Inland, guests of Provence holiday rentals will find the picturesque countryside filled with olive groves, vineyards, lavender fields, Roman ruins, and quaint towns.
Arles, founded by Julius Caesar in 49 B.C., contains some impressive Roman ruins, including well-preserved amphitheatre, Les Arènes (still used today for bullfighting), the Emperor Constantine's baths, and the ancient theatre. Other highlights for guests of Provence holiday rentals include the 12th century Cathedrale Saint Trophime; the Musee de l'Arles Antique, which interprets the town's Roman past; and the Museon Arlatan, with its focus on Provencal life and folklore.
Avignon, the capital of Christendom during the 14th century papal schism, features a walled medieval town center. Highlights for holidaymakers in Provence holiday rentals include the grand Papal Palace, the Musee du Petit Palais, with its impressive collection of 14th to 16th century Italian religious paintings, the 12th century Cathedrale de Notre Dame des Doms, and the theatre festival held in July. The nearby town of Orange has a well-preserved Roman Theatre, home to the prestigious Choregies Music Festival each summer.
The lovely city of Aix-en-Provence was a centre for art and learning in the 15th century. Strolling through the Cours Mirabeau and the Rue Gaston de Saporta, visitors can see a number of mansions dating from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. Elegant shops and cafes offer plenty of shopping and people watching opportunities. Guests of Provence holiday rentals can follow in the footsteps of native son Cezanne by following a series of brass markers in the pavement, guided by a map from the tourist office.
Aix is known for its large farmer's market, offering flowers, produce, and local farm products such as chevre and honey. Other highlights for guests of Provence holiday rentals include the Cathedrale Saint-Saveur, with its famous "Triptyque du Buisson Ardent" by Nicolas Froment, and the Tapestry Museum, located in a 17th century bishop's residence.
Along the sunny Mediterranean coastline of Provence, known as the Cote d'Azur, are a number of chic resort towns. Since the 1950's, St. Tropez has been a favoured destination for the rich and famous. Activities for guests of Provence holiday rentals include water sports, golf, hiking along the coast, and people watching. Some of the best beaches are located outside of town, including the popular Plage de Pampelonne and the less-crowded Plage de l'Escalet. Topless bathing is common in St. Tropez !
Marseille is France's second largest city, with more than one million residents. Highlights for guests of Provence holiday rentals include the Vieux Port and the nearby pedestrian zone filled with shops, bars, and restaurants; the 19th century Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde; and the Corniche Kennedy, a lovely coast road lined with beaches and hidden coves.
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