The UNESCO's World Heritage sites are places of outstanding cultural and natural significance and beauty. At least 28 of the World Heritage Sites are in France, and the ones we have listed below are located in Provence and the South of France.
Large Gallo-Roman town on the Rhone, with its Arena and Theater; Van Gogh painted here; rice festival and bull fighting. Museums, hotels and restaurants.
UNESCO site: Roman and Romanesque Monuments (199x).
Lovely and active Roman town, home of the Popes of Avignon, Palace of the Popes, Festival d'Avignon with dance, music and theatre.
UNESCO site (1995) - Historic Center, Papal Palace and the avignon Bridge.
Famous for being fortified by Vauban in the 17th-c, very picturesque and interesting; the highest town in Europe.
Canal du Midi
A 400-km long network of canals and waterways, built in the 17th century, between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean; between Bordeaux and Sète. Added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 1999.
UNESCO site: the entire canal system
On the Canal du Midi (a World Heritage site).
A fabulous prehistoric grotto in the Ardèche gorges with hundreds of 36,000-year-old figurative wall paintings, discovered in 1994 and preserved in its pristine condition.
Devil's Bridge (Herault)
This 12th-century Pont du Diable across the Herault is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located about 40 km west of Montpellier.
Roman Provencal town, triumphal arch, theatre antique, Cote d'Rhone vineyards, dining, music festival.
UNESCO site: Roman Theatre and its Surroundings and the Triumphal Arch
Pont du Gard
The Pont du Gard is a three-level stone aqueduct crossing the Gardon river valley, about 25 km west of Avignon. Built over 2000 years ago, in 19 BC, by Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa, the son-in-law of Augustus.
UNESCO site: Roman Aqueduct