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.
Plenty of wines to sample, particularly the famous Rosé when you explore the rest of 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.