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North Provence

Discover the top destinations in north Provence

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Not officially part of Provence, the Drome is actually in the Rhone-Alps region of France. But it is so beautiful and so close to the northern villages of Vaucluse that we decided to include it in our guide anyway.

It is often described as what Provence used to be like before tourism took hold and prices went up. The Drome retains the charm and peacefulness of rural Provence, with olive groves, lavender fields and vineyards belonging to the Cote du Rhone wine region. The main towns in the Drome are Montelimar, famous for it's nougat, and Nyons, which nestles within green hills, orchards and olive groves. Black truffles are also renowned in this area, with St Paul Trois Chateau being the centre for these gourmet delicacies. Medieval villages are scattered throughout the countryside, with their castles (both ruined & restored), Romanesque churches and weekly markets.

A hilltop village in North Provence surrounded by lavender fields

Banon, Haute-Provence

Pretty village deep in the hills of the Drome region

Buis les Baronnies, Provence

A mountain town at the end of the Train des Pignes from Nice

Digne les Bains, Haute-Provence

A small village made famous thanks to its wine production

Gigondas, Provence

Charming village in the Drome, with a wonderful Medieval castle

Grignan, Provence

The gateway to Mont Ventoux in the Vaucluse

Le Barroux, Provence

A pretty little village in the foothills of Mont Ventoux

Mormoiron, Provence

A small town dominated by its cliff top fortress

Mornas, Provence

Lovely town just to the north of Provence

Nyons, Provence

A small hilltop village famous for its wine

Rasteau, Provence

Small village in the heart of the wine growing region

Sarrians, Provence

Lovely Medieval town famed for it's black truffles

St Paul Trois Chateaux, Provence

Home to an impressive castle & the Universite du Vin

Suze la Rousse, Provence

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