There are some places on God's earth that have a unique quality, and Provence must surely be one of them with a civilized yet unspoiled atmosphere about it. It is a place where the countryside is beautiful, with a changing landscape from the mountainous Alps Maritime region, across the rolling hills and garrigue plains down to the sea, with many picture postcard towns nestling in the sides of the hills along the way. The coastal region is rugged in some areas but has wonderful seaside resorts too, like Nice and Cannes. The jet-set may have largely forsaken the south of France for more exotic locations in the Caribbean but this does not take away from the continuing charm of a region that has much to offer the holidaymaker without having to rub shoulders with thousands of others.
If you want to savour the delights of Provence, hotels are not cheap, but luxury villas in Provence represent good value, especially if there’s a group of you, and they are in great locations and well appointed.
The typical landscape of Provence is open scrubland over limestone and the climate is Mediterranean, hot and dry during the summer months. There is plenty of sunshine and rainfall is infrequent, although there can be quite a bit during September. The winds are a feature during the winter although temperatures are still fairly mild. (more...)