Provence, nestled in south-east France, borders Italy and the Mediterranean Sea which means its landscapes are incredibly diverse. The alpine charm of the Southern Alpes meets rolling vineyards, olive groves and the world-famous lavender fields. The south is home to the Côte d’Azur (or French Riviera), where elegance and chic living abounds – Nice, Saint-Tropez and Cannes line the coast and provide a masterclass in glamour.
By contrast, Aix-en-Provence – an historic university town is home to a thriving cafe scene and a plethora of cultural attractions. Marseilles remains proud of its industrial past, sensitively and stylishly incorporating homages to its heritage in a range of architectural reimaginings. Avignon’s celebrated medieval city walls and Palais des Papes are a testament to its heyday as the seat of Christianity, for which it enjoys UNESCO status.
What you’ll love most about Provence
- Visit the historic city of Avignon, known for its Papal Palace and famous bridge, and explore the medieval streets and markets
- Take a tour of the lavender fields in the Valensole plateau in June and July when the fields are in full bloom
- Visit the stunning Gorges du Verdon, a river canyon with crystal-clear waters and towering cliffs, and go kayaking or hiking
- Explore the charming hilltop villages of the Luberon, such as Gordes, Roussillon, and Bonnieux, and enjoy the local cuisine and wine
- Visit the city of Aix-en-Provence, known for its fountains, art museums, and beautiful architecture
- Visit the hilltop village of Les Baux-de-Provence and see the impressive medieval fortress and the Carrières de Lumières, an art museum in an old quarry