From the verdant vineyards that line the banks of the River Rhone to the carpet of lavender fields in the foothills of majestic Mont Ventoux, Provence is a spectacular showcase of natural beauty. The stunning countryside is interspersed with historic towns, making the region ideal whether you want to spend your days discovering the local history, or relaxing with a glass of local Pastis in your tranquil Provençal hideaway.
A holiday à la Provençale is a priceless opportunity to enjoy classic France. Quaint towns and mighty chateaux rise out of the landscape. Lavender fields and vineyards must be seen to be truly appreciated - and what better way to do so than from charming gites or villas in Provence.
Try bouillabaisse, a wonderful seafood stew made with fish, shellfish, vegetables and herbs. Ratatouille, the best-known local favourite, is a stew served in restaurants all over the region. No meal would be complete without a glass of Provençal wine – produced from the famous vineyards of Côtes du Rhône, Côtes de Provence and Bandol.
The historic towns of Aix en Provence, Uzes and Bagnols sur Ceze not only offer history, but great shopping as well. The local bargains in these towns to be snapped up are perfumes, soaps and eaux de toilettes all crafted in part from the local lavender, famous in the region, and of course the local wine, plentiful and good value. The local markets, especially in these towns, offer a rich variety of local produce, from fresh garlic, peppers and courgettes, to flowers, nougat (remember that Montelimar is not far away) and freshly pressed olive oil of all colours, hues and varieties.
Spend a day driving the rural lanes, stopping to picnic beside one of the beautiful hillside vineyards. If you enjoy walking, the many scenic footpaths are great for exploring the area on foot, whilst the twisting roads leading up to the barren, moonscape summit of Mont Ventoux attract many keen cyclists each year.
No trip to Provence would be complete without enjoying some of the wonderful wines that are to be found in this region. Our villas are within easy reach of some of the most famous vineyards in the world, so as a must do visit Chateauneuf de Pape, now world famous. Also try the Cotes du Rhone, offering great value and quality at a reasonable price. Stop off at any of the vineyards on your journey through Provence and take a wine tour, and be surprised at the history of wine and the region that you weren’t aware of.
Provence Holidays - Points of Interest
Spend a morning in the beautiful town of Aix with its fountains, restaurants, and wonderful artistic heritage as the birthplace of Paul Cézanne.
Sample the world-famous wine of Châteauneuf du Pape, a medieval village overlooked by the ruins of an ancient chateau.
Drive through the imposing gorges and quaint traditional villages of the Canyon du Verdon – a dramatic ravine carved by the aquamarine waters of the Verdon river.
Visit the Gorges De L’Ardeche for an adventure day out, where you can cycle, walk, sail, sunbathe on beaches, go canyoning and many other exciting outdoor activities.
Spend a day on the vast plains of the stunning Camargue national park to catch a glimpse of the beautiful Camargue white horses that roam the area freely.
The quaint village of St Remy de Provence is located amid attractive countryside 30 kilometres south of Avignon. Vincent Van Gogh produced many paintings here, a real testament to the areas natural beauty.
The wonderful, picturesque village of Roussillon is a ‘must-see’ when visiting the Luberon, and many visitors are attracted by the beautiful old buildings, great restaurants, and several art galleries.
The picturesque hilltop village of Callian enjoys stunning, far reaching views over the surrounding countryside, with quaint winding streets lined with pretty Provencal buildings and delightful restaurants.
The traditional village of St Paul en Foret is in a beautiful setting, surrounded by forests. A small selection of amenities are on offer here, including a bakery, and two restaurants serving French cuisine.
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Scores 8.5 out of 10based on 42 reviews
Reviews and scores from the last 12 months.
10 out of 10
Hull Family with adult children
We visited Avignon and the Papal Palace and, obviously the bridge! Baux was beautiful and the Carrières de Lumières are enthralling.
Confirmed stay: 20 April 2019 Published on: 25 April 2019 9 out of 10
very comfortable villa and the locality was perfect for 3 adults to relax for the week.
The neighbouring owners (Mark & Christine) made us feel very welcome and are extremely helpful.
Would have preferred pool to have been heated.
Confirmed stay: 20 April 2019 Published on: 22 April 2019 8 out of 10
Villa and surrounding area all very good
Car hire - Avis desk not immediately clear where it was on arrival - Avis Q at desk long and confusing. Your directions could not have been more difficult - confusing. Could have done with a demo of the sat nav and automatic functions in car before setting off. All in all the drive from the airport to villa was stressful and we were late getting their - luckily the designated key holder waited - if she hadn't waited this would have caused further problems and is a problem waiting to happen if flight delayed etc! Finally, no rep in the area?
Confirmed stay: 29 September 2018 Published on: 01 October 2018 9 out of 10
The amazing quality of the light, the peace and quiet and the friendliness of the locals. The town of APT is very nice with reasonably priced restaurants and shopping.
I'm afraid the current (France wide) tiger mosquito problem was a bit of an issue but only in the night time. Sensible precautions needed.
Confirmed stay: 22 September 2018 Published on: 28 September 2018 10 out of 10
The spaciousness of the villa and the convenience of the location of the resort
Very basic essential items missing from the villa and no bar/restaurant on site
Confirmed stay: 15 September 2018 Published on: 20 September 2018 8 out of 10
Close to the Napolean route which is a terrific route to drive.
Reviewer left no comment
Confirmed stay: 01 September 2018 Published on: 04 September 2018 7 out of 10
Family (the eldest child is at school)
Walking in the hills was great.
Not as close to town as expected. You cannot walk anywhere.
Confirmed stay: 01 September 2018 Published on: 03 September 2018 5 out of 10
Family (the eldest child is at school)
Beautiful peaceful setting
Quality from last year. Poor.
Confirmed stay: 25 August 2018 Published on: 26 August 2018 4 out of 10
Family (the eldest child is at school)
Close to a village with plenty of restaurants
Severely lacking in everyday utensils and character.
Confirmed stay: 19 August 2018 Published on: 24 August 2018 8 out of 10
Nice, Cannes and Monaco were fabulous, Callian was great too
Always needed to drive to go somewhere for dinner
Confirmed stay: 18 August 2018 Published on: 25 August 2018
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