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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 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 Bridge in Avignon

Pont St-Bénézet

Legend says Pastor Bénézet (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 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 Spring in Fontaine-de-Vaucluse

La Fontaine de Vaucluse

Beneath the limestone cliffs an easy 1km walk from the village, the magical spring after which the village is named gushes forth at an incredible rate – more than 90 cu metres per second, making it France's largest …
Top Choice French in Gigondas

L'Oustalet

For a slap-up spoil, this Michelin-starred wonder owned by the wine-making Perrin family is the place. Using produce from his own kitchen garden, chef Laurent Deconinck creates delicious, refined dishes rooted in th…
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 forgotten set from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Ringed by ramparts and accessed via the p…
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 French in Avignon

Restaurant L'Essentiel

In the top tier of Avignon's restaurants for many a year, this elegant restaurant remains (as its name suggests) as essential as ever. First there's the setting: a lovely, honey-stoned hôtel particulier (mansion) wi…
Top Choice French in Avignon

Christian Etienne

If it's the full-blown, fine-dining French experience you're after, then Monsieur Etienne's much-vaunted (and Michelin-starred) restaurant is the place to go. It's the real deal: truffles and foie gras galore, and t…