Vibrant History, Stunning Scenery

Heritage & Culture

Provence boasts unique historical sites nestled in extraordinary natural beauty. Explore superb perched villages, rich history, vibrant colors, and captivating scents. Discover the many facets of Provence’s heritage and culture.

Saint-Didier

Discover the charm of Saint-Didier, with its superb main street shaded by hundreds of plane trees, lined with inviting restaurants and cafes. The main street leads to the historic Chateau de Thézan, now a private estate, and to the perfectly preserved old fountain, one of the first public fountains. Explore the village’s heritage sites, including Notre-Dame-de-Sainte-Garde and the 15 oratories scattered throughout the area.

Distance: 800 m (2 minutes)

Vénasque

Clinging to a rocky peak overlooking vineyards, garrigue, and cherry trees, Venasque is a captivating medieval settlement. Though only the remains of ramparts and three Saracen towers stand as evidence of its medieval past, the village boasts steep lanes, creamy stone houses, the Notre Dame Church, and a magnificent 11th-century baptistery in its heart.

Distance: 6 km (10 minutes)

Méthamis

Perched on a rocky outcrop, Methamis offers stunning views over the Gorges de la Nesque. This charming hilltop village is a quintessential example of Provencal beauty, featuring two churches at its summit (Saint-Paul and Saint-Pierre). Nearby, you’ll find the Sainte-Foy Chapel and a section of the plague wall, built in the 18th century to prevent the spread of disease in Provence. Methamis is also a perfect starting point for scenic hikes.

Distance: 13 km (20 minutes)

L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

Nicknamed the ‘Venice of Provence,’ L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is a charming town split by picturesque canals, with well-preserved water mills that hint at its textile and paper industry past. Renowned nationally for its numerous antique shops, the town offers plenty of cafes, restaurants, and shopping opportunities. It’s also famous for its vibrant outdoor market every Sunday, making it a delightful destination for visitors.

Distance: 15 km (20 minutes)

Abbey Notre-Dame of Senanque

The superb Cistercian Abbey of Senanque is a must-see. Nearby, you can also explore the fascinating ‘Borie Village,’ featuring stone huts built by farmers in the 18th century. Both sites offer a unique glimpse into Provence’s rich history and architectural heritage.

Distance: 16 km (25 minutes)

Ventoux Mount

Nicknamed the Giant of Provence, Ventoux Mount is primarily calcareous and boasts diverse micro-climates, rich biodiversity, and abundant wildlife. Famous as one of the highlights of the Tour de France bicycle race, Ventoux is also a treasure to explore on foot along superb trails or by mountain bike.

Distance: 45 km (60 minutes)

Gordes

Perched on a hilltop with breathtaking views of the Luberon Valley, Gordes is a stunning village that captivates with its rich history and architecture. The castle, with elements from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance era, stands as a testament to its storied past. Wander through the arcades and alleyways to experience the charm and beauty of Gordes.

Distance: 20 km (30 minutes)

Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and Beaume de Venise

Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and Beaume de Venise are four iconic villages in the highly praised Rhone Valley wine region. These superb historic villages are renowned for their excellent wineries, which we highly recommend you visit.

Distance: 25 km (25 minutes)

Avignon

Avignon, a city rich in history and culture, is renowned for its famous Pope’s Palace, charming pedestrian streets, and excellent shopping. Art enthusiasts will enjoy the Calvet Museum, which houses a vast collection ranging from antiquities and archaeology to Dutch master paintings and works by Manet, Cézanne, Toulouse-Lautrec, Modigliani, Dufy, and Vlaminck. The Collection Lambert offers a captivating modern art experience with pieces by Miquel Barcelo, Serrano, Basquiat, and more.

Distance: 34 km (35 minutes)

Oppède le Vieux

Oppède le Vieux is a picturesque village known for its artisans and artists. The beautiful 12th-century church, Notre-Dame d’Alidon, showcases both Roman and Gothic architecture, having been renovated in the 16th century. Wander through the charming old streets and explore the castle ruins, which offer stunning views over the valley.

Distance: 25 km (30 minutes)

Ménerbes

Ménerbes is a superb perched medieval village known for its historical charm and artistic heritage. Notable past residents include Picasso and Nicolas de Stael. Discover the village’s rich history by visiting the Abbey of Saint-Hilaire, the impressive fortress, Jane Eakin’s house, as well as the black truffle museum and wine shop.

Distance: 28 km (35 minutes)

Roussillon

Roussillon is renowned for its stunning ochre cliffs, with impressive ochre quarries also found in the nearby village of Rustrel, linked by a scenic path. Explore the village’s charming center and visit its beautiful church to fully experience the unique allure of Roussillon.

Distance: 29 km (40 minutes)

Orange

Orange is a city renowned for its magnificent Roman heritage. Explore the stunning Ancient Theatre and the iconic Arc de Triomphe. Stroll through the charming pedestrian streets and visit the historic Hospice to fully experience the rich history and culture of Orange.

Distance: 49 km (40 minutes)

Saint-Rémy-de-Provence

Saint-Rémy-de-Provence is a town known for its elegant architecture, historic noble houses, and vibrant cultural scene. Visit the Jouenne Museum, the Van Gogh Cultural Center, and the Cristallerie d’Art, where you can watch hand-blown crystal being made (call ahead to check times). Just south of Saint-Rémy, don’t miss the Roman sites of Glanum and Les Antiques, as well as the splendid Parc Naturel des Alpilles.

Distance: 45 km (45 minutes)

Bonnieux

Bonnieux is a charming village known for its 12th-century Roman and Gothic-style church, Vieille Eglise. The village also boasts a unique bakery museum and offers superb views of Lacoste and the surrounding valley.

Distance: 36 km (45 minutes)

Sault

Perched on its rocky outcrop, Sault overlooks the beautiful Val de Sault, adorned with lavender and spelt fields. Explore the medieval castle, Notre-Dame de La Tour church, natural essences distilleries, and soap factories for a truly immersive Provencal experience.

Distance: 40 km (45 minutes)

Baux-de-Provence

Baux-de-Provence village and its ruined castle, old streets and astonishing views.

Distance: 55 km (60 minutes)

Lourmarin

Lourmarin, the former home of Albert Camus, is a village rich in history and charm. The majestic castle, known as Villa Medicis de Provence, stands as a testament to its past. Wander through the charming center with its cobbled streets, Mediterranean architecture, shaded public squares, cafes, and restaurants. Notable sites include a belfry, a Protestant temple, and an 11th-century Roman and Gothic-style church.

Distance: 58 km (60 minutes)

Pont du Gard

Pont du Gard, a gigantic aqueduct built 2000 years ago by the Romans, still stands proudly and is perfectly kept.

Distance: 58 km (60 minutes)

Arles

Arles is a city rich in history and culture, boasting impressive Roman landmarks such as the arena and the ancient theatre. Visit the ‘Arles-Antique’ museum, which showcases numerous Roman artifacts found in the Rhône River and offers insights into life under the Roman Empire. Art enthusiasts will also enjoy the Reattu Museum, featuring works by Picasso, Van Gogh, and more.

Distance: 70 km (75 minutes)

Aix-En-Provence

Aix-en-Provence is a charming city just a 1h15 drive away, passing through the magnificent countryside of Lacoste, Bonnieux, Lourmarin, Cadenet, and Pertuis. Aix-en-Provence boasts a noble heritage, evident in its beautiful Baroque architecture, old mansions, and numerous fountains.

Three museums are well worth the visit:

  • Granet Museum: Admire works by Cézanne, Rembrandt, Ingres, and Giacometti.
  • Collection Planque: Discover pieces by Picasso, Léger, Klee, De Staël, and Dubuffet.
  • Atelier Cézanne: Explore the environment and life of Cézanne.

Distance: 85 km (75 minutes)