Expansive countryside, Mediterranean coastline and imposing mountains are just a few of the incredible attractions that bring thousands of visitors flocking to The luxury region of Provence each year.
With so much to see and do it’s essential to pack as much as possible into a holiday in this area, so read on to discover how you can make the most of your trip to Provence.
All about Provence
If you’re looking for an idyllic place to spend a week or two then there is no better choice than Provence. Packed with an array of cosmopolitan towns like Cannes, Nice, Marseille and Toulon and quaint hamlets and villages like Opio, Mougin and Vallauris, you’ll never be short of historic sites, incomparable cuisine, exciting activities and chic shops to enjoy.
The areas stunning sandy coastline is flanked by thick forests and hills carpeted in lavender and herbs and visitors can enjoy spotting some of the 400 species of birds who inhabit the area on long and leisurely walks.
In addition to the incredible coastline, Provence is criss-crossed with many rivers including the Durance River, Rhone River and Verdon River where tourists can indulge in fishing, swimming, boat trips and water sports.
Driving in Provence
If you’re exploring Provence on four wheels then start at Marseille where you can stroll down the Boulevard la Cenebiere, visit the ancient church of St Victor and learn more about the fascinating history of the area at the Roman docks. Then take a short drive to the elegant university town of Aix en Provence and marvel at the area’s wide tree lined avenues and palatial homes, or wander to the Old Quarter and visit the perfectly preserved studio of Paul Cezanne.
Follow winding roads through abundant olive groves and vineyards towards Haute Provence and stop off at one or two of the tiny hilltop villages dotted along the way such as Loumarin, Cadenet, Lignane, St. Cannat, or the picturesque Silvacane which sits on the river Durance.
Then pick up your yearly supply of truffles or buy armfuls of fresh lavender in Apt, followed by a stroll around the labyrinthine back streets of Rouissillon, complete with its array of ochre painted homes. At nearby Gordes you can see the 17th century bories, a hamlet of traditional dry stone huts that have been sympathetically restored, or feat on traditional French fare in Venasque, then venture out into the dense forests that surround the area.
No trip to Provence would be complete without taking in the famous town of Avignon, where you’ll find the Palais des Papes, a papal residence which dates back to the 14th century, as well as a number of impressive churches and the delightful Saint Benezet Bridge which offers fabulous views of the town beyond.
Make Opio your Base
The tiny village of Opio is the ideal base from which to explore everything Provence has to offer. You’ll find a new and exclusive Club Med resort in the area as well as numerous villas available to buy or rent on a long or short term basis. Opio is also home to one of Provence’s most popular golf courses too so it’s ideal for golf lovers (and golf widows)!