Provence Travel Guide

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Plan Your Provence Vacation

As you approach Provence there's a magical moment when you finally leave the north behind: cypresses and red-tile roofs appear; you hear the screech of cicadas and breathe the scent of wild thyme and lavender. Along the highway, oleanders bloom against a backdrop of austere, sun-filled landscapes, the very same that inspired the Postimpressionists. Yes, you have entered Provence, a totally enchanting place where café-sitting, people-watching, and boutique shopping are a way of life.

Hotels

Provence Hotels

Accommodations in Provence range from luxurious villas to elegantly converted mas to modest city-center hotels. Reservations are essential for much of the...read more

Restaurants

Provence Restaurants

You'll eat late in the south, rarely before 1 for lunch, usually after 9 for dinner. In summer, shops and museums may shut down, after their am hours, from...read more

Things To Do

Things To Do in Provence

Explore the best sights, entertainment, and shopping with our top choices and insider tips.

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Provence Experiences

  • Top Reasons to Go to Provence

    See Vincent Van Gogh's Arles: Ever since the fiery Dutchman immortalized Arles in all its chromatic drama, this town has had a starring role in... Read more

  • Provence's Markets

    Provence is market heaven. There are all kinds—foodie, collectibles, antiques, clothing—and there is a (often famous) street market in every... Read more

  • In the Footsteps of Van Gogh

    It was the light that drew Vincent van Gogh to Arles. For a man raised under the gray skies of the Netherlands and the gaslight pall of Paris... Read more

  • Treasure Hunting

    On a Sunday morning in the middle of the high season, l'Isle sur la Sorgue is assuredly the busiest place in France. Idle tourists fill the cafés... Read more

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