According to watchtutorials, the southeastern French province of Provence is a popular holiday destination among the Dutch. Well-known destinations on the Côte D’Azur as well as destinations such as Marseille, Toulon, Cannes, Grasse and Arles are very popular. The landscape within Provence is best described as mountainous with rolling valleys, swirling rivers and a lovely coastline. You will find mountains, grassy plains and beautiful beaches here. Small villages and towns with or without a historic city center provide plenty of fascinating sights. In addition, there are qualitatively very interesting museums to visit. For example, the Musée des civilizations de l’Europe er de la Méedierranée in Marseille was opened in the year 2013..
Top 10 Things to Do in Provence
#1. French Riviera
During the summer months, an invasion of tourists often settles on the French Côte D’Azur. Most towns and villages on this French Riviera are therefore visited by bon vivants and sun seekers. Famous places on the Côte D’Azur are Saint Tropez, Sainte Maxime, Monaco, Antibes, Nice, Cannes, Saint-Raphaël and Juan-les-Pins. Boat enthusiasts can indulge in fashionable seaside resorts such as Saint-Tropez and Cannes and Monte Carlo. The ports are often full of the most beautiful and luxurious yachts. The owners are happy to put a fork in one of the many good restaurants.
Côte D’Azur Top 10 Attractions
#2. Gorges du Verdon
In the Grand Canyon du Verdon, the water is beautifully colored in clear tones. The Gorges du Verdon gorge near the Lac de Sainte-Croix reservoir stands out beautifully against the high mountains in the background. Canoes and kayaks are regularly available for hire in the lake, allowing you to explore the area on your own. Hikers can make excellent trips here, where you have beautiful views from different positions. Well-known viewpoints of Gorges du Verdon are: Pont de l’Artuby, Balcons de la Mescla and Belvédere du Couloir Samson. Via the Corniche Sublime you can also visit the Gorges du Verdon by car.
Beautiful Marseille is a city where you should explore. The city of Marseille is very versatile and has many cultural attractions. The old port ‘Vieux-Port’ has long been a source of income. Today it has become more of a tourist attraction. From this port runs the main street of Marseille, namely the Canebière. The Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica is the most prominent place in Marseille. This basilica was built in the nineteenth century on the site of a thirteenth century chapel. But the cathedral Sainte-Marie Majeure de Marseille is also a picture. Other special sights of Marseille are: Palais Longchamp.
The famous bridge of Avignon provides a beautiful holiday photo for many tourists. The bridge ‘Pont d’Avignon’ is part of the historic center of Avignon, which has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1995. Papal history is a big part of this. In the fourteenth century, Avignon was the papal residence for a while. Palais des Papes is the legacy of this. Another tourist attraction of this medieval city is the annual theater festival ‘Festival d’Avignon’ which is always held in July. Since 1947, the center of the city has been dominated by art and culture during this festival.
#5. Village des Bories
The open air museum Village des Bories is located near the town of Gordes. You can experience life here as it took place around the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The huts were built of piled flat limestone. This former village was called ‘Les Savournins’ or ‘Les Cabanes’ at the time. In some cabins you can admire ovens and makeshift kitchens. The inhabitants were mainly employed as agricultural labourers.
#6. Arena of Arles
The amphitheater of Arles was built in the first century. Emperor Domitian ordered the construction of an arena where all kinds of battles and artistic performances could be enjoyed. Centuries later, the Arènes d’Arles was converted into a fortress on which four towers could be seen. And later again, houses were even built in the arena. Today the Arles Arena is a cultural events complex where you can enjoy all kinds of performances. So you can actually say that the origin of Arenes d’Arles has regained its place in the present time.
#7. Les Baux-de-Provence
The place Les Baux is often visited for the excellent restaurant and luxury hotel L’Oustau de Baumanière by chef Raymond Thuilier and the ruins of Château des Baux. The castle was built centuries ago on a high limestone rock. The village of Les Baux-de-Provance has been named one of the most beautiful villages in France several times. Historical sights such as the window ‘Fenêtre Post Tenebras Lux’ and the sixteenth century love pavilion ‘Pavillon d’Amour de la Reine Jeanne’ probably help with this.
#8. Lavender fields on Plateau de Valensole
The fragrant lavender fields from the Valensole region in Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, have a special attraction on the environment. Not only the smell but also the color of these lavender fields are a sensation in itself. Both the climate and the calcareous marl soil provide good agricultural opportunities. In addition to the wonderfully fragrant lavender, the area used to be known for the truffle and almond trees. These have almost all disappeared. The lavender has remained as well as the wine that is grown there.
#9. Montagne Sainte-Victoire
France has some famous mountains. The Mont Ventoux, Mont Blanc and Val Thorens are wonderful examples of this. Montagne Sainte-Victoire is a lesser known mountain, but certainly no less loved. The painter Paul Cézanne in particular had a special bond with the Montagen Sainte-Victoire. The eighteen-kilometer-long limestone mountain massif appears regularly in a number of his paintings. The Sainte-Victoire is particularly suitable for beautiful walks. Nature, birds and sights such as Roman aqueducts and old chapels provide plenty of variety.
The swampy nature reserve Camargue is located on the Mediterranean Sea in the Rhône-Delte. The open plains offer you beautiful views of wetlands with lakes and lagoons. Here and there some bulls and wild Camargue horses graze in peace. The ecosystem within this special Mediterranean nature reserve provides an enormous biodiversity. The Camargue Museum is located in the Camargue Regional Natural Park. Here you can study the relationship between man and nature through all kinds of activities and exhibitions.