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Top Choice Historic Site in Orange

Théâtre Antique

Orange's monumental, Unesco-protected 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)…
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 Historic Site in Nice

Vieux Nice

Getting lost among the dark, narrow, winding alleyways of Nice’s old town is a highlight. The layout has barely changed since the 1700s, and it’s now packed with delis, restaurants, boutiques and bars, but the centr…
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 in the wake of violent disorder after his election. Its immense scale illustrates the medieval mig…
Top Choice Architecture in New Town & Promenade des Anglais

Promenade des Anglais

The most famous stretch of seafront in Nice – if not France – is this vast paved promenade, which gets its name from the English expat patrons who paid for it in 1822. It runs for the whole 4km sweep of the Baie des…
Top Choice Bridge in Avignon

Pont St-Bénezet

Legend says Pastor Bénezet (a former shepherd) had three visions urging him to build a bridge across the Rhône. Completed in 1185, the 900m-long bridge linked Avignon with Villeneuve-lès-Avignon. It was rebuilt seve…
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 Gastronomy in Moustiers Ste-Marie

La Bastide de Moustiers

A legendary table of Provence, founded by chef supremo Alain Ducasse. As you'd expect from this Michelin-starred, much-lauded restaurant, it's a temple to French cuisine – from the playful amuses bouches to the rich…
Top Choice Gastronomy in Arles

L'Atelier Jean-Luc Rabanel

As much an artistic experience as a double-Michelin-starred adventure, this is the gastronomic flagship of charismatic chef Jean-Luc Rabanel. Many products are sourced from the chef's veggie patch, and wine pairings…
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…