A charming fishing village that played a key role in the birth of modern art, it's a must-visit for those with artistic interests today, as well as for its prettiness.

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An arty village for purchases, or just to enjoy.

For several decades in the 19th and 20th centuries, the fishing village of L'Estaque, east of Marseille, was a centre and inspiration for French artists especially of the Impressionist, Cubist, and Fauvist movements, with more famous names including Cézanne, Braque, and Renoir. Besides the picturesque atmosphere and surroundings, there are galleries and shops, as well as a Monticelli Foundation (named after another lesser-known Impressionist), where you can buy reproductions, books, and other materials relating to this artistic history and legacy. Other galleries sell contemporary works. And if you visit in May, the whole town turns out in a festival called Estaqu'Arts.

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