Orange is situated in the south of France, in Provence. This town is famous for its great historical heritage, dating from Roman times, as well as its sunny climate allowing it to be surrounded by numerous vineyards.
The antique theatre, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the best conserved in Europe. Indeed, it is one of the only theatres to have kept its stage wall. Furthermore, since 2006, it has had a glass roof. Every year it hosts the Chorégies d’Orange opera festival, and in 1903 the famous Sarah Bernhardt notably played Phèdre there.
The Arc de Triomphe
An extensive restoration in 2009 brought back all the splendour of days gone by to Orange’s Arc de Triomphe. A relic of the town’s Roman historical heritage, numerous archaeological discoveries have been made nearby.
Museums and Visits
In Orange, you can go to the Museum of Art and History, situated opposite the antique theatre. It traces the history of the town. There you can see the finds from archaeological excavations. You can also visit the Air Base 115 Museum. It traces the role of the air base in international history. A distinctive feature of the town, you have the chance to follow the Roman road. This will take you past the most important sites in the town, such as the temple, the antique theatre, the Gallo-Roman ruins, the Arc de Triomphe and other relics of the Roman era.
The Chorégies d’Orange Opera and Classical Music Festival has taken place every summer since 1971. It is carried out in the town’s antique theatre.
Orange’s trade fair Today known as ‘La nouvelle Foire d’Orange’, it welcomes each year tens of thousands of visitors.
The exhibitors are chosen with care, and offer rich and varied wares.
Orange’s wine fair
This wine fair has been taking place since 1952. It has become the largest wine fair in the Rhône Valley.
Three cycling routes are marked out, allowing you to discover the town and its surroundings.As well as that, you can take the small tourist train or go on a guided visit of the town.
The surrounding area
Also worth visiting during your stay:
The villages of Lubéron, Isle-sur-la-Sourge or Fontaine-de-Vaucluse.
Nîmes and the Pont du Gard
The Gorges de l'Ardèche
Arles and the Alpilles
Drôme and its châteaus