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Provence

Provence and the Riviera are among France's most evocative destinations, a land of sun-drenched lavender groves, trestled vines, and noisy cicadas. The brilliant sunlight has seduced artists like Van Gogh and Picasso for more than a century.

It's one of France's most enchanting destinations, from the papal city of Avignon to the port city of Marseille, along the coast and beyond to Cannes and Nice, from amazing art museums to fabulous beaches, Roman ruins, white-hot nightlife, and a distinctive cuisine that blends the best of the mountains and the sea. The rocky outcrops of the Provencal countryside are studded with hilltop villages.

Travel past vineyards and onto mountains like Mont Ventoux, the 1,912-meter thigh-killer cycled during the Tour de France. These dramatic ravines offer breathtaking panoramas. St.Tropeze's iconic beaches still attract polka-dot-bikinied crowds, but the Riviera's coastline is more than just bronzing bodies. Twentysomethings flock to St-Raphael for watersports in the shadow of the volcanic Massif de l'Estérel.

While families invade nearby Fréjus with bouncing beach balls and dripping ice-creams, golfers head to Toulon's Dolce Frégate, one of Europe's prettiest golf courses, with fine sea views.

Make our Provence yours!