Enjoy Provence through the story of three thousand years of civilisation
Start with prehistory with the submarine cave Cosquer, discovered in 1985 off the coast of Cassis and nicknamed the Mediterranean Lascau cave thanks to its drawnings from 20 000 years ago. Not to be missed, the Naural Geologic Reserve of Haute-Provence and its famous ammonite wall in Dignes-les-Bains. Continue the trip by diving into Provençale Antiquity, with Marseille, oldest city of France, but also Arles, the “little Roma of Gaul and its arena, Antic Theater of Orange … Roman civilisation is still here in Provence !
Enjoy the Cistercian Abbeys of Thoronet, Silvacane and Sénanque to rediscover Middle-Age, all by admiring the incomparable Provençal landscapes surrounded by lavender fielsds. Continue the visit in the XIIIth Century with the Baux-de-Provence village and its fortification overlooking Arles and the camargue, then in the XIVth Century with the Pope Palace of Avignon, UNESCO heritage with 560 000 visitors a year.
Don’t miss all the Vauban fortifications, especially Briançon, built in XVIIIth century 1 326 meters high.
Finally, before going back to the modern age in Marseille, European Cultural Capitale of 2013, take a walk in Aix-en-Provence and enjoy the influence Cézanne and Matisse on this town nicknames the “Small Versailles”.