Today I’m sharing my quick and easy guide to Provence. As I mentioned in my previous post, Sam and I rented a villa for our stay in Provence so we could get an authentic experience of what it would be like to live in this gorgeous region. It was a beautiful experience and below I’ve outlined a few of our favorite villages and points of interest.
Saint Zacharie – This was the village right next to our villa. It’s a sleepy little village but one of prettiest with almost every building painted in pastel hues. It had a wonderful local boulangerie and a market that sold a lot of produce from local farms.
Saint Rémy – This town is definitely a must see. The Monastary where Van Gogh spent a year and painted some of his most famous works of art like the Irises is in this town. It’s worth a visit to see his room and understand why he painted so many flowers. The Chateau des Alpilles is also located here. It’s been converted into a lovely hotel with a great little restaurant on site. Make sure to make a reservation ahead of time as it is usually booked up.
Apt – Is the perfect spot to find those iconic lavender fields. As you drive you will see stretches of purple everywhere and it’s easy to pull off and snap some pictures. Pop into the lavender distillery and pick up some fresh Herb de Provence and bushels of lavender.
Gordes – We didn’t have as much time to explore this mountain village but it’s absolutely worth the visit. It offers some of the most breathtaking views and the La Bastide de Gordes is a stunning hotel with 2 amazing restaurants. We dined at The Citadel on our last night and it was one of the best meals we’ve had in France.
Saint Tropez – Our villa was located only 30 minutes from Saint Tropez making it an easy day trip. We ended up spending 2 nights there on our way back from Italy and I’ll have a more detailed guide to Saint Tropez later on.
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