The Provence region in south of France is as old as its Roman monuments and as fresh and beautiful as flowers in market. Its history is multi-layered and combined with impressive beauty. The sea covers every corner of country, from Southern Alps to Mediterranean. The Provence region is nestled between marshes of Camargue, lavender fields of Luberon, vineyards, medieval towns and bustling port city of Marseille.
"When God began to doubt world, he remembered that he created Provence."
Farmhouse near Gould
Around June and July, near village of Gordes, about 45 minutes east of Avignon, stands a 12th-century Cistercian abbey surrounded by a flat lavender field.
The Gard Bridge was built on eve of Christian era to cross Gard River for an aqueduct about 50 kilometers long. The bridge has 3 floors, its height is about 50 m, and longest part is 275 m. The hydraulic engineer and Roman architect who designed bridge created a technical and artistic masterpiece.
Aix-en-Provence street market
The region's most prestigious sunflowers bloom in early summer, around same time that lavender fields reach their purple peak. The Place de l'Hôtel de Ville in Aix-en-Provence hosts a daily flower market.
Cassis Castle, built in Middle Ages, occupies one of highest places on a hilltop next to Mediterranean Sea, southeast of Marseille. It is now an upscale B&B near National Park, showcasing impressive seaside cliffs and bays.
Mont Ventoux by Lacoste
Stone arches and cobbled streets form a picturesque frame around hilltop town of Lacoste. From some of best vantage points, you can see majestic Mont Ventoux, known as toughest stage of Tour de France.