The former city of the popes complements its monuments and museums by staging a dynamic annual theatre festival.
2 Medieval hilltop villages
Les Baux and Gordes are the most famous, but many others are equally picturesque, and much less frequented.
With its impressive Roman remains, delightful ancient core, and intimate association with van Gogh, Arles is an under-appreciated gem.
4 La Camargue
The marshland of the Rhône delta is home to white horses, flamingos and unearthly landscapes.
This beautiful city is a wonderful place for café idling, and hosts the region’s most vibrant markets.
6 Les Gorges du Verdon
The largest canyon in Europe, with stunning views and a full range of hikes.
The Parc National du Mercantour and the Vallée des Merveilles are Alpine gems off the beaten path.