Picture of blue grapes in the South of France

The grape harvest of Côtes du Rhône produces some of the finest wines in the world. (Photo credit: Guillaume Baviere)

Exploring the South of France can be an overwhelming endeavor without a goal towards which you can channel your momentum. If you’re a traveler interested in mixing fine and earthy pleasures, you may want to consider following one of the region’s famous Routes des Vins (loosely translated as Wine Routes). Not only will you get a chance to indulge in some serious sightseeing, but you’ll also get to enjoy world-famous wines like Châteauneuf-du-Pape and other lesser-known, but just as delectable, brands.

Image of Fenestrelle Tower in Uzès, France.

The Romanesque architecture in Uzès will delight those on a vineyard tour.

Côtes du Rhône paradise runs from Vienna to Avignon. One of the best spots to get started on an in-depth visit to the region and its eye-popping scenery, Roman history, and local gastronomy is the lovely town of Uzès. Ideally located in the Eure Valley and surrounded by the attractive triumvirate of Alès, Avignon, and Nîmes, the first duchy of France is renowned for the Renaissance facades of the buildings. The theme continues in its medieval streets, its three feudal castles, its cathedral, and particularly the Fenestrelle Tower, a small Roman campanile inspired by the Tower of Pisa.

Image of terrace with table and chairs in PR-861 Uzès vacation rental.

Look over the rooftops of Uzès from the terrace of this duplex vacation rental. (Rental ID: PR-861)

Do not hesitate to treat yourself with your own pied-à-terre in Provence, right in the heart of the historic village of Uzès. This 2-bedroom duplex vacation rental in Downtown Uzès, South of France (PR 861) is located on the third floor of a historic building and features the winning combination of rustic charm and modern comfort with a delightful terrace.

When you’re done exploring the town, you can move on to the surrounding vineyards and shamelessly indulge in the wines of l’Uzège.

Image of Pont du Gard aqueduct in the South of France.

The Pont du Gard in Provence is an ancient marvel and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Are you more inclined towards ancient history? The area is full of treasures, discovered or waiting to be discovered. The Pont du Gard, allegedly built in the first half of the first century, is an amazingly preserved three-leveled Roman aqueduct that has rightfully been declared a World Heritage Site.

Going further south, it’s hard to resist the call of the 100-year-old Domaine de l’Aurore in Jonquières. If you’re lucky enough to be there when they’re having one of their popular tasting days, you’ll be able to enjoy a wonderful Provençal meal paired with their red, white, and rosé wines.

Image of exterior of PR-585 Provence vacation rental Mas.

Stay in a prime located near Orange and Avignon in Provence in this vacation rental Mas. (Rental ID: PR-585)

If you want to stay in a prime location right outside Orange and not far from Avignon, we have the right accommodation for you in this 2-bedroom Mas in Jonquières, South of France (PR 585), just outside of town. This bed and breakfast with a kitchen is a real haven of peace and quiet. You’ll be surrounded by bucolic farmland, but don’t let this serene environment prevent you from splashing around in the impressive swimming pool.

Image of Roman open-air Theatre in Orange, France.

See an opera in Orange, France’s beautiful Roman arena in Provence’s wine country. (Photo credit: Benh Lieu Song)

To wrap up your visit in style, you must pay a visit to Orange and its beautiful Roman arena, where you can enjoy live summertime opera performances in which the international stars on the stage dazzlingly compete with the numerous stars in the sky.

If you’ve already gotten a chance to enjoy this region’s numerous charms, why don’t you share your memories with us by adding your comments below?