Provence - Ever been on holiday and wanted to stay forever?

by Becca Mai

With its mediterranean climate, tropical beaches and delicious food, Provence makes for a very appealing holiday destination. However, have you ever thought about turning your holiday into your home?

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For a taste of the place before you buy, why not rent a holiday property. Try these useful websites:

Riviera Rental Guide provide rental villas and apartments on the French Riviera. From holiday villas in Nice to apartments in Cannes, search for the type of accommodation you are looking for.

Holiday Rentals In Provence - Guide to holiday rentals in Provence with articles on all departments as well as many towns and villages from France Holiday Rentals.

Visit French Holiday Directory to find your perfect accomodation, with gites, villas, cottages, apartments and many more, they have plenty to choose from. From the traditional to luxurious, the pages on French holidays will help you choose what type of holiday is right for you.


Still undecided about this region? Discover the wider area! is an interesting and useful guide on the best places to visit in France. This website provides information on its history, climate and provides many useful resources for the whole of France.

Whilst you're in Provence, take a look at the French Riviera. French Riviera Traveller is there to advise you on the Riviera's most alluring sights and activities. Pick up a local newspaper for up to date information about the area. The Riviera Times is a newspaper of the riviera in English.

If you decide Provence is for you, you may need help in making the dream a reality. offers help for house hunters and residents of France, long term rentals, property for sale, business classifieds, useful information and much more. 

Provence Property provides a large range of properties in the Provence - Cote d'Azur region. Read their property guides for further help and advice.

Provence Villa Rental - In the heart of the Luberon Valley in Provence lays Bastide Les Amis. Beautifully decorated and immaculately furnished, the Bastide comprises two houses, which can be rented separately or together.

French Property for sale in Provence Cote d'Azur. With details in English, buying French real estate on the Cote d’Azur just got easier! Also, find luxury properties near Nice and Monaco, from the newest to the cheapest, you're bound to find the property you ar looking for.

Why not discover Provence by taking a tour around the area. Taxi du Gard Provençal offers a wide range of private sightseeing tours with driver/guide to make you discover the most beautiful sites of Provence.

From art and cooking to festivals and diving, Tours of Provence offer tours of many kinds allowing you to experience the type of Provence that suits you.

For information on where in Provence to go, take a look at these websites:

Provence Guide is the official website to visit Provence. Find out all information for your holidays and your week-ends in Vaucluse in Provence. give tourists readily available information before booking their holidays and trips abroad. They aim to provide real holiday information, hotel reviews and destination tips for real people written by real people. provides information on Nice. From the areas history to it's hotels, find out what makes Nice such a great place. offer destination, travel and hotel recommendations, based on over 22 million traveler reviews, 3000 travel blogs and websites, Read their reviews and recommendations on Provence hotels and plan your visit. is a site full of travel tips and practical information from someone who has the experience and knowledge of visiting Provence. is a resource for all things travel. Read their blog for personal experiences and advice on your favourite destinations or book your next trip. Their Provence travel guide gives useful information on what to do, what to eat and where to sleep.

Susan specialises in Provence and has a varied range of farmhouses, villas and garden apartments with pools. They know all their properties personally and are very happy to use their local knowledge to advise people on their choice of holiday accommodation, advice on local restaurants, markets, festivals and activities for family holidays.



Still not sure what’s what in Provence? View these blogs for personal experiences and advice:

The Provence Post - Julie Mautner is a freelance food and travel writer living and working in Provence. Read her blog for inspiration, information and advice on everything Provence! - Rosemary Bailey is an award-winning travel writer and journalist. She has been based in southern France for many years, and has written a trilogy of books about a region she has grown to love and know intimately. - This is an ecelectic mix of travel, lifestyle and general ruminations about the affairs of the day. The author is a former journalist and marketing professional and lives with his wife in Provence for most of the year but travels extensively. - Chic Provence is a lifestyle, a way of living simply and elegantly, but with a modern edge and witty charm”. Read this imaginative blog and divulge into the lifestyle of a Chic Provence life. - An account of daily life in rural Provence -  south of France holidays.

Read the views of an educator on Wandering - a great website where a global community of educators share their travel experiences and advice.

A little extra...

Why not touch up on the local language? Visit these two great websites for more information.
French language guide -  the right site to learn French language.
Learn French -  A guide all about how to learn french and how to speak french.

Have you visited Provence? Do you have any useful advice about moving abroad or know of any French property for sale? Leave your comments below!