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.


Provence Hotels

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


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, more

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Provence Experiences

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  • In the Footsteps of Van Gogh

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  • Treasure Hunting

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