Provence is undoubtedly picture postcard perfect. Filled with fields of lavender, artistic treasure troves and glamorous seaside towns. Of course the millions of tourists that flock there each year, stop to pause for the obligatory snaps at the tourist hotspots!
Whilst a year in Provence would be dreamy, most just don’t have the time. Our guide strives to give you the lowdown on the best things in Provence, so you can maximize your enjoyment.
The Absence of Color
Many a traveller has ventured to Provence to experience the infamous light and color which attracted famous artists including Matisse and Van Gogh. Poppy fields and the deep purple lavender create beautiful landscapes, but there is also a beauty in the absence of color.
Welcome to the Camargue Wetlands. In stark contrast to the traditionally perceived Provence, Camargue has a white washed landscape, filled with salt plains, rice fields and marshes. A protected area, the reserve teems with rich and diverse wildlife. Experience on horseback. Expect pink flamingos and wild white horses.
Isle Sur La Sorgue
Finders keepers! Just outside popular Avignon, lies L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue. Home to an abundance of shops selling keepsake trinkets of your time in Provence. And we’re not talking tacky souvenirs. The chic streets ensure visitors are enticed by antiques, furniture and paintings.
Wine Tour at Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Chateauneuf-du-Pape is perhaps unrivalled when it comes to producing world class reds. Located just a short drive from Avignon, visitors can tour the extensive vineyards before indulging in a glass or two of the good stuff.
A perched village is perhaps the most famous poster picture for Provence. Gordes is a labyrinth of terraces with winding cobbled streets. Special places of interest include the castle and town.
When you think about the coastal towns of Southern France, there is a dazzling stereotype filled with champagne guzzling super rich arriving on oversized yachts. Porquerolles is actually one of three islands and has been protected from development by the French Government. Consequently, a visit to the area allows you to step back into the beauty of the old Cote d’Azur, before it found fame and fortune. Expect turquoise waters and landscapes filled with juniper and olives trees. Still relatively unknown by British tourists, but a firm French favorite.