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Central Provence

Discover the top destinations in central Provence


Central Provence, France

About the Vaucluse Region

For many, Vaucluse represents idyllic rural Provence, often referred to in films and books, where days are spent gathering fruit & veg at the local market, sipping coffee in village squares, and browsing for hidden gems in antiques markets. This is certainly true ini the Luberon area in the heart of Vaucluse, with the pretty villages of Gordes, Roussillon and Lourmarin.

For sightseeing, you will find it hard to beat Avignon with it's super-impressive Palais des Papes, galleries & museums and it's performing arts festival which is held every July. But historic monuments are not just restricted to Avignon. Orange and Vaison la Romaine have wonderful Roman remains, and there are a number of historic castles and abbeys dotted throughout. The river Rhone runs down the west of Vaucluse and along it's banks you will find vineyards of the famous Cotes du Rhone wine region. A trip to Chateauneuf du Pape will be a highlight for wine lovers, who should also consider wines from Cotes du Ventoux and Cotes du Luberon.

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Ansouis, Provence

Hilltop village with castle and wine museum

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Apt, Provence

Commerical town with weekly market in the Luberon

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Bonnieux, Provence

Wonderful perched village in the Luberon

Cadenet, Provence

Traditional Provençal village with a modern public art gallery & château

Passage Boyer, Carpentras

Carpentras, Provence

Famous for it's truffle festival

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Caumont sur Durance, Provence

A small village not far from Avignon on the river Durance

Cavaillon, Provence

Cavaillon, Provence

The central town of the Luberon, most famous for producing melons

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Crestet, Provence

Tiny village with great views of the glorious Mont Ventoux

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Cucuron, Provence

Pretty rural village in deepest Luberon is a true gem & set for A Good Year

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Fontaine de Vaucluse, Provence

Pretty village with a wondrous green river & a 'hidden spring'

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Gordes, Provence

Famous & popular village overlooking the Luberon

Goult, Provence

Goult, Provence

One of the less well known villages in the Luberon

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Joucas, Provence

Tiny village in the Vaucluse, nestled between Gordes & Roussillon

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L'Isle sur la Sorgue, Provence

Wonderful town with streams & waterwheels, most famous for its antiques markets

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La Tour-d'Aigues, Provence

A small village with an impressive ruined Renaissance chateau at its centre

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Lacoste, Provence

Medieval village in Provence, home to the Marquis de Sade

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Lourmarin, Provence

Beautiful village of winding lanes & an impressive castle

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Menerbes, Provence

Medieval village in the heart of the Luberon

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