Provence: 7 Things To Do
What should you see in Provence? Not an easy task to choose, but luckily there are no bad choices here! DK Eyewitness Travel Guides are the perfect companion to your self-guided tour of Provence, the beautiful photos and detailed information make it oh so easy to plan a customized itinerary. Here are Wearever's top choices~
1. Bonnieux-Impressive Luberon hill village dating back to Roman times. A quintessentially charming fortified village with picturesque views. There is an outdoor market on Fridays.
2. St-Paul-de-Vence-A very beautiful mountain village perché and artists' community, discovered by Picasso, Bonnard, Matisse and others in the 1920's, with long views down to the sea. Also, home to a charming Relais & Chateaux hotel, Le Saint-Paul. The place to dine is La Comombe d'Or, a legendary artists' retreat filled with original works of art. Visit the Foundation Maeght, a small museum with world class works of art. The town is surrounded by a massive walls and its cobble stoned streets are entered via an enormous stone gate.
3. The Côte d'Azur-The possiblities here are endless. Beaches in Cannes, Casino de Monte Carlo in Monaco, Musée Picasso in Antibes, morning market in Nice, ending with sunset in Eze and its views reaching to Corsica.
4. Arles-One of the Roman Empire's most important cities, it was built to resemble a miniature version of Rome, complete with a spectacular Roman arena. In Roman times, the arena was used for gladiator contests, today it is used for bull fighting-Off the Beaten Path for sure!
5. St-Tropez-Although increasingly known as a summer playground for the rich and famous and their enormous yachts, St-Trop still retains its original fishing village charm. The sandy beaches are lovely (Pampelonne Beach is its largest beach), the harbor, Port de Pêche, with its colorful fishing boats is enchanting. Plan to have a drink in the local market square, Place des Lices, and soak in the action. Another fine stop is at the Musée de l'Annonciade, and is ranked by DK Eyewitness Travel as the top art gallery in Provence. "This museum tops Provence's list of superb art collections. Opened in 1955, it boasts works by Pierre Bonnard, Rauol Dufy, the pointillist Paul Signac, and Charles Camion whose work 'St-Tropez, la Place des Lices et le Café des Arts' (1925) is one of the most famous images of the town."
6. Cassis-An old harbor town surrounded by France's highest limestone coastal cliffs. An authentic French fishing port that still retains much of its charm. The local delicacy is sea urchins, enjoyed best with a glass of the delicious local white wine! Try some for sure. There are intimate beaches formed around inlets where the cliffs meet the sea between Cassis and Marseille. Find one and spend the day.
7. The lavender-Best viewed in the fields below Sault-en-Provence or on the Valensole Plateau, the center of Provence's most important lavender growing region. This area is said to supply the world with 80% of its lavender. Blue and purple as far as the eye can see.
For an extra special stay, consider renting a villa through Le Collectionist. “Each residence is carefully chosen; it must not simply meet a series of criteria, but be esthetically pleasing, and attractive by its location, its history: it is a genuine encounter with a place and its owner.” Wearever will be featuring two different villas available through Le Collectionist later this month.
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