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Restaurant and hotel in the country. In the heart of a five hectare olive grove, an 18th century residence, La Bastide Saint-Antoine, awaits. The rooms are either Provencal or contemporary style and the gourmet restaurant has a wide terrace overlooking the Cannes bay. Chef Jacques Chibois creates an alchemy of authentic mediterranean flavours under 1,000 year-old olive trees. On the programme: wandering in the grounds, discovery of the botanical garden, reading, petanque and relaxation in the jacuzzi by the swimming pool. Between oenology, an initiation to perfume creation, or the culinary and aromatic tasting school, you will fall in love with Provence at this property imbued with the personal passion of Jacques Chibois. ... Learn moreless
It was from the 17th century and the appearance of its first glove makers and perfumers that Grasse began to focus on creating perfumes. More than three centuries later, it is the global capital. Some of its biggest names are still located there: Fragonard, Molinard and Galimard. Some perfumeries offer introductory classes, or even the possibility of creating your own fragrance, with the help of a ‘nose’.
An unmissable site for all truffle lovers in the region, the Marché de la Truffe is organised every year in January at the Bastide Saint-Antoine. The sale of truffles and local products is enlivened with a tasting workshop and demonstrations by truffle dogs. The exhibition continues with a gourmet meal where the truffle cultivaters trade stories of the black diamond...
Wandering through the little streets of the village of Mougins, is like walking through the history of art. It was here, in his immense Provençal home that Picasso died in 1973. Jean Cocteau and Francis Picabia stayed there for some time, as did Edith Piaf, Man Ray, Fernand Léger and Christian Dior. They were all seduced by this village where art galleries now jostle with artists’ studios...
Stop off in Trans en Provence for a tasting session at the Maison des Vins des Côtes de Provence offering a complete range of appellations. While you’re in town, don’t miss the venerable 12th century Abbaye Sainte Roseline and vineyard, and the remains of Sainte Roseline, the daughter of the Lord of Arcs, housed in a crystal reliquary. Another delightful château to discover is La Font du Broc with its breeding stables for Spanish Lusitanian horses and one of the best wines in Provence, stored in an underground “cathedral”.
Stop off at the Fayence-Tourettes airfield (Europe’s leading gliding centre) and hire a microlight to admire the region from the sky. Fly over charming villages such as Montauroux and Tourettes and admire the region’s beauty from above.
Hotel and restaurant in a vineyard. Cypress trees pick out Château de Berne at the end of a road that wends its way through 1,400 acres of preserved nature. For three hundred years, characterful Provence and fresh rosé wines have been aged in its cellar. Renovated in “country chic” style, the delightful rooms boast stunning views over the garden, vineyards, and forest. At the Le Jardin de Benjamin restaurant, awarded a Michelin star, the colourful cuisine is imbued with the fragrances of Provence. ... Learn moreless
Each century has left its mark on Lorgues which boasts medieval remains, chapels, the Saint-Martin collegial church, vestiges of former oil presses and flour mills, which each bear witness to its impressive urban, rural and human heritage.
In the 12th century, at the heart of a thick oak forest, the Cistercian monks built the marvellous Thoronet abbey. Although the monks left this place after the Revolution, it still holds some of its magic. Architectural marvels by the Order of Cîteaux: the church, the cloisters, the chapterhouse and the dormitory allow you to get a sense of the ascetic life, of the prayers and work of the monks of yesteryear...
Classed as one of the ‘most beautiful villages in France’, Tourtour is known as ‘Provence’s village in the sky’. Perched at 635m altitude, this charming medieval town has two chateaux from the 12th and 17th centuries, a church, eight fountains and countless stone houses and vaulted passageways. From the medieval city, the impressive view extends from the Massif des Maures to Mont Sainte-Victoire.
Follow the route to the Lac de Carcès, a paradise for fishing enthusiasts and migratory birds. Pass along the lake to Carcès, then on to Cotignac where Anne of Austria made a pilgrimage to implore the heavens to give her a child, Louis XIV. Between Verdon and the Mediterranean, discover the village of Barjols with its 43 Provençal fountains and washhouses.
Continue along the route to a site of outstanding natural beauty, the Gorges du Verdon, unique in Europe and part of the Provence region, where you’re invited to enjoy a range of activities, including rafting and canyoning. Follow the route to Gréoux les Bains, a charming little Provençale town renowned for the quality of its hot springs and the aroma of thyme, lavender and rosemary that fills the air. The town also boasts a series of medieval remains, including the prestigious ruins of the Château des Templiers and underground thermal baths.
Hotel and restaurant in a park. Once home to a large family of Provençal humanists, Château de Fonscolombe has preserved its soul. Its salons of Genoa leather and Chinese wallpaper still resonate with their lively character. The park, with paths lined by majestic trees, is the fantastic oeuvre of a lineage of botanists. As for the restaurant l'Orangerie, it too has embraced the chic, rustic and Provençal charm of the estate. Soft and subdued in winter, it takes its summer quarters in the shade of a large bald cypress. Young chef Nadège Serret was brought in to breathe her unique creativity into a traditional bourgeois cuisine, which now finds new flavours in the associations of fresh produce harvested from the vegetable garden. ... Learn moreless
Strolling through the streets of Aix-en-Provence is to experience a bit of the work of Paul Cézanne. Bastide du Jas de Bouffan, downtown studio-museum, and the Bibemus quarries on the site of Sainte-Victoire played a major role in the artist's work. There, in these light-filled spaces, under the brushes of the genius of color, exceptional canvases are born, laying down the groundwork of Cubism with small touches.
Discover one of the delights of the Luberon region, just a short distance from Rustrel. This incredible landscape features ochre soil, stone columns and a real canyon! The work of nature and man, a meeting between an ochre quarry and the erosion of the elements, this Provençal version of Colorado offers a unique panorama that’s quite spectacular!
Pay a visit to Gargas in the Petit Luberon region and discover the Maison Octave (Quart Fournigon). Here, Christophe Fernandez, “Best Preserve Maker of France 2000”, produces traditional preserves free from additives in ancient copper cauldrons - a real treat! The former ochre quarries of Bruoux should also be top of your visit list.
Stroll through the alleyways of Manosque and find the soul of Angelo, the Hussar hero on Jean Giono's rooftop. At the Centre Jean Giono, in his house and gardens, you will discover how the writer drew his inspiration from human nature, but also from the surrounding landscapes and medieval villages comprising the main scenery of his bestseller.
Hotel and restaurant in a park. Nestled on the hillside near the idyllic village of Mane and drenched in Provencal sunshine, this convent was home to nuns before it was converted into an upscale hotel. Protected from the Mistral wind by the statuesque Volx Rock, the building, which dates back to 1613, is a blend of medieval architecture and contemporary design. You will be delighted by the period facades, 100 year-old terraced gardens, and the station of the cross overlooking the environs. The rooms have been decorated with great attention to detail and have a gentle Mediterranean style, as does Le Couvent des Minimes Hôtel & Spa, a temple to wellness and a promise of renewed well-being. ... Learn moreless
Famed for its very rich Monday market, Forcalquier is a real gastronomic crossroads. In this small town, the renowned Distilleries et domaines de Provence was founded, whose Henri Bardouin pastis recipe mixes more than 65 plants and spices. Those who love absinthe, strong sensations and all things bitter will also be able to taste Absente. To be tried in moderation...
Opened in 2006 by Olivier Baussan, the founder of L’Occitane en Provence, this écomusée, installed in an old lime fort, is entirely dedicated to the growing of olives. Through discovering and tasting various local products but also through exhibitions of photos and contemporary art, visitors can discover a multiple universe where geography mixes with botany, and history with art.
The world-renowned L’Occitane brand originated here in Manosque. Visit this authentic village which has managed to retain its charms and admire L’Occitane’s soap workshop and beauty products as you explore the origins of one of France’s biggest worldwide successes. Manosque is also the birthplace of writer Jean Giono whose museum is well worth a visit.
Hotel and restaurant in the country. Located between Roussillon and Gordes, Le Phébus is a mas, steeped in history, where the rooms overlook the tranquil water of their private swimming pools. Rebuilt on remains dating back to the medieval knights of the Order of Malta, this is a jewel of a hotel and the perfect place to take shelter when the mistral wind blows across the garrigue. Its location is ideal to explore the Luberon, and the Carita Spa is the perfect place to relax with treatments based on lavender essential oils. In the restaurant, the traditional cuisine breathes new life into ancient Provencal recipes and offers a superb “soupe au pistou”, a regional vegetable soup with garlic and basil. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant in the country. With its breathtaking views of the Luberon valley, this Provencal farmhouse is the perfect place to relax. Witness unforgettable sunsets to the song of chirping cicadas from the terraces of the mas with its sun-bleached walls. The Mas des Herbes Blanches is set around a magnificent pool, surrounded by cypresses, olive trees, mediterranean pines and palm trees. From here, discover the charms of the Vaucluse, with its watermills, windmills and dry stone huts – a beautiful part of the world that has seduced and inspired a number of great artists including Marc Chagall, Serge Poliakoff and Victor Vasarely as a living painting. ... Learn moreless
Gordes is an out-of-season paradise. That is the perfect time to must come and lose yourself in its charming, narrow alleyways, bordered with stone and flagstone houses. The light of the pastel coloured facades reflects the panorama over the Coulon valley. Gordes dominates an enchanting landscape which seduced the painters Marc Chagall and Victor Vasarely. When the tourists have left (again), this mineral Provence becomes captivating once more.
Founded in 1148, the Sénanque abbey is one of the three provençal ‘sisters’ of the Cîteaux order. In 1988, the site was reinvested by a community of Cistercian monks who have progressively brought life back to the medieval buildings. Although austerity reigns here, part of the abbey is open to visitors. You can also buy essential oils and honey made on site.
A short drive away is the Domaine vinicole de la Citadelle where Alexis Rousset Rouard invites you to taste the region’s best wines (his own!) and visit the corkscrew museum.
It’s impossible not to visit the hill-top village of Roussillon with its 17th and 18th century houses, stunning views and highly coloured “ochre trail”. Not surprisingly, Roussillon has been named one of the most beautiful villages in France and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Luberon region.
At the foot of Mont Ventoux, perched on a rocky spur dominating a valley that bears its name, Sault wears a heady perfume of lavender kissed by the Provençal sun and makes the perfect starting point for excursions and other activities. Lovers of traditional nougat should pay a visit to the André Boyer pâtisserie where nougat is made from the finest Ventoux honey and almonds from Provence (workshop visits by reservation only).
On our way to the TGV in Avignon, take time to head out to the Isle-sur-la-Sorgue for an antiques adventure: ideal for antiques hunters and lovers of beautiful objects, second-hand furniture and art galleries.