Beaucaire — an ancient town on the banks of the Rhône, with a Medieval old town and a nearby troglodyte abbey carved into the rocks.
Pont du Gard – a three-level stone aqueduct crossing the Gardon river valley 25 km west of Avignon. Built over 2000 years ago by Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa, the son-in-law of Augustus. Great to visit in the autumn, when the summer crowds are gone.
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Uzès — Uzès, once a Roman town; the 11th-c Duché castle, still with the original family. It's Place aux Herbes is a great Saturday market.
Avignon — From a Roman town to the Palace of the Popes in the 14th century, Avignon is now a town of Festival, ponts, history, shopping and tourism.
Chestnut (Chatagne) Festivals take place all across Provence in October, sometimes joined with a local Honey (Miel) Festival. This is also the season for the Squash/Melon (Courge) Festivals.
The winter Santon (Crèches) exhibits begin this month, and there are some picturesque Transhumance (Sheep) Festivals.
Autumn is a time of Vide Greniers (flea markets) in many towns and villages, and quite a few places are celebrating Halloween at the end of the month.
Collobrières — Chestnut Festival Tuesdays 12, 19, 26 Oct. An ancient little town deep in the lush forests of the Maures in the South of France, with chestnut woods, nearby menhirs and Roman mines.
La Brigue — La Brigue is a very pretty little mountain village, nestled along a river off to the side of the Roya Valley in the Alpes-Maritimes. Colorful buildings, ancient churches, arcades, vaulted passages and interesting squares. A popular and picturesque Transhumance fete on 19 Oct, 2014.
Antibes Juan-les-Pins — Greek, Roman seaside town popular for beaches, shopping, Picasso museum, Port Vauban yachts. Antibes' annual Wine Fair is 24-26 Oct 2014.
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Sauve — A picturesque town on the banks of the Vidourle river, set in an area of forested hills, vineyards and orchards.