In and around Provence

by Becca Mai

Provence is simply a cluster of towns in the South of France - even though each town, city and village is to its own, historical and modern day contrasts and connections make Provence an intriguing place to visit.

The Monaco Grand Prix, St Tropez and Cannes have made the south coast of France one of the most glamorous destinations in the world. For “star-spotters”, visit at the right time of year and you may catch your favourite celebrities dunking in the sea or enjoying a cocktail in preparation for the glamorous Cannes Film Festival. There are hundreds of hotels in Provence to choose from that are scattered around the towns and cities, attractions in this area also vary from place to place. Take a look at the top attractions in Nice, recommended by Visit Your Monaco for all the Monaco and Monte Carlo information you are looking for. 


The climate of Provence reflects that of the Mediterranean, with hot dry summers and mild winters with year-long sunshine. As well as people, Provence is home to some of the most glamorous and hottest beaches in the world. From groomed sandy beaches in St Tropez to family friendly marinas in Nice, Provence provides grounding for all types of sun-worshippers. Be wary however, not all beaches are free to visit! The beaches in Monaco are upscale and lay alongside tall hotels and casinos.

Away from the beach

Provence is much more than just a coastline with some enchanted countryside behind. It is actually vast and you need several years of trips to it before you can say "I’ve done Provence". From lakes to mountains, large cities to quite little hamlets and around every corner there’s another ‘bijoux' to be be discovered. Ski, hike, ride, there’s something for everyone. You can even get lost in it! Holiday-Provence-Gite provide exclusive countryside holidays in the heart of the famous Peter Mayle landscape and offer guided photo safaris for the keen photographer.They have helped many globetrotting guests discover much more about the inner heartland of this wonderfully alluring place.

 Taste of Provence

Having lived in Northern France, the memories and thoughts of French food that instantly come to mind are those of Moules frites and Brie. The food of Provence however differs from the commonly known French cuisine and French cooking. Being adjacent to Italy, Mediterranean influences the area and provides recipes including varied seafoods and hot-spices. Commonly used “Herbes de Provence” originates from here, and the use of garlic, olive oil and olives are a well adopted tradition with little use of dairy products.

Restaurants offering these local and traditional recipes and cuisine vary from small village bistros to city centre vibrant restaurants. With the simple French recipes, techniques and food information available on and Easy French Food you can easily learn to eat like the French!

Vin, Chocolat & Cie produce and sell traditional Provencale chocolates, sweets and a salty range of products, as well as a wide selection of wines from Châteauneuf-du-Pape and the Valley du Rhone. During your visit, there is the chance to have a guided tour of the chocolate making workshops and wine tasting. is an online coffee boutique dedicated to the celebration of their favourite drink. They provide high quality coffees you can afford to drink and enjoy all day, every day. From French coffee presses and cafetieres to espresso and cappuccino makers, le cafe shop has something for all coffee lovers.

 Culinary Tours

A Taste of France Tours offers unique food and wine themed adventures combining luxurious accommodations with an easy going atmosphere in the South of France. Guided week long adventures, weekend escapes, home rentals and more include itineraries that have been thoughtfully designed to include off the beaten path treasures as well as main tourists attractions.  

Wines of Provence

To accompany the unique recipes and cuisine of Provence, French wine is renowned as being part of both Provencal history and trade. Provence produces almost half of the French rose and is generally well known for this however, red and white wines from Provence are consistently improving and some of them can now compete with the best in France. Vineyard tours provide a chance to taste top quality Provencal wine whilst learning about how it is produced and sold. If you are more of a “taster” than “viewer” however, try one of the many wine tasting sessions available in all areas of Provence.

If wine is your main reason for visiting Provence, take advantage of the accommodation provided by Mas du Clos de l'Escarrat where you can book wine tours and tasting directly to accommodate your needs!

Provence Wine Tours offers a wide range of wine tours. Discover Provence vineyards from Aix en Provence and Marseille, visit the wineries and learn about the Terroir while tasting red, rosé and white wines produced in the area.


Art in Provence

Art Provence offers holidays focused on local art based in luxury villas. Art experience tours and painting classes are also available.




For a more active tour, Deluxe Cycle Tours offer the ultimate fully-guided cycling tours in France. The Provence cycle tour allows cyclists to sample the local produce and observe local life. The tranquil route steers you away from the traffic and through the sleepy towns and villages that inspired Van Gough. Deluxe Cycle Tours offer the same as the more expensive companies, but with more of a personal touch and at a more attractive price. All of Deluxe Cycle Tours evenings offer that little bit extra, with many of their stays being at Chateaux or hotels of great pedigree and heritage.

 Walking Snowshoeing Holidays

Try something different and experience a walking snowshoeing holiday. Provided by France Outdoors, they are committed to delivering a very high standard of service that supports sustainable tourism.

Walking in Provence

Try a walking holiday in Provence near Arles & Avignon in the south of France- based at a luxury villa with large heated pool. offer a wide choice of walks and hikes for your walking holiday and hiking vacation in south France which can be individually adapted to guests level of experience and fitness!

For the less energetic tourist, rent a car to get around. Find the best deals with Car Hire Nice.


Find a unique gift or souvenir from one of Provence’ many shopping boutiques. For something a little different, you can hire a driver to take you to the best places for shopping around Provence! To reduce language barriers before, during or after your visit, use kwinessential French Translation Service.


With so much to see and do, planning your next trip may be your next priority. Why not rent a gite or a villa to make your next visit even more cultural and memorable. Take a look at, they have been using the internet to match holidaymakers with holiday properties together since 1999.

South France Villas offer some of the best French holiday villas for rent in Languedoc, Provence & the Cote d’Azur. A selection of high-quality villa rentals in Southern France. All of their houses have a swimming pool or are located right on the beach. Or for luxury and charming holiday villa rentals in Provence, take a look at

Select Cottages is family business with a wealth of experience with years of letting quality holiday accommodation in the Lake District, Brittany and Provençe, Cote d'Azur. Book your holiday villa in Provence today for a holiday you'll never forget. If you’re looking for something extra special, rent a VIP villa in Provence or stay in a boutique guest house on the French Riviera.

French Holiday Cottage are, in some ways different to the average rental property. They cater for only up to 4 people, which is ideal for families with children, and also couples on their own. The owners are usually present in the main house, and are happy to interact with renters, so you can get the best out of all there is to do and see in the area.

Fancy a truly relaxing home from home? Pure France ( offer over 50 prestigious villas and traditional homes in Provence and on the chic Côte d’Azur.

 Holiday Extras

Take a coach trip to Provence to save from the hassle of driving. Search & book your coach trips online, coach tours & sightseeing tours to Provence with offer destination, travel and hotel recommendations, based on over 22 million traveler reviews, 3000 travel blogs and websites, Read their reviews and recommendations on cheap hotels in Provence and plan your visit.

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