Explore the beautiful villages of Provence

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The landscapes look like they came out from postcards and the variations in the natural scenery will delight even the most discerning traveler. The vast area that hosts a plethora of beautiful villages, built on hills or areas with dense vegetation, while the coast is washed by the crystal clear waters of the Côte d’Azur. Explore by car this region which is full of surprises and find the best places to stay.

Gorges du Verdon

Reaching the spectacular location of the hotel Hotel des Gorges du Verdon you will feel a sense of relief after the difficult route with successive turns. Here everything is modern, environmentally friendly and full of beautiful vegetation, with shades of lavender, the dominant area plant Gorges, create a magical scene.

Gorges du Verdon
Gorges du Verdon

The point that the hotel is built is within easy walking distance from the start of the route “route des Crêtes”, ideal for experienced hikers and for those who love relaxation in a terrace or swimming pool that will provide the perfect environment. The turquoise waters of the Lac de Sainte Croix is ​​magic for swimming and boating. Meanwhile, you can follow activities such as hiking, rafting, canoeing and canyoning canyons.

St.Remy de Provence

The composer Charles Gounod’s opera Mireille wrote here and gave his name to the oldest hotel in the city The Gounod Hotel is located in the central square of St. Remy de Provence and the interior is full of memories associated with the music, and a collection of religious statues.

St.Remy de Provence
St.Remy de Provence

The hotel also has a tea room and is close to restaurants, bakeries and boutiques in one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in France. The Roman Glanum village and sanatorium of Vincent van Gogh are within walking distance. The Carrieres de Lumieres is an impressive light show, held in the old quarries outside of Les Baux. This year’s program is dedicated to Gustav Klimt and will last until January of 2015.

Marseille

In 2013, Marseille was the Cultural Capital of Europe and this heritage means it is the ideal time to enjoy the stunning architecture and the renewed port Elegant bistro and hotels have opened here and best of all is the urban chic Hotel Le Corbusier.

Marseille
Marseille

The modern resort occupies the third floor of the building Cité Radieuse designed by a Swiss architect. Guests can stay in rooms traditionally made with oak floors or cabins based on design, that reminiscent of a monastery. At the top of the building there is a swimming pool and an art gallery, with magnificent views of the mountains and the Friuli islands.

Aix en Provence

Among the golden facade in the old quarter you will find the Hotel Cardinal, the ultimate incarnation of the hostels of Provence. The account is still given manuscripts and breakfast is served in the formal living room, decorated with gilt mirrors and paintings of Mont Sainte-Victoire.

Aix en Provence
Aix en Provence

Upstairs some rooms have a kitchenette, while most rooms are furnished with antiques. The hotel is the perfect base for visiting the Museum Granet, wander the markets of Aix and gaze at passersby from the cafes of Cours Mirabeau.

Camargue

There is no place in the world like the Camargue. Black bulls, white horses, pink flamingos, hawks and eagles live in salt marshes, rice fields and vineyards in the Rhone River delta, south of Arles. It’s a great place for cycling, horseback riding and bird watching.

Camargue
Camargue

The best way to experience the place is to stay at a ranch. The L ‘Etrier, has five rooms, a beautiful pool surrounded by white buildings.

View more here: The Amphitheatre of Arles in Provence, France, Sleeping in a yurt in the south of France.

By Nicole P.

Villages of Provence photos: Swissrock, Allan Old, PAUL CLAUDE BERUBE, Miriam Ulivi, Miguel Virkkunen.

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