Visit Provence and enjoy shopping in Provence
15669
page-template-default,page,page-id-15669,bridge-core-1.0.5,ajax_fade,page_not_loaded,,qode-child-theme-ver-1.0.0,qode-theme-ver-18.1,qode-theme-bridge,disabled_footer_bottom,qode_header_in_grid,wpb-js-composer js-comp-ver-6.0.2,vc_responsive

Visit Provence

Visit Provence

 

When thinking about Provence, what comes to your mind? Fields of lavender, olive trees, sweet life… Provence represents the true art de vivre of France.

Provence has a wonderful mix of beautiful villages & monuments, and diverse landscapes from beaches to mountains that have inspired many famous artists. Visit Provence is more than a lush vision that hides its complexity under a veil of simple delights. It is home to the incredible red colors of the Esterel mountains, the taste of tapenade, the scent of rosemary, the cadence of the Provençal accent. Take your time to visit Provence and benefit from the Provence ‘douceur de vivre’. Enjoy a glass of Pastis on a shade terrace…

.

Places to visit in Provence

Whether you stay in Aix-en-Provence, Avignon, Saint Rémy de Provence or Marselle, your travel experience can include, depending on seasons, the cliffs of Marseille and Cassis, city of Isle sur la Sorgue where the second largest antiques fair in France stands, the red ochre quarries of Roussillon, the Palace of the Popes and a wine testing in world-famous Chateauneuf du Pape.

visit-Provence-Marseille-guide-Parisian-Style-300x234Visit Provence: Marseille

Located on the southeast coast of France, Marseille is France’s largest city on the Mediterranean coast and largest commercial port. It is the capital of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region.

Marseille offers a wide range of views: enjoy a walk on the Vieux Port, then a stop at the Fort Saint Jean and the sumptuous 19th century cathedral La Major. Then discover a wonderful panorama from the highest point of the city, the charming district of “Panier”, and finish with the Great Basilica of Notre Dame de la Garde. How about discovering the fishing village of Vallon des Auffes and the religious fortress of St. Victor Basilica?

visit-provence-aix-en-provence-guide-Parisian-Style-300x234Visit Provence: Aix en Provence

The city is considered by many to be South’s cultural & artistic center, Despite being the birthplace of the painter Cezanne, only a few number of his paintings are on display in Aix. Cezanne fans should visit the Atelier Cezanne to discover more about the artist life. The Romans were the first to be attracted by the area’s natural warm springs and wonderful climate. The old town of Aix is a delight to wander around, with a range of architectural styles to admire. A warren of tiny alleyways open up into charming squares, in the city of 1001 fountains. Aix has some of the best shopping to be had in the South of France, with designer boutiques, interior stores, antique shops and markets aplenty.

Art

The Impressionists were brought first by Gustave Caillebotte & Paul Signac, and Vuillard, Matisse, Picasso, Renoir, Van Gogh and Chagall all lived or spent long periods of time here. Of course, most Provencal villages have an art gallery. Visit Provence and try St Paul de Vence, Vence & Biot in the east; Roussilon, Gordes & Lourmarin in the Luberon, and of course, Aix en Provence and Avignon.

.

Provence Itinerary

Provence allows you to discover some of the most scenic views in les Baux de Provence and the Mont Ventoux. If you are planning to visit Provence in summer, try to attend a classical music show at the Aix en Provence Opera festival or book a theatre ticket during Avignon theatre festival.

.

Provence Attractions

visit-Provence-pastis-olives-petanque-Parisian-Style-118x300

Pétanque balls

The must-have leisure items in Provence! This sport, invented in La Ciotat in 1910 has made it onto the international stage with the “Marseille Pétanque World Championships” held every year in July, attracting more than 12,000 players from around 20 different countries. This form of boules gets its name from the position the players adopt when throwing the ball without moving their feet – “les pieds tanqués”. You cannot visit Provence without testing a Petanque game!

Pastis – The Spirit of Provence

If you imagine a typical Provencal scene where local villagers are playing boules while others are having a rest under the shade of plane trees, it is likely that they will all be drinking Pastis. This aniseed flavored beverage has it’s roots in Provence, where the original drink was first commercialized by Paul Ricard in Marseille. Flavored with local herbs, Pastis has to be diluted with water and is to be drunk as an aperitif or anytime else for people living here. If you are not keen on aniseed drink, enjoy the local beer “La cagole”, brewed in Marseille.

How about visiting other south spots such as the French Riviera and Cannes or Monaco for example? Provence is a great starting point to stroll in the neighborhoods.