Cistercian Abbeys in Provence

If you enjoy wandering around historic churches and abbeys, you’re definitely spoilt for choice in Provence. But if you fancy setting yourself a target for your trip, you may like to plan to see three of the more renowned abbeys in the region – although they’re located quite far apart. Called the Three Provençal SistersContinue reading “Cistercian Abbeys in Provence”

Rhone Villages and the Dentelles de Montmirail

I’m a great fan of the department of Vaucluse. But not the Lubéron area which has become so overrun with tourists in the last few years – partly as a result of Peter Mayle and his books.  I particularly love the gorgeous and picturesque area around the Dentelles de Montmirail – and the various RhôneContinue reading “Rhone Villages and the Dentelles de Montmirail”

Cassis and the Calanques

The Calanques in between Cassis and Marseille take my breath away every time I’m in the area. These limestone fjords with their crystal clear, turquoise water and surrounded by Mediterranean pines are simply spectacular.  You can access some of the rocky inlets from the road, but there are numerous boat trips you can take toContinue reading “Cassis and the Calanques”

Bormes les Mimosas

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”

Road Trip to Le Gard

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”

St Remy de Provence

St Remy is definitely one of my favourite places in Provence, if not my number one destination. The town is pretty and picturesque, and the old Gallo-Roman interior is circled by the remnants of the circular 14th-century wall and the protective circle of buildings. The centre has very attractive squares, ancient fountains, medieval buildings andContinue reading “St Remy de Provence”

Les Baux de Provence

It’s one of the most iconic places in Provence but, even despite the large numbers of tourists, Les Baux de Provence deserves a place on any Provence touring itinerary. Between the cities of Arles and Avignon and close to St Remy, Les Baux is very centrally located. Make sure you get there early because byContinue reading “Les Baux de Provence”

Arles

Arles is a great place to visit if you’re travelling around Provence. Rich in history, Arles is home to numerous ancient Roman monuments listed by UNESCO as world heritage sites. Its famous bullrings, known as Les Arènes, were built in the 1st century as the principal site of the Roman games, and are today homeContinue reading “Arles”