21 Most Beautiful Cities & Villages in Provence to Visit

Provence Villages - abbaye de senanque

There is something magical about the South of France.

From Nice and the French Riviera to the lavender fields and hillside villages in the Luberon Valley of Provence, there’s nowhere quite like it.

Somehow, the best villages in Provence manage to feel untouched and undiscovered – despite Provence being a major tourist hotspot.

Maybe it’s how the buildings don’t change; how the businesses don’t cater to the whims of tourists.

Or maybe it’s how the Provencal attitude towards fresh, accessible food means that despite being in the most beautiful place in the world, you can still eat a wheel of fresh cheese for under two euros and a baguette for 75 centimes.

Ahh, Southern France. You just get me.

View of a narrow street in the center of Avignon, France

I traveled around the villages of Provence for a week, basing myself in the Luberon Valley.

Provence is a surprisingly large region of France, and distances between villages can exceed two hours.

All these first 6 towns in Provence are within a short drive of each other, so it’s ideal for a short trip, whether it is a few days, a week, or longer.

Provence is a place where time just melts, and the days stick together and drag out in the most delightful way.

So no matter how long you think you need to discover the best towns in Provence, I recommend you double it.

I’ll start with my favorite 6 places to visit in Provence, then I’ll share some of my fellow travel writers’ favorite places, spanning from the Lower Rhone to the Mediterranean Sea.

My Favorite 6 Villages to Stay in Provence

Below is a list of 6 of my favorite villages in Provence — and the last is my absolute #1.

I’ve listed what the best villages to stay in Provence are for each type of traveler and their priorities.

I’m also listing a few hotels I recommend in the area, though I haven’t stayed at any personally (we had three people so we opted for an Airbnb).

You could also visit these cities as day trips from Nice if you have less time to spend in Provence.


Editor’s Choice

One of the most beautiful villages in Provence, this town is set aside gorgeous ochre cliffs, and when the sun sets, it sets the cliffs gloriously ablaze.

The architecture matches this intense hue with buildings to match. The orange facades of the buildings look as if the paint was taken straight from the cliffs themselves — because it was!

Roussillon is definitely one of the livelier of the villages in Provence in terms of nightlife.

When we went, there was a massive assembly of people assembled watching a soccer game, with pop and dance music blaring loudly. There were plenty of restaurants and shopping opportunities.

Overall, though, this town seemed to lack some of the charms of the other Provence villages, despite the gorgeous setting and the lovely red brick.


Where to Stay in Roussillon

For a mid-range hotel, check out Les Passiflores, which get rave reviews for its delicious dining and French wines, and has affordable yet tastefully decorated rooms.

If you are looking for luxury, I can think of no more luxurious place to stay in Roussillon than Le Clos de La Glycine with their duplex suites, stunning valley views, and beautiful flower-covered terrace.


Editor’s Choice

This hilltop Provence village is worth visiting for the stunning vista alone, which looks out over the amazing Luberon Valley.

On your way up the mountain up to Gordes, you get the most beautiful view of the entire town built on the hillside.

It’s like something out of a fairy tale (except that most fairy tales don’t include selfie-stick wielding tourists).

Still, everyone flocks there for a reason, and despite being filled with tourists, this Provencal village is chock full of charm.

Gordes also has one of the more charming centers, with alleyways that are easy to get lost in, and a beautiful 12th-century church.

It also has the added benefit of being close to the iconic Abbaye de Senanque, with its gorgeous lavender fields that are on everyone’s European bucket list.

Provence Villages - abbaye de senanque

Where to Stay in Gordes

As one of the more touristic villages in Provence, there are plentiful accommodation options, but the prices are a little higher than other towns in Provence.

True budget seekers should always check Airbnb for the best options.

But if you prefer a hotel or B&B, I have a few recommendations. Domaine de L’Enclos is the highest-rated B&B in town — guests love the stunning garden, the private terraces in many rooms, private parking, and ability to rent bikes.

The price is on the affordable side for pricy Gordes. Another good mid-range option is B&B La Burliere, loved for its traditional Provencal stone house architecture, family-owned feel, and freebies like bike rental, breakfast, and parking.

For those seeking a more luxurious experience, see if there’s availability at the exquisite Hotel Le Jas, with a pool in a beautiful garden to keep you cool during those hot Provencal summers, and the most postcard-perfect view of Gordes.


Villages in Provence- Bonnieux
Editor’s Choice

Like Gordes, Bonnieux is considered one of the most beautiful villages in Provence, though this time the view you get is best upon leaving the city headed towards Buoux.

In fact, if you drive towards Buoux, you’ll encounter one of the most beautiful open lavender fields that all of Provence has to offer…

… At least, it was the prettiest we found in our week of road-tripping around the French countryside.

There’s also a 12th-century church up at the top of Bonnieux, which you usually can’t enter – but it’s worth a walk up to the top to get these views of the Luberon Valley spread out below you.

Just look at how much wide open space there is, and those red-tiled roofs! Swoon.

However, Bonnieux is definitely a little more upscale than some of the other quaint villages in Provence, with expensive shopping and pricier restaurants to boot.

Lavender fields in villages of Provence

Where to Stay in Bonnieux

While Bonnieux is pricier than some of the other villages in Provence, there are some mid-range options that offer better value than most (and, as always, Airbnb is an option).

The stunning yet affordably mid-range Les Clos Les Eydins is one of the highest-rated hotels in all of Bonnieux, a beautifully renovated farmhouse with a pool for hot summer days.

Another option is Le Mas Del Sol, which also has a pool, a garden, and a terrace with lovely Provence views.

Meanwhile, if you’re seeking luxury, you’ll find it in spades at Le Domaine de Capelongue, which is a 4-star hotel with fully equipped apartments, air conditioning (perfect for those hot summer days).

They’ll also offer assistance with booking all sorts of memorable activities like hot air ballooning. The rooms are impeccably furnished, making it ideal for a special occasion or vacation.

Fontaine de Vaucluse

Fountaine de Vaucluse - Villages in Provence
Editor’s Choice

Of all the villages in Provence, this one has perhaps the most natural beauty. This cute little town is set on the beautiful Sorgue River, which must be seen to be believed.

It almost looks as if a jungle has been permanently flooded with the clearest water you’ve ever seen.

So much plant life grows at the bottom of the river that it is a vibrant shade of green, both alien and wholly natural.

Where the river gets deep, there are spots of brilliant blue turquoise.

There is an amazing kayaking trip starting from Fontaine-de-Vaucluse and ending in L’Isle-Sur-La-Sorgue that I highly recommend doing while in the Luberon area of Provence.

Fountaine de Vaucluse - Villages in Provence

Where to Stay in Fontaine-de-Vaucluse

This is one of the smaller villages in Provence, so accommodation options are more limited.

I recommend the Appartement Paisable for mid-range budgets or Hotel du Poete for more luxurious budgets. You could also check Airbnb.


Villages in Provence - Lacoste
Editor’s Choice

This small town is best known its most famous resident: the Marquis de Sade, the man who gave his name to sadism by garnering a reputation for his… strange habits.

His history lives on in the remnants of his burned down castle at the top of this quaint little hilltop village in Provence.

Unsavory history aside, this is a beautiful little town, with a few cafés and not much else.

It is also home to an art school, so there are quite a few American and other foreign exchange students.

Because of this, it has a younger vibe than the rest of the towns, which skew older.

The Café de Sade is a great place to lunch, with gorgeous views looking over the Luberon Valley.

Provence Villages - Lacoste
Editor’s Choice

Where to Stay in Lacoste

For those who prefer quaint B&Bs at affordable prices, Lacoste is perfect, as there are no large hotels in town that I’m aware of.

I recommend the highly-rated B&B La Bastide Desmagnans for their adorable rooms with mountain views, or Le Clos Des Lavandes for their lavender garden and friendly staff.


Villages of Provence - Goult
Editor’s Choice

I’m going to say something kind of controversial: this may well be one of the most beautiful villages in France.

This small Provencal village lacks the big draws of the other – and therein lies its appeal.

It doesn’t have the gorgeous mountainside views of Gordes or Bonnieux, nor the stunning ochre cliffs of Roussillon. 

So why, then, is this my favorite of all the Provence towns?

It has a sense of peace and quiet that other hill towns don’t have, which is why I think it’s one of the best villages to stay in Provence.

Like all of Provence, there are plenty of tourists; you’re just as likely to hear English or German as French.

Still, the day-trippers with their selfie sticks seem to have not descended on Goult – at least yet.

It has both everything you need – a boucherie, a boulangerie/patisserie, a fruitier, a café, and plenty of restaurants.

It has an amazing épicerie, which is basically a New York bodega, except you can buy duck a l’orange terrine for 4 euros there (so I guess not like a bodega at all).

The architecture is also some of the most beautiful, in its understated way.

The facades of the buildings are either limestone brick or pale hues of salmon.

The potential monotony of this palette is dispersed with doors and shutters in vibrant pastels, so photogenic that I couldn’t stop snapping away every few minutes.

It’s definitely one of the prettiest villages in France.

Goult’s Thursday market is unreal, a hedonistic celebration of the senses: lavender sachets and spices, crisp soft linens, the ripest strawberries, the softest cheeses….

produce in Goult Provence
With produce this amazing, eating at home is a luxury, not a chore – so stay at a rental with a kitchen, for sure!

Had I not been limited by my backpack, half the town would have been coming home with me.

There are so many quiet places to take in the sunset, without anyone else around. It’s really a magical place, and one I’ll be back to time and time again.

Goult is just one of the most special places I’ve been.

Villages of Provence - Goult

Where to Stay in Goult

Goult isn’t that popular with tourists yet, so there aren’t as many accommodation options as in some of the larger Provence villages.

I’d recommend the stuning Hotellerie Notre Dames Des Lumieres, a former 17th-century convent that’s been transformed into a modern hotel with a pool to cool off in.

Another fantastic choice is Villa Lumieres, also with a pool for those hot summer days. As you might have been able to tell — a pool is pretty much a must if you stay in Provence in the summer!

Travel Writers’ 15 Favorite Places to Visit in Provence

However, the above villages in Provence only cover one small section of Provence, the Luberon Valley.

Provence is a far larger region, which stretches to the beautiful coastline and French Riviera as well as further inward to where you’ll find delicious Rhône Valley wines.

Since I’m only one person and covered only a small section of Provence, I asked other travel writers where they thought the best places to stay in Provence were — here are their answers!


Contributed by Ayngelina at Bacon is Magic

Often used as a base in Provence to visit smaller villages, Aix-en-Provence is considered the Paris of the South with well-dressed locals to boot.

In fact, it’s often called a suburb of Paris or even “Little Paris!” It even has its own grand shopping street, but instead of Champs-Elysées, it is called Cours Mirabeau.

However, this city is much smaller and more manageable than the large city of Paris. For this reason, it feels less overwhelming and more quaint while having an urban feel with fantastic shopping. 

While Marseille is really focused on traditional Provencal food, like bouillabaisse, you won’t find the same approach here.

Some of the best restaurants in Aix en Provence serve typical Provencal food and classic pastries but you’ll also find international food and modern options. There’s really something for everyone here.

As a cultural hub for the region, there is plenty to see simply by walking around.

The artist Paul Cézanne was from here, so if you can, visit museums featuring his work.

For a more quirky adventure, seek out the many fountains in town as its known as the “City of 1000 Fountains.”

While some mark the center of major squares, others are tucked away in alleys throughout Aix en Provence.

Where to Stay in Aix en Provence

Aix en Provence is an extremely walkable city. You want to stay in the city center so you can just explore by foot.

Hôtel de France is a great option as most sights that you’d want to see are only 10-15 minutes away by foot.

Like most of France, rooms are not as spacious as what we could expect in North America.

However, the rooms are modern and clean and the staff are extremely helpful to English speaking guests. Don’t miss the breakfast as it’s fantastic.


Contributed by Priya Vin from Outside Suburbia.

When we were on our Southern France road trip, we visited the markets in Aix-en-Provence and were not ready to leave town without seeing some lavender.

The problem was that it was past lavender season and most were already harvested.

One of the vendors mentioned that there might be some fields near Sault that still had lavender.

We decided to extend our stay in Aix-en-Provence and drove to Sault the next day looking for lavender fields.

Sault located in Vaucluse is an old fortified village perched on the top of a high ridge overlooking a wide valley, with large lavender fields spread out below to the south and west.

During peak season you can see immense blue fields along with fields of wheat for as far as you can see! 

All the houses have pretty Provencal blue shutters that are so photogenic. The town was not crowded like most other European cities during summer.

The village of Sault is open and relaxed, with wide squares and a good selection of cafés where you can get some yummy crepes, macarons, and coffee. 

We saw many sunflower fields and a few lavender fields a bit beyond their time on the drive back to Aix-en-Provence, where we spent the night.

Where to Stay in Sault

There are a number of places to stay in Sault, although most people visit on a day trip from Aix en Provence or other small villages in Provence nearby.

For a luxurious stay in Sault, the best option is La Bastide des Bourguets, a beautiful guesthouse with a pool (great as Provence summers are hot), hot tub, and stunning countryside setting.

Though set in a traditional Provence house, the interior is extremely modern and bright, making ample use of natural light, natural textures, and pops of color.

Those on a budget should look to the quaint yet affordable Hotel D’Albion, which offers economical rooms, a property with a terrace and lovely views of the city, and clean, comfortable rooms in the heart of Sault.

Moustiers Sainte Marie

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Moustiers Sainte Marie is one of the most unique villages in Provence. It is situated up high on the side of a mountain.

There is a small river that flows down from the mountain to create a little waterfall in the village, and a stream that splits the town in two.

There is a lovely bridge that crosses over this stream and houses built overhanging the river.

It is a very small village, but has some beautiful buildings and colourful shop fronts.

The best things to do here is wander around this pretty village and take photos.

There are also lots of great cafes to stop for a French pastry and enjoy the views.

There isn’t a sunrise here, as the sun rises from behind the mountain. However, I would recommend coming here early to see the village at it’s most peaceful and this is the best time for photos.

For those who like hiking, there is a small chapel right at the top of the mountain behind Moustiers Sainte Marie village.

This is an incredible viewpoint and a lovely little chapel called Notre Dame de Beauvoir.

The best time to visit this village is on Friday morning, as this is the market day! Head here for great organic produce, cheese, and homemade soap!

Where to Stay in Moustiers Sainte Maire

With a lush countryside setting, hot tub, tennis court, and pool, the three-star Hôtel Le Colombier is a fantastic choice for where to stay in Provence.

It’s a kilometer outside of the town, so you get the feeling of escaping from it all (though do note that the walk is up and down a hill!), and just five kilometers from Sainte-Croix Lake. The interior features traditional Provencal furniture.

Another fantastic choice is La Ferme Rose-Hôtel de Charme, with its large collection of paintings by the artist Maurice Vagh-Weinmann and objects from the 1950s which give it an air of retro glamor.

It features A/C, soundproofing, a plunge pool, and views over the valley or garden, and some of the rooms have a balcony to relax on.

Saint Tropez

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Saint Tropez is a famous resort seaside town for jet setters. But there’s more to the place than parties and luxurious yachts.

You just need to walk a few meters away from the port and its lively bars to find a different atmosphere.

The old village has lovely narrow streets and fine food stores for visitors to enjoy. The village even has its own pastry, the “tarte tropezienne.”

As in all villages in Provence, you’ll find pétanque (boules) players on the central square, Place des Lices.

But if you’re there on a market day (every Tuesday and Saturday mornings), it will be packed with stalls, tourists, and locals. An excellent opportunity to taste local food and buy souvenirs.

In the 17th century, a fortress was built at the top of the nearby hill to defend the town.

There’s no other building like it on the coast of Provence. It’s worth going even if you don’t intend to visit the museum.

From the ramparts, the view of Saint Tropez village, the port, the bay and the mountains in the faraway background are stunning. 

If you have time, don’t miss the beautiful villages near St Tropez, up in the hills. It’s where the inhabitants would flee to escape from the pirates.

The Provencal villages of Gassin and Ramatuelle, for example, offer splendid views of the St Tropez Bay.

Where to Stay in Saint Tropez

To stay like the stars, check out the marvelous Hôtel La Tartane Saint Amour. This 5-star hotel is nestled between the beach area and the city center.

It has both rooms and suites with private terraces, a lovely outdoor swimming pool complete with sunbeds and loungers, a spa with steam room and beauty treatments, and two different restaurants serving Mediterranean and Asian cuisines.

For a more affordable option (though still a tad on the pricy end of the spectrum – this is Saint Tropez after all – La Bastide Saint Anne is a fantastic choice just 3 kilometers from the town center.

Complete with a pool, A/C, traditional rooms in the Provencal style, it’s a fantastic choice to stay in Saint Tropez.


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Sometimes considered Avignon’s more “rough and tumble” cousin, beautiful little Arles is a gem of a city in Provence at the edge of the coastal Carmague region.

Arles is perhaps best known as home to Vincent van Gogh and one of his most productive artistic periods.

In fact, he produced more than 300 paintings during a single year here near the end of the 19th century!

It was also here that he famously cut off his ear and was admitted to the hospital. 

After several more psychotic episodes, van Gogh voluntarily committed himself to a psychiatric institution in nearby Saint Rémy.

You can re-trace van Gogh’s route through Arles yourself with stops at the yellow house that appeared in one of his paintings.

You can also visit Restaurant-Hotel Carrel where he lived and ate, and a walk across the Langlois Bridge, which has also appeared in several of his paintings. Don’t miss the Museé Réattu and Montmajour Abbey here!

But Arles was famous well before van Gogh’s arrival. In 800 BC, the Ligurians lived here. It was also a critical trading port before the Romans built it into a major city.

Visiting Roman ruins and monuments is a wonderful way to feel a part of this history.

Worthy UNESCO World Heritage Sites to visit include the Arles Amphitheater, a Roman theater, and Roman forum, and the Church of St. Trophime, among others.

Parking is easy here in the center of Arles making it a convenient stop for road trippers traveling through.

Where to Stay in Arles

Those looking for a chic yet affordable luxury stay should look to Maison Volver, a chic boutique guesthouse with an eye for design, attention to detail, marvelous breakfasts, and a central location in Arles.

Those traveling on more of a budget, but who still want to stay in the heart of Arles should look to Logis de la Muette.

It offers economical double rooms in a house which dates back to the 12th century that has been modernized yet true to the Provencal style. It’s located only 100 meters from the arenas.


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Perched on a hilltop overlooking the beautiful Luberon valley, Menerbes is one of the prettiest villages in Provence. 

As a member of the esteemed ‘Les Plus Beaux Villages de France’ (Most Beautiful Villages of France) association, Menerbes has high standards to uphold and it does so with ease.

Honey-colored stone buildings line the narrow, cobblestone streets that wind their way up through the village. 

In the summertime, flower boxes overflowing with a riot of color add to the town’s beauty.

Aside from the few shops and restaurants that are dotted throughout, Menerbes is also home to a citadel, a chateau, and a church dating back to the 12th century.

You’ll easily discover these as you wander through the village with the fortified walls by your side.

A small open square, about halfway through the village, is home to the Town Hall, an interesting clock tower and a stone archway which opens to reveal one of the best views of the valley below.

With most of the buildings dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries, you can be forgiven when you visit Menerbes for believing you have stepped back in time. 

This car-free village has been beautifully preserved and just oozes tranquility and charm.

Where to Stay in Menerbes

For an affordably luxurious B&B stay, check out Nulle Parte Ailleurs just outside of the village, about 600 meters walk from the town center.

Offering a countryside setting, outdoor pool, terrace, shared kitchen, and spacious rooms, it’s a fantastic choice for those who want a splash of luxury without breaking the bank.

An even more luxurious choice is La Bastide de Marie, with quaintly chic Provencal interiors with stone walls straight out of a French fairytale.

There is also a stunning pool, vineyards on the property which you can look out onto while enjoying a drink or meal, as well as an on-site spa for a little TLC.


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Cassis is a seaside gem located east of Marseille, mostly known for its picturesque port aligned with pastel-colored houses.

This lovely French Riviera retreat offers tranquility and conviviality.

Get lost in the charming alleys, enjoy the postcard views from one of the terraces, look up at the Carolingian Château de Cassis or soak up the atmosphere at the enchanting Provencal market on the Place Baragnon.

Since the town is a gateway to the Calanques National Park, you’ll find plenty of active things to do in Cassis as well.

Several hiking and mountain biking trails lead to the cliffs’ rocky inlets with their aquamarine waters while kayak tours allow coastal access to the most scenic pebble beaches.

East of Cassis, you can explore the Cap Canaille mountain with its ochre cliffs and sweeping views over the French Riviera coastline.

Cassis offers the perfect blend of a classic Provencal vacation with an adventurous touch.

Where to Stay in Cassis

If it’s luxury you’re after, it doesn’t get any better than Hotel Les Roches Blanches.

With a stunning Mediterranean sea view, an infinity pool that disappears into the sea, gorgeously decorated interiors with impeccable views from the windows, and chic rooms with balconies, this is as good as it gets in Cassis.

If you’re more concerned with budget, check out the marvelous Le Clos des Aromes, which offers an economical place to stay in Cassis that is cheap, cheerful, and conveniently located.

St. Remy

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With its colorful streets, artistic feel, and prime location in the heart of the Alpilles, it’s no surprise that St. Remy (technically named St-Remy-de-Provence) is among the most popular places to visit in the south of France.

While you’re there, be sure to enjoy a few leisurely Provencal meals, tour Roman ruins at Glanum, walk in the footsteps of Van Gogh and tour the Saint Paul Monastery where he received care during his life, and take plenty of day trips to the nearby villages and countryside.

Nearby Les-Baux-de-Provence is among the most popular day trips from St. Remy, and outdoor lovers will be thrilled with the number of biking and walking trails available in Alpilles.

As St. Remy is a Provencal town, of course no visit there could be complete without exploring its gorgeous weekly market.

Each Wednesday, the streets of central St. Remy and the ring road surrounding it fill with vendors selling everything from vegetables to lavender to crafts, and there’s no better place to pick up some Provencal souvenirs… and lunch!

Where to Stay in St. Remy

For a 5-star stay, check out Le Saint Remy, a beautifully designed and artsy, airy hotel in the heart of town.

Offering a stunning spa with indoor pool and relaxation chairs, an outdoor pool, spacious and airy rooms with white walls and wooden accents, garden, and air conditioning in every room, it’s the best choice for where to stay in St Remy if the budget permits.

For a more wallet-friendly stay, look to Hotel du Soleil et Spa – yes, a spa hotel is actually a rather budget-friendly option!

This quaint hotel in a traditional stone Provencal house features a garden, a small indoor spa, an outdoor pool and. sun loungers, and small but chic rooms.

Les Baux de Provence

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Les Baux de Provence is one of the most beautiful and most visited villages in France.

This medieval village is a fortified city on atop of a rocky outcrop in the Alpilles in Provence.

The city is only 22 km from Avignon and 15 km from Arles so it can easily be done as a day trip from one of those cities.

Due to its strategic location, this village had an important political role in the middle ages.

Hidden in the mountains it had a good defense system against the invaders. The village is surrounded by a fort and has a ruined castle, le Chateaux of Baux de Provence.

The village’s streets are filled with old medieval houses and small chapels from the 12-13th century.

There are plenty of cute traditional shops and restaurants to grab a bite.

Cars aren’t allowed inside the city, so you can explore the city without restrictions and have an idea of how people lived in the medieval ages.

One of the highlights of the village is to visit the ruined castle. The entrance ticket to the castle is 10 €, which includes an audioguide.

Although the castle is in ruins you will learn about life in the castle, the defense system and the history of the region.

The visit is very interactive, there are displays of medieval weapons like the catapult, the battering ram, which they do recreations of attacks and you can participate.

From the castle, you will also catch a fantastic view of Provence and its vineries.

Where to Stay in Les Baux de Provence

Luxury options abound in Les Baux de Provence. One fantastic choice is Domaine de Manville, with its stunning glass gazebo for enjoying drinks, outdoor pool and terrace, luxurious spa, and chicly decorated rooms with stunning views.

Another one, equally good but a matter of taste and preference, is Baumanière, with an exquisite in-house restaurant, large outdoor pool, sleek and modern spa, and cozy Provencal rooms.

For people looking for a budget option, Le Fabian des Baux offers comfort without the hefty price tag. It has a pool, sun loungers, and spacious rooms with countryside views.


Contributed by Carol Perehudoff of WanderingCarol.com

A few days in Avignon makes a great base for exploring the villages of Provence. It’s one of the main centers in the region and is easily accessible by train.

You can visit places such as St. Remy by car or bus and the village of Rognonas is only a short drive away.

You can also visit other places of interest such as Isle Sur la Sorgue and nearby Villeneuve-les-Avignon. 

Before you set out on a day trip, however, take some time to get to know historic Avignon.

To explore Avignon, start with a walk through the Old Town and don’t miss the Palace of the Popes, the Palais des Papes, an awe-inspiring palace of magnificent proportions, built to reflect the might and power of the early French popes.

Other top sights include Notre-Dame des Doms, Avignon’s cathedral, which dates back to the early 12th century.

Also not to be missed is the famous Pont d’Avignon, which inspired the well-known nursery song Sur la Pont d’Avignon. 

The bridge, which was built between 1177 and 1185, is only a fragment of its former self, but its appeal, like Avignon’s, lives on.

Where to Stay in Avignon

If you’re looking for a place to stay, La Mirande is one of Avignon’s most deluxe options. Dating back to 1309, it’s a historic hotel with a central location.

Another popular luxury option is Hotel d’Europe, while the 4-star Hôtel de l’Horloge Avignon is a more affordable choice and has a central location near the Place de L’Horloge.


Contributed by Summer Rylander of Eat Something Go Somewhere

Located less than 20 kilometers (12 miles) from Avignon, Chateauneuf-du-Pape is best-known for its remarkable wines.

Made from a blend of up to 13 approved grapes, just 7% of local production is white wine, with reds accounting for 93% of the output of this protected appellation.

As one might expect, wine tourism is a major component of the region.

Many wineries have tasting rooms open to the public, and the village of Chateauneuf-du-Pape is filled with wine cellars where visitors can step in, sample a producer’s offerings, and purchase bottles to take home.

As the village itself is quite small, Chateauneuf-du-Pape is highly walkable and there’s truly no such thing as a “bad” location for an overnight stay.

There are a handful of boutique hotels to choose from, but holiday homes are perhaps the best way to immerse oneself in local charms.

The streets are narrow, lined with honey-colored buildings adorned with flowerboxes and rustic wooden doors, and vineyards extend in every direction.

The best views are to be had from the chateau ruins that overlook the tiny town from atop a hill.

The two walls that stand today were once a part of the 14th-century papal residence that served as a summer getaway from the activity in Avignon, and from here one can gaze over the valley to the Rhone River flowing nearby.

With the promise of beautiful landscapes and excellent wine, Chateauneuf-du-Pape should certainly be on the must-see list of anyone looking to experience a quiet slice of Provence. 

Where to Stay in Chateauneuf-du-Pape

For a truly luxury experience, it doesn’t get much better than staying in a French chateau – and you can do just that Hostellerie du Château des Fines Roches for a surprising price.

The chateau was turned into a hotel in 1974 and features a fine dining restaurant, terrace, panoramic vineyard views, outdoor pool, and gorgeous Provencal decor.

For a more budget-friendly stay, look to the bright and airy La Pergola B&B. It has a charming terrace and garden area, light-filled rooms with high ceilings, and tasty breakfasts with homemade jam.


Contributed by Nadine Maffre of Le Long Weekend

Despite being named one of France’s most beautiful villages, Ansouis remains somewhat of an outsider on the Luberon valley route.

Its privileged position tucked away from the main tourist trail, yet tantalizingly close to the region’s top attractions, means it’s also a brilliant place to stay in Provence.

Ansouis is a typical Provençal hilltop village, and as you approach, you’ll be enchanted by the sight of the village houses cascading down from the castle at the top. The château is privately owned, but members of the public are permitted to visit from April – October, and it’d be remiss to pass up the opportunity!

The decadent interior has been lovingly restored and kitted out with only the most worthy furnishings and artworks.

The exterior is just as impressive and offers spectacular views over the surrounding countryside.

Nearby, you’ll find the Eglise Saint-Martin whose angular exterior belies the rustic interior within.

Pop into the Musee Extraordinaire to browse an eclectic mix of curiosities, or quench your thirst and sample the local Provence wine at Château Turcan nearby.

Where to Stay in Ansouis

The only B&B in the village is nonetheless a gorgeous one: Un Patio en Luberon.

This B&B was converted from a 16th-century inn, and has typical exposed stone walls, a terrace, rooms with private baths, and daily breakfasts with homemade cakes.

Provencal home cooking is available upon request should you want to dine in-house, either al fresco on the patio or in the gorgeous dining room with an antique table sourced from a monastery.


Contributed by Andrew Tolentino of Dish Our Town

Antibes for the most part is considered part of the Cote d’Azur, and this is true. However, it’s also in Provence.

Which is the reason we found it to be our favorite destination in the region.

It’s got the markets and the squares one finds in quintessential cities such as Aix en Provence or Arles; but it’s the sea that sets it apart from the rest.

Unlike Cannes, the beach here is smaller in size and more about family than ritz.

The water is as blue here as anywhere in the Cote’ D’Azur and as opposed to fighting with those rocks under your feet, as it is in most beaches along the coast, the seaside here is powdery sand.

At one end of the beach, there’s a food truck run by a family for years, where one can get anything from a bagnat (typical provencal tuna sandwich which tastes like a salad nicoise between good bread) to wine to ice cream.

No need to pack a picnic!

At night, the main market, which during the day is filled with vendors selling anywhere from flowers to livestock and everything in between, turns into a large outdoor eatery.

It’s in the same vein as going to a food truck park in Los Angeles or a hawker market in Bangkok, but in this case, it’s restaurants that line the square that take your orders and you choose to eat and sit where you want.

It makes for a convivial night.

No visit to Antibes, however, is complete without a visit to the Picasso Museum, where one can view some of his great works and also take in the view of the coast line from one of the large terraces of the former Château Grimaldi.

Right outside this museum, are plenty of little bars and eateries where an afternoon can be ended with a glass of Pastis or Rose: de rigueur in these parts.

Where to Stay in Antibes

For a luxury stay, look to Royal Antibes. This gorgeous resort has a spa complete with steam bath, fitness center, and sauna, and a. strip of private use available to guests only at a surcharge.

It’s also home to two restaurants, both with a view of the stunning L’Ilette Bay, and it’s just a 3 minute walk to the old town of Antibes. City view and sea view rooms are available, and the resort has apartments, suites, and rooms.

For budget-friendly comfort, check out La Garoupe-Gardiole, set in a beautiful location 600 meters from Gardiole Beach.

It has a heated outdoor pool, fitness area, a shaded terrace, and daily breakfast served.

It’s a little outside of Antibes town, but it can be reached in 30 minutes by foot or 5 minutes by car.


Contributed by Maire of Temples and Treehouses

L’isle-sur-la-Sorgue is a cute market town in Provence, a 25-minute direct train ride from Avignon — perfect for a day trip if you’re in the area. It’s a charming town by the Sorgue river.

Its historic center is surrounded by a moat of canals, bridges and traditional wooden waterwheels, covered with bright green moss.

The old town is all cobbled streets, leafy squares, stone buildings, and antiques shops.

There’s also a food market here on Sunday, where you can pick up French cheeses, baked goods, and charcuterie. The riverside is lined with a handful of restaurants and bistros by the water. 

All of this is reason enough to visit, but in addition, L’isle-sur-la-Sorgue is famous for its weekly Sunday antiques market.

The market is huge, featuring a vast array of quirky retro finds. It also draws in the crowds and a festival atmosphere.

If you’re not a fan of hordes of people, you may actually prefer to visit on another day of the week! 

Where to Stay in L’isle-sur-la-Sorgue

For a luxury stay, La Maison Sur La Sorgue is a fantastic choice. Set in a 17th century home, it features a stunning garden, several terraces to relax on, and a swimming pool located right on the river!

There’s also a glass-roofed courtyard where you can relax and read a book, an on-site art gallery, and a lounge with a fireplace.

Another option is the budget-friendly 4-star Domaine de la Petite Isle. This hotel features an outdoor pool, gardens, a restaurant, large rooms with A/C, and a prime location right on the banks of the Sorgue River.


Contributed by Elisa of World in Paris

Marseille, in Provence, is a very cool city to explore. Many people go through Marseille on their way to Corsica Island or other places in the French Riviera but Marseille is an interesting destination by itself with many things to see and do.

Also, direct trains Paris – Marseille make of this city an easy weekend trip from Paris by train.

There’s the colorful Old Port and the historic neighborhood of Le Panier but there’s also an interesting cultural life with museums like the MuCEM or the Beaux-Arts Museum.

Other places of interest include the Basilica Notre Dame de la Garde and Palais Longchamp but this is only a taste of what Marseille has to offer.

Additionally, Marseille is an excellent base camp for exploring the region of Provence.

Just in front of Marseille, there’s If Island. 

It’s in the famous Château d”If where the Count of Montecristo was kept prisoner during the first chapters of Dumas’ novel.

Marseille is also the starting point of beautiful hikes along the Calanques de Marseille – Cassis which can also be explored by boat.

Other beautiful places easy to visit from Marseille on a day trip are Aix-en-Provence or La Camargue. Why are you waiting to visit Marseille?

Where to Stay in Marseille

As a large city, Marseille has countless options. Many big-name branded 5-star hotels are here, such as the Sofitel and the Intercontinental, both in the Vieux Port with all the amenities you’d expect from a hotel of their stature.

For budget-seekers, check out the Staycity Aparthotel located near the Vieux Port in Marseille, which features modernly designed studio and one-bedroom apartments with kitchenettes in the heart of the city.

Further Reading: A Year in Provence for inspiration; Rick Steves Provence for a guidebook

The 9 Best Champagne Tours from Paris for a Perfect Day Trip

hand pouring two glasses of champagne in the champagne region of france with vineyards behind the glasses of wine in the background

Whether it’s a romantic getaway for two or a solo adventure, no France vacation is complete without visiting Paris.

That said, you could spend a lifetime soaking up the beauty of France, from the beaches of Normandy to the French Riviera.

But if you’re a wine lover – or just a lover of the finer things in life in general – one thing you have to do is take a Champagne tour from Paris to try the region’s unforgettable wines.

Yes, Paris is located less than two hours away from the Champagne region of France, making a Champagne tour the perfect way to add a little sparkle to your trip.

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The charming Ville-Dommange in Champagne region

The combination of the perfect climate and fertile, rich terroir makes Champagne the king of France’s sparkling wine – and sparkling wine around the world, in fact.

Visit the Champagne region to see why only wines here produced in the traditional Méthode Champenoise, within the Champagne DOC can be called true Champagne – everything else is just sparkling wine!

But while Champagne enjoys a big name around the world, it’s important to remember that at the end of the day, it’s an agricultural product, a labor of love.

Taking a Champagne tour from Paris will help demystify this elegant drink and show you how it goes from grape to bottle. 

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Vineyards in Champagne’s Marne Valley

These Champagne winemakers dedicate their lives to making sure their product is superior to everything else on the market – after all, they’ve got a big name to defend.

France isn’t synonymous with wine, cheese, and the good life for nothing. Take a day to travel from Paris to Champagne and taste some of the best wine on Earth!

My Top 3 Picks: Champagne Tours

🥂 In a rush and just want our top picks? I’ve got you.


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Day Trip to Champagne with 8 Tastings & Lunch
✔️ A traditional lunch
✔️ 8 different wines tasting

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Budget Full-Day Champagne Tour
✔️ Iconic champagne houses
✔️ Taste 4 finest champagnes

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The 9 Top Champagne Tours from Paris

1. Day Trip to Champagne with 8 Tastings & Lunch

Five champagne flutes with plain sparking champagne and one glass of rose champagne

⌛ Tour Length: 10-11 hours | 🌟 Rating: 4.8/5 stars (370+ reviews) | 🥂 Book Now

Unique Features:
Try at least 8 different wines during the tour
– A traditional lunch is provided, with wine and tasting suggestions
– Experience both a prestigious Champagne estate and a smaller producer

Read more about this day-trip champagne tour here!

This Champagne tour starting from Paris will wine and dine you for over 10 hours!

After a two-hour drive from Paris to the Champagne region, you’ll be taken to a prestigious wine estate featuring some big local names.

There’s something so aesthetically pleasing about a well-designed wine bottle.

Now imagine an entire estate’s worth of bottles of Moët, Pommery, or Veuve Clicquot, all yours for the touring!

After going through an extensive wine gallery seeing various bottlings and vintages, you’ll get to try some of these wines for yourself. 

You’ll also receive a crash course on how to properly appreciate the taste of Champagne, as it’s not your average wine.

Next up, it’s time to enjoy some lunch at a local champagne house or small restaurant.

And yes, there will be wine and Champagne there too, and you’ll be taught the best way to pair it all!

Don’t think twice — Book this trip!! We learned so much about the process of champagne making as well as tasted champagne from 4 unique champagne houses. We were also able to purchase bottles to take home with us. Our guide, Simone was amazing. His enthusiasm, passion, and knowledge made the trip even better. This was one of our highlights on our trip to Paris.

Read more reviews here!

Côte des Blancs and Vallée de la Marne are among the most iconic parts of the Champagne region, and you get to take a tour of some vineyards here after lunch.

The views here are to die for – if this tour doesn’t inspire you to take up photography, nothing will!

If you’ve ever seen videos of someone opening a Champagne bottle with what looks like a sword, you’ve seen the art of ‘sabrage’, a dramatic, bombastic way to open a bottle.

Rest assured, you’ll be tasting all the lovely Champagne afterwards!

2. Small-Group Champagne Tour with 3-Course Lunch

Tasting of brut and demi-sec white champagne sparkling wine from special flute glasses with view on green Champagne vineyards

⌛ Tour Length: 11 hours | 🌟 Rating: 4.8/5 stars (130+ reviews) | 🥂 Book Now

Unique Features:
Fun, convivial group atmosphere
– You get to try half a dozen mouth-watering wines!
– Gourmet three-course meal is included in the tour

Read more about this small-group champagne tour here!

If you’re going to do a Champagne tour from Paris, you might as well do it with a fun and lively group of travelers like yourself!

During this tour, your guide will explain the history of the Champagne region, what qualifies as Champagne (and what doesn’t!) and visit some iconic wine cellars.

Plus, you’ll also get to meet some of the people who make the magic in Champagne before enjoying a few drinks with your fellow tourists.

And when I say “a few drinks”, I mean up to six tastings. Now that’s what I call a deal!

You’ll even stop by the home village of the inventor of Champagne himself!

“This was an amazing experience. While I went on off season, we still went to 2 different wineries and got to walk around town after an amazing lunch. I met a great group of people and our tour guide/driver Baptist was the reason for the best experience that we all had on this trip.”

Read more reviews here!

Oh, and if that wasn’t enough… there’s also a three-course meal in it for you. Why stop at wine tasting when you can enjoy traditional French dishes too?

Plus, you’re going to need something to sop up all that wine you’re drinking!

Thanks to all the fun games and activities during the tour, you’re guaranteed to make a few friends in your group!

The cherry on top is the souvenir you get from your hosts before heading back out to Paris – but we won’t spoil it!

3. Reims and Champagne Tasting Full-Day Tour

The cathedral of Reims in France on a beautiful fall day

⌛ Tour Length: 10 hours | 🌟 Rating: 4.8/5 stars (65+ reviews) | 🥂 Book Now

Unique Features:
A thorough tour of Reims, including the stunning Cathedral
– Taste up to 6 glasses of sparkling wine
– The tour covers the winemaking process in detail

Read more about this day-trip champagne tour here!

If you want a more intimate experience, you might be able to book a private group slot for this Champagne tour from Paris.

Besides just wines, the tour covers some broader French history too.

Reims is a beautiful city at the heart of the Champagne region, but it’s more than just a wine region. 

Trust me, seeing the Reims Cathedral is one of the highlights of the tour.

After admiring the Gothic architecture, it’s finally time to get to wine tasting!

And don’t worry about going hungry – a few drinks later, you’ll get to enjoy a tasty lunch.

Save room, because starters and dessert are also included for a generous three-course meal.

It was a beautiful day to visit Champagne! Thomas was very informative, enthusiastic, funny, and really made the experience worth while. They picked up and dropped off at our hotel which was key after a day of drinking! The champagne and food were delicious 🤤 and the views breathtaking! Definitely would come back 💯

Read more reviews here!

You’ll be visiting one of the region’s premier Champagne manufacturers – which one exactly depends on availability and schedules. 

You’ll get to learn lots about the wine making and storage process before tasting their finest sparkling wines!

There’s a lot of drinking involved here, so thankfully, you’ll be dropped off at your accommodation back in Paris – no dealing with public transport or squabbling over who has to be the designated driver.

Considering this essentially a tour of Reims as well as a Champagne tour, the price is also one of the fairest you can find!

4. Budget Full-Day Champagne Tour from Paris

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⌛ Tour Length: 10 hours | 🌟 Rating: 4.5/5 stars (15+ reviews) | 🥂 Book Now

Unique Features:
Covers most of the iconic champagne houses in the region
– Multilingual tour if needed
– Extremely affordable price for budget travelers

Read more about this full-day champagne tour here!

For a thorough Champagne tour from Paris that doesn’t cost too much (though of course, Champagne is never quite budget), it doesn’t get much better than this!

The tour starts with a visit to one of Champagne’s most iconic houses.

Options include Taittinger, Mercier, and Moet & Chandon, so you’re in for a good time either way!

A lot of these wine estates date back to the mid-18th century. That’s really a testament to how strong the Champagne name has endured!

Had a lovely day and learnt a lot while seeing the beautiful French country. Our guide Richardo was fantastic and very knowledgeable. This was a great activity to learn all about champagne and rest our feet for a day

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You’ll also head along the river Marne to the iconic Hautvillers, where Dom Perignon did his magic here 500 years ago, so there’s plenty to see and learn!

To really get a taste of the local lifestyle, you’ll be visiting a local manufacturer and trying their best wines, because Champagne is more than just the big names you hear name-dropped. 

By the end of the tour, you’ll enjoy 4 exquisite tastings of France’s finest champagnes!

5. Small-Group Champagne Day Trip with Six Tastings

Vineyards in Champagne region with houses in the background

⌛ Tour Length: 11 hours | 🌟 Rating: 4.9/5 stars (70+ reviews) | 🥂 Book Now

Unique Features:
A visit to the world’s biggest champagne manufacturer 
– The chance to visit and buy from a family-owned winery
– A visit to Reims’ Cathedral after the main tour

Read more about this day-trip champagne tour here!

It’s hard to say no to a Champagne tour from Paris that teaches you both history and wine trivia in detail!

There’s no better place to start than a visit to Hautvillers and its Abbey, the gravesite of Dom Perignon – yes, the man himself. It’s a must-see when visiting Champagne!

Next is a visit to Nicolas Feuillatte, one of the biggest champagne manufacturers in the world. That also means 3 glasses of incredible Feuillatte champagne!

WONDERFUL!! Worth every bit of money. Loved our tour guide Will, and all the lively stops! We were actually surprised that we enjoyed the small champagne house bottles more than the large commercial Champagne. An amazing day!”

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If that wasn’t enough, you’ll be going to a family-run winer for another 3 tastes. You can even buy yourself a bottle or two as a souvenir!

After an extensive tour of the winery, the final stop is Reims, specifically its gorgeous Cathedral of Notre Dame.

This is where many of France’s kings were crowned, so expect to learn plenty of fun historical trivia before heading back to Paris!

6. Private Day Trip to Champagne with 8 Tastings & Lunch

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⌛ Tour Length: 11 hours | 🌟 Rating: 4.8/5 stars (10+ reviews) | 🥂 Book Now

Unique Features:
The tour includes 8 tastings, more than most Champagne tours
– Ratafias and champagne available along with lunch 
– Private tour for individualized attention

Read more about this private champagne day tour here!

Admittedly, this is an expensive Champagne tour from Paris, but it has every reason to be! This is the Cristal of Champagne tours, after all.

The exclusive, private tour includes a whopping 8 tastings to give you the full picture of what Champagne is about!

The guides waste no time here – on the drive to Champagne, you’ll enjoy French croissants and learn some fun trivia about the region.

Moët & Chandon, Mumm, Veuve Clicquot, and Mercier are the biggest names in wine tasting. Any combination of these could be part of the tour – you’ll be surprised, but you won’t be disappointed!

“This was an incredibly well organized tour where I learned so much about how champagne is made. Our tour guide Jean-Baptiste was very knowledgeable himself and the tours and tastings got into even more detail. Lunch was delicious and the length of each visit was perfect. Highly recommend!”

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You get to enjoy a local dish for lunch, but you won’t take a break from wine tasting. You can enjoy ratafias (another local wine) and Champagne along with your meal!

Plus, exploring the Vallée de la Marne and Côte des Blancs should be on everyone’s Champagne bucket list. Both are covered here, so expect to learn lots!

If that wasn’t enough, there’s also a visit to another local winery before the drive to Paris. Luckily for you, you can take a wine nap on the way back!

7. Prestige Champagne Tour and Tastings

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⌛ Tour Length: 1 day | 🌟 Rating: 4.8/5 stars (5+ reviews) | 🥂 Book Now

Unique Features:
Extensive tour of multiple vineyards, more than what’s covered in most tours
-The exact wineries you can visit are negotiable
-A thorough tour of Hautvillers

Read more about this champagne tour and tasting here!

This Prestige Champagne tour from Paris really lives up to its name. It’s amazing how much the tour can fit in a single day!

French Champagne tours are naturally expensive, but this one is well worth the price tag when you consider how much there is to do (and taste!)

You get to experience the magic of both Bollinger and Ruinart, but that’s just the start. Moet & Chandon and Veuve Clicquot are also on the menu!

You get to visit a bunch of historic vineyards along the way and learn about the different types of grapes in Champagne. You’ll be surprised to learn that it’s not exclusively white wine grapes!

“Wonderful day. Loved our guide.”

Read more reviews here!

If all that sounds like a lot, there’s a three-course meal waiting for you too. How does a Michelin star restaurant sound?

Once you’re full, it’s time to visit Hautvillers and learn about Dom Perignon’s life and legacy.

Best of all, some of the champagnes you’ll be trying here can’t be found anywhere else. What a way to end the class!

8. Private Champagne Tour, Tastings at Moet & Chandon

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⌛ Tour Length: 10 hours | 🌟 Rating: New! | 🥂 Book Now

Unique Features:
-A visit to Hautvillers, a historic city with ties to Dom Perignon
-You get to try wine at Moet & Chandon
-Convenient pick-up and drop-off (from and to your accommodation)

Read more about this private champagne tour in Paris here!

You’ll want a Champagne tour from Paris that’s informative and well-organized, and that’s exactly what you’re getting here.

The class is led by a soon-to-be Level 4 WSET expert. Sounds like French to you? In other words, that means he knows his stuff!

After a comfy trip from Paris, first on the agenda is a visit to one of the finest winemakers in Champagne.

Afterwards, you’ll head to Moet & Chandon to try some of their fantastic wines. That alone is worth the price of admission!

Dom Perignon spent much of his life in Hautvillers, so you’ll be going there to see his tomb and admire the local scenery.

After a tasty meal, your guide will take you to yet another beautiful Champagne wine house to taste some locally made wine.

You’ll be back in Paris early in the evening, just in time for a night out – dropped off at your accommodation to make things even easier!

9. Visit of Epernay & Multiple Champagne Tastings in a Vineyard

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⌛ Tour Length: 10 hours | 🌟 Rating: 5/5 stars (10+ reviews) | 🥂 Book Now

Unique Features:
– You’ll be visiting a wine museum and watching a short film on winemaking
-You get to learn some wine-making secrets from local workers
-An exclusive tour of Moët & Chandon

Read more about this day-trip champagne tour here!

Based in the town of Épernay, this is a Champagne tour you’ll remember for the rest of your life!

You’ll be visiting Moët & Chandon and enjoying some of the finest LVMH group wines.

Right after that is a visit to Épernay’s center, where you get to enjoy a delicious three-course meal.

“Fabulous day with a great guide an lovely people to share this great experience. Wonderful lunch and tours. Highly recommend.”

Read more reviews here!

Making good wine is quite the task, so the next step is going to see a group of 80 farmers hard at work!

Wine geeks will get a kick out of the short documentary on winemaking. You’ll even visit a museum to see some of the tools used in making Champagne!

The experience is topped off with a visit to a local vineyard, where the workers will be proud to explain even more about the art of making Champagne wine and answer any questions you may have. 

Naturally, they won’t send you back to Paris without letting you try some of their wines first!

Long story short, you’ll get to see three wineries and try up to four different sparkling wines. All in one action-packed day!

21 Most Beautiful Towns in Dordogne, France

21 Most Beautiful Dordogne Towns and Villages to Visit

Magnificent castles, beautiful medieval villages, a dreamy bucolic landscape, bustling markets, a bountiful gastronomy – Dordogne in southwest France has long been a big draw for its beautiful small country towns

The third largest department of France, forming part of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region, the Dordogne department is more commonly called the Périgord by the French. 

Why? This was the former name of the province prior to the 1789 Revolution! 

For all extents and purposes, the geography of ancient Périgord pretty much equates to the boundaries of Dordogne today! 

This article was written by Rebecca Legros, a travel writer originally from Britain who moved to France 13 years ago. Now based in Bordeaux, she spent 3 years living in Dordogne and is sharing her expertise on one of her favorite parts of France here. Take it away, Rebecca!
A river with a bridge and a boat, blue sky, forest around it with a large castle and an open grassy space in the Dordogne region of France

The department is divided into four distinct areas rooted in the region’s natural attributes: Noir (black), Blanc (white), Vert (green) and Pourpre (purple).   

Together, these areas shape a part of France famed for its unspoiled natural beauty, laid-back lifestyle, cultural heritage, culinary delights, and a wealth of wonderful towns and villages in Dordogne! 

So, let’s take a closer look at Dordogne’s most beautiful small towns, broken down by these four areas.

The Most Beautiful Towns in Dordogne’s Périgord Noir

The Périgord Noir in south-east Dordogne merits this name because it’s rich in oak and pine forests with dark, dense foliage. 

It’s also the seat of some of the most beautiful of all of Dordogne’s picture-postcard towns and villages, as well as a profusion of other popular sites — and some of the most beautiful villages of France, period. 


People walking around the town of Sarlat in the afternoon, medieval buildings and canopy and people sitting in cafes outside on a summer day, a statue and streetlight also in the picture.

The perfectly-preserved ancient medieval town of Sarlat is perhaps the most sublime in all of Périgord! 

With well over 200 listed buildings dating from the 14th century onward, it’s also one of the most visited medieval towns in France. 

Sarlat’s historic center is the ultimate fairytale town, crammed with characteristic limestone architecture and cobbled streets that are a dream to get lost in.

A great way to take in this extensive example of medieval heritage is from above! 

Get a panoramic view of Sarlat from the top of the Sainte-Marie Church in the impressive glass elevator designed by famous French architect, Jean Nouvel.

It’s a uniquely modern way to get a stunning view of this picturesque village!


A narrow alleyway in Domme, France, with stacked chairs, medieval houses, and trees and ivy growing on one of the walls

Surrounding Sarlat are a cluster of Les Plus Beaux Villages de France.

What does that mean? These are designated Most Beautiful Villages in France, and Domme is one such beautiful small village!

Suspended high on a hilltop with the Dordogne River meandering serenely below, the village offers splendid vistas of the Dordogne Valley.

Domme dates from the 13th century and is a great example of a bastide – or fortified townl

Its architecture is a blend of buildings: a mix of half-timbered houses and others built in the attractive local limestone. 

The original walls of the stronghold still surround the village, and a ride on the tourist train gives a great overview of both the ramparts and lovely cottage-lined streets. 

Want something unique?

Explore the network of caves that run deep through the rocky outcrop on which the village is perched! 

La Roque-Gageac

A castle and rampart built into a limestone cliff, with stairway, and other houses in the main town area

France’s Plus Beaux Villages Association has designated Dordogne with no less than ten of France’s Most Beautiful Villages.

Along with Aveyron, the Dordogne region has the highest density of plus beaux villages of any department in the country!

La Roque-Gageac, on the banks of the Dordogne River, is another of these eye-catching classified villages. 

Rows of chocolate-box, honey-colored houses built into the cliffside along pretty streets run along this striking stretch of the river. 

One of the highlights here is a taking a boat ride in a Gabarre – a traditional boat used in the Middle Ages to transport goods along the waterways of the region. 

Coast along past age-old castles and outstanding scenery, and savor a great view of one of France’s best-loved landscapes!


A town with buildings stacked up on the hillside, with brown roofs and brief walls, and blue sky and green trees and a castle on top

A short drive from La Roque-Gageac is another plus beau village beauty and a classic example of a historic Dordogne village.

A crowd-pleaser with cute cobblestoned streets and even more photogenic façades, the crowning glory of Beynac-et-Cazenac is its stately clifftop castle with commanding views of the surrounding countryside. 

Admire the village high on its lofty perch from a river boat, or amble the narrow walkways with historical buildings where movies like Chocolat and The Last Duel were filmed.   

Don’t miss out on the nearby Jardins de Marqueyssac, France’s famous hanging gardens set between Beynac-et-Cazenac and La Roque-Gageac. 

Noted for its fine-looking topiaries and far-reaching valley views, these gardens are a Dordogne delight.  


A church on top of a large rocky outcrop, overlooking a historic and cute Dordogne village, on a partly cloudy day with birds in the sky

Directly across the Dordogne River from Beynac-et-Cazenac is the plus beau village of Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

Its stronghold sits strategically on a soaring outcrop overlooking the valley, and it’s the most visited château in southern France!

Dordogne is commonly called the Land of 1001 Castles, and in the Middle Ages many fine fortresses like the one here were constructed. 

These fortresses were built during the Hundred Years War between the French and the English, and were so well-built that many still stand to this day.

Of course, you’ll want to wander through the picturesque streets and narrow lanes of this tiny village on your walk up to the castle.

You should also include a visit to the Museum of Medieval Warfare in the château grounds for a taste of life in those turbulent war years a thousand years ago!

For more of a Renaissance château experience, visit Château Milandes a few miles down the road, the impressive former home of American dancer and singer Josephine Baker.  


Another lively bastide town, Belvès is another official plus beau village on the Dordogne tourist trail and one of the prettiest villages in the Dordogne. 

The large main square has a remarkably well-preserved 15th century halle at its heart – a traditional covered local market.

Saturday mornings are a wonderfully animated affair when market day is in full swing, so time your visit here for a Saturday if it’s at all possible! 

Selling specialty Dordogne delicacies like truffles, foie gras, cheese, honey, walnuts and duck, enjoy the time-honored French tradition of market day in this lovely little town. 

With time to spare, you can even venture under the central square and discover the troglodyte caves, which functioned as dwellings for the local peasants until the 18th century.

Les Eyzies

Rocky cliff and cave outcroppings above a town with houses built underneath the rock, on a sunny day in Southwestern France in a village in Dordogne

Dordogne is not only a magnet for tourists wanting to see the charms of a quaint Southern French village.

In fact, early settlers stretching back to Prehistoric Man were drawn in by the perfect cave-dwelling conditions in the region’s Vezère Valley. 

So if it’s a taste of much earlier than medieval times that you’re after, the village of Les Eyzies is an ideal base!

The village lies in the center of the Vezère Valley, and is surrounded by an extraordinary landscape of limestone cliffs, rock shelters and caves.

It is here that Cro-Magnon people (prehistoric Homo sapiens) lived almost 30,000 years ago.  

Also known as the Valley of Mankind, the area around Les Eyzies has an exceptional number of prehistoric sites to visit, 15 of which are collectively classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Historic town on a riverfront with a bridge and hills in the distance that house the famous cave system where ancient humans used to live. Partly cloudy sky and grass on both sides of the river bank.

This charming town on the River Vézère is the location of the celebrated Lascaux Cave Complex.

Discovered in 1940, these world-famous caves accommodate some of the best-preserved prehistoric paintings in the world. 

As the main cultural and heritage site in Dordogne, tourists descend on Lascaux in their droves to view the 17,000-year-old cave paintings of early Man. 

It’s worth knowing that if you take a guided tour, what you actually see is a replica in an authentic cave setting.

The original caves are closed to the public to prevent deterioration of the artwork. 

Don’t miss out on an amble around Montignac itself; the town is postcard pretty and has a popular Wednesday morning market worth checking out.


Town with church and stone houses in a bucolic rural setting

Also set on the laidback Vézère River, this lovely little village in Dordogne is another that carries the plus beau village badge.

Take a stroll along the scenic riverside, admiring the old castle and 12th century Romanesque church. 

Saunter through the village streets, stopping by the charming arts and crafts stores. 

Be sure to break for lunch in one of the bucolic restaurants – I highly recommend the river café Le Déjeuner sur l’Herbe, with its deliciously fresh local fare and free-roaming chickens! 

For a chilled out Vezère Valley experience, rent a kayak or canoe in the village and spend a relaxing morning or afternoon trailing the river past châteaux and prehistoric sites. 

There are a number of kayak rental services across the Dordogne — it’s a great place for a paddle with a beautiful view.


the 12th century stone abbey in the town of saint amand de coly

This small but perfectly formed plus beau village is fêted for its imposing 12th century abbey, a historical monument which all but dwarfs the village. 

With 100-foot-high bell towers and defensive walls almost 15-foot thick, this fortified church has stood the test of time since the days of the Hundred Years War.

To learn more about the fascinating history of Saint-Amand-de-Coly, the village is well-equipped with a tourist circuit of educational panels. 

The surrounding area is also perfect for walks and cycling in the wooded countryside. 


View of the Vezere river, with arched bridge making a pathway across, reflecting the bridge, and fog and town on the hill above

The old town of Terrasson, up on the hill beyond the banks of the River Vézère, is a charming collection of cream-colored and colombage buildings. 

The Place Bouquier is the pretty central square where, after a stroll along the town’s scenic ramparts, lunch or drinks on a café terrace is highly recommended.

When in town, be sure to take in the main attraction, the Jardins de l’Imaginaire

These splendid gardens are classified by the French Ministry of Culture as an enchanting landscape celebrating the art of horticulture!


Splendid large castle on a hill on a sunny day, with cows and livestock roaming free on the pasture below the castle

In the very north of the Périgord Noir lies the lovely village of Hautefort, home to the most magnificent Renaissance château, Château de Hautefort.

The castle started life as a medieval fortress — but as with many medieval castles, it lived several purposes later in its existence.

Over time, it grew into a grandiose palace for the privileged owners who wanted their leisurely lives to mirror the extravagances of the Loire Valley châteaux.

Château de Hautefort is today a listed historical building in France, and sits in superb landscaped grounds overlooking the village and the verdant valley beyond.

The Most Beautiful Villages in Dordogne in Périgord Vert

The Périgord Vert encompasses the northern reaches of Dordogne, and is a landscape of rolling hills and lush valleys. 

While the Périgord Noir has a claim on so many of the region’s hotspots, it’s also rather busy.

To get more off the tourist trail, particularly in the overcrowded summer months, it’s worth diverging from the hub of the action. 

Start by discovering some of the lesser known gems of Dordogne in the lesser-visited regions, like Périgord Vert, Blanc, and Pourpre.


Chateau de la Marthonie is located in the town of Saint-Jean-de-Cole, in the French department of the Dordogne

The beguiling little village of Saint-Jean-de-Côle is the only one in the Périgord Vert to hold official plus beau villagestatus. 

With a history going back to the 11th century, it boasts plenty of medieval village charm and is one of the most interesting old villages of Dordogne. 

It also has many listed historical monuments, such as its Byzantine church and Château de la Marthonie.

Saint-Jean-de-Côle is especially fun to visit during its annual Spring Flower Festival held in early May. 

Dressed up in dazzling floral displays, the village in bloom brings in hundreds of visitors during its festival.

If you visit during this May festival, enjoy a day out browsing craft stalls, feasting on fresh local produce and delighting in music and dance performances. 


A riverside building with a boat on the river and beautiful benedictine abbey

The small town of Brantôme is quite the treasure, one of the best towns in the Dordogne.

This charming town is dominated by its ancient buildings such as the illustrious Benedictine Abbey, built in the 8th century by Charlemagne, a one-time distinguished king of France.

This Dordogne town is pretty as a picture, as a wander along the riverbank, over the old stone bridge, past the watermill and weir, and across to the imposing abbey will soon prove.  

For an extra special time, treat yourself to a stay at Le Moulin de l’Abbaye

This sumptuous Relais & Châteaux hotel was fashioned from the former mill — and now it has a Michelin-starred restaurant and splendid views of the river and abbey.

The Most Beautiful Villages in Dordogne in Périgord Blanc

In the heart of the department of the Dordogne, set on the limestone plateau from which much of the region’s stonework is crafted, lies the Périgord Blanc.

This small sub-region of Dordogne is home to the pretty department capital of Périgueux.


Cathedral in Perigueux with gray and stone architecture with lots of arched windows and steeples on a gray day

The most-populated town of Périgord and the region’s prefecture, Périgueux is the perfect place to base yourself to venture around the North and Central Dordogne.

With an historical heritage spanning from Gallic to Roman, medieval to Renaissance, there is plenty to see. 

Of particular interest is the St Front Cathedral. 

It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of the pilgrim route to Santiago de Compostella! 

You also shouldn’t miss its central square with a wonderful Wednesday and weekend market, one of the largest in the region. 

The Gallo-Roman museum of Vesunna is also quite the magnet in Périgueux.

It’s an outstanding example of an unearthed Roman villa, as well as other artifacts, all housed in a marvelous glass structure designed by Jean Nouvel. 


Rustic town with a tower and bucolic landscape

One of the best places to get a bit off the beaten path, Tourtoirac is an ideal place to unwind in Dordogne.

Far from the main towns of the Dordogne, Tourtoirac doesn’t have a worldwide reputation as a popular holiday destination, but that’s what makes it special.

The town was built around its Benedictine abbey, the Abbey of Saint Peter, dating back to the 12th century.

Nearby, there are also some interesting caves you can check out, the Grotte de Tourtoirac, which are spectacular to behold and can be visited on a 1-hour guided tour.

The Most Beautiful Dordogne Villages in Périgord Pourpre

The last of the Périgord regions, the Périgord Pourpre, is the south west stronghold of Dordogne.

It’s defined by Bergerac and its vineyards, and several more superb little villages.


Skyline of Bergerac as seen from across the river, with a church standing tall on the city skyline, around sunset time with streaky clouds

The medieval bastion of Bergerac is Dordogne’s second largest town, celebrated for Cyrano de Bergerac, its historic vieille ville (Old Town) and delicious local wine.

From the pretty Place Pelissière, the old-town streets lead down to the Dordogne River and up to the modern center. 

A statue of Cyrano de Bergerac, a famous historical French figure frequently immortalized in films, stands in the attractive town square.

Surrounding Bergerac are the largest vineyards of Dordogne, including the renowned sweet wines of Monbazillac, a magnificent château set on rolling hills to the south of the town.


Red flowers growing on a stone building in a narrow alleyway in a cute Dordogne village

Nestled in the very south of Dordogne is Issigeac, another age-old Périgord village where time has stood still for centuries.

It’s a sleepy settlement of wonderful narrow winding streets and superb half-timbered homes that really comes alive for the celebrated Sunday market. 

And like so many of these medieval Dordogne villages, it’s at its most vibrant in summer when the night market – a tradition in the whole region – is in full swing.


Medieval town center of Monpazier, with empty square and lots of archways in the central square where there was a marketplace

The Périgord Pourpre has two official plus beaux villages of France, and Monpazier is one of them. 

Straddling the southern border of Dordogne, this is a 13th century bastide town with a beautifully preserved medieval center.

With a handsome central square housing a halle (covered wooden marketplace) and edged all around with flawlessly formed enclosed archways, it is often cited as the favorite bastide town of the region.

Monpazier celebrates its longstanding heritage with the Medieval Day festival every July, an unmissable time to be in town.


Peeking through a stone archway to admire the abbey of Cadouin, a red limestone style building that is very old

The little village of Cadouin is a lovely surprise! 

Just a one-street settlement yet so worth a visit, Cadouin renowned for its remarkable 11th-century Cistercian Abbey and Gothic-era cloisters.

These also form part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site along the Pilgrim route to Santiago de Compostella.

The charming village square comprises some appealing boutique stores and places to eat.

It also has an impressive covered halle constructed with stone pillars instead of the usual wood design that dominates in many Dordogne towns and villages.

Close by Cadouin, the Dordogne River is an inviting place to stop for a swim and a picnic on a hot summer’s day.


River with a town built atop a rocky cliffside area, architecture of a cute Dordogne village climbing up the mountain

We end our circuit of the sightseeing highlights of Dordogne in Limeuil, the last of the plus beaux villages on the official department list.

Located at the confluence of the Dordogne and Vézère rivers, Limeuil is a medieval treasure atop a lofty promontory with gorgeous valley vistas.

Stroll the pretty winding streets upwards and upwards to the top of the village.

Overlooking the most sublime natural setting, there is the Jardins Panoramiques, scenic gardens set in the grounds of an old fortified castle with some of the most photogenic views in all of Dordogne.

Unwind after your uphill hike to the gardens at the riverside beaches; relax in the summer sun, swim in the rapids, or rent a canoe or kayak for a scenic river jaunt.

The Perfect One Day in Toulon Itinerary: 12 Stops You Must Make

Toulon is mostly famous for its major naval base, and its talented rugby team. But more than that, it’s also a stunning city set on the French Riviera.

Often overlooked by tourists who prefer visiting Cannes or Nice, two places France is famous for, Toulon is a great place to explore if you’re looking for an off-the-beaten-path destination on the Côte d’Azur.

There are many things to do in Toulon outside of the Old Town, but for this quick Toulon itinerary, the focus is on the attractions in the Vieux Toulon and the harbor area.

Your Toulon Itinerary At-A-Glance

Here is a quick list of the top 12 places to visit in Toulon we’ll cover on this one day in Toulon itinerary, in the order that we’ll see them.

  • Place de la Liberté
  • Kiosques à Livre
  • Opera House
  • Place Puget
  • Boat Sculpture
  • Rue Pierre Semard
  • Musée de la Marine
  • Harbor
  • Maison de la Photographie
  • Place Raimu
  • Cours Lafayette
  • Cathédrale Notre Dame de la Seds

Your Toulon Itinerary: Walking Tour of the City

Stop #1: Place de la Liberté

Place de la Liberté - fountain of Liberty square in Toulon on an overcast day with a statue in the middle of the fountain

Place de la Liberté (Freedom Square) is by far the most beautiful square in Toulon.

Located in Upper Town, the place has a stunning fountain (Fontaine de la Fédération) which is a symbol of force and justice.

It also has its own version of the Statue of Liberty!

Behind the fountain is one of the most iconic buildings of Toulon, the Grand Hôtel. Built in 1870, this stunning building is now home to a theater.

Stop #2: Kiosque à Livres

Toulon is home to a couple of typical bookstands where you’ll find a large selection of rare books, old postcards, and even music albums.

It’s really typical of the city, so I think it’s a great place to visit as a tourist. You’ll be impressed by all the (very) old books and treasures of these shops. These bookstands are located on Rue Prosper Ferrero.

On your way to the kiosques, you will find Galeries Lafayettes, a great department store which offers French and european items at a reasonable price.

If you’re looking for quality French clothes, bags and accessories, I definitely recommend visiting this shop as an addition to this Toulon itinerary.

Stop #3: The Opera House

With its nearly 1,800 seats, the Opera of Toulon is the second-largest opera house in France.

Built in 1862, the opera house is one of the most beautiful buildings in Toulon.

I definitely recommend going to one of the performances held there just so you can see the interior of this amazing place!

Stop #4: Place Puget

Head to Place Puget where you can grab lunch or stop for coffee in one of the many restaurants and bars.

Here you’ll also see the Trois Dauphins fountain, a beautiful fountain covered in moss and leaves. It was built in 1782, and it is one of the most iconic fountains in Toulon.

Place Puget is always animated with life, and it really is a pleasant place to stop on your walking tour.

Stop #5: The Boat Sculpture

ship like structure coming out of the side of a building, avant-garde

Located right in the center of old Toulon, the boat sculpture on Place Vatel is a stunning piece of art.

This huge sculpture, placed against a building, is quite unusual. Being 10 meters high, the sculpture is a replica of the frigate “La FLore” which was based in Toulon in the 18th century.

Don’t miss it when you visit the old town of Toulon!

Stop #6: Rue Pierre Semard

Rue Pierre Semard, also called Rue des Arts, is located in Le Petit Chicago.

This district gave Toulon a bad reputation for a long time. Indeed, ‘Chicago’ used to be the sailors’ favorite place to visit at night because of its many bars!

Today, Rue Pierre Semard is bustling with art galleries and artisan shops, and it has become one of the most pleasant streets of Toulon.

Right next to rue Pierre Semard, you’ll find the beautiful Place de l’Equerre.

Recently refurbished, Place de l’Equerre is home to some of the best bars in the city. During summer, there are often events and concerts held in this square.

Stop #7: Musée de la Marine

Located in the arsenal gatehouse, the Musée de la Marine displays French naval history from the 17th century to the present day.

You don’t need to be a history geek to enjoy your visit at the Musée de la Marine!

If you want to see some of the best artifacts about the French navy such as maps, model ships, and paintings from the 17th and 18th centuries, then you should definitely go to this museum.

The museum has a good selection of exhibits, and the entry fee is only 6.50 Euros for adults. This is a great stop for curious travelers who want to learn more about the city!

Stop #8: The Harbor

yachts in the marina on a sunny day

The harbor of Toulon is very popular for many reasons.

Here, you’ll find stunning boats, including fishing boats and naval ships, but also some of the best restaurants in town as well as cute souvenir shops.

Also, you’ll see the beautiful statue of the Genie de la Navigation, a sculpture from French artist Louis Joseph Daumas. The sculpture represents the exploration of the sea.

The harbor is also the starting point of the little tourist trains of Toulon that offer guided sightseeing tours around the city. The trains even go to the famous Mourillon Beach.

The tours offer bilingual commentary (in both French and English) and will give you the opportunity to see more than just the city center of Toulon.

Tickets for the trains are only 7 Euros for adults, and 4 Euros for children. During the tour, you can hop on and hop off whenever you want, so it’s great to use as transit in between stops on this Toulon itinerary in case you get tired of walking on foot.

Stop #9: Maison de la Photographie

If you’re a photography lover, then head to the Maison de la Photographie, located right in the city center.

Opened in 2002, the place offers different exhibits with pictures from local artists.

This place is not very well known by tourists, so if you like to travel off the beaten path, I definitely recommend a visit to the Maison de la Photographie!

Stop #10: Place Raimu

statue of two people sitting at a table drinking

Place Raimu is famous for the statue of the card game between Raimu and Panisse. You can even sit at the table with them and take a picture!

Right behind this square, you will find a fantastic restaurant called Tables de la Fontaine.

With its top-quality food, friendly staff, and cozy atmosphere, this quirky little restaurant is definitely one of the best in Toulon. On top of that, they cater well to vegetarians and even bake their own bread.

Stop #11: Cours Lafayette

produce at a market with people perusing the fresh fruits and vegetables in the summer

The iconic Cours Lafayette, where the Provencal market is held every morning, is full of colorful fruits and vegetables and is definitely a must-see if you’re visiting Toulon.

At the bottom of the market, right in front of the church, you’ll find a small stand called “La Cade à Dédé”. This stand sells cade, a French delicacy typical from Toulon.

As you go up the street on the market, you can also visit the many shops there. I highly recommend Oceane, a crystal and fossil shop located in the heart of Toulon.

It’s a beautiful little store where you can find unique gifts and souvenirs. Whether you want to buy crystals, seashells, or other mineral items, you’ll surely find something interesting to bring back from Toulon.

Stop #12: Cathédrale Notre Dame de la Seds

Finally, you can stop at the cathedral of Toulon, also called Notre Dame de la Seds. The cathedral is located close to the Cours Lafayette.

Construction of the cathedral began in the 11th century and finished in the 18th century. Today, it is a national monument.

The cathedral has a very interesting history and is home to some work of art notably a baroque retable made by Pierre Puget.

Final Words on Visiting Toulon

Toulon is definitely an underrated tourist destination, and I definitely recommend visiting it if you’re planning a trip to the French Riviera.

With its beautiful harbor, fabulous Mediterranean market, and historical buildings, you’ll have a great time exploring this town full of history.

If you want to spend a few more days in the city, you can also go to the local beach, hike the Mont Faron, or take a day trip to beautiful Porquerolles.

About the Author

Camille is a jewelry maker and blogger over at Crafty Explorer. Dedicated to traveling sustainably, she has been roaming the world and living abroad for over 7 years. When she’s not traveling, you’ll find her hiking or reading a good book.