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Top Choice Provençal in Avignon

Christian Etienne

One of Avignon’s top tables, this much-vaunted restaurant occupies a 12th-century palace with a leafy outdoor terrace, adjacent to Palais des Papes. Interiors feel slightly dated, but the refined Provençal cuisine r…
Top Choice Museum in Avignon

Musée du Petit Palais

The archbishops' palace during the 14th and 15th centuries now houses outstanding collections of primitive, pre-Rennaissance, 13th- to 16th-century Italian religious paintings by artists including Botticelli, Carpac…
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 Chocolate in St-Rémy-de-Provence

Joël Durand

Among France’s top chocolatiers, using Provençal herbs and plants – lavender, rosemary, violet and thyme – with unexpected flavours such as Earl Grey.
Top Choice Roman Sites 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 Historic Site in St-Rémy-de-Provence

Monastère St-Paul de Mausole

This monastery turned asylum is famous for one of its former residents – the ever-volatile Vincent van Gogh, who admitted himself in 1889. Safe within the monastery's cloistered walls, Vincent enjoyed his most produ…
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 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 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 Roman Sites 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…