Provence is like a rainbow of senses, colors, scents and tastes. You can probably spend a lifetime exploring this region of France. A sunny place, bathed by the Mediterranean waters, colored by fields of lavender and sunflower, poppies and olive trees, this region was, is and will remain an inspiration for all. Artists such as Van Gogh, Picasso, Cezanne, have attested to this in their fabulous masterpieces. A holiday in Provence is a holiday in one of the most popular and most visited parts of the country. See how:
Visit Avignon from a holiday home in Provence, the medieval city of the popes, and see the Palais de Papes here, as well as the local museums, churches. Arles is also a town that is steeped in history, the Roman ruins here date back to glorious past times; there are many events and festivals here such as the Fête des Gardians, the Fête du Costume. The 20,000-seat Roman amphitheater here used to host gladiator fights, and now they have bullfighting here. Another place you may wish to visit on a holiday in Provence is the Les Baux-de-Provence , perched on a rocky plateau, steeped in history as well and offering some breathtaking views. Marseille is a seaport, a place of a rare beauty. The Vieux Port here has a most vivid and sea-like atmosphere, there are numerous sights you can visit and of course, don't leave without tasting the bouillabaisse (famous fish soup). Other historical places of interest may be: the Saint-Paul de Vence hilltop village, the Ancient Roman Ruins in Orange, the Archaeological sites at Vaison-la-Romaine, the Salon-de-Provence also known for its artisan soaps.
Further on, from a holiday park in Provence you can get to the village of Grasse, found on a hilltop surrounded by fields of orange blossoms, mimosa, jasmine, roses, lavender, violets. These flowers is where the essential oils for perfumes come from here, and you can visit the Perfume Museum in Grasse too, as well as perfume factories. Another great town is Tarascon, known for its events and festivals, such s the summer festival; also the Musée Souleiado has a great collection of Provencal fabrics. Visit Mougins, a favorite village of Picasso, who lived here between 1961 and 1973. Saint-Rémy de Provence is where Van Gogh spent a year in an asylum, you can see works that he created here. Also the Roman ruins at Glanum Excavation Site are quite impressive, and a visit to the visit the Chocolaterie Joël Durand is a must here. The flea market at Isle sur la Sorgue is the largest in France after the one in Paris, this place is sometimes called the antiques capital of the country. Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer is a small coastal village, a renowned pilgrimage spot for Gypsies and Roms, who gather here each year in May, coming from everywhere in the world, to attend the festival of Saint Sara.
The nature of Provence is defined in colors. From sandy beaches such as the ones in Cassis, with its limestone cliffs called calanques, to the Gorges du Verdon, the deepest canyon in Europe, Provence is ready to impress its every visitor. Visit the Moustiers Sainte Marie village in the area too, you'll feel like you are taken miles away from our day and age. The Camargue Wetlands is where you can spot white wild horses, pink flamingos and black bulls. This area at the Rhone River Delta should not be missed. You can also climb the Mont Ventoux in Provence, and as for natural parks, the Parc National du Mercantour is very popular, as well as the Parc national des Ecrins. The nature of Provence is simply exquisite!
The greatest thing about a wellness and spa break in Provence is the fact that you can combine it with some relaxing among lavender fields in places such as the Digne les Bains. The thermal waters here are well-known, and there is a festival each year celebrating the fragrant lavender, in August. The Etablissement Thermal here is where you can soak in lavender baths, or get covered in seaweed and mud, enjoy thermal waters. Provence is yet full of wellness and spa facilities of all sorts, search for the one closest to you holiday villa in Provence and just relax and enjoy this region in its every facet.
The region of Provence is much famed for its Riviera, thus famous resorts such as St. Tropez and its glamorous feel, Juan les Pins, Menton and its gardens, Antibes and its also great historical sights, Cannes and its famed Film Festival are very popular. You can lay in the sun and enjoy the sea, the warm climate, the many water sports, sailing and so on in all these places and many others. Visit places such as Nice, with its flower market, its Matisse museum, Chagall museum and other attractions. See Gordes, a most beautiful village found in a nature park, the Parc Régional du Lubéron; Vence and its Chapelle du Rosaire, decorated by Matisse. Go hiking, cycling, horse riding, walk among lavender, poppies and sun flowers, breathe in the Mediterranean air and let yourself be carried away by the atmosphere of Provence.
One idea of a family holiday in Provence can sound something like this: start in Grasse, a village surrounded by lavender fields, then get from here to the Bar sur Loup (by car is the easiest), and from there to Gourdon, where you can visit the castle. Then head towards Saut du Loup, from where you will get stunning views of the Cascade de Courmes. Get to the viewpoint known as the Surplomb des Gorges du Loup and get a breathtaking view of the gorges from here and of the nearby mountains as well. Settle down for a picnic with your family and juts fully enjoy the moment. From there you can get to Tourette sur Loup, another beautiful village in Provence. There are of course other attractions in the region, theme parks, playgrounds, water parks. A wonderful family time is awaiting for you in Provence!
The cuisine of Provence is at least as exquisite as its beauty. Take bouillabaisse (fish soup) for a chance, this is the "royalty" of dishes here. The Marseille invented Pastis is a flavored liquour you must try as well on a holiday in Provence, the Daube (beef stew) is also a traditional dish. A breakfast with omelette aux truffes is a must, so is the Ratatouille, so is the aïoli garni (dish with shellfish), the fromage de chevre, the tapenade (an olive dip). As dessert, try the local nougat or the Tarte Tropézienne specific to St. Tropez.
A holiday with a pet in Provence is a most complete way of enjoying a great time with All of your loved ones. Hit the beach, hike in the mountains, walk in the countryside, have dinner on a terrace. Choose your favorite time with Rover (and the rest) every day here!Points of interest, a “must see” list in Provence:
There are many sights that can be mentioned when referring to a holiday in Provence, and one thing that you can be sure of is that you will not visit this region of France only one time. It has its ways, and they're as magical as the way you will feel here.
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