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Orange's two World Heritage listed Roman sights draw many visitors, but this ancient Roman city is also right in amongst the vineyards of the Cotes du Rhone, so, If you're interested in wine and historic monuments, and you like your towns sunny and un-touristy, then this is the perfect base for visiting Provence. Many of Orange's visitors just come for the day, so there's plenty of excellent value when it comes to our Guru's list of the best places to stay in Orange.
So Orange's Ancient Theatre is one of the best preserved Roman monuments of the ancient world - it's also an impressive monument by modern standards. It seats up to 10,000 people, and regularly does just that during August's Choregies d'Orange festival, a festival celebrating opera of all kinds. Orange'sTriumphal Arch is also in excellent repair, and covered in intricate carvings relating the stories of Augustus' conquests over the Gauls.
The Musee d'Orange displays more Roman treasures uncovered in excavations in the area, including the Roman tax documents, and backdrop friezes which would have been used in the theatre.
Provence has 300 sunny days a year, so the best places to stay in Orange enjoy a climate which borders on 'Mediterranean' , this has a delicious effect on the grapes growing in nearby Gigondas and Chateauneuf du Pape. The temperature warms the stoney ground of the Cotes du Rhone so that the heat lasts through the cooler evenings. The Romans knew about this, and started cultivating grapes here, so this region has an ancient connection too.
The Best Places to Stay in Orange to Explore Provence
- Maison Felisa is a home from home in the South of France, a beautiful country house with only five contemporary styled rooms, a walled, sunny garden and lovely pool. It's perfectly located for taking the best of both Orange and Avignon.
- The Hotel le Saint Laurent has plenty of traditional Provencal charm - right down to the rich fabrics and wallpapers. It's also got an excellent spa.
- Le Clos Saint Saourde is s striking hotel built into a rock face and surrounded by vineyards. The rooms are rustic but luxurious with four poster beds and large bathrooms. There's also an outdoor pool, terraces and an expansive garden. A very romantic spot.
The Best Places to Stay in Orange for Foodies and Wine Buffs
- Those more interested in wine than food will appreciate Chateau de Massillan. It doesn't just offer wine and food tasting sessions, it has its own wine tasting room, as well as an excellent restaurant. Built in 1550 for one of Henry II's mistresses, this chateau has turrets (with bedrooms inside), and 24 acres of parkland.
- If you like things simple, charming and green, you'll like the Auberge de l'Orangerie, hidden amongst its private forest of a garden. Inside there are terracotta floors, rough stone walls, and an excellent restaurant.
- Les Florets is a traditional family-run hotel has 15 rooms, but it's also a working vineyard. The restaurant is excellent, and has a reputation for being good value too - they serve the perfect foods to go with their excellent Gigondas.
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Plenty of wines to sample, particularly the famous Rosé when you explore the rest of Provence.
Best Hotels in Orange
Les Florêts 15 rooms from $88Gigondas, Provence
A charming family-run hotel set amid vineyards, lush gardens and century-old trees. Rooms are elegant and light. Excellent local cuisine is served on a shaded terrace with wine from the hotel vineyard. Lounge by the pool and enjoy the panoramic views. The ideal Provence property.Country Escape - An enchanting getaway- sip wine at the foot of the majestic Dentelles de Montmirail, surrounded by lush gardens and vineyards.Local markets - Check out the weekly picturesque Provençal markets displaying a wide range of local produce.Great walks - Over 300 km of marked hiking trails wind through lavender fields and vineyards.Sights nearby - Day trips are possible to Orange, Avignon or Vaison-la-Romaine.Recommended by - Sawdays
Auberge de l’Orangerie 5 rooms from $102Piolenc, Provence
A modest but delightful inn in the pretty town of Piolenc. The simple attractive bedrooms exude Provencal charm with antique furnishings, exposed wood beams and whitewash walls. However the real magic happens in the vaulted dining room, where they serve unmatched French cuisine and wine. Delicious.Restaurant - Recommended.Sights nearby - Check out Orange, an exceptional, UNESCO-listed Roman heritage site only five km from the town.Local markets - There is a year round flea market in the town where you can pick up a range of curious objects.Great walks - Wander around the town of Piolenc, explore the Provencal alley's and historic sites.
Hotel le Saint Laurent 7 rooms from $103Saint-Laurent-des-Arbres, Provence
A charming stone-walled hotel with an excellent spa and swimming pool. Tasteful bedrooms and suites decorated with Provencal wallpapers and rich fabrics. Lovely breakfast courtyard. An understated and relaxed setting to explore Provence from.Swimming Pool - Small sheltered Outdoor PoolSpaFull of characterLocal markets - Good for local colour.
Justin de Provence 5 rooms from $130Orange
Isabelle & Philippe, the owners of this wonderful Provençal farm, have thought of everything; from the enchanting rooms with the furniture sourced & restored by them personally, to the jacuzzi, hammam, café, and outdoor & indoor pools. Isabelle's sculptures decorate the 7 hectare grounds.Full of character - Isabelle spends her time in the art studio, crafting the sculptures that you see around the house and groundsSights nearby - Isabelle & Philippe will be delighted to suggest restaurants, markets and the must-dos of the areaGreat walks - In the beautiful Provence countryside with the fields of lavender and picturesque villagesSpa - Hammam, jacuzzi, heated pool, massages
Château de Massillan 24 rooms from $183Avignon, Provence
Beautifully renovated chateau with turret bedrooms, parklands, and lake. Large swimming pool and elegant interiors perfectly marrying modern decor with a historical property. Herbed gardens and lavender banks fill the air with delicate aroma. Some of the regions finest cuisine. The ideal escape.Total relaxation - Unwind by the pool, surrounded with the aroma of lavender and the sound of cicadas- complete tranquilityFoodies - Spectacular modern french cuisine- the six course tasting menus and excellent wine never fail to wow.Cooking classes - Learn from the regions best chefs using produce from the chateau's own garden.Great walks - Walk right from the property through typical Provence countryside.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Sawdays