Culture et History
Discover Provence’s rich heritage at your own pace:
Salon de Provence :
Set in the valley by the Abbaye lies the hometown of Nostradamus, an exceptional heritage site. The town is also home to the Château de l’Empéri, former seat of the Archbishops of Arles and now one of the most famous military history museums, spanning the time of Louis XIV to the Great War. Get carried away by its narrow streets, authentic charm and cosy squares, and hear the roar of its famous “mossy fountain”.
Arles is renowned for its rich ancient and Roman heritage, including monuments awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 1981, such as the Roman Amphitheatre (the Arena), the Ancient Theatre, the Cryptoporticus, the Baths of Constantine, the cloister and portal of the church of Saint Trophime, and the Alyscamps cemetery, the starting point for the Arles Way, one of the three pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compostela.
Once a spiritual, political, economic and cultural capital, Avignon boasts an exceptional architectural and artistic heritage, with the most extensive and most beautiful group of Gothic monuments in Europe. The 14th-century Papal Palace and the 12th-century Pont Saint Bénezet (Avignon Bridge) are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Aix en Provence :
Discover the city of a thousand fountains, which is also home to the Cézanne Studio and the Vasarely Foundation, two must-visit cultural landmarks.
Les Baux de Provence :
In the heart of the Alpilles Natural Park lies one of the most picturesque villages in France, rising up above Arles and the Camargue, offering stunning panoramic views and an outstanding historic and architectural heritage, including 22 listed monuments.