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About Orange

Often a mere day-long stop for visitors from the larger hubs of Avignon or Nîmes, Orange is a fascinating destination in its own right, and we think it’s well worth spending a few days in this pretty part of Provence. An ancient Roman city, Orange boasts two World Heritage-listed sites, as well as a plethora of mature vineyards — perfect for food and wine lovers. Accommodation options range from charming B&Bs to imposing historic châteaux, well-suited to couples, friends or families.

Visitors drawn to Orange for its Roman ruins can delight in admiring with the Théâtre Antique — one of the best preserved Roman monuments of the ancient world — and the Arc de Triomphe. Bedecked with intricate carvings recounting Augustus’ conquests over the Gauls, the arch also remains in excellent repair. Travel during the Chorégies d'Orange Festival to see the theatre at its best: filled with crowds of 10,000 people, soaking up live operatic performances. For further Roman treasures excavated in the region, tour the Musée d'Orange. Adventurous types can look out for historic landmarks whilst following the cycling and hiking trails which wind their way through the countryside, and clamber up the Colline Saint-Europe for magnificent views.

Orange’s other big draw is its vineyards, some of which were originally cultivated by the Romans. A combination of the region's stony ground and abundant sunshine ensures long, warm evenings, well-suited to the growing of flavoursome, full-bodied grapes. Enjoy tours and tastings at world-class Côte du Rhone wineries, including the Vignobles Alain Jaume, Château Maucoil and Domaine de la Palud. You’ll find that the best places to stay in Orange fill up fast during the summer months and over the autumn harvest, so book your trip well in advance!

The Best Places to Stay in Orange

For an Intimate Farmstay

  • Justin de Provence is a charming, owner-run hotel set within seven hectres of grounds. The carefully restored farm houses five enchanting rooms, decorated with furniture sourced by owners Isabelle and Philippe. Kick back in the indoor and outdoor pools, hot tub and hammam before tucking in to fresh, homemade fare. Small, restful and romantic.

For Food-Focused Luxury

  • Château de Massillan was built in 1550 for one of the mistresses of Henry II. Surrounded by 24 acres of parkland, this luxury hotel now offers 32 rooms and suites, as well as an excellent restaurant. Foodies can savour flavours from the kitchen garden, used by Chef Mickaël Furnion and his team to create delectable gourmet dishes paired with Provençal and Côte du Rhone wines. A foodie favourite.


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  • Fly to Avignon-Caumont Airport, or to the larger hubs of Nîmes-Garcons Airport and Marseille-Provence Airport. Travel onwards to Orange by taxi, bus or train. Alternatively, take the TGV from Paris directly to Orange.
  • Provence is wonderful for a road trip! Contact our online partner Rentalcars if you would like to hire a car.
  • With an average of 300 days of sunshine a year, Provence is blessed with a near-Mediterranean climate. Expect hot summers — with temperatures of 26-30°C — and mild winters. Summer visitors can marvel at the famous Provençal lavender, whilst springtime travellers will find mild, sunny weather suitable for active explorations. The Mistral wind blows through the Rhone Valley, keeping the air cool and rain showers short.



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Best Hotels in Orange

  • Justin de Provence Orange 5 rooms from £135

    Artworks  -  The owner Isabelle spends her time in the art studio, crafting the sculptures that you see around the house and grounds
    Cycling  -  Part of the "Accueil Vélo" network, this is a great stop off for cyclists and it also provides bike storage etc.
    Total relaxation  -  With two pools, no kids under 10, a small spa, and tranquil surrounds - this is ideal for a relaxing getaway
    Country Escape  -  A traditional farmhouse surrounded by vineyards, the perfect spot for a rural hideaway
    Air conditioningSpaSwimming PoolGardenParking

    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 hot tub, hammam, café, and outdoor and indoor pools. Isabelle's sculptures decorate the 7 hectare grounds. See More

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  • Château de Massillan Orange (Provence) 24 rooms from £183

    Total relaxation  -  Unwind by the pool, surrounded with the aroma of lavender and the sound of cicadas — complete tranquility
    Foodies  -  Spectacular modern french cuisine — the six course tasting menus and excellent wine never fail to wow
    Historic  -  The chateau was originally a hunting lodge for Henry II and Diane de Poitier
    Great walks  -  Walk right from the property through typical Provence countryside
    Air conditioningRestaurantSwimming PoolGardenPet friendlyDisabled accessViewsParking
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Sawdays

    A beautifully renovated chateau with turret bedrooms, parklands, and a lake. The large pool and elegant interiors perfectly marry modern decor with the historical property. The herbed gardens and lavender banks fill the air with a delicate aroma. Complete with some of the region's finest cuisine. See More

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