locations, and where and how they lived.

Best for ages 18+

The Luberon [driving & cycling]

Luberon, Provence, France

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Lavender fields in front of houses and hills

The Luberon massif, with its lush landscapes, quaint villages and lavender fields (in season) is like a film set. It’s quintessential Provence at its most picturesque – best appreciated by car or the 236km circular bike route.

Best for ages 18+

Duration: 1+ days

Van Gogh Walk in Saint-Remy

Saint-Remy-de-Provence, Provence, France

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Inner corridor at the monastery saint paul de mausole, with sun coming through the stone arches

Follow in Van Gogh’s footsteps through the landscapes around Saint-Remy-de-Provence, where he painted some of his best-known works.

Best for ages 18+

Duration: 1+ hours

Courses Camarguaises

Arles, Provence, France

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man dodging away from a bull in the arena

Provence’s bloodless bullfights are one of the region’s most exciting and best-loved sports, a cultural phenomenon held in the magnificent Roman amphitheatre of Arles.

Adult price: £8

Best for ages 8+

Duration: 1+ hours

When: April-October

Frequency: monthly

Van Gogh Walk in Arles

Arles, Provence, France

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The Langlois Bridge beside a replica of a Van Gogh painting

Follow in Van Gogh’s footsteps around Arles, the town where he painted some of his best-known works.

Best for ages 13+

Duration: 1-2 hours

Les Choregies d’Orange

Orange, Provence, France

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VIew of the theatre at night filled with people watching a performance

France’s oldest festival, featuring exceptional lyrical and opera performances, held in the beautiful, crumbling 1st-century Theatre Antique.

Adult price: £30

Best for ages 18+

Duration: 5 weeks

When: July-August

Frequency: annually

Provence’s best food & drink

Provence, France

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Provence’s best food & drink

Our summary of the typical foods, ingredients and flavours, cooking styles, dining scene and best foodie experiences in Provence.

Best for ages 13+

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Aix-en-Provence Festival

Aix-en-Provence, Provence, France

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The audience of an opera performance on stage, sat in tiered open-air seating

Founded in 1948, this prestigious international festival of lyrical arts, dedicated to opera and classical music, takes place in the picturesque setting of Aix-en-Provence.

Best for ages 18+

Duration: 1 month

When: July

Frequency: annually

Chateau des Baux-en-Provence

Les Baux-de-Provence, Provence, France

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aerial view of the hilltop town amid flat landscape

An atmospheric, ruined 10th century castle teetering atop the craggy Alpilles mountains, rich in Provence feudal history and panoramic landscape views.

Adult price: £15

Best for ages 4+

Aix Cathedral

Aix-en-Provence, Provence, France

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The exterior of Saint Saveur gothic cathedral seen from the ground on a sunny day

A remarkable, medieval cathedral packed with treasures’ home to a famous Renaissance masterpiece and a fascinating tapestry museum.

Best for ages 18+

Pont du Gard Aqueduct [kayaking & swimming]

Vers-Pont-du-Gard, Occitaine, France

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View of the aquaduct over the river

A UNESCO World Heritage Site of breathtaking beauty, this aqueduct bridge, dating back to the 1st century BC, is testimony to the genius of Roman engineers.

Adult price: £8.50

Best for ages 6+

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Ancient Glanum

Saint-Remy-de-Provence, Provence, France

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View across the ruins from a small nearby hill

The best-preserved Roman city in Provence, near Saint-Remy, amid landscapes painted by Van Gogh.

Adult price: £7

Best for ages 18+

Granet Museum

Aix-en-Provence, Provence, France

Exterior of the Granet Museum, a low stone building with steps leading up to a red door.

A must for any art lover, this museum holds one of Provence’s top art collections, including works by Cézanne, Rubens, Rembrandt, and the Collection Planque.

Adult price: £5

Best for ages 18+

Angladon Museum

Avignon, Provence, France

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Inside the museum, three paintings hang on three different coloured walls.

A superb private art collection in a townhouse, including the only Van Gogh in Provence. There are also paintings by Chardin, Manet, Cezanne, Degas, Modigliani, Sisley and Picasso.

Adult price: £7

Best for ages 18+

Arles Museum of Antiquity

Arles, Provence, France

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The exterior of the museum, with a path dotted with benches leading to it

An archaeology museum housing a fascinating collection of sculptures, mosaics and much more from the ancient Arles region – artifacts date from prehistoric times until the 6th century AD.

Adult price: £5

Best for ages 13+

Place Richelme Food Market

Aix-en-Provence, Provence, France

pretty town square with market stalls selling food

Each morning, Aix hosts one of Provence’s best markets, overflowing with the freshest fruit, vegetables, herbs, meats, seafood and cheeses from local producers. On Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings, it expands tenfold and includes a massive flower market.

Best for ages 13+

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Caumont Centre d’Art

Aix-en-Provence, Provence, France

External view of the beautiful golden stone building

This magnificent townhouse (1715), a beautifully restored hôtel particulier, features lavishly furnished period rooms, an exquisite garden, a film on Cezanne and temporary art exhibitions; a good stop for lunch, afternoon tea or dinner too.

Adult price: £12

Best for ages 18+

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Wine harvest at Les Pastras [grape stomping]

Cadenet, Provence, France

Wine harvest at Les Pastras [grape stomping]

An organic farm in the Luberon run by a French-American couple that offers the chance to experience a traditional French wine harvest, including a tour of the farm, lessons in cultivation, and the chance to stomp on the grapes. Weekdays only.

Adult price: £50

Best for ages 13+

Duration: 3 hours

When: Mid-Aug to Mid-Oct

Frequency: annually

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Les Alyscamps

Arles, Provence, France

View into a graveyard with old ruin walls around

An evocative, romantic Roman burial ground – once the most famous cemetery in medieval Europe. It’s the burial site of the legendary St Trophime and the first bishops of Arles, and remains an important stop on the pilgrimage to Compostela.

Best for ages 18+

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Vincent Van Gogh Foundation

Arles, Provence, France

A low white wall painted with Van Gogh's signature

Arles is world-famous thanks to Van Gogh, but to the city’s eternal regret no one bought any of his paintings. This foundation, in the newly renovated Hotel Leautaud de Donines, is dedicated to art exhibitions inspired by the artist.

Adult price: £9

Best for ages 18+

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The Camargue

Arles, Provence, France

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A man on horseback shepherds black bulls through a cloud of smoke

A massive, wildlife-filled river delta, where gardians (French cowboys) ride white ponies and herd black Camargue bulls amid vast flocks of pink flamingos. Brilliant for horse-riding, hiking, cycling, and wildlife safaris.

Best for ages 13+

Truffle hunting at Les Pastras

Cadenet, Provence, France

Close up of a labrador dog digging in the ground for truffles as people watch

Organic farm in the Luberon run by a French-American couple who offer summer and winter truffle hunts, and the chance to stomp on grapes the old-fashioned way during the harvest.

Adult price: £60

Best for ages 13+

Duration: 3+ hours

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Petit Palais Museum

Avignon, Provence, France

Exterior of the Little Palace Museum

Papal Avignon was the centre of the European art for decades, and over 300 works of (mostly) Italian medieval and renaissance paintings and sculptures commissioned by the wealthy prelates of the church, including a Botticelli Madonna, are displayed in this 14th-century palace.

Best for ages 18+

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Luma

Arles, Provence, France

Luma

Frank Gehry’s striking crumpled silver tower houses the enormous project of the art-and Arles-loving billionaire heiress Maja Hoffmann, to create a new art gallery and new space for artists. Worth going to admire the architecture, if nothing else.

Best for ages 18+

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Olive oil tasting at Moulin Castelas

Les Baux-de-Provence, Provence, France

Olive oil tasting at Moulin Castelas

In the stunning setting of Les Baux, learn all about Provence’s greeny-golden nectar on these free tastings of these award-winning oils. Open all year-round, but short walks through the olive groves and visits to the mill are also offered from June to September.

Best for ages 13+

Duration: 2 hours

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Chocolate-making at the Puyricard Chocolaterie

Puyricard, Provence, France

Chocolate-making at the Puyricard Chocolaterie

Visit the most famous chocolate factory in Provence, just outside Aix in Puyricard, where you can go behind the scenes in their atelier or spend an afternoon at a hands-on chocolate-making workshop.

Adult price: £8

Min age 6

Best for ages 6+

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Vaison-la-Romaine

Vaison-la-Romaine, Provence, France

Pont Romain, Vaison la Romaine, departement Vaucluse, Provence, France

In Vaison, north of Avignon, the modern city, the medieval city, and the extensive remains of their Roman predecessor lie jumbled charmingly together. Ruins include four grand mansions, a theatre, a fine museum, and a picturesque bridge that still connects the two parts of the town.

Best for ages 18+

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St-Paul-de-Mausole

Saint-Remy-de-Provence, Provence, France

The exterior facade and entrance of the St Paul de Mausole, a golden stone building

The asylum where Van Gogh spent 1888-89 is a masterpiece of Provencal Romanesque, and today specializes, appropriately, in art therapy. His room and reproductions of the paintings he made there are on display, along with temporary exhibitions.

Adult price: £4

Best for ages 18+

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