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PROVENCE &THE FRENCH RIVIERA

Provence and the French Riviera

Nice, the capital of the Côte D’Azur is defined by its curved bay and the Promenade des Anglais which create a stunning seaside location with a vibrant street life. When you finish in Nice, you’ll leave the Mediterranean shores and head inland to a region that oozes seduction. Not only is this region drenched in sunshine 300 days of the year, its landscape is diverse and its pretty wee hilltop villages so enticing, you will simply want to explore more.



OUR FAVOURITE PLACES TO EXPLORE IN PROVENCE & THE FRENCH RIVIERA



 
Nice


Nice is a hub of year-round liveliness. The mainly pedestrianised centre is easily walkable, with busy French bistros spilling from its lanes.

 

Millau Viaduct
Millau Viaduct

At 270 metres tall, this is the world’s tallest suspension bridge, straddling the River Tarn. Visit the nearby underground caves where Roquefort Cheese is produced.

St Remy de Provence
St-Remy-de-Provence

Explore this trendy village. Wednesday is market day and is renowned for its authentic ranges of colourful linens. Stroll along the boulevards under the shade of centuries old plane trees this trendy village in the heart of Provence. Wander around the narrow little streets to discover attractive boutiques, art galleries and cute squares. Wednesday is market day and is renowned for its authentic ranges of colourful linens.

Biot
Biot
Is a picturesque hill town above the French Riviera midway between Cannes and Nice. It is also renowned for its amazing glass works, crafting clear or coloured pieces.

 

Aix-en-Provence
Aix-en-Provence
Grab a pamphlet from the Tourist Office and follow the tiled trail of Cézanne through the town. Impossible to get lost but very easy to get side tracked. Discover the pedestrian streets of the old town of Aix, home to Cézanne, and enjoy coffee along the tree-lined Cours Mirabeau

 

 
The Luberon Landscape
The Luberon landscape

Marvel at the ochre clad countryside, the vineyards and cherry orchards dotting the hillsides, the terraced fields and the shady squares in the town centres. Lavender Fields are breath-taking colours of mauve, lilac and provincial blue. They are at their best from mid-June until August. On the outskirts of Gordes, visit the historic Abbey de Senanque, set on a steep hill so be prepared for walking. Wine Lovers be sure to sample the renowned wines of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape and maybe even see the amazing grapevines that are so old, knotted and twisted.

Saint Paul de Vence
St-Paul-de-Vence

Discover this charming town, visiting the antique shops and art galleries, all housed in 16th and 17th century buildings along cobbled pedestrianised lanes. Chapelle du Rosaire, Saint-Paul-de-Vence – An artistic delight, this is the Matisse Chapel that was designed inside and out by Matisse in the years following the end of the WWII. It’s small yet perfectly formed.

Gourdon
Gourdon

Off the beaten track this a magical village is perched at an altitude of 760 metres on the edge of a rocky spur above the Loup River. Explore the Provençal boutiques, the art galleries and superb restaurants.

Avignon
Avignon

Explore the Pont d’Avignon and the old town. It’s small and compact with ancient ramparts surrounding the historical town and the magnificent Papal Palace.

 



PROVENCE & THE FRENCH RIVIERA ACCOMMODATION



Here's a taste of some of our favourite hotels and apartment-hotels in Provence and the French Riviera 
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Hotel Les Bastides St Paul
HOTEL LES BASTIDES ST PAUL, SAINT-PAUL-DE-VENCE
★★★
This romantic hotel is a 10-minute drive to Chateau Grimaldi and Renoir Museum. There is a pool is cool off in and lovely views from the terrace and a garden, the rooms are air-conditioned and spacious. You are only 10km from Nice airport and there is free parking.
Aquabella
AQUABELLA HOTEL, AIX-EN-PROVENCE
★★★★
You’re at the foot of Aix’s fortifications and within 10 minutes you can be wandering the pedestrian streets of the old town. Aix was home to Cezanne so if you have time, grab a pamphlet from the tourist office and follow in his footsteps. There are tiles marking the way so it is impossible to get lost, but very easy to get side tracked.
Gran Hotel Henri Provence
GRAN HOTEL HENRI, L'ISLE-SUR-LA-SORGUE
★★★★
Pamper yourself with an on-site massage, take in the view from a terrace and enjoy a meal at Le Petit Henri. Situated in L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue you are 30km from Avignon.
Mercure Point D'Avignon
MERCURE PONT D'AVIGNON, AVIGNON
★★★★
Centrally located in Avignon, steps from Pont d'Avignon and the Palais des Papes and 4 minutes by foot from Pont Saint-Bénézet, take in the views from a terrace and wrap up your day with a drink at the bar. Rooms are furnished in a modern style with a provencal touch.



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