Holidays to Orange
Orange is a commune in the north-west of the department of Vaucluse in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region. Situated in the heart of a rich agricultural region between Spain and Italy, it was a strategic location for the Romans, who have left numerous remnants, such as the Roman Theatre of Orange and the Triumphal Arch, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The theatre, one of the best preserved in the West, was built in the first century AD. It owes its reputation mainly to its superbly well-preserved stage wall, which projects an exceptionally pure sound. It is also hosts the Chorégies, an opera festival that is held every year. The triumphal arch dates back to the same period and marks the entrance to the town via the Via Agrippa, the Roman road network in Gaul.
The Tourist Information Office offers walking routes to explore the town's heritage from the Middle Ages to the present day, from the Protestant Temple to the Château des princes d'Orange and Notre-Dame-de-Nazareth Cathedral. The Museum of Art and History hosts exhibitions recounting the different eras in the town.
Orange is also famous for its Côtes du Rhône wines, which have been known since Roman times. Around the town you'll find very extensive vineyards, producing a range of extremely rich and varied, mainly red, wines. Local craftspeople also offer culinary specialities, such as Augustines and Orangines.
To get to Orange, you can fly to Avignon Caumont airport or Marseille-Provence international airport, then reach the town by motorway. The train station is right in the town centre and offers direct high-speed links to Paris. Once in Orange, you can get around easily on foot or by bike, or use the bus network for longer journeys.
History buffs and foodies alike will be spoilt for choice in the fabulous town of Orange. Have a great holiday!