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Central Provence

Discover the top destinations in central Provence

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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.

Hilltop village with castle and wine museum

Ansouis, Provence

Commerical town with weekly market in the Luberon

Apt, Provence

Wonderful perched village in the Luberon

Bonnieux, Provence

Traditional Provençal village with a modern public art gallery & château

Cadenet, Provence

Famous for it's truffle festival

Carpentras, Provence

A small village not far from Avignon on the river Durance

Caumont sur Durance, Provence

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

Cavaillon, Provence

Famous wine growing region in the Rhone valley

Chateauneuf du Pape, Provence

Tiny village with great views of the glorious Mont Ventoux

Crestet, Provence

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

Cucuron, Provence

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

Fontaine de Vaucluse, Provence

Famous & popular village overlooking the Luberon

Gordes, Provence

One of the less well known villages in the Luberon

Goult, Provence

Tiny village in the Vaucluse, nestled between Gordes & Roussillon

Joucas, Provence

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

L'Isle sur la Sorgue, Provence

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

La Tour-d'Aigues, Provence

Medieval village in Provence, home to the Marquis de Sade

Lacoste, Provence

Beautiful village of winding lanes & an impressive castle

Lourmarin, Provence

Medieval village in the heart of the Luberon

Menerbes, Provence

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

Oppede-le-Vieux, Provence

Home to some of the world's best Roman ruins

Orange, Provence

Typical Provencal market town with a grand history

Pernes les Fontaines, Provence

Bargain antiques, Château Val Joanis & large Friday market

Pertuis, Provence

A small village in the Vaucluse not far from Cavaillon

Robion, Provence

Gorgeous arty village famous for its red ochre rocks

Roussillon, Provence

A pretty village in the heart of the Luberon natural park

Saignon, Provence

A small village in the foothills of the Vaucluse mountains

Saint Saturnin les Apt, Provence

Lovely village overlooking acres of vineyards

Seguret, Provence

Packed with history, from Roman ruins to medieval structures

Vaison la Romaine, Provence

A small town on the outskirts of Avignon

Velleron, Provence

Ancient village in the Vaucluse, one of the oldest in Provence

Venasque, Provence

A quieter base to visit the sights of Avignon

Villeneuve les Avignon

Small village in the middle of the Cote du Rhone wine region

Visan, Provence

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