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Top Choice Palace in Avignon

Palais des Papes

The largest Gothic palace ever built, the Palais des Papes was erected by Pope Clement V, who abandoned Rome in 1309 as a result of violent disorder following his election. It served as the seat of papal power for s…
Top Choice Bridge in Avignon

Pont St-Bénezet

Legend says Pastor Bénezet had three saintly visions urging him to build a bridge across the Rhône. Completed in 1185, the 900m-long bridge with 20 arches linked Avignon with Villeneuve-lès-Avignon. It was rebuilt s…
Top Choice Ruins in Vaison-la-Romaine

Gallo-Roman Ruins

The ruined remains of Vasio Vocontiorum, the Roman city that flourished here between the 6th and 2nd centuries BC, fill two central Vaison sites. Two neighbourhoods of this once opulent city, Puymin and La Villasse,…
Top Choice Historic Site in Orange

Théâtre Antique

Orange's monumental Roman theatre is unquestionably one of France's most impressive Roman sights. It's one of only three intact Roman theatres left in the world (the others are in Syria and Turkey), and its sheer si…
Top Choice Gastronomy in Les Baux-de-Provence

L'Oustau de Baumanière

Twice Michelin-starred and luxurious with a capital L, this legendary hotel-restaurant is the most exclusive – and expensive – place to dine in this corner of Provence. Head chef Jean-André Charial revels in the ric…
Top Choice Historic Site in Vaison-la-Romaine

Cité Médiévale

Wandering around Vaison-la-Romaine's wonderful medieval quarter, you could be forgiven for thinking you've stepped into a forgetten set from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Ringed by ramparts and accessed via the p…
Top Choice Ruins in St-Rémy-de-Provence

Site Archéologique de Glanum

Though Provence's other Roman sites often take precedence, you'll get a better sense of the reality of everyday life in Gaul by wandering around the ruined Gallo-Roman city of Glanum. Established around a sacred spr…
Top Choice Modern French in St-Rémy-de-Provence

Maison Drouot

Stuck on where to head for lunch? Stop fretting and head five minutes out of town to this 19th-century oil mill, now a charming country bistro where nearly every dish is based on ingredients sourced from local suppl…
Top Choice Monastery in Villeneuve-lès-Avignon

Abbaye et Jardins de l’Abbaye

The resplendent vaulted halls of this 10th-century abbey, within Fort St-André, can only be visited by guided tour. The stunning terrace gardens, however – built atop the abbey vaults and classed among France's top …
Top Choice Spring in Fontaine-de-Vaucluse

La Fontaine

At the foot of craggy cliffs, an easy 1km walk from the village, the River Sorgue surges from the earth's depths. The spring is most dazzling after heavy rain, when water glows azure blue, welling up at an incredibl…