Provence, France

Postcard: Provence, France

Provence is one of nature’s most vibrant works of art, known for its lavender fields, vineyards, Mediterranean Sea, history and a rich gastronomy.

  • Provence is a geographical region and historical province of southeastern France, that extends from the left bank of the lower Rhône to the west, to the Italian border to the east and it is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to the south.
  • The largest city of the region is Marseille.
  • Other famous cities in the region are Nice, Cannes, St. Tropez.
  • Provence has a stunning variety of landscapes: fields of lavender, ancient olive groves, clifftop roads, maquis-cloaked hills and even snow-tipped mountains.
  • The area is littered with Roman remains, including an amphitheatre in Arles, a theatre in Orange, many bridges including a fine one near Bonniuex and even whole towns near St-Rémy de Provence and Vaison-la-Romaine.
  • The art of the good life in Provence is enhanced by its vineyards. From the Mediterranean port town of Bandol in Var, renowned for its deep reds to the great wines of Côtes du Rhône and Châteauneuf-du-Pape, there are endless wine trails to relish.
  • With such a rich artistic legacy, it’s no surprise that the region is home to a wealth of iconic art collections from artists like Rénoir, Chagall, Cézanne, Van Gogh and Picasso.
  • The best region to visit lavender fields is the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence.
  • The best time to see the fields in bloom is in July, when the major tourist season starts.
Photo: Stefano Orazzini
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