The province that inspired Van Gogh and Cezanne, gave birth to a galaxy of famous artists, attracting more and more foreign tourists and the French themselves – this is Provence.
Provence is diverse: endless vineyards of the Gigondas, silver hills of olive groves Nyons, lavender valleys stretching from Valreas to Vaison-la-Romaine. The huge cliffs that open to your eyes in Les Baux, cypress trees and cedars under the scorching azure sky of Arles – this makes Provence a unique place to relax.
Mount Mont Ventoux is one of the most beautiful landscapes of Provence. At its foot is one of the largest natural springs in the world (fifth largest) – Fontaine de Vaucluse (Arles – Roman arenas)
Provencal roads are very picturesque – especially noteworthy are the roads through the Luberon massif and the journey to Arles, Saint-Remy and St-Remy and Avignon.
If you want to feel the charm of this region, stop at the Crillon-le-Brave tourist complex from the Relais & Chateaux chain, where all hotels are housed in houses that are several hundred years old. , and the windows offer stunning views of the magnificent Mount Mont Ventoux. It offers restaurants with typical Provencal cuisine, distinguished by its diversity and known throughout the world.
The lover of antiquity will have to make a difficult choice between the numerous attractions of the region: to visit everything even in a month is almost impossible. The 2000-year-old Roman amphitheater in Arles, the medieval monastery of Saint Trofim (St-Trophime), the castle of Mason Carré in Nimes, preserved from the time of Emperor Augustus, the ruins of the 6th century BC near Saint-Remy-de-Provence, papal palace in Avignon – this is far Blooming lavender a complete list of what you can see.
Gourmets call Provence a paradise – Provencal cuisine uses local spices – fennel, rosemary, caraway seeds, basil, wild herbs, and truffles – they are famous for Provence. Tomatoes and eggplants are the main components of the famous “ratatouille” (vegetable stew, French ratatouille), the famous Provencal olive oil, local wines with a rich full flavor, scattered fresh fruit in small markets – all this is Provence.
Provence is the birthplace of “Nice Salad (it is also called“ Nicoise ”from the French“ salade nicoise ”, grilled fish with fennel, rabbit in herb sauce. Cavaillon melons, Vaucluse pears, peaches from Salon, sweets from calissons almond paste – these names are familiar to every Frenchman since childhood. Provence perfumes and smells
Provencal cuisine is remarkably emphasized by local wines, the most famous among them are Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Cote de Ventoux, somewhat south of Coteaux-des-Baux , Beaum-de-Venise. If you have time, then it is worth taking a ride along the numerous “routes of vines” (routes des vins), which are numerous in this region. These are routes marked with special signs, with stops in the cellars of local winemakers and the Marseille restaurant with a glass or other wine and relaxation under the canopy of trees from the scorching southern sun.
For tourists who are interested in imagining how people lived in Provence in ancient times, what they did and how to dress, we recommend visiting the Provencal village in miniature LaTuliere in the city of Grignan.
Avignon (Avignon) – the most romantic city of Provence, the quintessence of the south of France. Massive papal palace, 14th-century ramparts, Rocher des Doms gardens overlooking the Rhone, St. Bezenet Avignon bridge sung in the song.
From Avignon you can drive to Orange. The road there passes through endless lavender fields, covers the desire to plunge into this intoxicating smell of blooming lavender. In Orange, there is a triumphal arch, built in honor of the victories of Julius Caesar, the theater of the August era, which has been perfectly preserved since those time immemorial, and is considered the best monument in the world in August time. Nearby, in Saint-Remy-de-Provence, there is also a Roman mausoleum, another triumphal arch.
Take a walk along the famous Provencal triangle – from Beaucaire and Tarascon to Arles to see the Roman amphitheater located in the center of Arles, which was built in 46 BC. Not far from the church of St. Trofim is the coronation site of Frederick Barbarossa. Here you can walk in the footsteps of Van Gogh, and look at the landscapes that have changed so little since the time of his canvases. You will see those very cedars near the ruins.
The Hotel Jules Cesar in Arles is a miniature copy of the palace of Louis XVI. There is one of the best restaurants in Provence, where you can try roast with garlic, rice from Camargue and wines Lirac (Lirac) and Palette (Palette).