Seemingly created for a Hollywood romance blockbuster, the iconic fields of waving lavender and rolling vineyard-covered hills of Provence, France paint the perfect scene for your next escape. Filled with quaint towns that seem to call back to a simpler time, world-renowned vineyards, and historic sites that mingle along with modern attractions, Provence is an ideal destination for everyone from wine aficionados, art lovers, and sun-soaked vacationers.
Boasting an energy that seems to weave a tapestry of romance and excitement through the cobblestone streets, rustic countryside, and postcard-perfect beaches, Provence is a destination that can be experienced in endless ways. Whether you're traveling with your family to see the museums, or on a special getaway with someone you love to swirl through the vineyards, there are plentiful adventures waiting for you when you stay in one of our Provence vacation rentals.
Stretching along the Mediterranean coast, the southern region of France extends from the east side of the Rhône River to the beautiful border that separates northern Italy and France in the east. From the enchanting city of Marseilles to the once-home of the Pope in Avignon, this culturally-rich region is set in one of the most beautiful areas of the world and has a never-ending list of adventures and attractions to enjoy.
Known throughout the wine world as the home of some of the best rosé-producing vineyards, there's no wrong time to enjoy a glass of wine. Tour through the majestic vineyards and taste directly from the barrels in the carved out caves that have held wine barrels for centuries. Learn from the winemakers about how the soil, climate, and harvesting come together to create a lingering taste of strawberries, light citrus notes, and a style that goes with nearly every dish.
Spend a day on the famous Promenade des Anglais on the beaches of Nice. Wander through the unique shops, and stop off at one of the cafés for a decadent plate of local cheese, freshly baked baguette, and a crisp bottle of white that brings out a palette full of colors and flavors. Afterward, grab a beachside seat and watch the waves slowly roll in as the day slips away before heading back to your vacation rental.
Book your spot on a tour that will take you through the Pope's Palace in Avignon, and learn about the controversial history that split the church in two. The Palais des Papes is filled with intricate stonework, cultural artifacts, and paintings that recall when France was home to the Pope. Make sure you grab a bottle of Chateauneuf-du-Pape and let this rich red blend breathe before indulging.
Take a trip to the charming area of Uchaux and visit the Chateau d'Hugues and experience true hospitality. Walk through the barrel room as you taste through the extensive offerings only to be treated to a delicious meal that pairs seamlessly with the expertly made wines.
Take a full day (or more) to explore the Roman ruins of Orange when you book a tour that will explain the Roman Empire and the magnificent relics they left behind. See the aqueducts that provided fresh water to the far reaches of the Roman Empire and the roads that once connected every distant land to the heart of Rome.
Start your day in Marseille before heading out on a private tour of the towering Les Baux-de-Provence. Perched on the rugged plateau in the Alpilles mountains, this ancient village features the 17th-century Chapel of the White Penitents and Château des Baux. Afterward, you won't want to miss a quick tasting of the local olive oil and taste the region's "liquid gold."
Spend your days strolling along the world-renowned beaches, visiting sites that changed the world, and tasting wines that will make everyone in your group a wine lover. With years of history and a vibrant, smiling culture, our Provence vacation rentals are waiting for you to come discover the charm that has drawn people here for thousands of years.
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