5 Reasons To Visit Provence

If you’re looking to escape the Parisian city life, Provence is a fantastic little getaway just a mini car ride away from the city centre. The sun-soaked town is home to delicious food, drinks, sightseeing, and has served as an inspiration for artists such as Vincent Van Gogh and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. So, why should you visit this beautiful city southeast of France?

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Food

Where: L’Aromat

49 Rue Sainte, 13001 Marseille

There is no denying that the French are renowned for their food, especially bouillabaisse which originated in nearby port city, Marseille. This traditional fish stew contains a variety of vegetables, herbs, spices, and most importantly, shellfish. Enjoy it with a side of local red wine, which is sure to keep you full for the evening.

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Books

Where: Cité du Livre

8-10 Rue Des Allumettes, 13100 Aix-en-Provence

Who would’ve thought that Provence is home to one of the coolest bookstores in the entire world? This quaint bookstore is known for its amazing architecture which consists of three large books originating in France: The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Stranger by Albert Camus, and The Imaginary Invalid by Moliere.

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Gallery

Where: Carrieres de Lumieres

Route de Maillane, 13520 Les Baux-de-Provence

A trip to Provence wouldn’t be complete without visiting one of the many multimedia galleries. Depending on the time of year you’re visiting, there are exhibitions by Gustav Klimt, Friedensreich Hundertwasser and even contemporary artists showing off their work.

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Lavender fields

Where: Etablissement Thermal

Les Thermes, 12110 Cransac

The picturesque lavender fields of Provence are just one of the best places to relax and recharge at the end of your trip. Digne les Bains is also home to the famous thermal pools which offer mud, seaweed and even lavender soaks.

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Wine

Where: Provence Wine Tours

42 Boulevard Chave, 13005 Marseille

Well, why shouldn’t wine have its own category? Wine is made from local grapes, and wine tours are one of the best ways to test out some of the best Provence has to offer. The best time to go on a wine tour is between April-September, so make sure to book your tickets accordingly!

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Images via Tumblr, Indulgy, Flickr, Wine Tasting Provence, Carrieres de Lumieres