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  • 1. Palais des Papes

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    This colossal palace creates a disconcertingly fortresslike impression, underlined by the austerity of its interior. Most of the original furnishings...Read More

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  • 2. Castellet

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    This 15th-century fortress juts out at the prow of Ménerbes. ...Read More

  • 3. Château

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    Despite Tarascon's modern-day drawbacks, with the walls of its formidable château plunging straight into the roaring Rhône, this ancient city...Read More

  • 4. Château

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    Fontaine has its own ruined château, perched romantically on a forested hilltop over the town and illuminated at night. First built around the...Read More

  • 5. Château

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    Loumarin's Renaissance-era château, which was privately restored in the 1920s to appealing near-perfection, is the town's main draw. The "new...Read More

  • 6. Château

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    If you're disinclined to spend your holiday sniffing and sipping, climb the hill to the ruins of the château. Though it was destroyed in the...Read More

  • 7. Château d'If

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    In the 16th century, François I recognized the strategic advantage of an island fortress surveying the mouth of Marseille's vast harbor and...Read More

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  • 8. Château de Cassis

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    This imposing castle has loomed over the harbor since the invasions of the Saracens in the 7th century, evolving over time into a walled enclosure...Read More

  • 9. Château de Gordes

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    The only way you can get into this château is by paying to see a collection of photo paintings by pop artist Pol Mara, who lived in Gordes....Read More

  • 10. Château de Lacoste

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    Little but jagged ruins remain of the once magnificent Château de Lacoste, where the Marquis de Sade (1740–1814) spent some 30 years of his...Read More

  • 11. Château des Baux

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    High above the Val d'Enfer, the 17-acre clifftop sprawl of ruins is contained under the Château des Baux umbrella. At the entrance, the Tour...Read More

  • 12. Château du Barroux

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    With grand vaulted rooms and a chapel dating to the 12th century, this château is Le Barroux's main draw. Some of its halls serve as venues...Read More

  • 13. Les Luminessences d'Avignon

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    As if the Palais des Papes weren't spectacular enough, twice nightly (at 9:15 and 10:15) for six weeks in August and September, the magical...Read More

  • 14. Musée du Petit Palais

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    This residence of bishops and cardinals before Pope Benedict XII built his majestic palace houses a large collection of old-master paintings...Read More

  • 15. Palais de Longchamp

    La Canebière | Castle/Palace/Chateau

    This extravagant and grandiose 19th-century palace, inaugurated in 1869, was built to celebrate the completion of an 84-km (52-mile) aqueduct...Read More

  • 16. Tour et Remparts d'Aigues Mortes

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    The walls and towers of this Gothic fortress, once a state-of-the-art marvel, are astonishingly well preserved. The stout ramparts now contain...Read More

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