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Marseille-Provence Airport: The Complete Guide Print E-mail
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Marseille-Provence airport at Marignane

With a main runway alongside a huge lake and dramatic approaches across the coastal chains of hills or the sea itself, Marseille-Provence airport offers visitors a memorable introduction to the region. Here's how to fly through it in record time.

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The Beautiful Blue Coast Train Line Print E-mail
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The Blue Coast train line outside MarseilleThe dramatic terrain west and north of Marseille - rugged hills with villages snuggled in deep limestone calanques - forces the road to loop sharply inland. The railway line, on the other hand, hugs the coast closely, often with a precipitous drop down to the sea, as it passes through 23 tunnels and 18 spectacular viaducts representing a stupendous feat of engineering.

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Rail Travel To and From Avignon Print E-mail
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Avignon Centre station facadeThere are two train stations in Avignon, the TGV station in the suburbs 9 km (5.5 miles) south-west of the city and Avignon Centre near the centre of town. This is a guide to both of them and to rail travel to and from Avignon.

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Marseille Ferry Port Print E-mail
Travel - Water

Poster for the port of Marseille by Roger BroderMarseille's identity is deeply bound up with its ancient origins as a port and the vast network of routes that the sea opened up to the outside world. It's a cosmopolitan connection which still flourishes vigorously today.

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Toulon-Hyères Airport: The Complete Guide Print E-mail
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Toulon Hyeres airport signSet in lovely open countryside, Toulon-Hyères airport is a five minute walk from the beach, thus putting you in the holiday mood as soon as you step off the plane. It's also the springboard for towns east of Marseille, for the Var, Sanary sur Mer, Saint Tropez and the western fringes of the Côte d'Azur. Here is our guide to navigating through it.

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Cruises From Marseille Print E-mail
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The MSC SplendidaMarseille is a superb starting point for a cruise holiday. It’s easily reached by air, road or high-speed rail. It's a fast, easy springboard to some of the loveliest spots in Provence. And of course there are many terrific tourist attractions in Marseille itself.

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Avignon-Provence Airport: The Complete Guide Print E-mail
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Facade, Avignon AirportAvignon-Provence airport (sometimes called Avignon-Caumont or just plain Avignon) is perfectly positioned for such tourist attractions as L'Isle sur la Sorgue, Roussillon and the lavender fields of northern Provence, not to mention the city of Avignon itself and other places such as Saint Rémy de Provence, Les Baux de Provence, Orange and Carpentras.

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Nîmes Airport: The Complete Guide Print E-mail
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Nimes airport facadeSet on the edge of Provence and Languedoc-Roussillon, Nîmes airport - which also sometimes calls itself Nîmes-Alès-Cévennes-Camargue or just plain Nîmes-Garons - is an ideal central jumping-off point for all these places, as well as for Arles and the Alpilles.

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By Car to Provence: The Fastest Routes Print E-mail
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The A7 Motorway in ProvenceProvence can be reached from the French Channel Ports or the Belgian border in around ten hours' driving time if you use the autoroutes (motorways) for the whole way.

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By Car to Provence: The Best Route Print E-mail
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Provencal road lined by plane treesYou may be a hurry to drive down the south. On the other hand, perhaps you prefer to relax, take your time and see some magnificent sights along the way. In the latter case, this is the best route to Provence from Northern Europe for you.

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Rail Travel To and From Aix en Provence Print E-mail
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TGV at Aix en Provence stationThere are two train stations in Aix en Provence, the TGV station in the countryside 15 km (9 miles) south-west of the city and Aix Centre, the regional (TER) station in the centre. This is a guide to both of them and to rail travel to and from Aix.

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Rail Travel To And From Marseille Print E-mail
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TGV train passing through ProvenceThere are plenty of train connections on offer at Saint Charles, Marseille's main station which forms the southern terminus of the French high-speed TGV network and is served by five other conventional lines. This is a guide to travel by rail to and from Marseille.

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Marseille Cruise Ship Port Print E-mail
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Marseille cruise ship terminalMarseille is France's main cruise ship port and this branch of tourism is growing fast. Over a million cruise passengers passed through the city in 2013, when it was the hub of the Marseille-Provence Capital of Culture programme.

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Provence by Camper Van Print E-mail
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Volkswagen camper van from 69 CampersWith its abundant campsites and well-kept roads, France as a whole and Provence in particular are ideally equipped for touring holidays. This is a guide to exploring the region in a Type 2 Volkswagen camper van.

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The Snow Buses and Trains to the Ski Resorts Print E-mail
Travel - Local Transport

The snow trainYou can easily and quickly get to a wide range of ski resorts in the French Alps from Marseille and Aix en Provence by either coach or train. Here is everything you need to know about booking your travel.

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Driving in France: Laws, Rules and Regulations Print E-mail
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This is a general guide to the rules governing car driving in France, taking in the important recent changes to the law.

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Driving in Provence: Tips and Useful Websites Print E-mail
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Russell Crowe in A Good YearMany of the loveliest spots in Provence aren't accessible by public transport and unless you take a taxi - or explore the region by bicycle - you may well end up driving behind the wheel of a car.

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Marseille: Trams, Trains, Buses, Bikes, Boats... Print E-mail
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A traditional Marseille boat or pointuIt's really only on foot that you best absorb the atmosphere of Marseille. But when energy flags, or your destination is too far, or the climb up the hill to Notre Dame de la Garde in the midday sun is just too much of an ordeal, there's always the city's excellent public transport system and a wide range of further options aimed at tourists. Our full guide to local transport in Marseille.

 
Aix: Buses, Cars, Petits Trains, Bikes, Diablines... Print E-mail
Travel - Local Transport

A taxi rank in Aix en ProvenceAix is a compact city and many of the major sights around the Cours Mirabeau, the Mazarin Quarter and the Old Town can easily be navigated on foot. But, if you want to rest your feet, or to venture further afield, there's a variety of eco-friendly alternatives. Our full guide to local transport in Aix en Provence.

 
Avignon: Baladines, Buses, Bikes, Petits Trains Print E-mail
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Bicycles in AvignonAvignon's historic walled city is compact and contained and most major sights can comfortably be visited on foot. But, when you tire of walking, here are some wheeled alternatives. Our full guide to local transport in Avignon.

 


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Saint Barbara's Wheat in Provence at ChristmasChristmas in Provence starts on 4 December! Read about Saint Barbara's wheat and other local Christmas traditions.

 

Saint Victor Abbey Marseille by nightNow in its 47th year, the prestigious music festival at Marseille's historic, beautiful Saint Victor Abbey continues until 5 December. Last concert: Christmas carols.

 

Provence olive oilProvence's festivals celebrating the season's new olive oil are on in the Alpilles and Aix. 30 Nov-15 Dec.

 

Santa ClausChristmas shopping in Marseille this year features fireworks on the Old Port, giant santons on the Canebière, mulled wine and cakes in the Old Town - and artificial snow on the rue Sainte. From 6 Dec.

 

SkiingHeading to the ski slopes? Here's how to get there from Marseille or Aix by snow bus or snow train.

 

Christmas on the Cours Mirabeau, AixProvence's colourful Christmas markets are opening for business. Find the best fairs and festivals in Marseille, Aix, Avignon, Arles and elsewhere.

 

Descente des BergersCount the sheep (there'll be plenty of them around) at the Fête des Bergers, or Shepherds' Festival, in Istres, on the Blue Coast. Sheepdog trials, sheep processions, a banquet (with roast lamb?) 29 Nov-8 Dec.

 

Rose wine of ProvenceStar billing: Miraval, the rosé wine produced by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, has just been named one of the top 100 wines in the world.

 

MSC SplendidaWe report from this autumn's Top Cruise conference about the new cruise routes from Marseille in 2014 and the latest developments in the city's booming cruise tourism.

 

Avignon fringe theatre festivalThe summer 2014 dates have now been confirmed for the Avignon "In" and "Off" Theatre Festivals.

 

CalissonsPuzzling over Christmas gift ideas? Here are our top five Provence-themed presents, all available to buy by mail order.

 

Claude Gazier paintingClaude Gazier's moody paintings evoke the smokey atmosphere of vintage film stills. La Ciotat, until 7 Dec.

 

Victoire Belezy as Fanny in Daniel Auteuil's Pagnol trilogyThe first two parts of actor-director Daniel Auteuil's new version of Marcel Pagnol's classic Marius, Fanny, César trilogy, set on the Old Port of Marseile, are now playing in UK cinemas.

 

Marilyn by Andy WarholWarhol, Hopper, Bacon, Magritte, Picasso, Delvaux: diary dates for some of the big art shows lined up for Marseille in 2014.

 

Henri Lebasque Nude Asleep on a BedWomen of Provence, as seen by male painters and by themselves, are the subject of a new show at the Musée Regards de Provence, Marseille. Until 24 Feb 2014.

 

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Image from the film about the artist Pierre-Auguste RenoirNow available on DVD: France's entry for the Oscars is Renoir, a film about the artist's life shot in the Var near Saint Tropez.

 

Ceramic by Le Corbusier Ceramics, sculptures, tapestries, paintings - and erotic sketches: Le Corbusier was not just a revolutionary architect, as this must-see show at the J1 Hangar, Marseille, reveals. Until 22 Dec.

 

Lucien Clergue's photograph of Le Testament dOrphee in Les Baux de Provence Jean Cocteau's Le Testament d'Orphée was filmed in the Valley of Hell near Les Baux de Provence. A show of photographs by Lucien Clergue, in Les Baux, chronicles the shooting. Until 31 Dec.

 

Ben Foster as Lance Armstrong in Stephen Frears new filmThe disgraced Tour de France cyclist Lance Armstrong is the subject of a new film by the Oscar-nominated director Stephen Frears, now shooting in the French Alps.