Flights to Provence, A Beautiful Destination in France
Flights to Provence in France are easy to arrange online with Flights Direct as Provence has many airports; Marseilles and Nice are the main airports, with smaller airports at Toulon-Hyères and Avignon. Nimes airport is just outside Provence.
For visitors arriving in Paris, there are plenty of connecting flights to your destination on Provence from Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports - or the option of hiring a car.
Beautiful Provence Region
Provence in the southeast of France, with its Mediterranean climate, conjures images of abundant sunshine, medieval villages perched around cliffs, lavender meadows stretching out into the distance, ancient olive groves, and historical monuments. It is one of the most beautiful parts of France to visit with mountain regions in the north, down to the beautiful and dramatic coastline of the French Riviera.
Much of the countryside in Provence is protected and are natural reserves. In the heart of Provence is the Verdon Gorge, which boasts an enormous canyon of chalky white limestone, that drops away to a blue-green lake, popular with outdoor enthusiasts. Another well known natural park is Carmargue , famous for wetlands, bulls & white horses. The mountains of St Victoire(resting place of Picasso)and Ventoux (part of the Tour de France cycling route),also lie within protected areas.
Sights in Provence
The Cote d'Azur, or Azure Coast
Stylish Mediterranean seaside resorts come alive during the summer months. Nice, Cannes, and Saint Tropez, are amoung the most famous, with festivals, shopping and visiting super yachts adding to the glitz.
Cities, Towns and Villages in Provence
In northern Provence, at the foot of the Alpilles, the old Gallo-Roman village of St. Rémy is picturesque with renaissance buildings, convents and chapels. Traditional sheep migrating festivals, bull fights, horse fairs, concerts and exhibitions add to the atmosphere.
Aix-en-Provence, the historical capital of Provence, is a stunningly beautiful university town with a long association through history with royalty and nobility. The streets and squares of the old town are full of sights, that are best seen on foot.
One of the 'most beautiful villages of France', is Seguret in the cotes du Rhone wine region. Seguret old town is entered by a cobbled street under an old stone archway, the Porte Reynier. Sited along narrow streets, traditional stone houses, many with ornate doorways with trees that add to the character. Wine cellars and wine tasting are also a feature of the area.
Gordes is another ancient village, also voted one of France's most beautiful villages. White stone houses and buildings built into the mountain, offer spectacular views. Weekly markets, an almond tree festival and a village fete are some of the attractions of this hilltop village
Other popular villages are centred around the the Luberon region,: Oppède-le-Vieux; nearby Ménerbes, strung out along a hilltop; Lacoste, one street town leading to the castle of the Marquis de Sade; Bonnieux, tumbling down the side of a hill. Roussillon, with the ochre mines and orange houses, that are best seen at sunrise.
Roman Ruins in Provence
Provence boasts some of the finest Roman ancient architecture, from the time the Romans were at the height of power. Amoung one of the most significant is the Pont Du Gard near Nimes, an aqueduct , built in three tiers spanning the Gardon River. The Trophee d' Auguste in the medieval town of la Turbie is a magnificant crumbling ruin that dominates the ebtire French Riveria overlooking Monaco.