I have to say that, for me, autumn is one of the best times to visit Provence. The summer hordes have gone but it’s still warm and everywhere is still open before their winter hibernation. And the countryside glows in the sunlight with shades of red, orange and ochre.
There’s nothing quite like sitting in a café looking out onto a harbour with a coffee (or a glass of rosé!) and watching the world go by. I’ve spent many an hour doing just that. And all along the coast of Provence and the Côte d’Azur you’ll find a variety of ports – from theContinue reading “Harbours in the South of France”
This small medieval village perched on the top of a hill is one of my favourite places in the area around Bandol and Sanary. There’s a car park with plenty of places just outside the village walls, so don’t be tempted to follow the first signs for parking which will leave you with quite aContinue reading “Le Castellet”
One of the great things about Provence is the variety of independent boutiques to be found in every town and village. Here are some of the more interesting shop fronts that I’ve come across in my travels in the region.
This picture postcard hilltop village is one of my favourite places in Provence – despite the fact that it’s very well-visited by tourists. The trick is to visit outside the peak summer months – but even then you certainly won’t be the only foreigners wandering the village’s winding streets. Situated between St Tropez and HyèresContinue reading “Bormes les Mimosas”
I love those steps and stairways that you find all over Provence – in front of stone houses or leading up from a street in a hilltop village and just beckoning you to explore. Here are some of the prettier ones I’ve found on my travels.
Although the department of the Gard is strictly speaking in the Languedoc Roussillon, it has a distinctly ‘provençal’ feel to it – thanks to it sharing a border with both Provence and within easy reach of the famous Camargue national park, famed for flamingos, wild horses and bulls. Nîmes is the largest city in leContinue reading “Road Trip to Le Gard”
I have to admit, I’m not really much of a fish-eater – I’ve never really mastered the technique of enjoying a piece of fish whilst looking for bones. And after a couple of unfortunate incidents, I tend to restrict my fish selection to tuna or swordfish. But there’s one provencal dish using fist that isContinue reading “Ode to Soupe de Poissons”
For many, a holiday to Provence is synonymous with the seaside. And Provence certainly has a wide variety of coastal scenery, whatever your preferences. From the wide beaches of the Cote d’Azur to the stunning fjords of the calanques near Cassis or the red cliffs of the Esterel coast near St Raphael. Whether you’re aContinue reading “Coastal Provence”
In every village around Provence there will be at least one square with a stone fountain at its centre. And you could actually spend days in Aix en Provence trying to find all the fountains – it’s called the city of a thousand fountains. Here are a few of the prettier or more interesting onesContinue reading “Provençal Fountains”