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What better way to depict Provence than as a realm of the senses? The Mediterranean’s ‘‘cloudless shores’’ and ‘‘golden islands bathed in light’’, evoked in song by Tino Rossi, have been the muse for countless painters due to the intensity and purity of the light. The Fauves (“wild beasts”) were tamed by its calanques (fjords), while Cézanne was subjugated by Montagne Sainte-Victoire. Its magnificent landscapes have charmed the chorus of cicadas chirping softly through the day. And some people say the mistral wind accompanies their tune by whistling its familiar air for three, six or nine days.
The scrubland between the Alps and the Mediterranean, Marcel Pagnol’s beloved garrigue, is full of thyme, rosemary and basil that will spice up your olive oil and other dishes with its sun-drenched aromas. The perfume bottles produced in Grasse are scented with jasmine and lavender, a scent that captivated the Phocaeans before winning over the Popes in Avignon, and eventually the entire world.
Ancient monuments, such as the tremendous 49-metre-high Pont du Gard, are brought to life during theatre and music festivals in the summer. And the best Côtes du Rhône wines from this charming holiday region are featured in the restaurants in Marseille, gateway to the Mediterranean.

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Provence : Must-see towns and regions

  • Les Baux-de-Provence

    Standing out from the Alpilles, the village of Les Baux is set on a stark rocky spur 900m long and 200m wide with vertical ravines on either side. A fortified castle, destroyed by Richelieu in 1632, c...

  • Marseilles

    Marseille, proud of its 2 600 years of history, continues a long tradition of integration. Straddling the East and the West, Europe and Africa, it is a fabulous Mediterranean melting pot. One gets a r...

  • Aix-en-Provence

    A young and vibrant town, Aix-en-Provence lies in the shadow of the arid Mt Sainte Victoire, the rugged beauty of which Cézanne captured in a series of paintings. Traces of Aix's status as former capi...

  • Orange

    Orange, for those who come from the north, is the gate to the South of France. A symbol of this passage, the old Arc de Triomphe stands on Via Agrippa that Roman legions used to take to travel from Ar...

  • Vaison-la-Romaine

    Vaison is comprised of an upper medieval town and a lower town of Roman and modern origin, both built on either side of the River Ouvèze. Its rich past will enchant all those who love historical place...

  • Saint-Rémy-de-Provence

    Located in the heart of the Alpilles, Saint Rémy is full of Provençal character. The commune that gave us Nostradamus and L'Arlésienne is an invitation to tasteful hedonism!

  • Tarascon

    A beautiful Provençal town located on the Rhone River where legends and history intertwine: the Tarasque, good king René, Kingdom and Empire. It is nice to go up and down the medieval alleys of this o...

  • Arles

    Arles, a lively Provencal town, proud of its origins, is France's largest municipality. Above all, it is a town of the arts: it was a capital in Roman times and became a major religious centre in the...

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