Provence Cote d Azur
04 Alpes de Haute Provence
Nice (Capital), Marseille, Arles, Avignon, Toulon, St Tropez, Cannes.
Rivers: Rhône, Durance, Var.
Ever since Peter Mayle's "A Year in Provence" (click here to watch) made it into the international best-sellers list, Provence, the south-eastern region of continental France, has held a special fascination for travellers from all over the world. But to suggest
that Peter Mayle somehow "discovered" or even "rediscovered" Provence and put it back on the map, would be a serious overestimation of this book. The book and TV series that followed merely
portrayed, in a whimsical fashion, the life of a French village that could in many respects have been located in virtually any region of France. As for Provence, it has always been very firmly on the
map. Still a very good read as some of his other books, ie. “A Good Year” adapted to the film by the same name starring Russell Crowe, “Toujours Provence”, “Encore Provence”, “Bon Appetit”, “Provence
While some of the emblematic icons of Provence - the lavender fields or the Mont Saint Vincent so often painted by Céz Anne - are or seem specifically attached to this region, others including the olive trees, the dry rocky coastline with its scented stunted pine trees, the evening air filled with the chi-chi-chi of a thousand crickets, and even the villages and vineyards, are actually features that characterise large stretches of the Mediterranean coast and its hinterland, in both France and other countries.
So what is it that distinguishes Provence from the rest, and gives it that special stature that it seems to have not just for foreigners, but even for many of the French themselves?
Provence: territory and economy
Covering all the areas that are included within the region based on Marseilles, plus the area just to the west of the Rhone that is
historically and culturally attached to Provence.
Provence is part of the "Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur" region, stretching from the Italian Border to the Rhone. It is the third most important region in France and one of the top twenty regions of the European Union. The regional capital is Marseille and is France's second city and an important port. This is the most important tourist region in France.
The population is concentrated largely on the coastal strip and in the Rhone valley. Away from these, into the hills and the mountains of Provence, there are no big cities, and even small towns are few and far between. The largest cities in this region are Marseilles, Nice, Toulon and Avignon.
Language and Culture
Foreign visitors who learned French at school may find the language of Provence difficult to understand, many people here speak French with a strong regional accent, a reminder that the traditional language of a large part of this region is not French at all, but Provençal, a south-European language resembling Catalan or Spanish more closely than it resembles the French spoken in Paris or the north of the country. In many towns and cities, street names and other signs are written in both French and Provençal.
In the east of the region, towards Nice and the Italian border, local dialects and culture are much closer to Italian.
Overall, the cultural heritage of this region is profoundly Mediterranean.
There have been many great French writers and artists come from or lived in Provence, Frederic Mistral is to Provence what Robert Burns is to Scotland, an iconic national poet who wrote in the local language, in this case, Provençal. Other emblematic Provencal writers include the 19th century heavyweight Alphonse Daudet, author of the classic "Lettres de mon Moulin", Marcel Pagnol, and the twentieth century novelist Jean Giono, whose works portray rural life in Provençal Alps. Since the 19th century, many artists have chosen to live in Provence, on account of the light, but Paul Cézanne, one of the greatest of the Impressionists, was actually a native of Aix en Provence.
Villa St Roch: with private POOL in its own grounds. A pool alarm is fitted in compliance with legal requirements.
Our Provençal style villa sits on a hillside facing south east with a magnificient VIEW over the unspoiled mediaeval village of Montferrat. It has a stone barbecue. The villa is well kept and comfortably furnished.
Villa Saint Roch: The villa is suitable for 2 families and is just a SHORT walk from the village.
Villa Saint Roch 2: The spacious open beamed Lounge with dining area includes.
Villa Saint Roch 3: A mezzanine gallery leads to the Master Bedroom with antique furniture.
Villa Saint Roch 4: There is a post office, 3 bars, 4 restaurants and a bakery where the bread is baked in a wood fired oven.
Village House: The house dates back centuries and is in Rue du Pont.
The Apartment: It is a completely self contained upper level with a double sofa bed in a large lounge with big volumes.
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Heart of Provence Holidays: our vacation rental properties, range from small comfortable studios for 2, to large country houses for 10+ people. We look after holiday homes in the villages of Cairanne, Mirabel aux Baronnies, Vaison la Romaine and Entrechaux. Our holiday lets are north of Avignon in the Rhone valley an easy drive from the airports of Nimes and Marseille and the TGV stations at Avignon and Orange.
There are so many places of interest to visit in this part of Provence, the Vaucluse, all easily to get to from the self catering holiday homes we have on offer. Provence is probably one of the most attractive and interesting areas of France. An ideal place to spend time enjoying the local life and culture, fantastic French cuisine and relaxing in the spectacular scenery of the area. Each village boasts breathtaking views and the weather is usually warm and sunny. (This area gets 300 days of sunshine a year!)
Le Vallon - Studio apartment with its own large terrace.
La Maison d'Emma Beautiful house on the ramparts of the old village.
Bello Visto - a large comfortably furnished holiday home.
Le Mas de Clara is within walking distance of the village.
La Villa Beorchia
in Mirabel aux Baronnies - two houses for the price of one!
The Aramon apartment is in a small residence set in the vineyards that surround Sablet.
Villa Grainger is near the village of Villedieu.
La Mangarelle Sud is in the countryside near the village of St. Paulet de Caisson and Pont St.
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Villa Vence: Exclusive 360 m² Villa for 14 people with sea view, swimming pol and garden.
To find a holiday home in unspoilt northwest Provence. Please explore our web site - we hope it will entice you to visit this beautiful.
Check out our Accommodation page to see the village houses, countryside villas and self-catering apartments that we have available. We look after properties in the villages of Cairanne, Mirabel aux Baronnies, Vaison la Romaine and Entrechaux just north of Avignon in the Rhone valley.
Well appointed 2½-floor split-level villa - 360 m2.
Living room with open fireplace, panorama windows and outstanding view.
Dining room/konferenceroom for 14 people.
Well equipped kitchen.
Two suites with four-poster beds and sofa groups.
Three large bedrooms, two with four-poster beds.
Two small bedrooms, one with four-poster bed.
Basement with billard, table soccer, corner bar and fridge.
Terrace off living room with wicker furniture and electric awning.
Terrace off hall with glass-topped dining table, 12 chairs and electric awning.
Pool area with sun-loungers and garden furniture.
2000 m² illuminated garden with illuminated swimming pool.
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