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When traveling the Gorges du Verdon there are many spectacular and dramatic vantage points from which to watch the river cut its path. The road periodically veers away from the edge of the Verdon River Canyon and rolls past beautiful green meadows dotted by a few mountain cabins and h... more

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Aix en Provence is an elegant city that deserves an overnight stay. Aix achieved fame when “Good King René,” count of Provence, and his wife chose it as their preferred residence in the 1450s. Upon his death Aix fell under the rule of the French crown and was made the seat of par... more

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Antibes is home to thousands of yachts berthed in the modern Port Vauban Yacht Harbor. The town with its cobbled streets is charming.... more

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Apt is a thriving city, known for its crystallized fruits and preserves, truffles, lavender perfume, and old Sainte Anne Cathedral, which is still the site of an annual pilgrimage.... more

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The skyline of Arles can be seen as you approach the city. Abounding in character, this is a truly lovely city whose growth is governed by the banks and curves of the Rhône. It has fierce ties to its Roman past when it thrived as a strong port city and gateway. Arles is glorifie... more

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Considered a gateway to Provence, Avignon is one of France’s most interesting and beautiful cities. Easy to navigate, its medieval encasement is encircled by one main boulevard and various gates allow entry into the walled city. The Porte de l’Oulle on the northwestern per... more

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Les Baux de Provence is a charming Provençal village.(The mineral bauxite was discovered here and derives its name from the town.) The village appears to be a continuation of the rocky spur from which it rises. This site has been occupied for the past 5,000 years, and is now visited ... more

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The town of Beaulieu sur Mer is another wealthy enclave of homes and luxurious hotels enjoying the protected climate.... more

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The hillside village of Biot, where glassware has been made for just under three decades, has won high acclaim. This medieval village of small narrow streets, lovely little squares, and a maze of galleries and shops is a gem.... more

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The wonderful hillside village of Bonnieux is a beautiful place to see.... more

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Recommended by Hotel l'Auberge du Choucas: The city is certified "ville d'art et d'histoire" (architectural treasures, fortifications designed by Vauban)and part of the world's heritage list of UNESCO.... more

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Cagnes sur Mer is on the waterfront, a port town struggling to resemble the other coastal centers. Haut de Cagnes, however, is an old section located on the hill, with an abundance of charm and character. Follow narrow, steep, cobbled streets to the heart of the old village. Opt for t... more

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The cosmopolitan city of Cannes is located on the Golfe de Napoule. Cannes is the center for many festivals, the most famous being the Cannes Film Festival held annually in May. The Boulevard de la Croisette is a wide street bordered by palm trees separating the beach from the elabora... more

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From the larger town of Antibes, a scenic drive follows the D2559 around the peninsula to its point, Cap d’Antibes, another exclusive residential community with gorgeous homes, exclusive hotels, and lovely sandy beaches.... more

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Cap Ferrat is an exclusive residential district and peninsula.... more

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Castellane enjoys a lovely setting on the banks of the River Verdon and is famous for its crowning rock that towers above the town, crested by the Nôtre Dame du Roc Chapel.... more

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Cavaillon is a market town, known for its melon fields. On the outskirts of Cavaillon, detour east to the amazing Fontaine de Vaucluse, fed by rainwater that seeps through the Vaucluse Plateau. In the late afternoon as the sun begins its descent, walk around this celebrated natural fo... more

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The territory mapped out and referred to as Cimiez is where the Romans constructed Cemenelum, a town to rival the then existing Greek town of Nikaia (Nice) in the 1st century B.C.... more

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Cipières is a small medieval village.... more

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Crillon le Brave is another lovely hilltop village near Vénasque.... more

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There are two divisions of Èze, Èze Village, the medieval village perched on the hillside above the Riviera, and Èze Bord de la Mer, a modern town on the water’s edge. Of all the perched villages along the Riviera, Èze Village, a quaint medieval enclave with cobblestoned streets... more

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Fontvieille, a small roadside town, is home to a wonderful hotel and restaurant, La Régalido, and is also worth a stop to visit the Moulin de Daudet, an abandoned mill set on the hillside above town, reputedly where Daudet wrote Letters from My Windmill.... more

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Gordes is a village perched at one end of the Vaucluse Plateau and dominating the Imergue Valley. Bathed in tones of gray, this is a wonderful place. Off its main square are some inviting cafés, restaurants, and shops selling Provence’s wonderful bounties: lavender, olive oils, win... more

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Endeared as one of France’s most beautiful villages, Gourdon is an unspoiled gem that commands an absolutely spectacular setting as it hugs and clings to the walls of the steep hillside. Vistas from the village look north down the Loup Canyon or southeast over the countryside dotted... more

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Grasse, in the coastal hills, is a region full of lavender, roses, carnations, violets, jasmine, olives, and oranges. The town is constantly growing, but the old section is fun to wander through. Interesting tours of perfume factories are also given.... more

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Cagnes sur Mer is on the waterfront, a port town struggling to resemble the other coastal centers. Haut de Cagnes, however, is an old section located on the hill, with an abundance of charm and character. Follow narrow, steep, cobbled streets to the heart of the old village. Opt for t... more

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A wonderful place to stop, especially if you like antiques, is the country town of L’Isle sur la Sorgue, known for its many shops.... more

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Joucas is a perfectly preserved jewel of a village perched above the Luberon Valley.... more

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On the other side of the peninsula from Antibes is the pretty resort town of Juan les Pins, which is popular for its lovely stretch of white-sand beach and whose sparkling harbor shelters many attractive boats.... more

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Lourmarin is the capital of this region of Luberon. Lourmarin is a small city surrounded by the bounty of the region: fruit trees, flowers, and produce. The château on the outskirts of town is a school for artists.... more

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Marseille is the second-largest city in France and settled as a Phoenician colony. It is a major Mediterranean port. Apart from the Roman docks and fortified church of Saint Victor, there are few monuments to its past within the city. However, you must see La Canebière, a major boule... more

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The graceful city of Menton is on the Italian border. Menton boasts streets shaded by fruit trees and stretches of sandy beach in addition to a colorful harbor, casino, and an endless array of shops. At the heart of the old town, Rue Saint Michel is a charming shopping street restrict... more

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First-class hotels and excellent restaurants are numerous in Monte Carlo, catering to the millions of annual visitors who come to play in its casino and hope to catch a glimpse of the royal family or resident international celebrities. Monaco is independent of French rule, and an excl... more

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Mouginsis, a charming hilltown village, achieved gastronomic fame when Roger Vergé converted a 16th-century olive mill into an internationally famous restaurant. Other notable chefs have been attracted to the village and Michelin has awarded the village and its restaurants in total f... more

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Moustiers Sainte Marie, famous for its pottery, is a wonderful village whose cluster of buildings with their patchwork of red-tiled roofs hugs the hillside and crawls back into the protection of a sheltered mountain alcove. Monks came here in 433, took shelter in caves dug into the mo... more

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Nice is a large city whose population of 400,000 has carpeted the land with apartments and condominiums bounded only by the ocean and the surrounding hills. Along the waterfront, the Promenade des Anglais takes a grand sweep from the city’s western edge along the Baie des Anges and ... more

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In the hills above the French Riviera is a very scenic drive that follows the path of the Loup River as it weaves through the Gorges du Loup. The canyon’s beauty and its high granite walls beckon you into the ever-narrowing gorge. The River Loup flows far below, only visible to ... more

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Roquebrune is divided into two districts: the new town on the water and a medieval village on the hillside dating from the dynasty of Charlemagne. Very picturesque on the approach, the medieval Roquebrune is well worth a detour and some time for exploration. Park on the main square an... more

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Roussillon is worth the effort to find. This lovely village is a maze of narrow streets, small shops, and restaurants that climb to the town’s summit. In various shades of ochres, Roussillon is an enchanting village, especially on a clear day when the sun warms and intensifies the c... more

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Saint Jean Cap Ferrat

Saint Jean Cap Ferrat is nestled on the other side of the peninsula from Villefranche, enjoying a picturesque setting and a quiet ambiance, with just a few homes, restaurants, and hotels tucked into the hillside. It has lovely views across the towering masts of yachts that grace its w... more

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The picturesque mountain stronghold of Saint Paul de Vence, once guarded the ancient Var Frontier. Cars are forbidden inside the walls of the old town whose cobbled streets are lined with galleries and tourist shops. From the encircling ramparts you get panoramic views of the hillto... more

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Sainte Agnes

The picturesque walled town of Sainte Agnes is an attractive mountain village of cobbled streets, a few restaurants, shops, and unsurpassed views of the coastline. (Although the hillside town of Gorbio is often recommended in connection with Sainte Agnes, the drive is even more demand... more

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Saumane de Vaucluse

Saumane de Vaucluse is an idyllic perched village, whose hillside location affords a spot from which to watch the sun bathe the countryside in the soft hues so characteristic of Provence. It remains relatively unknown even though millions of visitors each year venture out to visit the... more

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Senanque

Just to the north of Gordes is Senanque, a 12th-century Cistercian abbey standing drama-tically isolated at the edge of the mountainside surrounded by lavender and oak trees. Vacated by the monks in 1869 and accessible on foot by a 2-kilometer path up from the car park, the abbey is n... more

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Tourrettes sur Loup

Tourrettes sur Loup is an especially lovely town whose medieval core of clustered rosy-golden-stone houses enjoys a backdrop of the three small towers that give the town its name. Every March the hillsides of Tourettes sur Loup are a mass of violets and the village is dressed with fra... more

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Trigance

The enchanting medieval village of Trigance has thick stone walls that guard a wonderful hotel and restaurant, the Château de Trigance.... more

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La Turbie is a charming hillside town.... more

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The road along the French Riviera follows the bay of Golfe Juan and stretches to Pointe de la Croisette in Cannes. From here you can detour into the hills just up from the town of Golfe Juan to Vallauris. Picasso settled in Vallauris after his time in Antibes and tested his skill at t... more

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On the outskirts of Cavaillon, is the amazing Fontaine de Vaucluse which is fed by rainwater that seeps through the Vaucluse Plateau. In the late afternoon as the sun begins its descent, walk around this celebrated natural fountain: at certain times of the year the shooting water is s... more

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Vénasque

The village of Vénasque is a beautiful and striking hilltop. Charmingly untouched by civilization, this village is tucked in a dense forest cupped between two steep hills and is notable for its 6th-century Église de Notre Dame and the 17th-century Chapelle Notre Dame de Vie. The tow... more

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Vence, Alpes-Maritimes, France

The wonderful old town of Vence is located just 10 kilometers above the coast and Riviera. The hillsides surrounding Vence afford a lovely coastal panorama and are dotted with palatial homes and villas. Entering through the gates into the old village, you find dozens of tiny streets w... more

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Villefranche sur Mer

Villefranche sur Mer is a lovely inlet whose gentle waters are home to numerous yachts and fishing boats.... more

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Considered a gateway to Provence, Avignon is one of France’s most interesting and beautiful cities. Avignon is fun to explore—a wonderful selection of shops line its streets, a festive air prevails with numerous street performers, and the historical attractions are monumental. Vil... more

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