Who needs Paris? Provence has it all for you.

Verdant vineyard quilted valleys, medieval castles and palaces, gorgeous food and wine at every stop. You will forget all about Paris (OK, maybe for a just a little while) while you take in the sights, smells and savories of this most storied and romantic part of France. The Greeks and then the Romans set up shop early in Provence (where it gets its name Provencia Romana) as they knew it was a lovely spot to cultivate wine, olives and even retire: veteran Roman soldiers from the Egyptian wars retired to the lovely town of Nimes. Later Gauguin and Van Gogh came to paint the countryside in the soft sun and the clear blue skies. Provence is a place to slow down, drink a cold glass of Rosé, and enjoy the views.

Avignon

When Italy became too tumultuous, the Pope packed up and moved to Avignon for a few years during the 14th century. The Palais des Papes now hosts the Avignon Theater Festival each July.

Avignon

Photo by Exploring Jen.

Pont Du Gard

The tallest standing Roman aqueduct is only six feet shorter than Rome’s Colusseum. Get the best views as you kayak down the Gardon river.

dugard

Photo by Exploring Jen.

Aix-en-Provence

Founded by a Roman consul, Cezanne and Zola frequented the cafés here.

aix

Photo by Victoria Zarvanskaya.

Officially on the French register of places as “one of the most beautiful villages in France.” That is all.

seguret

Photo by Erika Calvert.

Gigondas

The name comes from the Latin word “Jocunditas” meaning rejoicing. Surely it is named for this charming town’s fabulous vintages.

gigondas

Photo by Gabby Cortes.

Vaison-La-Romaine

The Romans build the famous bridge in the first century and the ancient forum rests under the city square.

vaison

Photo by Marion MacQueen.

Nyons

A beautiful medieval bridge stretches across the Eygues in hilly Nyons.

nyons

Photo by Mightyqtn.

Sault

Surrounded by lavender fields, Sault offers great views of Mt. Ventoux.

sault

Photo by Hipermovil.

Find more gems scattered around France here. Explore more icons of travel from around the world here. And of course you can get to know Trovers and all their French adventures on Trover.com.