Provence in France is one of the most iconic regions in the world. It rose further to prominence in the 1980’s thanks to Peter Mayle’s book ‘A year in Provence’. Since then hundreds of thousands of tourists have visited Provence. The villages of Provence are perfect destinations for those looking to escape for a weekend break or longer holiday. The clean air, the breathtaking views, culture and delicious cuisine makes France and Provence one of the most popular destinations for family holidays.
Explore Marseille’s Vieux Port – Marseille may not be what you imagined when you pictured Provence. The second biggest city in France has a hard and edgy reputation, yet visitors to the city should not be put off by reputations. Head to the Vieux Port area of the Marseille and enjoy some fine Provençal fare, a fish market and Moroccan souks.
Stroll along the Promenade des Anglais and take in the sun – Curving some 4.5 miles around the Bay of Angels, the beach-front in Nice offers visitors the chance to marvel at the pristine blue sea as it sparkles in the sun. Lined with hotels, many locals can be seen here on a Sunday, when rollerbladers, families and cyclists can be found taking in the views and the summer rays.
Of course Provence is most famous for the quaint and endearing villages. Moustiers-Sainte-Maire is one such village. Simply known as Moustiers, the village lies at the western entrance to the Gorges du Verdon and is well-known, not only as one of the most beautiful villages in France, but also for its pottery trace, particularly faïence. The village clings precariously 100 metres up the side of a limstone cliff, with a dramatic waterfall following directly out and into the centre of the village.
Gordes is a village in Provence, just one hour’s drive from Avignon and proclaimed as one of the most beautiful villages in France. Located with the spectacular Luberon Mountains Gordes is well known for its well-preserved castle which is also home to the museum of Pol Mara. The Pol Mara Museum holds unique Pol Mara’s masterpieces such as Ovalifoliees and Alberto Libro. Other attractions in Gordes including the Village de Bories, a collection of dwellings made entirely made out of stone and Senanque Abbey, where the Cistercian Monks sell their lavender honey.
Finally the third and final village guests to the region of Provence simply must visit is Bonnieux. A glorious village right at the heart of Provence and the Luberon valley. The village offers stunning views of the Provençal plains as well as a snapshot of rural French life.
Just a short 30 minute drive from Gordes, through idyllic French countryside, Bonnieux sits at the top of a hill, its medieval streets are a joy to explore. The village church, which dates back to the fifteenth century is a must-visit site.