Top things to do

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 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 Gardens in Orange

Colline St-Eutrope

For bird's-eye views of the theatre – and phenomenal vistas of Mont Ventoux and the Dentelles de Montmirail – follow montée Philbert de Chalons or montée Lambert up Colline St-Eutrope (St Eutrope Hill; elevation 97m…
Top Choice Bistro in Vaison-la-Romaine

Bistro du'O

Gosh, this place knows how to impress. First the setting: a vaulted cellar in the medieval city (once the château stables). Then the food: local and seasonal, rooted in the classics but contemporary in style, and di…
Top Choice Market in Carpentras

Friday Market

If you do nothing else in Carpentras, make sure you find time to visit the fabulous Friday market, when several hundred stalls fill Rue d’Inguimbert, ave Jean Jaurès and many side streets. It's an institution, and a…
Top Choice Synagogue in Carpentras

Synagogue de Carpentras

Carpentras’ remarkable synagogue dates to 1367 and is the oldest still in use in France. Although Jews were initially welcomed into papal territory, by the 17th century they had to live in ghettos in Avignon, Carpen…
Top Choice French in Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Le Verger des Papes

Prepare to be wowed by the view from the terrace of this romantic little restaurant – you get a wraparound panorama of the village rooftops and the River Rhône, guaranteed to deserve a photo opportunity. The food is…
Top Choice Pastries in Carpentras

La Maison Jouvaud

From mountains of meringues to divine cakes, sweets, chocolates and candied fruits, this vintage cake shop and tearoom is the place to indulge your sweet tooth. Try the house speciality chocolat à l'ancienne (old-fa…
Top Choice Historic Site in Carpentras

Arc Romain

Hidden behind Cathédrale St-Siffrein, the Arc Romain was built under Augustus in the 1st century AD and is decorated with worn carvings of enslaved Gauls.