One of the things I most enjoy when I’m staying in Provence is tucking into a wonderful breakfast with fresh croissants, pains aux raisinsand baguette with creamy butter and glorious handmade jam. Of course, it’s even better if you add in a glorious view of the sea or some spectacular countryside.
In June you’ll come across the most magnificent fields of sunflowers in many areas of Provence. The swathes of these wonderful flowers are guaranteed to lift the spirits. One of the best places to see a sunflower display is around Arles.
One of the most attractive elements of Provence is the variety of brightly coloured shutters that adorn the windows of town and village houses. Here’s a montage of some I’ve discovered on my travels around the region.
The Luberon has always attracted visitors, drawn by the fabulous hilltop villages and spectacular scenery. But it’s become exceptionally popular as a tourist destination since Peter Mayle made the area internationally famous with his book A Year in Provence. This article focuses on three great villages to visit in the Luberon: Gordes, Roussillon and Bonnieux.Continue reading “Three Luberon Villages”
City of a thousand fountains, Aix is a fantastic place to stay for a few days. Explore the bustling old town with its markets and arty boutiques or simply sit watching the world go by at a pavement café on the elegant Cours Mirabeau. Definitely my favourite restaurant is Villa Gallici on avenue de laContinue reading “Aix en Provence”
This picturesque fishing port is often overlooked by visitors to this part of Provence, but to my mind it’s got far more character and is much more authentic than its more glamorous and better-known neighbour Bandol. The best time to visit Sanary is in May, June or September as it gets very busy with visitingContinue reading “Sanary sur Mer”
I do believe that Avignon is my favourite large town in Provence. And if you arrive there on a warm spring day with the roofs of the medieval buildings outlined against the wonderful blue Provence sky – I think you’ll understand why. Avignon is the capital of the Vaucluse department (84) and has enough toContinue reading “Avignon”