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Day Trips in France - Provence

The region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur in southern France sits on the border with Italy and the Mediterranean coast (departments Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Hautes-Alpes, Alpes-Maritimes, Bouches-du-Rhône, Vaucluse).

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Medieval - Ancient Roman


Ganagobie Abbey

Ganagobie Abbey (Abbaye Notre-Dame de Ganagobie) is Benedictine monastery sitting on a hill above the Durance valley. This hilltop has been occupied since prehistoric times (Bronze Age, 2000BC). You can visit the small Romanesque church, ...Read more

France - Provence - Alpes-de-Haute-Provence - Ganagobie
Medieval - Abbey, Benedictine, Mosaics, Church

Sénanque Abbey

Sénanque Abbey (Abbaye de Sénanque) is a Cistercian abbey founded in 1148 near Gordes in the Luberon. The setting is beautiful with fields of lavender surrounding the historic buildings. This is one of the "Three Sisters of Provence", t...Read more

France - Provence - Vaucluse - Gordes
Medieval - Cistercian Abbey

Silvacane Abbey

Silvacane Abbey (Abbaye Silvacane) is a Cistercian abbey founded in 1144 on the banks of the River Durance. This is one of the "Three Sisters of Provence", three Cistercian abbeys near Aix-en-Provence (Silvacane Abbey, Sénanque Abbey and...Read more

France - Provence - Bouches-du-Rhone - La Roque-d'Anthéron
Medieval - Cistercian Abbey

Thoronet Abbey

Thoronet Abbey (Abbaye du Thoronet) is a Cistercian abbey founded in 1146 and built over the next century. The acoustics of the church are said to create a long echo which forced the monks to sing slowly and perfectly together. This is on...Read more

France - Provence - Var - Le Thoronet
Medieval - Cistercian Abbey

Ancient Roman

Arles Roman Amphitheater

The Arles Amphitheater (Les Arènes d'Arles) was built in 90 AD. It is 136 meters (446 ft) long and 109 meters (358 ft) wide and seats up to 30,000 people. Originally three tiers of arches, only two remain, each with 60 arches. It is stil...Read more

France - Provence - Bouches-du-Rhone - Arles
Ancient Roman - Amphitheatre

Barbegal Roman Aqueduct and Mill

The Barbegal Aqueduct and Mill (Aqueduc de Barbegal) are the remains of a Roman mill and part of the aqueduct that ran from the Alpilles to Arles. In Roman times 16 water wheels powered the mill. This is not a well marked and popular tour...Read more

France - Provence - Bouches-du-Rhone - Fontvieille
Ancient Roman - Aqueduct

Fréjus Aqueduct

The town of Fréjus sits on the western edge of the Estérel Mountains, on the Mediterranean coast. During ancient Roman times Fréjus was an important port town called Forum Julii and situated at the crossroads of Via Augusta and Via Domitia. The...Read more

France - Provence - Var - Fréjus
Ancient Roman - Amphitheatre, Aqueduct, Theatre


Glanum (Site Archéologique de Glanum) was a Roman town built at the foot of the Alpilles mountains south of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. It is a large site with remains of baths, public forum, temples, houses and a sacred spring. A beautiful...Read more

France - Provence - Bouches-du-Rhone - Saint-Rémy-de-Provence
Ancient Roman - Via Domitia, Town

Via Domitia - Pont Julien

Pont Julian is a Roman bridge built in 3 BC and in use for over 2,000 years. In 2005 they stopped cars driving over it and now it is for pedestrians only. It was part of the Roman road Via Domitia. The bridge has three arches and was built using n...Read more

France - Provence - Vaucluse - Bonnieux
Ancient Roman - Via Domitia, Bridge


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