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Central Provence

Discover the top destinations in central Provence


    About the Vaucluse Region

    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.

    Ansouis, Provence

    Hilltop village with castle and wine museum

    Apt, Provence

    Commerical town with weekly market in the Luberon

    Bonnieux, Provence

    Wonderful perched village in the Luberon

    Cadenet, Provence

    Traditional Provençal village with a modern public art gallery & château

    Carpentras, Provence

    Famous for it's truffle festival

    Caumont sur Durance, Provence

    A small village not far from Avignon on the river Durance

    Cavaillon, Provence

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

    Chateauneuf du Pape, Provence

    Famous wine growing region in the Rhone valley

    Crestet, Provence

    Tiny village with great views of the glorious Mont Ventoux

    Cucuron, Provence

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

    Fontaine de Vaucluse, Provence

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

    Gordes, Provence

    Famous & popular village overlooking the Luberon

    Goult, Provence

    One of the less well known villages in the Luberon

    Joucas, Provence

    Tiny village in the Vaucluse, nestled between Gordes & Roussillon

    L'Isle sur la Sorgue, Provence

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

    La Tour-d'Aigues, Provence

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

    Lacoste, Provence

    Medieval village in Provence, home to the Marquis de Sade

    Lourmarin, Provence

    Beautiful village of winding lanes & an impressive castle

    Menerbes, Provence

    Medieval village in the heart of the Luberon

    Oppede-le-Vieux, Provence

    A quiet little hill top village perched on a rocky outcrop above the surrounding countryside

    Orange, Provence

    Home to some of the world's best Roman ruins

    Pernes les Fontaines, Provence

    Typical Provencal market town with a grand history

    Pertuis, Provence

    Bargain antiques, Château Val Joanis & large Friday market

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