Other Places of Interest

Whether you're planning a weekend break, a longer trip or just an armchair tour, here is your guide to Provence's best towns and villages, beaches and calanques, and other attractions. This section is being expanded constantly, so check back soon for new additions.

Larger cities are covered in detail in their own separate sections: click here to read about Marseille, Aix en Provence and Avignon. Click here for specific drives and rides to vineyards and scenic areas of Provence.

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The Calanques: An Introduction Print E-mail
Other Places - Sights and Attractions

Calanque de Sugiton, MarseilleThe calanques are the astonishing rough diamonds of the Mediterranean coast, an essential highlight of any tourist trip to Southern Provence.

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The Best Calanques: South of Marseille Print E-mail
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Calanque de MorgiouThis is a detailled guide to the five best calanques south-east of Marseille, based on beauty, accessibility and the range of facilities on offer.

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The Beaches of the Blue Coast Print E-mail
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Sainte Croix beachIf you would like to venture a little further than the beaches immediately south of Marseille, try heading westwards instead. Scattered all along this stretch of the Mediterranean, the beaches of the Blue Coast are very numerous. Walk, drive or take the train to find your own idyllic spot.

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The Beaches of Cassis Print E-mail
Other Places - Beaches

Plage de Corton beach, CassisCassis is a popular destination for visitors hoping to avoid the crowds in Marseille and the famous beaches further east along the coast, or looking to combine a spot of sun-seeking with the little town's other attractions.

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Aubagne Print E-mail
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AubagneAubagne sums up the essence of Provence. Set in a stunning landscape, this historic hillside town is the centre of ceramicists and santonniers (santon-makers), the birthplace of Marcel Pagnol and the HQ of the French Foreign Legion. It even has a pastis distillery.

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Saint Rémy de Provence Print E-mail
Other Places - Towns

The roofs of Saint Remy de ProvenceEmbraced by a wide, leafy boulevard, the lazily beguiling old town of Saint Rémy de Provence is a maze of winding streets, colourful cafés, squares and fountains with two truly exceptional tourist attractions on its outskirts.

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Gallery: The Market of Saint Rémy de Provence Print E-mail
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Flavoured vinegars at Saint Remy de Provence marketProvence is hardly a region short of street markets, but the very large one in Saint Rémy is rightly renowned as exceptional. It is the best market to visit if you are in this part of Provence on a Wednesday morning.

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The Beaches of Marseille Print E-mail
Other Places - Beaches

Plage du Prado beach, MarseilleMost people associate Marseille with a Citybreak holiday. But if the sun shines and the sea beckons, there is also a wide range of places to catch those rays, from urban beaches within easy reach of the centre to wild and lovely spots just a bus ride away on the edge of the calanques. Our full and definitive guide to the beaches of Marseille.

 
Sanary sur Mer Print E-mail
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Lighthouse at Sanary sur MerStrategically set on the coast between Marseille and Toulon, Sanary sur Mer works its lazy charm on visitors with a pretty harbour, large and lively street markets and the cobbled, pedestrianised backstreets of the Old Town.

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The Calanques Near Cassis Print E-mail
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Calanque d'En Vau, near CassisThe picturesque port of Cassis - well worth a visit in its own right - is an excellent starting point to visit the three easternmost calanques along the coast in the direction of Marseille: Port Miou, Port Pin and En Vau.

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Cassis Print E-mail
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The port of CassisOne of the most seductive resorts on the Provence coast, Cassis boasts a stunning location, a lovely harbour, a sprinkling of beaches, some exceptional wines and, despite being a magnet for tourist crowds in the summer, an intimate, small-town feel.

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The Best Calanques: West of Marseille Print E-mail
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Calanque de Niolon harbourThe Blue Coast calanques are a very well-kept secret. They may not be as dramatic or as well known as those to the south. But they are easily accessible by train via some of the loveliest scenery in France and are lived in by vibrant local communities. And they won't be over-run with foreign tourists.

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Les Baux de Provence Print E-mail
Other Places - Villages

The Post Tenebras Lux window at Les Baux de ProvenceLes Baux de Provence offers an unbeatable package: a majestic hilltop location, superb food and wine, sites of major historical interest and the celebrated Cathedral of Images, now called the Quarries of Lights, on the edge of the village.

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Carry le Rouet Print E-mail
Other Places - Towns

Carry le RouetA lovely 35-minute train ride west of Marseille, the modestly charming port of Carry le Rouet is not on most foreign tourist itineraries. But you will get a sharp, salty breath of coastal Provence from this resort, hugely popular with French visitors, both day-trippers from Marseille and holiday-makers from further afield.

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Martigues Print E-mail
Other Places - Towns

Martigues, a canalWith its luminous open views across the water and great expanses of lakeside frontage, Martigues likes to call itself the Venice of Provence.

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Allauch Print E-mail
Other Places - Towns

Windmill at AllauchThis pretty, peaceful little hill town with panoramic views across the countryside is just 12 km / 7.5 miles from Marseille by car or public transport. Rich in provençal tradition, Allauch hosts colourful festivals throughout the year.

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The Beaches of Sanary sur Mer Print E-mail
Other Places - Beaches

Beach at Sanary sur MerThe beaches are one of the main tourist attractions at Sanary sur Mer and, while they don't enjoy the very loveliest locations on this strip of the coast, they're efficiently maintained, excellent for snorkelling and scuba diving and offer a good range of facilities.

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The Beaches and Calanques of La Ciotat Print E-mail
Other Places - Beaches

Plage du petit Mugel La CiotatLa Ciotat is an attractive bet for a beach holiday, with a wide choice of locations and types of beaches within easy reach of the town centre.

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