Other Places

Whether you're planning a weekend break, a longer trip or just an armchair tour, this is your guide to Provence's best towns and villages, beaches and calanques, and other attractions. This section is being expanded constantly, so check back soon for new additions.

Larger cities are covered in detail in their own separate sections: click here to read about Marseille, Aix en Provence, Arles, Avignon and Toulon. Click here for specific drives and rides to vineyards and scenic areas of Provence.

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plage prado smallYou might not at first think of Marseille for a beach holiday. But the city offers a vast array of seaside spaces catering to every possible taste all along its west-facing southern coastline.

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.

The port of CassisOne of the most seductive resorts on the Provence coast, Cassis boasts a stunning location, a lovely harbour, a sprinkling of beaches, exceptional wines and, despite the crowds in summer, an intimate, small-town feel.

Plage de Corton beach, CassisCassis is a popular destination for visitors who are hoping to avoid the crowds in Marseille and the more famous beaches further east, or are looking to mix some sun-seeking with the town's calanques and other attractions.

Sainte Croix beachIf you would like to venture a little further than the beaches south of Marseille, try heading instead north-west to the Blue Coast where the beaches are numerous. Walk, drive or take the train to find your own idyllic spot.

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

marc chagall smallThe popular son et lumière show at the Cathedral of Images near Les Baux de Provence is now known under a new name, the Quarries of Lights (Les Carrières de Lumières).

saint-remy-market-smallProvence is not exactly short of street markets but the very large and varied one on Wednesday morning in Saint Rémy is renowned as exceptional.

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).

Plage du petit Mugel La CiotatLa Ciotat is a very attractive bet for a beach holiday, with a wide choice of locations and types of beaches within easy reach of the town centre.

The Post Tenebras Lux window at Les Baux de ProvenceLes Baux de Provence offers a majestic hilltop location, superb food and wine, sites of historical interest and the celebrated Cathedral of Images, now called the Quarries of Lights, on the edge of the village.

The roofs of Saint Remy de ProvenceEmbraced by a wide, leafy boulevard, the lazily charming old town of Saint Rémy is a maze of winding streets, cafés, squares and fountains with two exceptional attractions on its edge.

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.

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