Why We Love Provence

The Provence region, located in the southwest of France, has long captured the hearts of visitors thanks to its rich cultural heritage, its diverse cuisine and its breathtaking landscapes. These include stunning lavender fields, the Mediterranean Sea, vineyards and orchards galore.

Whether you’re an amateur history buff, a wine connoisseur or simply someone seeking an exotic getaway close to home, you’ll soon fall in love with Provence. In our latest 'Adventuring with Breton Shirt' blog post, we share some reasons why we love the French hotspot...

The Landscapes

Provence is paradise on Earth for nature lovers. Everywhere you turn is a feast for the eyes, from the sprawling vineyards and the farmland stretching as far as the eye can see, to the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea and the famous lavender fields in full, glorious bloom.

You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to exploring the landscapes Provence has to offer. If you want to step back from the greenery, then wander through the Ochres of the Luberon, a colourful rocky landscape that will appeal to geology enthusiasts, or hike the glaciers at the Pré de Madame Carle.

The Coastline

With the Mediterranean Sea making up part of Provence’s borders, you can expect a gorgeous coastline experience here. Along this seashore you’ll find plenty of beautiful sandy beaches, tucked-away coves and water so clear you have to see it to believe it.

Whether you want to sunbathe on the sand, dive along an underwater trail or even watch some rounds of marine jousting, there’s plenty to do along the Provençal coastline.

The Cuisine

Prepare to go on a gastronomical adventure in Provence, whose range of exquisite flavours and familial Mediterranean vibes will win you over. Expect a flavourful combination of herbs and olive oil, with an emphasis on simplicity and preserving the taste and texture of the fresh local ingredients.

Traditional Provençal dishes include ratatouille and bouillabaisse, as well as seasonal favourites such as daube (beef or lamb stew typically enjoyed in the winter) and soupe au pistou (a soup jam-packed with wholesome summer produce). Wash it all down with aromatic local rosé wine.

The Hilltop Villages

Provence boasts many picturesque hilltop villages, each with its own unique local charm. These ‘perched’ villages, or villages perché, are often situated in a historically significant defensive position atop a rocky crag, so these villages are a must-see if you fancy yourself a history lover.

Perched villages like stony Gordes and colourful Roussillon, both part of the mountainous Luberon region of Provence, offer a sweeping view of the surrounding countryside, as well as narrow, winding streets and charming stone buildings to lose yourself in.

The Arts

Last but certainly not least, the rich artistic heritage in Provence will have you captivated. The region’s natural beauty has inspired many artists throughout history, including Picasso, Cézanne and Van Gogh. Not only that, but there are countless art museums and galleries throughout Provence for you to enjoy.

There are other forms of art alive and thriving in Provence as well, including opera, classical music, film, photography, dance and so much more.

Will you be taking a trip to Provence?

 Until next time...