Ancient market towns, coastal scenery, beautiful mountains, fields filled with glorious lavender, vineyards and the wonderful cuisine.
Well, this region is all these things and more.
It’s a stunning part of southern France, that has been attracting visitors in their droves ever since Roman times.
Artists, writers, the rich and famous, and typical holidaymakers have all found a fabulous atmosphere, great weather, and hospitality here.
Where is Provence?
It is no longer one of the provinces of France; it’s a geographical region and was historically a province.
It was the first Roman province beyond the Alps as they made their way further west into Europe.
Today the boundaries mostly correspond with the modern day region of Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur, and it spans a distance from the Mediterranean coast – where it includes the attractive French Riviera – inland to the mountains of the Alps.
The region has been a part of France for over 500 years yet it still keeps its own individual cultural and language differences, including a varied cuisine that blends Mediterranean and seafood.
Weather and climate
With such a variety of elevations – the low-lying coastal regions, to the mountains of the Alps – the weather can really be quite different from one area to the next.
Along the coast there’s a lovely Mediterranean climate with mild weather all year round including hot and relatively dry summers, with mild and damp winters.
The Mistral winds are a distinctive feature of Provence’s climate – it’s a cold and dry wind that mostly blows during the winter.
Up in the higher mountains the climate changes to Alpine with plenty of snow and colder temperatures – there are some excellent ski resorts to try if you enjoy skiing.