Bouches-du-Rhône attractions

Top Choice Ruins in St-Rémy-de-Provence

Site Archéologique de Glanum

It might lack the scale and ambition of some of Provence's better-known Roman monuments, but for a glimpse into everyday life in Gaul, this ancient town has no equal. A Roman colony founded around AD 27, the remains…
Top Choice Museum in Aix-en-Provence

Musée Granet

Aix established one of France's first public museums here, on the site of a former Hospitallers' priory, in 1838. Nearly 200 years of acquisitions (including bequests by the eponymous François Marius Granet, himself…
Top Choice Museum in Marseille

Musée des Civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée

The icon of modern Marseille, this stunning museum explores the history, culture and civilisation of the Mediterranean region through anthropological exhibits, rotating art exhibitions and film. The collection sits …
Top Choice Castle in Tarascon

Château de Tarascon

The mighty walls of the 15th-century Château de Tarascon rise straight out of the River Rhône, in the relaxed village of the same name. A beauty of a castle, the imposing fortress was built by Louis II to defend Pro…
Top Choice Mountain in Pays d’Aix

Montagne Ste-Victoire

East of Aix rises Cézanne’s favourite haunt, the magnificent silvery ridge of Montagne Ste-Victoire, its dry slopes carpeted in garrigue (scented scrub), bristling with pines, crossed by stone-walled paths and conce…
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 National Park in Les Calanques

Parc National des Calanques

The calanques (coves) of the coast surrounding Marseille became France's 10th national park in 2012, preserving their astonishing beauty and harbouring an extraordinary wealth of flora and fauna: including 900 plant…
Top Choice Historic Building in Aix-en-Provence

Caumont Centre d’Art

The Caumont is a stellar art space housed inside the Mazarin quarter’s grandest 18th-century hôtel particulier. While there are three quality exhibitions each year, plus concerts and other events, it’s the building …
Top Choice Basilica in Marseille

Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde

Occupying Marseille’s highest point, La Garde (154m), this opulent 19th-century Romano-Byzantine basilica is Marseille's most-visited icon. Built on the foundations of a 16th-century fort, which was itself an enlarg…
Top Choice Vineyard in Pays d’Aix

Château la Coste

The vine-clad slopes, woods and and olive groves of this Provençal estate are graced by harmonious examples of art and architecture, including work by Matisse, Louise Bourgeois, Ai Weiwei and Japanese architect Tada…