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  • 1. Abbaye de Sénanque

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    If you've fantasized about Provence's famed lavender fields, head to the wild valley some 4 km (2½ miles) north of Gordes (via D177), where...Read More

  • 2. Collection Lambert

    Museum/Gallery

    Known for the breadth of its collection as well as the scope of its exhibitions, the Lambert—a must-see for contemporary art lovers—reopened...Read More

  • 3. Jardins de Salagon and Priory

    Garden

    On a site occupied since the Gallo-Roman period, this picturesque 11th- to 12th-century priory—a rich archaeological site classed as a Historic...Read More

  • 4. Palais des Papes

    Castle/Palace

    This colossal palace creates a disconcertingly fortresslike impression, underlined by the austerity of its interior. Most of the original furnishings...Read More

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  • 5. Patricia Wells's Cooking Classes

    Educational Institution

    While Vaison has centuries-old attractions, the most popular for Americans may well now be Patricia Wells's Cooking Classes. A living monument...Read More

  • 6. Rocher des Doms

    Garden

    Set on a bluff above town, this lush hilltop garden has grand Mediterranean pines, a man-made lake (complete with camera-ready swans), plus...Read More

  • 7. Abbaye St-André Gardens

    Garden

    Don't miss the formal Italianate gardens of Fort St-André, littered with remains of the abbey that preceded the fortifications. The gardens...Read More

  • 8. Arc de Triomphe

    Ruins

    North of the city center is the Arc de Triomphe, which once straddled the Via Agrippa between Lyon and Arles. Three arches support a heavy double...Read More

  • 9. Belvédère

    Viewpoint

    From this spot you can overlook the miniature fields and farms below. From this height all those modern vacation homes blend in with the ancient...Read More

  • 10. Campredon Centre d'Art

    Historic Home

    One of the finest of L'Isle's mansions, the 18th-century Hôtel de Campredon has been restored and reinvented as a modern-art gallery, mounting...Read More

  • 11. Castellet

    Castle/Palace

    This 15th-century fortress juts out at the prow of Ménerbes. ...Read More

  • 12. Cathédrale Notre-Dame-de-Nazareth

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The sober Romanesque cathedral was built from recycled fragments of a Gallo-Roman basilica. The cloister is surrounded by richly sculpted...Read More

  • 13. Cathédrale Notre-Dame-des-Doms

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Built in a pure Provençal Romanesque style in the 12th century, this cathedral was soon dwarfed by the extravagant palace that rose beside it...Read More

  • 14. Chartreuse du Val-de-Bénédiction

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The bounty and extravagant lifestyles of the cardinals nourished the abbey in Villeneuve-lez-Avignon. Inside the abbey—which translates, literally...Read More

  • 15. Château

    Castle/Palace

    Loumarin's Renaissance-era château, which was privately restored in the 1920s to appealing near-perfection, is the town's main draw. The "new...Read More

  • 16. Château

    Castle/Palace

    If you're disinclined to spend your holiday sniffing and sipping, climb the hill to the ruins of the château. Though it was destroyed in the...Read More

  • 17. Château

    Castle/Palace

    Fontaine has its own ruined château, perched romantically on a forested hilltop over the town and illuminated at night. First built around the...Read More

  • 18. Château de Gordes

    Castle/Palace

    The only way you can get into this château is by paying to see a collection of photo paintings by pop artist Pol Mara, who lived in Gordes....Read More

  • 19. Château de Lacoste

    Castle/Palace

    Little but jagged ruins remain of the once magnificent Château de Lacoste, where the Marquis de Sade (1740–1814) spent some 30 years of his...Read More

  • 20. Château du Barroux

    Castle/Palace

    With grand vaulted rooms and a chapel dating to the 12th century, this château is Le Barroux's main draw. Some of its halls serve as venues...Read More

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