Provence, in South-eastern France, is said to be home to some of the earliest sites of human habitation in Europe. This probably explains the fame this town has come to enjoy including the fact that it is the inspiration for movies like The Count of Monte Cristo, Love Actually and Mr Beans Holiday to mention just a few. Beautiful Provence has rich landscapes, delightful villages and a fascinating history. Here are the three must-see places in the beautiful Provence.
First, Parc Naturel du Luberon, known for its outstanding natural beauty with majestic villas, vineyards and villages, is a place you must visit in Provence. The North offers the scenery of the Ventoux Mountain and Vaucluse Hills which provide a wonderful wild mountain view. Gourmet restaurants are abundant with the locally produced cheese, fruits, honey and wines.
Activities that are perfect in this area include hiking, biking and drives. The country roads take you by the hand and let you discover the secrets of the region. All year, there will be something waiting for visitors.
Second is the Alpilles which is a small, rocky mountain range whose highest peak is merely 387 meters. Rare species such as Bonelli’s eagles, Egyptian Vultures and Eagle Owls are among the occupants of these peaks. The higher ranges are mostly limestone, rock and scrub whereas the lower ones have rich land with vines, olive groves and pine and oak trees.
Wonderful panoramic views like the Baux Panorama and Caume can be seen on hikes in the region. The scenery in the Alpilles also has rich historic significance being the home of some of the renowned French artists including painter Van Gogh who depicted the area in his paintings.
Lastly, the Cotes du Rhone area of the Dentelles is the ideal place to just lay back and relax. The pretty villages that surround the area have likely markets, exquisite restaurants and fascinating Roman remains.
Towns like the Vaison la Romaine is one home to one of France’s largest historical sites. It is also uniquely divided into two sections-the upper city with the medieval theme still to it and the more modernized town below. The beautiful old city of Avignon also offers some of the most interesting sites with magnificent medieval fortresses to explore.
These three locations are commonly part of any Provence itinerary and will offer the best of the region from deep history to culture, featuring ancient villages and exquisite cuisines.