The Cathar castles were involved in the Anti-Cathars Albigensian Crusade (1209-1229) in the Occitaine region of Southwest France.
A magnificent double-walled fortress, ringed with towers, and housing a Medieval City and an inner walled castle.
Four defensive castles clustered in the hills north of Carcassonne, built in the 11th century Cathar and Albigensian period.
An outstanding American artist who lived a tragically short time, with exhibits in Avignon and Paris.
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.
The "Les Arcades", a 19th-century stone aqueduct, carried water from the Rhone to Nimes, on 23 Dec 2018 it came tumbling down.
Picturesque Mediterranean port village east of Marseille; great beaches, markets, a famous white wine, and boat trips to the Calanques.
Most Beautiful Villages
Many of the Plus Beaux Villages of France are in Provence.
Beyond's Favorite Places
We've listed here the towns, sites and back-country villages that we keep going back to.
Beyond's Surrounding Itineraries
France World Heritage Sites
UNESCO World Heritage Sites in France - towns, aqueducts, bridges, canals and more.
Provence Sites A-Z
Sites of Provence from A to Z, prehistoric, Roman, Medieval and recent.
Village List A-B
Aigues-Mortes in the Camargue to Avignon, Baux-de-Provence to Bonnieux, ...
Reorganized pages with new information, and many new photos
The Ville Rose, with the Pont Neuf, Place du Capitole, museums, medieval buildings and casual shopping.
14th century Popes Palace, the Pont d'Avignon and the Festival d'Avignon. Most Avignon museums are now free (from April 2018)
Markets in Provence
Market places are the life of Provence, and we have Markets by Day and Markets by Town.
Maps of France and Provence
Our Maps section has hundreds of area maps on towns and sites across Provence as well as detail and theme maps.
Canal du Midi
A 400-km long canals-waterways, built in the 17th century, between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean; a UNESCO World Heritage Site.