5 villages to fall in love with in Provence

Written by on July 4, 2018 in Provence-Alpes

Palace of the Popes in Avignon at dusk

Provence is one of the most popular destinations for holiday makers in France, once visited and you’ll always yearn to return.

There are more than 800 villages and towns in this area of France and everyone will have their own preference but here are 5 of our favourites in lovely Provence…

Avignon

With its historic walled city, a UNESCO World heritage site, Avignon is the Capital of the Vaucluse department. The famous medieval bridge over the Rhone River is immortalized in the song “Sur le pont d’Avignon”. One of the best known attractions in the town is the incredible Gothic Palais des Papes, a medieval palace from which French Popes once ruled. In 2017 a new wine complex will open in the town, called the Carré du Palais it’s located in an historic mansion, the Hôtel Calvet de la Palun – we can’t think of a much nicer place to have a wine tasting! The cultural hub of Provence, Avignon is a must see.

Aix en Provence

This charming old town typifies the Provencal lifestyle. It’s also known as the “City of a Thousand Fountains” with museums, fabulous markets and a large historic centre. It was once home to Cezanne and you can’t help but understand why he was so obsessed with light and colour when you visit here. To sit in the tree-lined Cours Mirabeau is one of the greatest joys in life.

Roussillon

The “red town” of Provence with its ochre coloured houses that reflect the sun beautifully is stunning. It’s a small town but it’s well worth seeking out (it does get crowded in high summer so go early to have it yourself). There are lots of charming cafés and restaurants and fabulous views over the countryside with its huge ochre cliffs that gave the town its bright colours. Wander the narrow streets lined with gorgeous 17th and 18th century buildings, and admire the work of the many artists that live and work here.

Saint-Paul-de-Vence

This small hill town not far from Nice wins the hearts of all those who visit. Famous for its art galleries, celebrity home owners, winding steps and boules court it truly illustrates the arte de vivre. Saint-Paul-de-Vence is breathtakingly pretty.

Saint-Remy-de-Provence

This sun-warmed medieval village that dates back to Roman times (see the Arc de Triomphe) is quite simply captivating. Van Gogh immortalised the town, the sanatorium where he stayed is just up the road, and it’s here that he painted his famous “Starry Night”. St-Remy-de-Provence is stylish, classy and oozes with vibrant life – a living photo album to ooh and ah over. This is a place to sit at a terraced café and count your blessings.

More on Provence

Antiques markets of L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue
3 places to enjoy the stunning natural beauty of Provence
3 of the most beautiful villages in Provence
Avignon – the perfect weekend destination in Provence

Related Articles

What to see in Saint-Paul-de-Vence

If you love charming villages with oodles of historic monuments and art galleries, Saint-Paul-de-Vence is definitely somewhere you should put on your must-see list. Located in the Alpes-Maritime department on the French Riviera, this medieval village is one of the prettiest hilltop towns of Provence. Cobbled streets, centuries old buildings, small squares, vaulted passageways, arcades […]

Continue Reading

What to do in St Tropez

What to do in St Tropez

Written by on April 1, 2020 in Provence-Alpes

St Tropez is possibly the world’s most famous summertime playground for the rich, celebrities, rockstars and the disgustingly rich. It’s said you can never be too rich or too gorgeous for St Tropez. But, what about the rest of us? What delights does St Tropez offer if you’re a mere mortal? It’s a fun place […]

Continue Reading

What to see and do in Antibes Juan-les-Pins

On the French Riviera, between chic Cannes and elegant Nice, sophisticated Antibes sits on the edge of the Mediterranean Sea basking in the sun… The southern French seaside resort has oodles of charm and has long lured tourists to enjoy the old town, the arty vibe, the golden sandy beaches and memorable sunsets. Writer F. […]

Continue Reading

Roman Provence

Roman Provence

Written by on March 20, 2020 in Provence-Alpes

Provence is famous for its charming hilltop villages, brilliant sunflowers, and fragrant lavender. It is also where you can find some of the best Roman ruins in all of Europe. This is because Provence was once an important part of the Roman Empire. The Romans even gave it its name: “Provence” comes from the original […]

Continue Reading

Made in Provence | Food and specialities

Wine, truffles and chocolate! And that’s just to start. Who doesn’t love Provence?  You could spend a lifetime here and still not sample all of its rich produce. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try! Weird, wonderful and wickedly delicious Vaucluse If you’re going to try and eat and drink your way through an entire […]

Continue Reading

Subscribe

If you enjoyed this article, subscribe now to receive more just like it.

Subscribe via RSS Feed

Comments are closed.

Top