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Things to do in Provence

While its idyllic landscapes are enough to attract attention, Provence is full of little details that are worth a closer look. Urban centers like Marseille and Aix-en-Provence offer a look at modern life, but many of Travel + Leisure's favorite things to do in Provence cater to history lovers. Explore the Roman ruins in the village of Saint-Remy-de-Provence, or marvel at Pont du Gard, the region’s iconic Roman aqueduct. Spanish-style bullfights are now held in Arles’ ancient arena, which once hosted gladiator fights in Roman times.

Travelers wondering what to do in Provence can also plan to visit one of the medieval stone villages that dot the Provencal countryside. Places like Les Baux and Moustiers Sainte Marie have retained their original character for centuries. Similarly, a stop into Avignon wouldn’t be complete without a tour of the Gothic-style Palais des Papes, the former home of popes in the 14th century, and a glance at its storied bridge, the Pont D’Avignon.

The list of things to do in Provence wouldn’t be complete without a look into the life of Impressionist painter Paul Cezanne. Tours are available to lead you to the artist’s favorite haunts and to his Aix-en-Provence studio. Then, take a look at his finished masterpieces at the Museum of Classic Art in Mougins or the Jean Cocteau Museum in Menton. The possibilities of what to do in Provence are endless.

  • Antiquités Maurin

  • Atelier Cézanne

  • Avalon Waterways

    An 11-day wine-cruise itinerary winds along the Rhône River, stopping at the medieval Châteauneuf-du-Pape, one of the oldest domaines in Provence. More
  • Backroads

    Active travel (cycling; walking; sea kayaking; rock climbing) paired with unexpected cultural experiences (storytelling in Ireland; a game of boule... More
  • Béchard

  • Bernard Roux

  • Carole Peck's Culinary Tour of Provence

    Carole, the gregarious chef and owner of the Good News Café in Woodbury, Connecticut, and her French husband, publisher Bernard Jarrier, host group... More
  • Château de Montfrin

    The Château produces some of the region's finest olive oils—fruity, rich blends with remarkably low acidity. After a brief tour of the property, ... More
  • Chateau d'Estoublon

    As producers of an A.O.C. Vallée des Baux de Provence oil, the 18th-century Château d'Estoublon is required to press its olives within three days o... More
  • Château Virant

    Producer of both olive oil and wine. More
  • Claude Poulain

  • Clos Sainte Magdeleine

  • Confiserie du Mont Ventoux

  • Cooking with Friends in France

    Cooking classes at La Pitchoune, the former home of Julia Child, taught by Kathie Alex. More
  • Denis and Cristine Nossereau

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