7 Days in Provence

26th April, 2017
Renowned for its purple lavender fields, olive groves and empty sun-swept corridors between picturesque buildings, Provence is a region full of romance which rewards its travellers with its breath-taking vista, delicious cuisine and small-town tranquility. We believe this is why it has become such a popular destination for those looking for a true taste of France. Because there is so much to see and do throughout Provence, we have created this 7-day itinerary list for those of you who are heading there this year and staying in one of our luxury villas in Provence

Day 1: Arrival  

The first day of any holiday is spent getting to know your villa and unpacking your belongings, and depending on what time you arrive, you may want to explore the local area and get acquainted with any local amenities. Pick up the essentials (including a bottle of champagne) and really take in your surroundings. After you have taken some pictures and headed back to your villa either prepare for dinner or get dressed up and visit a local restaurant for an evening filled with delicious food and glorious wine. 

Day 2: The Palais des Papes (Pope's Palace) in Avignon 



The Palace of the Popes which is located in Avignon stands high above the town and is a wonderful mass of towers and high walls, coloured in a deep orange and glow in the Mediterranean sun. Once the heart of Christendom, Avignon is elevated to the top position by Pope Clement V who moved the Papacy here in 1309 at the invitation of the French King.

The town itself is incredibly captivating and is great for a day of exploring, especially with an abundance of restaurants and waterside cafes. 

Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a medieval village which is home to the renowned Château des Papes. Built in 1317, it looks out over the rolling hillsides and lavender fields. However, the village’s main claim to fame is the wine which shares the same name. We recommend visiting the Brottle Wine Museum where you can learn about the Rhone valley. Its wines and the winegrowing profession, and of course having a fun and free tasting session.

Day 3: The Roman City of Nimes  



Nimes is located on the border of Provence and Languedoc-Roussillon, and is a Roman city and still has some impressive remains. Start your day at the beautifully preserved Les Arenes, the first-century Roman arena. Two storeys of tiered seats housed up to a crowd of 20,000 who came to watch the gladiator’s fight and chariots race. Whilst in Nimes we suggest also seeing the Maison Carrée, which is a temple built in the 5th century and is subsequently used by Napoleon as a model for the Madeleine church in Paris.

Day 4: The Perched Village of Gordes



This perched village are one of the most enduring sights of Provence. Located high on a rocky crag, it looks out over the surrounding countryside. Originally built around the local medieval castle, the village once defended a valley or hill from the enemy. They have defensive walls and often just one entrance or gateway. There are a number of these ‘perched villages’ throughout Provence. We suggest hiring a car and exploring the rest of the Luberon and stopping off in Pertuis for a bite to eat.

Day 5: The Mercantour National Park and the Vallee des Merveilles



This huge mountain park is in the east near the Italian border, and is one of France’s greatest wildlife habitats, with chamois, ibex, golden eagles and birds of prey, hoopoes, ptarmigan and many more species. One of the best walks through this park is the Valley of Marvels, which has some extraordinary rock engravings from the Bronze Age. We suggest having guided tour by an experienced guide to make the most of your experience. 

Day 6: Lake of Sainte-Croix



This spectacular manmade lake is the largest of the Verdon lakes. The emerald-green water of the stunning stretch of water is edged with a relaxing beach which is great for swimming and other water activities like windsurfing, canoeing and kayaking, catamaraning, and pedalo boating.

This is the perfect way to end your last days holiday, by simply relaxing in the sun. If you are looking for a bite to eat, head to Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon as there are plenty of places to eat.

Day 7: Departure day 

On your day of departure, make sure you pack up all your belongings and then spend the rest of the time you have left enjoying your lovely villa.

Provence is a large region in France, and there is plenty to see and do. Just use our itinerary as a little bit of inspiration, and let us know how you get on! 

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