Sights and Attractions

This section celebrates the magnificent sights - and sites - of Provence which are not immediately attached to a city, town or village. Check our Drives and Rides section for guides to the Gorges de Verdon, the Gorges de la Nesque, Mont Sainte Victoire and the route Cézanne, Mont Ventoux and the route des Crêtes between Cassis and La Ciotat.

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Calanque d'En Vau, near CassisThe picturesque port of Cassis - well worth a visit in its own right - is a perfect starting point to visit the calanques of Port Miou, Port Pin and En Vau.

Calanque de MorgiouThis is a detailled guide to the five best calanques south-east of Marseille, based on beauty, accessibility and the range of facilities on offer.

Calanque de Sugiton, MarseilleThe magnificent calanques ("fjords") of the Mediterranean coast are an essential highlight of any tourist trip to Southern Provence.

Niolon2The Blue Coast calanques are a well-kept secret. They're not as dramatic as those south of Marseille. But they are easily accessible by train via some of the loveliest scenery in France. And they won't be over-run with foreign tourists.

Ochre path smallAt the western edge of the Luberon's ochre country, russet-red Roussillon sits on a hill 10 km / 6 miles east of Gordes and is one of the Plus Beaux Villages de France (Most Beautiful Villages of France).

Chateau La Coste winery and art trailChâteau La Coste is a winery combined with an outstanding art and architecture trail and has earned a star in the Michelin travel guide. It sits in gently rolling hills north of Aix en Provence.

pont du gard smallThis page contains practical information about the Pont du Gard and an overview of the various ways of getting there if you are travelling individually rather than on a guided coach tour.

flamingos camargueWhether you're just looking for a flock of pretty pink flamingos or are an expert ornithologist, these are the best places and best times to spot birds in the Camargue.

pontdugard smallThe Pont du Gard is a major Roman monument, a masterpiece of engineering, a thing of great beauty - and much more than just a very big, very old bridge.

Jean Nouvel chai smallChâteau La Coste, near Aix, is a provençal vineyard with a difference: in its wine-making techniques, in the types of wine it produces and in its extraordinary art trail.

Tour inside Mines of BruouxOne of the most unusual attractions in Luberon's ochre country is a tour of the Bruoux Mines, in Gargas, a disused underground quarry converted into an imposing cathedral of colour.

Ochre jarsA brightly painted building nestling in yellow ochre cliffs and pine woods just outside Roussillon, the Conservatoire des ocres et de la couleur plunges you into a dazzling world of colour.

bull course camarguaiseThe black bull is the proud emblem of the Camargue. Here we explore bull fighting, bull games, ranches, bull meat in cuisine - and the curious cult of the Camargue western.

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