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Art galleries, antiques and markets of the south

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This tour is for Art, flea market and antique market lovers. Montpellier, Avignon and l’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue offer a host of exceptional sites to wander around during your time here. Esprit de France invites you to three towns in particular, as well as heaps of attractive heritage.

We recommend staying at Baudon de Mauny and La Maison sur la Sorge during the tour.


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  • 3 days
    3 nights
  • Stages: 
    3
    132 km
  • From
    705€
    (double
    occupancy)
  • Spring Summer

Step by step

  • D1

    From Montpellier to Baudon de Mauny

    Km to Km

    The tour starts at Montpellier at the Marché des Arceaux. The market is open Tuesdays and Saturdays and located beside the arches of the Saint-Clément de Rivières aqueduct. A myriad of organic produce is on offer as well as antique dealers, flower and book stands. The Old Town is best explored on foot, as it is one of the quainest pedestrian town centres in the country. La Place de la Comédie square is the busiest part opening onto several little Medieval lanes. A gate is often open in the lanes revealing an old private town house, an authentic Classical period gem. Then go onto the Lez market where a creative group of boutiques, florists, restaurants, Art galleries and antique dealers sell their goods. The 5,382 sq ft market is quite unique and sells furniture, posters, decorative objects, clothes, accessories and pottery. Not forgetting the Street Art as you leave, which make the market feel like an open-air art gallery. Continue the day enjoying the current exhibition at La Panacée contemporary art centre which used to be the old Royal College of Physicians and was fully restored thanks to an architectural competition to renovate the building. The Fabre Museum is next on the list and is the main Fine Arts museum in Montpellier offering a vast collection of works from the Renaissance up to modern day.

    Book your 1st night at Baudon de Mauny, a 18th century private town converted into a hotel.

  • D2

    From Baudon de Mauny to La Maison sur la Sorgue

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    Day 2 starts by visiting Avignon. Stop off to walk around the old town in Arles on the way. See the 2,000 year-old Roman amphitheatre and the ancient theatre before heading to the magnificent Place de la République to admire Saint-Trophime church and walk along the Rhône river bank where there are two excellent view points over the city. The best spot to spend the rest of the morning is at Les Halles in Avignon, the reputed indoor provençal market in the town centre, a genuine meeting place for epicureans. Then onto see the Lambert Collection, a private collection of works put together since 1960 by gallery-owner Yvon Lambert. Galerie 567 is focuses on 20th century Art and Design. The owner has been an antique dealer for 20 years and adores sharing his passion and knowledge of furniture and other artistic objects with visitors.

    Book your 2nd night at La Maison sur la Sorgue, a luxury 17th century hotel in l’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue.

  • D3

    A day around l'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

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    L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is reputed as the French capital for the antique trade and it is the final destination. Begin the day with antiques and contemporary sculpture at the ancient Villa Datris. The collection is surprising and varied and includes works by artists such as Victor Vasarely. We recommend lunch at the charming Jardin des Quais restaurant serving elegant dishes made with fresh and seasonal market produce sublimed by the beautiful outdoor settings. Spend the afternoon in the world of antiques! The dealers can be found in small groups not far from each other in the town centre (the oldest one is the Village des Antiquaires de la Gare and the other, l’Ile aux Brocantes, is by the canal). Go to the Retour de Voyage art gallery when you get back to the hotel to see the arts and crafts owners Marie-Claude and Frédéric bring back from their adventures.

    Book your 3rd night at La Maison sur la Sorgue, a luxury 17th century hotel in l’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue