Top 10 Must See Places in Provence & Cote d’Azur according to DK (France)
10. Casino de Monte Carlo
Monte Carlo is situated on a prominent escarpment at the base of the Maritime Alps along the French Riviera. Near the western end of the quarter is the world-famous Place du Casino, the gambling center which has made Monte Carlo “an international byword for the extravagant display and reckless dispersal of wealth”.
9. Abbaye Notre-Dame de Sénanque
Sénanque Abbey is a Cistercian abbey near the village of Gordes in the département of the Vaucluse in Provence. It was founded in 1148 under the patronage of Alfant, bishop of Cavaillon, and Ramon Berenguer II, Count of Barcelona, Count of Provence, by Cistercian monks who came from Mazan Abbey in the Ardèche. Temporary huts housed the first community of impoverished monks.
Vaison-la-Romaine (Latin: Vasio Vocontiorum) is a commune in the Vaucluse department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region in southeastern France. The historic section is in two parts, the Colline du Château on a height on one side of the Ouvèze, the “upper city” and on the opposite bank, the “lower city” centered on the Colline de la Villasse.
7. The Camargue
The Camargue is the region located south of Arles, France, between the Mediterranean Sea and the two arms of the Rhône River delta. The eastern arm is called the Grand Rhône; the western one is the Petit Rhône.
Saint-Tropez is a town in the French Riviera. Made famous by Brigitte Bardot, it has for long has been a hot destination for the rich and famous. But the town has plenty for everyone. The “village” itself is easily walked and enjoyed. The waterfront is crowded with cafes and shops with “elite” offerings. A block or two inland, through narrow streets and alleys, you’ll find fewer stores and cafes, quaint and interesting studios, homes and a few historical structures.
5. Vieux Nice
Nice is a large city in France on the French Riviera. It’s a popular destination for vacationers both young and old, with something to offer nearly everyone. It is well known for the beautiful view on the Promenade des Anglais, its famous waterfront, and is an ethnically diverse port city. The old town (Vieux Nice) beneath the hill is a maze of streets and alleys, with many picturesque houses, boutiques and home to the daily flower and fruit market of the Cours Saleya.
Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne; the addition of the TGV (high-speed train) station has brought lots of vacationers from the north, and Aix has turned into a shopping town with high variety and representation considering its small size.
3. Roman Arles
Remote, uneventful, but definitely no waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture. The museums are small, but have some interested artifacts. Unfortunately there are no Van Goghs to be found in the city, despite the fact that his residence in Arles was his most productive. Chico Bouchiki, co-founder of the gypsy kings, as well as the rest of the band, is from Arles. Take a lazy stroll along the Rhône, dip into a café and continue strolling.
2. Grand Canyon du Verdon
The Verdon Gorge (in French: Gorges du Verdon or Grand canyon du Verdon), in south-eastern France (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence), is a river canyon that is often considered to be one of Europe’s most beautiful. It is about 25 kilometres long and up to 700 metres deep. The most impressive part lies between the towns of Castellane and Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, where the river has cut a ravine to a depth of 700 metres through the limestone mass.
1. Palais des Papes
The Palais des Papes (Papal palace) is a historical palace in Avignon, southern France, one of the largest and most important medieval Gothic buildings in Europe. One time fortress and palace, the papal residence was the seat of Western Christianity during the 14th century.