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Provence encompasses everything from Gallo-Roman ruins, vineyards, and olive orchards to museums, outdoor adventure sports, and shopping.

Things to do in Provence

Cézanne Trail

Follow the footpath-embedded bronze plaques to see where this famous artist ate, drank, studied, and painted in Aix-en-Provence. Free guides from the tourist office point the way (2 place du Géneral de Gaulle).

Tags: art | things to do | outdoors | history

Gallo-Roman Ruins

Check out the Roman ruins in Puymin (their Théâtre Antique from 20 A.D. is still active), La Villase, and Arles. Some of them, like La Villase’s sewer system, date back to 6th century B.C. Closed January-February.

Tags: family | things to do | architecture | history


The Old Charity Cultural Center incorporates the Museums of Archeology and African, Oceanic, and American Indian Art.

Old Charity Cultural Center, Rue de la Charité 2, 011-33-4-91-14-58-80
Tags: art | things to do | culture | history | museum

The Camargue National Park & Reserve

The family-friendly Ornithological Park of Gau Bridge offers unmatched views of bright pink flamingos. Walking paths, paddleboats, kayak rentals, horseback riding, and Jeep safaris round out the adventure.

Camargue, Aquitaine, 011-33-4-90-97-86-32,
Tags: family | things to do | outdoors

Van Gogh Trail

A walking circuit through Arles, with signboards and reproductions along the way, visits spots where the artist painted. End at the river at twilight to see Starry Night as it was painted.

Tags: art | things to do | outdoors | history

Vieux Port

Marseille’s fish market is the best place for its signature dish: bouillabaisse. Made with five types of fish, plus crab or shrimp, onions, white wine, tomatoes, and spices, it’s usually served with rouille (a mixture of garlic paste, pepper, and croutons).

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