Where to Holiday in Provence?

Saint Tropez

Why Stay in Provence?

Books like the ones written by Peter Mayle have made many people dream about going on a holiday in Provence, France or even moving there. But what makes that particular place so charming? For many it is simply the sun, the lavender fields, the old stone houses and the great people living in the area. For others it is the delicious food, the freshly baked bread, the wine and the opportunity to visit Nice or Saint Tropez. If you take into account all these attractions, it is no wonder that so many tourists, thousands of them, come to Provence starting from April until late October.

Attractions of Provence

The lavender, the white stone farm houses, the vineyards, the sea – these are all beautiful, different nature colors that will convince everyone that life in Provence is, to begin with, full of vivid contrasts. Provence is also well known for the numerous smaller and larger restaurants; the smaller ones are usually hidden on the sunny streets of the smaller villages, being places where you will enjoy food made out with what the land produces. The big restaurants, boasting with Michelin stars, charm their clients with exquisite dishes and exquisite wines. Under these circumstances, it is not a surprise that the vineyards in Provence produce more than 50% of the France’s rose wines.

Provence is situated in the South of France, including a higher area, the Alpes of Haute Provence, as well as the sunny beaches of the Cote d’Azur – try http://thecotedazur.net. No matter where you decide to spend your holiday, or maybe much more than that, you will be fascinated by the old villages, which have managed to keep their authenticity. The food is almost 100% provencal, and so are the weekly fairs where the farmers in the region get together to sell their numerous, tasty cheese varieties, meat, bread or any other food related product that their farms produce.

Considered to be the “belle” of the entire Provence area, Avignon, the former papal seat, is a place that boasts with its one of a kind architecture and masterpieces of art. Avignon attracts thousands of tourists every year and they all marvel admiring the Palais des Papes, the very place where the Christian popes used to live for many centuries, a medieval construction which is most visited building in France. It all started in 1309, when a Gascon became pope; he did not want to live in Rome, as all the other popes did before him, so he moved to Avignon. This period is known in history as Avignon Papacy.
The work started back in 1335, being coordinated by Pope Benedict XII and it was continued by pope Clement VI. The best painters from all over Europe were hired to decorate the palace, and thus exquisite frescoes appeared on the huge walls. The good news is that all these paintings are intact nowadays and they can be admired in their full splendor by all the tourists.

After the popes left, the palace was used by Papal legates, Italian vice-legates, and in 1791 the territory was considered as belonging to France once again. Being one of the largest Gothic constructions in Europe, there is no wonder so many come to visit it while in Provence. In addition to this, starting with 1995, the palace has become an UNESCO Heritage Site. So book your holiday in Provence today!

 

Author Bio:
Irina Chirilov, the author of this article, works as a blogger for Thrifty Bucharest Romania, a travel and car rental agency in Eastern Europe.

Property by Provence Department

France is divided up into regions, then sub-divided into departments. There are smaller sub-divisions into prefectures, cantons etc.

Provence Alpes Cote d’Azur is one of the regions of France often referred to as PACA. Strangely none of places in PACA are departments! Although Provence and Cote d’Azur are well know “areas” although there is much debate about their extent and borders.

Provence Departments

The departments are:

Property prices are more expensive on the Cote d’Azur and Luberon (often referred to by Peter Mayle in his Provence books)

Our selection of property includes: Var Property, Alpes-Maritimes property and Bouches du Rhone property.

In our Provence guides section, you will discover more about each department, and the popular locations in each department.

Our TOP LOCATIONS in Provence Alpes Cote d’Azur:

Lorgues
Cotignac
Salernes
Draguignan
Brignoles
Villecroze
Aups
Roquebrune-sur-argens
Le Thoronet
Carcs

Tarascon

Discover Tarascon

tarascon propertySituated on the banks of the Rhone at the crossroads that goes to Avignon, Camargue and Luberon, Tarascon has a legend and has inspired several stories from Alphonse Daudet.

You will discover the chateau Rene, one of the most beautiful medieval castles in France, picturesque streets, one being the Halles a Arcades, or the Arc de Boqui and the rue des Juifs.

In Tarascon you can also see the Souleïado museum that exhibits the famous Provencal fabric. It is in a 14thc. Building in the centre of town. This traditional cloth is still being manufactured by the Carles Demery factory and is exported throughout the world.

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Les Baux de Provence

The Beauty of Les Baux de Provence

les baux de provence property

The village of the Baux de Provence is situated in the heart of the Alpilles on a rocky plateau of 245m high. A panoramic view of Arles, the Camargue and the Alpilles can be seen from it. This immense and superb stone fortress is without doubt one of the “must-sees”. Les Baux de Provence can only be visited by foot, you will discover the chateau, different chapels, the “Citadelle des Baux”, “hotels particuliers” and houses with stones cut out by the steel slicing of the sun and the terra cotta tiles which have imprisoned the traces of the past!

The village has been classified “one of the 100 most beautiful villages in France” and attires more than 1.5 million tourists per year! There are several galleries, nice restaurants and shops.

Biot

Biot & tourism

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It seems that Biot is the site of an ancient volcano, or rather the “village” is located near a volcano. Not surprising, considering the fact that the region of the Southern Alps is actually an ancient tectonic zone. In addition to this, volcanic rocks were discovered in the ground before the huge construction of real estate.

This perched village overlooks hills covered with mimosas and olive trees. By visiting Biot you will take a real tour through Provençal history. It isVerrier-Biot-20 well known for its glass blowing, where you can see men blowing the glass and create, just in front of you, colourful carafes, plates, pots.

Property in Biot
Official Tourist Office: Biot

Video: Tour of Biot – Villages de France

Correns

Pretty Village of Correns

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Correns is a pretty village built on the banks of the river Argens, which rushes out of the Gorges du Vallon Sourn (well known for climbing) straight into the village.

Inside the village, you can discover troglodyte dwellings and Neolithic caves.

Correns is the 1st bio village in France (organic village); you can also buy very good wines in the prestigious Domains around.

Bormes les Mimosas

Two Aspects of Bormes les Mimosas

Bormes les Mimosas has two sides:

  • The old perched medieval village, with its coloured facades, its pink tiled roofs, its ramparts and old castle ruins. From here you have a truly splendid view onto the Porquerolles and Port Cros islands.

  • The Marina with its dream boats and yachts and a short distance to the beaches of Cabasson, Estagnol, Pellerin, and Favière. On a small peninsula in the old fishing village of Cabasson is the renowned Bregançon Fort which is the summer residence of the presidents of France!

Bormes has often received the first prize for the “most florally decorated towns of France contest”.

Bormes Les Mimosas