Sizzling coastlines, cobbled streets and fragrant lavender fields
Provence in southern France has long been recognised for its outstanding landscapes, attracting artists and tourists for centuries.
This unique corner of southern France combines lively coastal cities and quaint, whisper-quiet villages.
You may think of a village clinging to the side of a mountain, a church tower with a wrought-iron campanile where the mistral finds little obstruction, or narrow cobble-stoned lanes. And, finally, when you're marvelling at the rocky inlets of the Mediterranean sea, or relaxing on the beach of Pampelonne, near Saint-Tropez, it's also possible to say, 'I'm in Provence!'
This is a vast region, of contrasts and connections, of snow-topped mountains and delightful sea resorts, of shepherds and yacht captains, of cork oak and palm trees, of a simple beef stew and an elaborate bouillabaisse.
Provence is more than a lush vision that hides its complexity under a veil of simple delights. It is home to the incredible red colours of the Esterel mountains, the taste of tapenade, the scent of rosemary, the cadence of the Provençal accent, and, above all, the mistral, the fierce wind that blows down from the Alps.
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