Avignon, Orange & Arles
The region of Avignon, Orange and Arles makes for one of the most popular destinations in Provence, thanks to some of the most beautiful natural landscapes in southern France. Known for its vineyards and lavender fields, and flanked by the Rhone and the Camargue National park, it is definitely one of the most natural places to visit. Each big city has so much to offer in terms of breathtaking views, culture, architecture and activities.
Things to See and Do in Avignon, Orange and Arles
Cities & Towns
In Avignon you will find the famous 'Pont d'Avignon', making a wonderful place to learn about the history of the city, thanks to lots of private tours available. Full of beautiful architecture, breathtaking buildings and rich in history, you'll be whipping your camera out at every opportunity.
Travel north to Orange and you will find all some fine Roman architecture, a beautiful city with lots to explore. Enjoy local food in some great restaurants, or take a stroll at the 'Colline Saint Eutrope' if you're in need of some greenery.
To the south of Avignon is Arles, an absolutely wonderful place to visit, as well as being the city in which Van Gogh lived for a year. Arles is part of the Camargue territory and also has the Rhone on its doorstep, making for some wonderful views and walking opportunities. Popular thanks to its photography festival and local traditions, you can really see the French roots in this wonderful city.
St Rémy de Provence has been home to many famous people over the centuries including Nostradamus the prophet and Charles Gounod the composer. Vincent Van Gogh was treated at the monastery in the town and it was here that he painted 'Starry Night'. Princess Caroline of Monaco lived here for a while, too. Guided tours are available from the Tourist Office. St Rémy de Provence has many artisan shops selling products from posh frocks to little workshops making and selling 'santons', the traditional Provencal figurines of saints and holy people. The market is also very good.
Eygalières is the birthplace of both Nostradamus and a village popular with Van Gogh. A quiet retreat with shaded squares lined with cafes and boutiques.
Cavaillon is a small village famous for it's namesake, the Cavaillon melon, and has an annual melon festival!
Outdoors & Activities for Families
Massif des Alpilles is designated as a national park and offers magnificent landscapes with plenty of activities for outdoor enthusiasts.
Find a Villa in Avignon, Orange or Arles
Choose one of the destinations below to view our range of holiday villas, chateaux, and apartment rentals. If you're not sure which area would suit your best or you have specific needs, you can always contact us and one of our team will be able to help you with your search.
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Featured holiday homes in the Provence
- 4 bedrooms, sleeps 8
Morningside, located in Bandol in Provence, is the perfect villa for families, thanks to the private swimming pool and gated garden. Being only a 5-minute walk from the heart of the town, this property is ideal for families or groups looking to relax to the fullest.
- 7 bedrooms, sleeps 16
Villa Romantic is just as the name suggests - a very romantic and beautiful hilltop Provençal-style Mas with separate cottage dating back to 1820. This property provides charm and comfort, but the main attraction is the stunning roman-style private swimming pool.
- 5 bedrooms, sleeps 10
This spacious property has been newly decorated and furnished in a luxury typical Provencal style. From its perched position surrounded by orchards and vineyards it offers far-reaching views over the surrounding picturesque villages of Bonnieux, Roussillon, Lacoste, and to the distant Mont Ventoux.
- 7 bedrooms, sleeps 16
A beautiful old converted stone farmhouse with heavenly uninterrupted views over the Luberon hills. Sleeps 10 in 5 bedrooms/5 bathrooms of the main house and 4-6 in the small house adjoining. Large heated swimming pool (12m x 8m), a tennis court and beautiful quiet lawned terraces with shady trees.
- 2 bedrooms, sleeps 4
Light and spacious first floor apartment offering lovely views of the Luberon Valley. Large, secure garden perfect for children and pets. Private, heated pool. Parking. Easy walking distance into village with all services and shops. All the ingredients for a perfect holiday in Provence!
- 3 bedrooms, sleeps 8
Villa Occitane is a luxury villa located on the Pont Royal Golf and Country Club, boasting a private swimming pool, internet, satellite TV and a beautiful garden to sit and relax in. With 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, this is the ideal place for a family or group of friends to enjoy their holiday together.
- 7 bedrooms, sleeps 13
Gorgeous, traditional-style provencal manoir renovated to a high standard and set in its own gated grounds. Heated pool. Spacious living both inside and outside, just three minutes drive to village of Salernes. Superb venue for weddings of up to 100 guests.
- 3 bedrooms, sleeps 6
Villa with 3 bedrooms and private pool just 0.5km from the village of Ste Anastasie sur Issole, it is approached via a lane which runs through wooded hills laced with vineyards. The hillside setting of the villa is tranquil and uncrowded; ten or so villas nestling amongst the trees.
- 2 bedrooms, sleeps 4
L'Appartement Chabaud is a fully renovated and refurbished apartment set within Le Prieuré, an 18th Century former silk factory and Priory. This apartment with shared heated pool is just a 5 minute walk to shops and restaurants although remains very secluded.
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