Days Out in Provence

Information on the main tourist attractions, places of interest and sights to see in and around Provence...

There is a wealth of variety of places to go, mountains to climb, sights to see and foods to taste; here is a small selection.

The bilingual English/French guidebook to UNESCO World Heritage sites in France has a comprehensive website which includes the details of significant sites in Arles, Pont du Gard, Avignon and Orange.

Gorges du Verdon

A well known natural sights of Europe, this canyon was formed by the Verdon river which runs through it. In places the gorge reaches depths of 700 metres. The most impressive part lies between the towns of Castellane and Moustiers Ste-Marie. There are many dramatic viewpoints including the Balcons de la Mescla, just beyond the Pont de l'Artuby, and the Point Sublime. The artificial lake of Sainte Croix de Verdon lies nearby.

Hilltop villages in the Luberon

In Provence the Luberon valley stretches from Avignon and to the east. Most of the area is a National park.

Villages to visit include Les Baux-de-Provence, Gordes, Fontaine de Vaucluse, L'Isle sur la Sorgue, Ménerbes, Bonnieux and Roussillon.

Porquerolles, Port Cros and the Ile du Levant

Porquerolles is the largest of the three islands off the coast of Provence and covers 3,000 acres. The island was put under the protection of the French National Trust in 1988. Places to visit include the house of the National Park, Garden of Palm Trees and the Fort Sainte Agathe. The best way to get around is by bicycle.

The whole of the Port Cros island is a nature reserve, and vehicles are prohibited. Port Cros has a small village area with cafés and tourist shops.

The Ile du Levant attracts a considerable number of nudists in the summer in the western part of the island, Heliopolios. A large part of the island is occupied by the Marine Nationale, and access is forbidden.

St-Tropez

Seaside town famous for its jet setters and mega yachts, St-Tropez is one of the most popular resorts in Europe. It is also one of the most beautiful bays along the French Riviera. Places to visit include Place des Lices, the 18th century church and bell tower and the Musée de l'Annonciade.