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There are many reasons this year to visit Provence: history, art, culture, good food, not to mention sports. The matches of the European Football championship will be played in Marseille in June and July, the Tour de France will arrive of on the summit of Mont Ventoux on July 14th!  The calendar of events of the next summer season includes celebrations of the 450 anniversary of the death of Nostradamus, born in Saint-Remy and died in Salon-de-Provence, the 70-th anniversary of the Avignon theater festival, held in the picturesque setting of the fourteenth-century fortified palace of Popes, the International Opera Festival of Aix-en-Provence, housed in the courtyard of the Archbishop’s palace.Aigues Mortes

The 2016 edition of the International Festival of Lyric Art of Aix-en-Provence remains one of the most important events in the world of classical music and will be held from June 30 to July 17.  While in Aix don’t forget to visit Paul Cézanne house, the Granet museum displaying dozen of his works, the studio where he worked remained intact since his death.

Another destination that you cannot miss on a trip to Provence is Arles where Vincent Van Gogh spent the last years of his life, fascinated by the light and the colors of nature, a city that retains many Roman monuments as the nearby Nîmes with its amphitheater still used for shows in summer and the Maison Carre, a Roman temple  . A few kilometers away is the Pont du Gard: registered as a UNESCO World Heritage site, is the most impressive and best preserved Roman aqueduct

The distances in Provence are modest; with day trips you can cover the whole territory, from the mouth of the River Rhone to Camargue wetland, from the art cities and the mountains of the Alpilles and the site of Les Baux-de-Provence. one of the most visited tourist attractions of the region. In the ancient stone quarries is staged the show Carrières de lumières, immersive experience of art and music on the theme of Chagall’s paintings.

For our food lovers the names of two small restaurants to try for their creative cuisine and casual atmosphere: Le Poivre d’Ane in Aix en Provence and L’Imprevu in Nîmes.  Also  deserve a visit two historical bars: Les Deux Garçons in Aix, frequented by Cézanne, Picasso, Zola, Churchill, Alain Delon, Edith Piaf and other celebrities and Le Café Van Gogh   in Arles, with veranda and tables still just the same as one of the most famous and unforgettable paintings by Dutch painter.

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