Taking a Trip to Provence


Provence is a region in the South of France that stretches from the left bank of the lower Rhone River to the west of the Italian border on the east. So beautiful is the region, it was the first province the Romans made their own beyond the Alps. Still a popular tourist destination to this day, here’s what to see and where to go while you’re there.

Must See Attractions

Perhaps the best place to see the remains of the once Roman province is the city of Nimes. The Romans built amphitheatres across the region but the Arena of Nimes is particularly well-preserved example, and use to be home to crowds of 20,0000 chanting for their favourite gladiator or charioteer.

Trip to Provence

Trip to Provence

If you’re looking to top on your tan for the summer, the white sandy beaches of the Cote d’Azur, also known as the French Riviera, along the Mediterranean sea will be perfect for you. The quintessential example of this is the Pampelonne beach located around 5km south west of the Saint Tropez.

For a relaxing break away, consider stopping off in nearby Dignes-les-Bains, once a favourite of Napoleon and now a popular shopping destination for tourists. What makes Digne really stand out, though, is the wild fields of lavender that cover the mountains and plains surrounding it and the hot springs that have been used since antiquity. Just 2km from the center of Dignes, the hot springs bubble at 42°C and locals legends talk of their ability to heal respiratory problems and rheumatism

Local Gastronomy

A trip to Provence will provide you with much more than a pretty postcard though, as the region is home to some of the finest restaurants and food markets in France. The proximity to the Mediterranean Sea brings a love of seafood and colourful spices not typically seen in traditional French cuisine. Take a stroll through the stalls of the famous Sanary-sur-Mer and sample the staple dish of bouillabaisse, which started life as a humble fisherman’s stew made from the leftovers of the day’s catch. Now bouillabaisse is a part of the fine-dining experience, with langoustines often replacing the traditional sea urchins or muscles that made the dish. For the best in gastronomy, make the trip from Provence to Marseille to visit the esteemed Le Petit Nice-Passedat, which has three Michelin stars and specialises in bringing out the best flavours of the local seafood.

 

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