1 Avignon

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.

3 Arles

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.

5 Aix-en-Provence

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.

7 Haute-Provence

The Parc National du Mercantour and the Vallée des Merveilles are Alpine gems off the beaten path.

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