Located 30 minutes away, the city of Aix-en-Provence has a rich historical and cultural heritage. With its flowered squares, shady streets and baroque residences, the city was an inspiration for the artist Paul Cézanne. Famous for its thermal baths, Aix-en-Provence has many ancient fountains, as the Rotonde, which alone is worth the look. Explore the old town and its architectural beauties. Wander in the pedestrian streets where pastries, delicatessens and craft shops coexist. Awaken your senses by discovering the many markets in the city. Without forgetting to take a break on the Cours Mirabeau to enjoy lunch under the plane trees or just to appreciate the sunset on the terrace.
Ranked among the "most beautiful villages of France", Baux de Provence is located in the heart of the Alpilles, on a rocky plateau overlooking the Camargue and the city of Arles. Offering an exceptional panorama, the medieval city is a must in the region. With no less than 22 historical sites, the village offers a time travel to the Middle Ages and allows visitors to discover the history of the region in a breath-taking landscape. During your visit, do not miss the key places such as the Château des Baux and its keep, the chapel, the Saracen towers or the Museum of Santons and the Chapel of St. Blaise. Strolling through the streets, you will discover many craft shops as well as charming cafes and restaurants where you can enjoy a well deserved break.
Unique in Europe, the Gorges du Verdon is a huge canyon between the city of Castellane and the Lake of Sainte-Croix. Offering exceptional landscapes, the gorges is the ideal place for many sports and outdoor activities such as rafting, canoeing, sailing, fishing, hiking and paragliding. With its turquoise waters, the Lake of Sainte-Croix, located at the mouth of the gorge, is also a famous place for water activities. Swimming is supervised in some places. Near the gorges, you can also visit the beautiful village of Moustiers Sainte-Marie. Built on the mountainside, the village is renowned for its faience and is a beautiful place to stroll.
Just over an hour drive away, the city of Avignon does not lack of attractiveness. Seat of the Papacy in the 14th century, the city has a historical and architectural heritage recognized by the UNESCO. Surrounded by impressive ramparts, the Palais des Papes is worth seeing. Recognized as the largest Gothic palace in the world, the building reflects the flamboyant past of the city in the medieval period. Visit the great ceremonial rooms, discover the private apartments of the Popes and enjoy the incredible panoramic view from the terraces of the palace. During your visit of the city, be sure to walk through the Pont Saint-Bénézet, which became famous thanks to the popular song "Sur le Pont d'Avignon (On the bridge of Avignon)."
Any oenophile or wine connoisseur does not fail to know the wines of Côtes-du-rhône. Several roads run through the area and allow discovering the diversity of grape varieties planted in the valley. Each road has its advantages and its beautiful scenery. Here are a few:
- La route des Dentelles de Montmirail
- La route des Papes
- La route du Mont Ventoux
- La route de la Drôme provençale
- La route des Coteaux de Tricastin
The Colorado Provençal is the result of four centuries of exploitation by the Mediterranean ocher extractors. Offering unusual and stunning scenery, the old career spans over 30 hectares. With its dozens of ocher hues and its amazing rocky formations, you will feel like immersed in an old western movie. People in search of extraordinary places to walk and hike will certainly not regret to have stopped there!