Welcome to Provence
Fields of lavender, sunflowers and olive trees. A slower pace of life – a Sunday lunch under the shade of plane trees in a village square, a café crème at a sidewalk café or a long walk through a forest of oak and chestnut trees. All of this is Provence.
However, this is a vast region of contrasts and connections. Of snow-topped mountains and delightful sea resorts, of shepherds and yacht captains, of cork oak and palm trees, of a simple beef stew and an elaborate bouillabaisse.
Provence hides its complexity under a veil of simple delights. It is home to the red colours of the Esterel mountains, the taste of tapenade, the scent of rosemary, the cadence of the Provençal accent and the mistral, the wind that blows down from the Alps.
Latest news, reviews & events in Provence
Find out all about what is happening in Provence and how to make the most of your time here. The latest news, reviews of fun activities, current events and the trendiest restaurants, as well as interviews with leading locals, insider's guides and our top choices for things to do, see and experience in this picturesque French region.
Provence has a busy calendar of events all year round featuring art exhibitions, charming markets, cultural festivals and concerts. Spring and autumn are the time to celebrate local produce while during the peak holiday times, in the summer months, you will find world-renowned music and cultural events like the Choregies d'Orange or the Avignon Festival.
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What to see & do in Provence
Well-known as a wine region, there are numerous vineyards to explore as you wind your way through this part of the French countryside. Alongside the vineyards, you will find beautiful rivers and pathways that attract cyclists and hikers. For families, there is also plenty to do with a good choice of waterparks and outdoor swimming spots. Activity companies providing treetop adventures, horse riding and canoeing, golf courses and spas complete the offer.
A trip to Provence unveils an incredible amount of places to see. From majestic Roman ruins to a large range of museums covering everything from ancient times to the modern era, art galleries housing works by famous painters such as Van Gogh and Cezanne, historic houses and gardens, prehistoric caves, medieval castles, stunning religious buildings, picturesque villages, nature reserves to explore on foot or on two wheels and old vineyards.