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Aix-en-Provence

Ville d'Art, city of art, light, with Cours Mirabeau cafes, fountains, museums, old town of markets and ancient sites.

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Arles

Large Gallo-Roman town on the Rhone, with its Arena and Theater; Van Gogh painted here; rice festival and bull fighting. Museums, hotels and restaurants.

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Avignon

Lovely and active Roman town, home of the Popes of Avignon, Palace of the Popes, Festival d'Avignon with dance, music and theatre.

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Cannes, France

Cote d'Azur star of the French Riviera, International Film Festival, beaches, grand hotels, classy shopping, Rue d'Antibes, Le Croisette seaside walk, Forville covered market.

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Cassis

Ancient fishing port, with sandy beaches, the Calanque Provencal fiords, Mediterranean boat excursions, nearby Cosquer prehistoric caves.

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Digne-les-Bains

Digne-les-Bains, with a medieval heart and an even older history. A 19th century stop for Napoléon and thermal baths.

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Eze

Fortified medieval village perched overlooking the Mediterranean, 12th-century fortified castle ruins, Exotique Gardens; the Eze-sur-Mer part with seaside beaches.

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Gordes

Beautiful old village perched on the edge of the Plateau de Vaucluse cliffs, 12th-c castle; Borie stone village, nearby Senanque Abbey and lavender fields.

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Grasse

World perfume capital with shops, old town, 20 km from Cannes beaches, on Route Napoleon to the back country.

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Marseille

France's principal Mediterranean port, from Phoenician Greek Roman to now; fish market, parks, Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde Basilica, old-port ferryboat.

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Nice, France

A large French Riviera town, with shopping, museums, Roman ruins, beaches and night life, and the famous Promenade des Anglais.

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Nîmes

Large Roman town with arena and temple, old center with shopping and café, cultural sites, and lovely water-source gardens.

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Saint Remy-de-Provence

Gallo-Roman town where Van Gogh painted Starry Night; medieval walls, stone fountains, Nostradamus born, Dr Albert Schweitzer prisoner; many museums; nearby Roman Glanum. With its numerous good hotels and restaurants it's a good base for exploring the region.

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Saint Tropez

Seaside town of movie stars, yachts, medieval fishing port, Roman history, nude beachs, Brigitte Bardot, wine and the Bravade festival.

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Villefranche-sur-Mer

Riviera seaside resort town, medieval vaulted passages, red tile roofs, flea markets, fishermen's festival, beaches, medieval old town.

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