Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur is a region blessed by the gods, packed with a wealth of natural riches and heritage attractions that visitors can enjoy discovering around every corner!
The Mediterranean Sea, synonymous with sunshine, sweet fragrances and time-old culture is omnipresent in the region and comes in every shape, form and mood: wild in Camargue, authentic in the “Calanques” fjords, untouched on the islands of Lérins, Port-Cros and Porquerolles, trendy in the Côte d’Azur’s coastal resorts, or a hub of port activity in the main towns! Even the inland countryside bathes in this Mediterranean culture that makes our destination so special and seduces every visitor.
Christmas time in Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur offers up a feast of festivities and traditions: Saint Barbara’s « wheat of hope », Saint Lucia’s lanterns, the crib scene decorated with « Santon » clay gurines, culinary rituals such as the « Gros Souper » meal and thirteen desserts on Christmas Eve, the « Pastrage » shepherds’ procession, « Pastorale » nativity play and, nally, the Epiphany and Candlemas… We hope you enjoy this detailed look at Christmas in Provence!
Christmas traditions in Provence
Provence-Alps-Cote d’Azur – a region blessed by the gods!
This Top is our selection of “must do” sights to help you experience our region to the full! We are happy to share them with you, so you can go on to create your own story in Provence- Alps-Cote d’Azur. We look forward to meeting you!
What better way to start your trip than with a tour of our emblematic towns, each with its own, totally unique personality…
MARSEILLE France’s oldest town – is a lively, cosmopolitan and typically Mediterranean city. From the Old Port to the heart of the city, and the ancient Panier quarter to the magnificent Corniche coast road, Marseille offers all the right ingredients for a colourful travel experience! Pay a visit to the Parc National des Calanques, bringing nature to the heart of the city.
Neighbouring AIX-EN-PROVENCE, lined with charming, Renaissance mansion houses, is completely different. This is a great place for casual strolling in the footsteps of Cezanne, who was born in the town and gleaned his inspiration from it.
The Roman city of ARLES has a fiery spirit all of its own, largely inspired by nearby Camargue! Its Roman heritage is absolutely remarkable. Formerly referred to as “Little Rome”, Arles has inspired such illustrious artists as Van Gogh, Picasso and Gauguin! Today, its international photo festival welcomes the world’s top photographers.
AVIGNON, the City of the Popes, is instilled with the genteel lifestyle of Provence. Its Popes’ Palace is the venue for the famous Avignon Theatre Festival held every year. The town features in the chorus of the famous nursery rhyme “Sur Le Pont d’Avignon”, a melody that can be heard around the world!
A meeting place for the international jet set in summer, SAINT-TROPEZ bathes in the quiet atmosphere of a little fishing port outside peak season, offering delightful little shaded squares, typical boules games, lively café terraces and picturesque sandy beaches!
Just a few kilometres away from the hustle and bustle of Saint-Tropez luscious vineyards are cultivated producing the WINES OF PROVENCE and – of course – our famous Rosé wines, perfect served chilled in the shade of a pretty bower! A little further North towards VAUCLUSE you will come to the Côtes du Rhône (red and white wines), home to Châteauneuf du Pape. You can best discover these wonderful wines by touring the local vineyards and cooperative wine cellars at the heart of a magical landscape!
The wines of Provence and The Rhône
It is an unforgettable experience to see the blue lavender stretching as far as the eye can see. It flowers from June to August in the Haute-Provence and in the Southern Alps.
Along the Lavender Route
From Mont-Ventoux to The Luberon
The ochre quarries of Roussillon, magnificent village of Gordes and Mont Ventoux are just some of the unforgettable sights you will find here. Peter Mayle brought this area of Provence to fame with his best-selling books!
The Luberon Regional Nature Reserve is committed to preserving the gifts of nature, so that everyone can continue to enjoy them to the full.
Discover the Luberon
THE VERDON GRAND CANYON…, SIMPLY STUNNING!
The Verdon is a protected area too, home to the world-famed Verdon Grand Canyon. This geological phenomenon, characterized by its turquoise waters and surprisingly deep cliffs is not to be missed. The magic of the area is best explored through the array of outdoor sports available here, from hiking, cycling and mountain-biking to white water sports, canyoning, climbing or paragliding…You can best experience the Canyon by exploring it on foot or in a kayak!
Explore The Verdon Grand Canyon
So it is our pleasure to invite you to experience the magical encounters, history, culinary pleasures, sporting challenges and many other wonders the Provence-Alps-Cote d’Azur region has to offer!