Visit Beautiful Provence
Located in Southeastern France, Provence is a perfect destination for your next family trip. Bordering the Mediterranean and Italy, this region has a great deal to offer in terms of beautiful landscapes and rich history.
Saint-Rémy-de-Provence is a great destination for the entire family. This picturesque village is where Vincent van Gogh painted The Starry Night, and was also where Nostradamus was born. Kids will love the carousel in the center of town.
For a taste of ancient history, visit nearby Glanum and take in the Roman ruins.
While in Provence, visit Marseilles, a port city with a variety of activities for all ages. Take a train ride through the historic Old Town and visit the Notre Dame de le Garde overlooking the city. Don't forget to visit the Chateau d’If. This former fortress and prison is where the hero of The Count of Monte Cristo was wrongly imprisoned. On the way to visit this location you will take a boat ride past numerous local landmarks.
If you're visiting between June and August, visit Senanque Abbey, near the village of Gordes. This is a Cistercian abbey built in the 1100s and known for its beautiful fields of lavender, maintained by the local monks. Be sure to tour the abbey itself while you're there, and learn about the monks' way of life. With the fields of flowers and view of the beautiful countryside, this is an ideal place for a picnic. Find out why this is one of the top tourist destinations in Provence.
Located right in the heart of Provence is Parc Zoologique de la Barben. Here you will find a wide variety of animals including elephants, giraffes, antelopes, monkeys and tigers. The enclosures are large and well-designed to make it easy to view the animals. With 130 different species on view, a train ride through the zoo, and a pleasant setting, this is the perfect place to spend an afternoon with the whole family.
In southeastern Provence along the Rhone river, Avignon is a great destination if you're interested in history and architecture. The seat of the Catholic popes in the 1300s, the Palais de Papes is a must-visit. An incredible example of medieval architecture, this is UNESCO Heritage Site is well worth a tour. In the nearby the Musée du Petit Palais visitors can admire a collection of Renaissance paintings from the Avignon area and Italy.
If you're staying in Provence, don't hesitate to take a day trip and visit the beach. While Saint-Tropez is a world-famous beach with many beach-bars and restaurants, you'll find many other quieter destinations off the beaten path perfect for snorkeling, kiting, or just relaxing. Bandol is a seaside village which is ideal for children thanks to plenty of shallow water.
A holiday home in Provence is the ideal way to enjoy this beautiful and diverse region of France, giving you a place to unwind at the end of the day and plan your next adventure.