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Best Cultural Activities in Provence

Discover the top Provence cultural activities

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Whatever you choose to do on your holiday you are sure to find a huge range of cultural activities across the Provence area. From museums to archaeological sites, live music or wine tastings, there is something for everyone in Provence. Check out the selection of things to do & see below for some holiday inspiration!

Archaeological Sites & Roman Ruins

Romans arrived in the 2nd century BC to Provence, and you can still see some of their constructions here, many still in excellent condition like the Maison Carrée in Nimes, an ancient temple. There are also incredible bridges, theatres, amphitheatres and other monuments to visit.

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Castles & Ruins

Provence has a long and varied history reflected in the wide variety of castles scattered across its countryside and towns. Here you can visit wonderful ancient medieval and Renaissance castles that give a taste of the powerful lords that ruled these lands.

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Caves & Rocks

With an interesting geologic history, Provence boasts some spectacular natural caves, but also impressive prehistoric caves with paintings.

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Cinema

The wide variety of cinemas in Provence means that you can catch the latest releases, but also independent films or art house features. Look for the VOST sign for English speaking films.

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Cookery Schools & Courses

Provence, like the whole of France, is a paradise for any foodie. Local delicacies include cheese, truffles, wonderful sun-ripened fruit and vegetables, olives or pastis, while there are delicious regional recipes like pissaladiereratatouille, daube or the sweet calissons. Many culinary schools and restaurants around Provence offer cookery classes where you can learn to prepare traditional dishes or discover the newest trends in French cuisine.

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Fiestas, Fairs & Fetes

There are many village festivals around Provence where you can mingle with the locals, dance to traditional music and taste local specialities while learning more about the region's history and customs.

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Houses & gardens

In Provence you can visit wonderful country houses with stunning gardens. Some have had famous inhabitants like the Jas de Bouffan, where painter Paul Cezanne lived.

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Live Music

Provence boasts a vibrant music scene with a range of live bands, DJs and jazz clubs to be found, along with a busy calendar of music festivals and street performances. From jazz to latin music, rock, classical or dance music, you will find a spot where to enjoy live bands.

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Markets

Provence and the surrounding area have a whole host of markets where you can hunt a bargain, check out the local crafts or buy regional produce. There are also a couple of night markets perfect for those balmy summer evenings.

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Museums & Galleries

Provence has a wide range of museums and galleries to keep visitors entertained. From very important art collections, including those dedicated to artists that lived locally like Fernand Léger, Cezanne or Van Gogh, to exhibitions dedicated to typical products like wine, lavender, soap or even fruit and vegetables, there is something for everyone.

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Religious Buildings

Provence's long history means that there is a wide variety of stunning religious buildings from various eras to visit. Some of the most famous were built in the Middle Ages, like the wonderful cathedral and papal palace in Avignon, home of the pope for a long time.

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Theatres

Provence is a large area with a bustling cultural scene, so there is no shortage of theatres. Many of the shows are in French, but you can also head to a dance or circus performance, or even the opera.

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Wine tasting & vineyard tours in Provence

The region of Provence produces some of the best wines in the world. Take a tour around one of the beautiful vineyards in Provence. Taste the carefully made wines, learn more about them, the grapes and the wine making process whilst enjoying the wonderful vineyard scenery.

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