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.

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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

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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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