Three Must Visit Places in the South of France for Culture Vultures
The South of France has an abundance of places to immerse yourself in history, absorb European culture and the learn more about the arts.
With the freedom of a motorhome holiday you can easily travel from site to site, spending as much or as little time as you wish on each leg.
With that in mind, here are just three of the places that we think should be included on everyone’s agenda.
The Roman Theatre of Orange, Vaucluse
Built in the 1st century under the reign of Emperor Augustus, this ancient Roman theatre is one of the best preserved examples of a Roman amphitheatre in the whole of Europe.
The impressive façade is 103 metres long, 1.8 metres thick and 37 metres high but it is the elaborate stage wall – decorated with friezes, columns and niches – that reflects just how impressive this theatre must have been in its day.
Take a tour guide, attend the annual celebration Chorégies or walk to the top of Saint Europe Hill for a bird’s eye view of the theatre’s interior.
The Calvet Museum, AVIGNON
A trip to the beautiful and historic area of Avignon wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Musee Calvet, the Fine Arts Museum of Avignon. Named after local physician Esprit Calvet the museum is one of the highest rated in France
Housed in a renovated 18th century mansion, art history enthusiasts can take their time discovering paintings from Joseph Vernet and other Provencal painters. The galleries expand year on year, with ancient Egyptian mummies amongst the archaeological exhibits and a number of impressive bronze and marble sculptures.
Prehistoric cave art in the Dordogne
Between Montignac and Les Eyzies lies the Vezere valley, home to fifteen caves that have been rated as World Heritage sites by Unesco. One of these, Rouffignac cavern, contains one of the finest examples of prehistoric art ever uncovered.
Modern work has been completed to lower the floor so that visitors can view the cave art for themselves. Simply take the small electric train that runs from the entrance of Rouffignac cavern and look upwards to gaze upon what has come to be known as the Great Ceiling.