There's a huge choice of restaurants in the Avignon area. Avignon itself has plenty of options, but you'll find good Provençal places in many nearby towns – especially in Carpentras, Orange, St-Rémy and Vaison-la-Romaine.

Markets in Upper Provence

To appreciate Provence's seasonal bounty, visit its markets (www.marches-provence.com); most run from 8am to noon. In Nîmes, the covered food market operates daily; Avignon's Les Halles operates Tuesday to Sunday.

Monday Bédoin, Fontvieille

Tuesday Tarascon, Vaison-la-Romaine

Wednesday Malaucène, Sault, St-Rémy-de-Provence, Valréas

Thursday Beaucaire, L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue (small), Maillane, Maussane-les-Alpilles, Orange, Villeneuve-lès-Avignon

Friday Carpentras, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Saturday Pernes-les-Fontaines, Richerenches, St-Rémy-de-Provence, Villeneuve-lès-Avignon

Sunday L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue (large)