Aix en Provence
Les Baux de Provence
Half an hour further on from Aix, Les Baux de Provence is one of the most beautiful villages in France. Dominating the Provencal hills, with impressive views of the Mediterranean and the Camargue, it was once the seat of the Grimaldis and has a rich feudal history.
The Lighthouse of Provence
One of the major regional historical sites, known worldwide, Les Baux de Provence, from its medieval beginnings through the Renaissance has a strong cultural sense to it which makes it the lighthouse of Provence.
The spectacular scenery is evidence of a history that brought famous artists to many prestigious gatherings.
There is still much to do in this historic town. Hospitality is ever present with its gastronomic restaurants and luxury hotels. The wine appellation of les Baux de Provence is a quality one, as is its olive oil.
La Cote d'Azur
The famous towns of Nice and Cannes are an hour away to the east:
Situated on the Mediterranean coast, a region of timeless beauty, Nice is a city of contrasts between mountains and sea that awaits you in all its diversity. Take your time to try all the pleasures it has to offer. Whatever your tastes, your wishes or your desires, Nice has it for you!
An authentic southern town with a rich and varied history. A contemporary city with special mention for luxury and glamour. Round every corner comes another surprise, as well as in the surrounding area.
Start your visit in the old town from which you can take the picturesque narrow streets and steps, where the pedestrian is king. Visit the ramparts, the Castre museum the square tower and the religious buildings. From here you will find a breathtaking view of the town, the port, la Croisette, the Lerin Islands and the Bay of Cannes. The Forville market and its array of food shops (butchers, fish shops, bakers, wine shops etc) are a delight and attest to the city's long trading history. Nearby are the well known towns of Antibes, Grasse and Mougins.
Les Gorges du Verdon
Often referred to as the "Grand Canyon", the gorges make a spectacular day out. It takes about two hours to get to the emerald blue Lac Saint Croix, but the journey along the small roads which rise high above the gorge is spectacular. There are numberous things to do (walking, swimming, rafting etc). During the season you can stop in Aups, famous for its truffle market.