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.
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 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 28 reviews
Reviews and scores from the last 12 months.
9 out of 10
South Croydon Group
the villa! Pont du Gard. Baux en Provence
Reviewer left no comment
Confirmed stay: 28 September 2019 Published on: 30 September 2019 2 out of 10
Too many to mention
Confirmed stay: 21 September 2019 Published on: 22 September 2019 8 out of 10
Lovely village with great restaurants great meal in Paullets
Reviewer left no comment
Confirmed stay: 14 September 2019 Published on: 17 September 2019 6 out of 10
Chelmsford Family (the eldest child is at school)
Callian village and the villa pool.
Not having a rep to meet us at the airport.
Also, having to pay €100 for arriving late. We thought missing most of our first day was punishing enough.
Confirmed stay: 27 August 2019 Published on: 28 August 2019 9 out of 10
Newport Family (the eldest child is at school)
Beautiful town, lots of lovely shops and restaurants
Reviewer left no comment
Confirmed stay: 24 August 2019 Published on: 25 August 2019 9 out of 10
London Family (the eldest child is at school)
Overall we had a lovely holiday
The checking in was supposed to be from 4pm when we arrived at 6pm there was a queue out of the door with about 25 people in front of us with only I person on the desk we queued for over an hour and a half after a very long drive and it was very hot we did not get into our villa until 7.30pm
Confirmed stay: 17 August 2019 Published on: 25 August 2019 10 out of 10
Bristol, UK Family (the eldest child is at school)
Lovely coffee shops, restaurants, patisseries; a beautiful old town full of quaint shops & allyways.
Confirmed stay: 17 August 2019 Published on: 24 August 2019 8 out of 10
Derby Family eldest child working
Pont du gard; Avignon; St Remy market
Avis rentacar reception. Difficult walk from town to villa after dark.
Confirmed stay: 17 August 2019 Published on: 22 August 2019 10 out of 10
Family (the eldest child is at school)
Beautiful area, quiet, rural. Little villages with markets, the lake for swimming. Perfect.
Travelling via Nice airport was dire and we will actively avoid it in future. Long queues in the airport both ways, and horrendous queues for car hire.
Confirmed stay: 17 August 2019 Published on: 18 August 2019 6 out of 10
Northallerton Family of four one
Relaxation by the pool peaceful not touristy weather
No restaurants open locally that we could find after 5pm
Confirmed stay: 10 August 2019 Published on: 18 August 2019
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