Provence is a region on the Mediterranean coast in southern France, next to the Italian border. The area is very popular with tourist both international and French because of its location and close distance to the French Riviera. The architecture and history of the region is of great interest to many and Aix-en-Provence, Arles and Avignon are regularly visited for such reasons.
Travelling to Provence
The regions local airport (Avignon Airport) deals with domestic and European flights. The closest international airport is around a three hour drive away. Lyon, Marseilles and Nice all have large airports with transfers to Avignon. If train is more in your interest then it’s a three hour travel direct from Paris to Avignon.
Many people who visit this region move around the historic towns rather than staying in one place. Whether you choose to stay in a base or explore the beautiful region there are numerous accommodation options to choose from. All lodgings are rich in Provencal character and beauty. Hotels and guest houses are scattered everywhere so there is a choice for all budgets.
A Brief History
The region was once a Roman Province whose power and roam can be felt whilst visiting the many Roman landmarks around the area. The vast history of the region is largely built on the fact that in the 14th century, it was the one-time seat of the pope. In recent years the region has thrived with prosperity.
France is renowned for its delicious food and broad choice of cuisine from around the world. The food in the Provence region is mouth-watering to say the least. Restaurants, bistros, cafés and bars are located on almost every street, serving fresh food for reasonable prices. If you are interested in trying local food then sample the fresh fish, Provencal basil soup and purée, black olives and anchovies. If the restaurant looks classy it will be and will be a pricey experience. If you are on a tight budget then be sure to read menus first.
Sights and Attractions
The region has three famous historic towns named Avignon, Aix-en-Provence and Arles. These are the main sightseeing areas in Provence and offer amazing views, architecture, burial grounds, excursions and tours that are well worth checking out. The area is close to the French Riviera so the countryside and scenery is very beautiful and appreciated by the thousands of annual visitors.
Shopping in Provence
Provence is well known for its quality fabrics, tablecloths and various household items. All the little towns in the area offer a unique experience to shopping and supply a range of goods. Marseille is the closest city for great shopping where may people venture to.