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Under the spell of Provence…

Published on 16 May 2017

Provence is part of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region, it extends from the Vaucluse, in the lower Rhone, up to the Var. It is a largely undulating region, a topographical feature due to its position between the Pre-Alps and the Southern Alps.

Beyond its exceptional location, which makes it one of the most beautiful regions of France, Provence attracts many tourists, notably for the beauty and variety of its landscapes, its Mediterranean climate, which offers hot summers and mild winters.

Embark for Les Alpilles

Sublime landscapes, brilliant colors and scents of lavender that perfume this unique territory, you have arrived in the Alpilles. This natural park is a limestone chain 300 to 400 m high that gives the impression of true mountains. There are caves that testify to a human occupation in this region for millennia.

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 A region rich of history and culture

Provence is well known for its historical past dating back to the time of ancient Rome, from which it takes its name (from Latin provincia). It has a rich historical heritage. Today, there are magnificent vestiges of this period, such as the ancient theater of Orange and Arles, the archaeological site of Glanum in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence or the Cité des Papes in Avignon.

Avignon Cité des Papes

In the footsteps of the artists

From the hills of the Lubéron to the Camargue, from the slopes of the lower-Alps to the shores of the Mediterranean, Provence and its landscapes have inspired painters, writers and filmmakers for decades. Such a beautiful region has left no marble of the great names of painting, such as Paul Cézanne, Matisse and Van Gogh, or writers like Marcel Pagnol, Alphonse Daudet and Jean Giono. The region often pays tribute through exhibitions or shows to these passionate artists who have walked the streets of the villages of Provence. Let yourself be trained in the footsteps of those artists who made the famous Provence famous all over the world.

Discover typical villages of Provence

In Provence, the villages have character! Often perched because of ancient invasions or multiple wars of religion, the villages overlook the surrounding vineyards. The houses are then grouped around the castle, witnessing the agitated historic past of the region, and only waiting to be visited. Especially do not miss these villages: Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Gordes, and the Baux-de-Provence are among the most famous.

villages typiques provence

Gastronomy

In France, we know well the Provençal cuisine, derived from local products, with its “sunny” vegetables, olive oil, garlic and aromatic plants. Its geographical position and its climate make of Provence a veritable crossroads of authentic flavours and enticing scents. It offers a rich and varied gastronomy in the image of the country, often inspired by Italian cuisine: a colourful, cheerful and luminous cuisine. The specialties to be tasted during your visit of the region: the aïoli, the tapenade, the ratatouille, the pissaladière or the bouillabaisse. A simple and healthy cuisine inspired by the sun of the Mediterranean.

To summarize, Provence is a breathtaking landscape between sea, hills, lagoons and salt marshes, to be discovered, whether you are a sports enthusiast, strolling or in search of art and culture. Let yourself be charmed!

Gastronomie provence

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