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Explore the Most Beautiful Sights of Provence

Where to find the most beautiful places in Provence

With the Mediterranean on one side and the stunning landscapes on the other, Provence is a place you can enjoy with all of your senses. The scent of the sea, olive oil and lavender fields will stimulate your sense of smell. Your taste buds will get a real treat enjoying the local wines, pastries, specialties and other delicious food. Whether you like to listen to the French language or the stories about the historical events, Provence will offer that to you. Gorgeous beauty of Provence is something that attracted Van Gogh, Cezanne and many more. So, there’s a good chance Provence will have something for you, too. Here are the most beautiful places that you need to experience on your own.

The Unbelievable Valensole Plateau

Valensole Plateau lavenders
Beautiful lavender fields are found in Provence's Valensole Plateau

While this is not the only place in France where lavender grows, it is definitely among the most memorable ones. There are vast fields of lavender and the hilly and wavy terrain gives them a breathtaking appearance. The fields of lavender curve their way for as far as you can see. The scent that fills the air is just lovely. It is used to make the oils that are said to have soothing effects. It is best to visit Valensole in July or August and visit the La fete de la lavande in Valensole Festival.

The Art and History of Arles

La Taverne Du Forum
Cafe and restaurant La Teverne Du Forum in town of Arles, Provence

The amazing and eventful history of Arles begins even before the ancient Rome. It used to be the capital of the entire area during those times and it has an old amphitheatre to show for it. It is still in the use today, as there are shows, festivals and many other events held there. A bit later, Van Gogh found his inspiration in Arles. In his honour, the Foundation Vincent Van Gogh was founded there and it supports contemporary artists.

Markets at Isle sur la Sorgue

Isle sur la Sorgue
Located 25 km east of Avignon, colourful Isle sur la Sorgue is a must-see in Provence

The city itself is very specific as the river Sorgue surrounds it and a couple of canals run through its centre. The city also has a pond and is famous for its many water wheels along the river. It is truly a beautiful sight. However, the most vibrant and the most interesting events are the markets. The internationally renowned antiques market is what has put this place on the map of the most exciting marketplaces in France.

The Stunning Verdon Gorge

Verdon Gorge in Provence
Gorges du Verdon is considered one of the most stunning river canyons in Europe

A lot of people think that the gorge of the river Verdon is among the most beautiful sights in Europe. It consists of twenty-five kilometres of breath-taking turquoise waters that everyone can enjoy. You have a chance to take a boat trip, or even more interestingly, to kayak through the entire gorge.

The Medieval Avignon

Avignon's Palace of the Popes
Dating back to Roman times, the Palace of the Popes was home to seven successive popes
in the 14th century.

Once you pass the great gates of Avignon, you will realize that you are at a very special place. The Papal Palace and the Petit Palais, where the cardinals used to live, are all stunning evidence of the rich history of the Avignon. In order to experience Avignon from a different perspective, you should definitely ride the boat along the Rhone as a part of one of excellent cruises in France. That way, you will see the remnants of the famous Pont d’Avignon.

The Tranquil and Charming Cotignac

Stone house in Cotignac
Stone houses with character feature in the picturesque Cotignac village

A great rock with a wonderful waterfall is in the background of the lovely Cotignac. Stone houses from the 16th century are all over the town centre. The town is immersed into the natural backgrounds and the charming cafes and restaurants are a touch of the modern days. Cotignac will sweep you off your feet with its amazing and unique charm.

Once you have taken your tour around Provence, make the romantic Cassis at sea your last stop. This is a perfect, little town on the coast that will allow you to sip some local wine, enjoy the romantic sunsets and recall the memories about your trip through the gorgeous Provence. 

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Nicole is an avid traveler passionate about yoga and healthy living. She always seeks new adventures and enjoys sharing her experiences with others. You can find her on Twitter and FB.

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