Activities for art lovers in Provence

For centuries Provence has proved popular with artists from all over the world who have long found inspiration in the region’s exquisite light and unique countryside. Today, there are plenty of things for art lovers to do and see, from interactive exhibitions to local natural wonders:

Les Carrières des Lumières

Immersive digital displays dedicated to great names of art history are projected in the ancient limestone quarries of Les Baux-de-Provence. This season, look out for exhibitions celebrating Vermeer, Van Gogh, Dutch masters and Piet Mondrian. A unique sensory experience.

We like: admiring Le Testament d’Orphée by Jean Cocteau (1959).


With several hundred antique and vintage dealers occupying “villages” and many art galleries, L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is a paradise for fans of art, design and antiques. The colourful fairs in April and August draw over 100,000 bargain hunters.

We like: the stream crossing the town and its old water wheels.

Vincent Van Gogh Foundation

The famous Dutch artist painted his finest canvases in Arles in the late 19th century. This foundation, which also boasts remarkable architecture, explores his genius in a dialogue between original and contemporary works across 3 exhibitions per year.

We like: the scenic terrace and its view of Arles and the nearby region.

Mathieu Museum

Some of the Maisons Airelles’ chandeliers are created by Mathieu Lustrerie, a master in the creation of historical chandeliers and lighting. Workshops in an old ochre factory in Gargas, not far from Gordes, house a fascinating museum presenting over 5 centuries of decorative art in a collection of over 200 sparkling chandeliers.

We like: watching craftsmen at work in neighbouring workshops.

Le Sentier des Ocres

Discover the village of Roussillon’s ancient quarries, an awe-inspiring natural site revealing scenery in vivid shades, sculpted by nature and man. With such extraordinary contrasts and colours, its easy to see why artists have long been inspired by the region.

We like: the palette of ochre hues contrasting with the sky and vegetation.

American Art School, Lacoste

Overlooking the Luberon valley, this medieval village is rich in cultural history. Here, you’ll find the prestigious Savannah College of Art and Design, and many historic sites nearby including La Maison Basse which was once owned by the Marquis de Sade.

We like: Festival of Lacoste, created by Pierre Cardin, in August.