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”
There are hilltop villages (or villages perchés as the French call them) all around Provence and behind the Côte d’Azur. From the numerous villages in the Lubéron (the most famous perhaps being Gordes and Roussillon) to the medieval villages to be found in the hills of the Alpes Maritimes such as St Paul de VenceContinue reading “Hilltop Villages of Provence”
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”