Provence

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  • 1. Navette Maritime

    Vieux Port | Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

    In keeping with the Vieux Port's substantially spiffed-up image, the Marseille regional transportation service now offers an efficient public...Read More

  • 2. Rocher des Doms

    Garden/Arboretum

    Set on a bluff above town, this lush hilltop garden has grand Mediterranean pines, a man-made lake (complete with camera-ready swans), plus...Read More

  • 3. Belvédère

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    From this spot you can overlook the miniature fields and farms below. From this height all those modern vacation homes blend in with the ancient...Read More

  • 4. Cap Sicié

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    Head south on the D16 to the D2816 around the cap for a tremendous view across the Bay of Toulon. ...Read More

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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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  • 7. Circuit Pagnol

    Trail/Path

    Even if you haven't read Pagnol's works or seen his films, you can enjoy the Circuit Pagnol, a series of hikes (some up to 20 km [12 miles]...Read More

  • 8. Cloître St-Trophime

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This peaceful haven, one of the loveliest cloisters in Provence, is tucked discreetly behind St-Trophime, the notable Romanesque treasure. A...Read More

  • 9. Église des Stes-Maries

    Museum/Gallery

    What is most striking to a visitor entering the damp, dark, and forbidding fortress-church Église des Stes-Maries is its novel character. Almost...Read More

  • 10. Fort St-André

    Military Site

    At the top of the village is the Fort St-André, which once ostensibly protected the town of St-André, now absorbed into Villeneuve. The fortress...Read More

  • 11. France Montgolfière

    The blue-and-purple patchwork of the Luberon's famous lavender fields have never been seen to better effect than while floating freely at 1...Read More

  • 12. Jardin du Pharo

    Pharo | Garden/Arboretum

    The Pharo, another larger-than-life edifice built to Napoléon III's epic tastes, was a gift to his wife, Eugénie. It's a conference center now...Read More

  • 13. L'Estaque

    Town/Village

    At this famous village north of Marseille, Cézanne led an influx of artists eager to capture its clifftop views over the harbor. Braque, Derain...Read More

  • 14. Le Centre d'Art MaMo

    Prado | Museum/Gallery

    Eighteen stories up, atop Le Corbusier's colossal Cité Radieuse—undertaken in 1947–52 to house the displaced of World War II—this sundrenched...Read More

  • 15. Mont Ventoux

    Mountain–Sight

    In addition to all the beautiful views of Mont Ventoux, there are equally spectacular views from Mont Ventoux. From Malaucène or any of...Read More

  • 16. Mount Faron

    Zoo/Aquarium

    Rising 1,900 feet above the town, with panoramic views over Toulon, the surrounding countryside, and the sea, Mount Faron can be reached by...Read More

  • 17. MuCEM

    Vieux Port | Museum/Gallery

    Made up of three sites designed by Rudy Ricciotti, MuCEM is all about new perspectives on Mediterranean cultures. Themes like "the invention...Read More

  • 18. Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde

    Garde Hill | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Towering above the city and visible for miles around, this overscaled neo-Byzantine monument was erected in 1853 by Napoléon III. The interior...Read More

  • 19. Parc Ornithologique du Pont de Gau

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    The easiest place to view birdlife is the Parc Ornithologique du Pont de Gau. On some 150 acres of marsh and salt lands, birds are welcomed...Read More

  • 20. Parc Régional de Camargue

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    As you drive the few roads that crisscross the Camargue, you'll usually be within the boundaries of the Parc Régional de Camargue. Unlike state...Read More

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