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West Provence

Discover the top destinations in west Provence


    About the Bouches du Rhone Region

    About the Bouches du Rhone Region

    The Bouches du Rhone region of Provence probably isn't a place that most visitors to the south of France will recognise. But it contains some of the area's most popular and interesting places.

    Aix-en-Provence, Marseilles, Arles and the Carmargue all fall within the boundaries of the Bouches du Rhone. It is filled with important Roman artifacts, wonderful vineyards in the Alpilles and diverse landscapes from beach to wetlands to mountains that have inspired many famous artists. Not as lush as its neighbouring Vaucluse & Var regions, the area is drier and feels more 'Mediterranean'. Away from the coast the countryside features the limestone hills of the Alpilles, where the slopes are covered with olives trees and vineyards. The artist Vincent Van Gogh spent time in both Arles & St Remy de Provence, while Paul Cezanne was born in Aix-en-Provence - many of their most famous works were produced in the countryside surrounding these towns. The two main urban areas are the vibrant univeristy town of Aix-en-Provence and the large port city of Marseille - Marseille airport is the best place to fly into when visiting the area.


    Characterful city, famous for Cezanne & International Festivals

    Arles, Provence

    Roman remains galore, & plenty of festivals

    La Roque sur Ceze, Provence

    Pretty medieval village with waterfalls

    Les Baux de Provence

    Stunning medieval village with the best castle in Provence

    Nimes, Provence

    Fabulous collection of Roman remains and a delightful city too

    Pont St Esprit, Provence

    Historical town wIth an impressive 19-arch bridge across the Rhone

    Saint Remy de Provence

    Stylish town in Provence with Van Gogh connections & excellent restaurants

    Salon de Provence

    Market town with Medieval centre and an ancient fortress

    Uzes, Provence

    Charming medieval town to the west of Avignon

    Vacqueyras, Provence

    Small Provencal village famous for its wine