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Carpentras is a traditional medieval market town based in the Vaucluse department in the Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur region of southeastern France. This quaint mid-size town - clustered along the golden banks of the shimmering Auzon River - boasts a remarkable spread of architectural masterpieces, from towering churches and magical stone fountains to ancient Roman relics. There’s plenty of contemporary culture, too, like the buzzing markets that sell speciality caramel candies and rare black truffles.

Things to see

Start your sun-washed Carpentras morning by taking a trip to the town Synagogue, the oldest in France. Behind the restored sheer stone exterior you’ll discover the gorgeous reds, pinks, and whites of the old-world shrines, and the traditional pools and baths used for Hebraic rituals. To really get a sense of the Synagogue’s riveting history, take a guided tour. After, stop by the Saint Siffrein Cathedral, a looming 15th century wonder topped by a sharp-pointed steeple. The cathedral showcases a mix of Romanesque, Gothic, and Baroque designs. Don’t miss seeing the original multi-coloured stained glass, the smooth-marble Genoan altar pieces, and the Jewish door decorated with surreal stone rats. As the laid-back Carpentras afternoon rolls around, pay a quick visit to the Arch de Triomph, an impressively well-preserved ancient Roman arch. Then, before dusk, head out for a healthy hike through the nearby Carpentras vineyards and green fields.

Hotels in Carpentras

Carpentras offers a range of affordable accommodation, perfect for those who want a slice of historic Provence charm without having to break the bank. If you’re travelling on a tight budget, stay in one of the 2-star hotels in Carpentras, and enjoy cosy rooms with free WiFi to keep you connected. You’ll also benefit from tranquil flower-studded gardens and friendly multilingual staff. For something slightly more fancy, but still affordable, stay in a 3-star Carpentras hotel, where you can unwind in the late-night bar lounges. Some even boast glistening outdoor pools, perfect during a hot Carpentras summer.

Where to stay

The old, historic area of Carpentras is very much based in the town centre, encircled by a quiet tree-lined road which traces where the town walls once stood. If you want be surrounded by Carpentras’ magical heritage sites, meandering streets stippled with independent shops, and traditional terraced cafes, then this is the area for you. If you’re there during winter or spring, don’t miss the hubbub of the black truffle market every Friday morning. For a taste of modern Carpentras, stay in the areas outside the centre - which boast friendly bars and restaurants - and experience local life in a rural and contemporary Provence town.

How to get to Carpentras

Carpentras is based 85 kilometres from Marseille-Provence Airport, the international aviation gateway to southern France and its Provence regions. The airport serves year-round flights from top European destinations, like London, Barcelona, and Amsterdam. From here, hire a car and drive the 1 hour 20 minutes north to Carpentras. If you prefer public transport, take a train from Marseille-St-Charles station to Avignon, and a quick 40 minute bus from there. Once you arrive, the old town centre is best explored on foot, while the rest of the town can be explored by rental bicycle. To see the surrounding towns, its handy to have your own car.

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