Noisy restless Marseille and quiet small towns of wonderful beauty, historical and cultural monuments, sea and splendid vine-yards, aromatic lavender fields and lemon and orange groves, ancient history and modern resorts, most delicious healthy cuisine which combines northern and southern traditions – here is the shortest description of Provence…
Situated in south-eastern France, the region of Provence – the Alpes – Cote d’Azur is administratively divided into the following departments: Vaucluse, Bouches du Rhone and Haute Alpes, and also Alpes de Haute Provence, Var, and Maritime Alpes.
Cities in Provence
Since olden times these lands were favored by ancient Greeks and Romans, the Visigoths and Saracens, whose raids the local people had to suffer through. That is why the people of Provence built their towns and villages mostly in ‘upper’ areas, on rocks, to create additional difficulties for the enemies. Provence became the French territory only in late XV century.
The most favorable climate (and the highest life standard) is in Cote d’Azur, that is why many people would like to live precisely here!
Among the owners of villas and summer cottages in Cannes, St. Tropez and St. Raphael there are sun-tanned former film-stars, various celebrities and their fans, who spend their days on the beaches, in cafes and casinos… There is probably no other place in the world with such a number of sport cars and yachts ‘per capita’… Deeper into Provence there are areas, where the people are not so spoilt by life pleasures and, hence, not so demanding.
However, whatever the area you might visit, you are sure to remember (beside beautiful nature) the bright traditions of Provence!
Colourful impressive events, like the Easter fairy show in Arles or the Festival of Melon «Corso Cavaillon», Avignon Festival and the opera holiday «Chorège d'Orange» attract guests here from the whole world. Heaps of impressions and photos ‘to remember by’ are guaranteed!