Holiday home in the Provence
A popular holiday destination in France is Provence. You will find adventure, culture but also a lot of nature. Think of the natural areas such as the Luberon and the Camargue and famous cities such as Avignon and Marseille. Taste one of the Provencal dishes or specialties in the many restaurants. If you want to be active you can go canoeing or climbing in the Gorges du Verdon. We love to make you enthusiastic about Provence!
The most beautiful places in the Provence
If you are staying in a holiday home in the Provence, it is best to plan a car holiday through this beautiful region. Enjoy the beautiful nature with mountains, gorges and lavender fields. You can also go here for sports activities full of adventure. Visit the larger cities and discover the French culture in Avignon, Nîmes, Marseille and Arles. And of course, a delicious glass of wine should not be missing during your holiday here. Our tip: visit one of the many vineyards in the Provence. In short, everything for an ideal holiday in your accommodation or chalet in the Provence.
Roman influences in the Provence
Are you curious about what traces the Romans left behind in Provence? There are influences everywhere in the region. Think for example of Orange and Arles. In both cities you can find the beautiful Roman amphitheatre, with a beautiful statue of Emperor Augustus in Orange. At the foot of the Mont Ventoux you will find the town Vaison-La-Romaine. A typical town where much of the Roman times can be seen. If you would like to learn more about the history, visit Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. This town is known for Vincent van Gogh, who lived here for a while and produced many paintings. Be sure to bring along some Provencal regional products, such as local wines and olives. Delicious for an aperitif in your rented cottage or bungalow in the Provence.
Other famous painters such as Matisse and Picasso came to the Provence, in the region between Grasse and the Mediterranean Sea. They chose this area for its beautiful light and fine climate.
If you are on holiday in the Provence, there are a number of products or delicacies to taste or buy! Especially if you visit the local markets, such as Arles or Isle-sur-la-Sorgue. You'll find lots of fruit and vegetables used for dishes like the salad Niçoise, ratatouille, tapenade and the bouillabaisse (Provencal fish soup). Other products are honey, olives, truffles, cheeses and grilled sardines. You will also find many melons, strawberries, pears and peaches at the stalls. The red wine and pastis are very well known in the Provence. And of course we all know the Provencal herbs.
Special attractions in the Provence
- Avignon: The Papal City. Visit the Palais de Papes and look out over the river from the Pont d'Avignon. The cosy city centre is still completely surrounded by city walls.
- Gordes: scenery of various films including A Good Year. Located in the Vaucluse and is on the list 'Les Plus Beaux Villages'. Cosy streets, restaurants, a church and a castle.
- Abbey of Senanque: this mystical monastery is located near Gordes. Hidden in a gorge and surrounded by lavender fields. A true Provencal picture.
- Montmajour Abbey: a special and unique fighting monastery, situated on a limestone plateau between the Camargue and Arles. Climb the high tower and enjoy a magnificent view.
Magnificent flora & fauna in the Provence
If you go on holiday to the Provence, don't forget to visit one of the nature reserves. Think for example of the Camargue. This protected area, consisting of swamps, salt plains and rice fields, is home to wild horses, bulls and even flamingos!
One of the most beautiful natural attractions are the Gorges du Verdon. This gorge is the second largest gorge in Europe and is also called the Grand Canyon of France. It is a walhalla for true nature lovers, mountaineers and hiking enthusiasts. The rock formations and the clear green water, also at the Lac de Sainte-Croix, provide beautiful images.
At an altitude of 1909 metres, Mont Ventoux is the highest mountain in the Provence. The mountain is popular with cyclists and hikers because once on top, you can enjoy breathtaking views of the Mont Blanc, Avignon and the valley of the Rhone.
If you are staying in an apartment near Cassis or the city of Marseille, be sure to visit the Massif de Calanques. This area consists of narrow coves and high cliffs. Wonderful for hiking, or snorkeling in the azure blue water.