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. Learn more about Provence
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 small village of Eygalieres oozes authentic French charm. Narrow, winding streets are complimented by nearby olive groves and lush, green valleys. Remember your camera and capture this stunning panorama forever. Discover more about this beautiful part of Provence with us.
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.
A villa holiday here will give you a taste for the Provence way of life. Its charming old streets are lined with stone houses and welcoming bars. Nestled neatly between mountains and sea, you'll find spectacular views around every corner in Fayence. Why not take a look for yourself?
Fontvieille is situated in the heart of the "Provence des Alpilles", not far from the historic arena at Arles, the citadel of the Baux de Provence, the museums of Saint-Rémy and the Avignon Festival which is less than 30km away
The quiet village of Joucas is set on a hill surrounded by tranquil countryside and farmland. Joucas remains off the main tourist trail, and offers a fantastic, traditional atmosphere – a great place to really get away from it all.
Raised above the Luberon plain, Lagnes is a small and charming village in between Gordes and Isle sur la Sorgue. You will enjoy walking about to discover some photogenic 16th century buildings, panoramic views, and one very unusual hobbyist.
The medieval village of Les Baux boasts awe-inspiring views. You'll be in the heart of the verdant forests of the Alpilles parkland and rugged mountains. Complimented by rich culture, Les Baux in Provence is a dream for nature lovers and photographers alike.
Stunning countryside backdrops surround you in Lioux, set in the Luberon National Park there is no escaping the breath taking countryside views. The quaint village is peaceful and very traditional perfect for a taste of real Provence.
Rognes is a pretty and historic village situated between Salon de Provence and Aix en Provence. The village is peaceful and you can even see some of the original streets and houses still preserved from that time.
Located between the Monts de Vaucluse and the hill of of Caseneuve, Rustrel is the perfect holiday destination to visit the Provencal villages of Luberon.Full of Provencal charm, Rustrel is also famous for its beautiful Colorado Provencal, quite unique for the beauty of its landscape.
St. Saturnin, is an authentic medieval village steeped in almost a 1,000 years of history with castle ruins and beautiful views of the Luberon - perfect for indulging yourself in traditional French living.
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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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.
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Retail therapy in Provence
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.
Outdoor pursuits in Provence
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.
Wine in Provence
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.
Not to be missed...
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.
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