Provence: the name is a song in its own right. Offering charming, picturesque villages, a breathtaking coastline associated with wealth and celebrity, healthy, delicious gourmet cuisine, and an artistic culture to rival Paris‘, Provence has it all. Discerning travellers seeking exceptional Provence tours are looking for luxury, certainly, but also an in-depth, authentic encounter with the region and its enchanting qualities.
From the Mediterranean coast and the Côte d’Azur, to the Luberon countryside where picturesque villages and fragrant lavender fields invite curious visitors to come discover quiet charms and rustic luxury, the heart of Provence is in numerous different places. Local people have a soft, singsong accent filled with sunshine which perfectly reflects their relaxed lifestyle. Provencal culture is deeply permeated by its Latin and Mediterranean roots. The region offers a panoply of colours, flavours and perfumes, and a plethora of different landscapes– all of which are joys to behold. Our bespoke Provence itineraries and getaways are, by far, the best remedy against stress and gloom. Don’t bother resisting!
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In Provence, you’ll enjoy over 300 days of sunshine a year. So whatever the season you can enjoy it to the fullest– even in the late autumn and winter. You can sprawl out on a beach to sunbathe, swim, in the Mediterranean Sea, or enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, cycling or even sailing. The locals may find it too cold in winter, but many will judge it balmy!
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A relaxed quality of life:
Seeking a getaway from the urban grind? If so, head for a luxurious and rustic break in Provence: Come and listen to the buzz of cicadas in olive groves and wander through nearly untouched areas such as Camargue, Verdon and Luberon. You can also try to play a very typical game that local people love involving heavy metallic balls: pétanque. It offers the perfect way to relax on a Provencal village square under the picturesque plane trees, perhaps while sipping a chilled glass of pastis (anise-flavoured liquor native to the region).
Inspirational scenery and landscapes:
The Provencal countryside has inspired famous artists and writers for centuries. Painters such as Cezanne, Van Gogh, Matisse and so many others took their inspiration from the landscapes and unique palettes that blazed in living colour around them. Daudet and Pagnol enjoyed depicting locals in their colourful tales. If Provence so deeply inspired these grand figures, why not give in to its charms yourself?
One of the most mesmerising aspects of this remarkable region are its numerous tiny villages nestled in out of the way places: ones that have changed very little for centuries. The scent of lavender wafts on the breeze and through quiet monasteries, country residences and local farms. There is no sense of rush or stress, and people take time to enjoy life to the fullest. It’s a contagious way of being that you may soon grow used to….
(Curious about lavender’s enchanting scent? Check out our full secrets on where & when to see lavender in Provence.)
In Provence, there is something for everyone! Whether you choose to explore the countryside or the seaside, you will discover completely unique towns and cities, each with their own local customs, cuisine and cultures. Avignon, St-Rémy-de Provence or Aix en Provence are cities full of culture and history; while St Tropez, Cannes, Juan les Pins, Nice or Monaco are famous for their many yachts and luxurious parties: don’t be surprised if you run into a celebrity or three…
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