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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