When staying in Provence villas, gites, châteaux or holiday cottages, you can be sure that you will experience an authentic slice of traditional French life along the Côte d’Azur. Distinctive Mediterranean architecture, sun drenched views across mountains, beaches and villages and of course, you will never be far away from a glass of wine and delicious local cuisine. Provence villas have been the setting for many a novel, film and fantasy, so make your dream come true by booking a villa today.
Gites in Provence
If you fancy experiencing the rustic side of life in France, but with a generous helping of added comfort, we recommend staying in one of the many gites in Provence. These traditional farmhouses are usually looked after by the owner, who will give you a warm welcome, helpful advice and help you with anything you may need during your stay. As an iconic self catering getaway, Gites in Provence are incredibly popular with families and groups of friends, offering plenty of space and a whole host of amenities.
Self Catering Provence
Choose self catering in Provence - it is the perfect place for picking up amazing fresh market produce so you can cook up some fantastic local dishes to serve with locally sourced wine – for a taste you are only likely to find at a top restaurant! Many visitors choose self catering in Provence simply to be able to kick back, relax and choose to take their holiday at their own pace. If you like to be able to set your own agenda, self catering in one of the many holiday apartments in the area will be the perfect opportunity to have a holiday at your own pace with family, friends and loved ones,
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Provence - Alpes - Cote d'Azur
When you hear the words ‘the south of France’, you may well immediately think of shining white yachts, the blue Mediterranean, palm trees and some of the richest people in the world. Such sights do exist in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, but there is great deal more to the area than that! Whether you’ve been to this sun-warmed and extravagant coast before, or whether it’s your first time here, we think it offers you a great deal – from hazy countryside to history-rich cities. Don’t let the millionaires put you off – there’s a superb choice of places to go and things to do in this region for everyone. Here’s a few to get you started...
Places to go in Provence, Alpes, Côte d'Azur
As the region with the second and fifth largest cities in France – in the form of Marseille and Nice – Alpes-Côte d'Azur offers the city-lover lots to do! But even in these large, bustling cities you’ll find the laid-back lifestyle that’s enjoyed across the south of France. The love of the good life can be found in every town and city here: Aix en Provence with its Roman springs, Cannes with its world-famous film festival, Avignon and its medieval ramparts – these are just some of the many places to visit. It’s likely that you’ll spend a good deal of your time exploring these sun-drenched resorts, but don’t forget this region also includes the very pretty Provence – an area that has attracted as many Brits as coastal destinations have. We think you should make time to experience both!
Our Top Picks in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
We want you to enjoy the best that Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur has to offer and so here's a selection of our favourite things to see and do;
Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild
It’s hard not to notice all the rich folks along this coast – the kind of people who wouldn’t look out of place in the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, built by Baroness Béatrice de Rothschild, a member of an extremely well-off banker family in the early 20th Century. Luckily for us, this Baroness had as much taste as she had money, which can be enjoyed in the form of fine antique furniture, Old Master paintings, sculptures and objets d’art, which lie around the stunning rose coloured villa that overlooks the glittering Mediterranean. The villa is surrounded by nine beautifully-designed and maintained gardens which, if the sun is out, are likely to demand the majority of your time – a great day out!
Castle Hill (Colline du Chateau)
If you’re in Nice, the Colline du Chateau is a must- see, as it gives you one of the best views of the city. For those who like a walk, the 5km trip along the Baie des Anges offers a gentle challenge, and gives you some quality time to enjoy this pretty and lively strip of coast. Once at the top, you can enjoy superb views of both private and public beaches on one side, and the bustling Port of Nice on the other. We think it’s best to go in the morning or the evening, thereby side-stepping the midday heat and also getting some dramatic light for your photos. Few sights are better than the sun shining over Nice at these magical moments of the day!
Cannes and its International Film Festival
While being in town for the world’s most famous film festival might be a challenge due to its popularity and its cost, if you can sample just one day of it, we think it’s worth it. There is a real buzz at this time of year (usually May), when the population of the town grows a great deal – and many of the newcomers are of course international film stars! Even if you don’t manage to make the festival itself, the resort town of Cannes gives you a real taste of what the French Riviera actually is: a mix of five star hotels, restaurants, shops and fantastic sandy beaches – all built with one aim in mind – having fun! Even if you don’t have your own yacht moored in the marina, Cannes is worth at least a day of your holiday time.
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