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Not to Be Missed in the South of France

Symbolising elegance and the French way of life, the south of France offers a palette of stunning seascapes, rolling hills blanketed in fragrant lavender, picturesque little ports, perched gardens and majestic Belle Epoque villas. From festive Saint-Tropez to historic Avignon and stunning Carmague, the south of France is undoubtedly a destination of contrasts and pleasures

Not to Be Missed in the South of France - Provence

Experience the Lavender Fields by Bike

Take a ride through fields of lavender and breathe in the sights and scents of the idyllic Provencal landscape. Stop off at a distillery on your way and see how these gorgeous-smelling flowers are put to good use. For guided tours, Villanovo can put you in touch with agencies offering a personalised experience.

Not to Be Missed in the South of France - Provence

Walk in the Footsteps of the Popes in Avignon

Known as the City of the Popes, Avignon witnessed 7 consecutive popes pass through its walls in the 14th century. The majestic Palais des Papes (Palace of the Popes) is the largest gothic palace in Europe. Lose yourself in the streets of this medieval city and discover its churches, alleys and walls packed with secrets. In July, there is the opportunity to experience the annual Avignon Festival.

Not to Be Missed in the South of France - Provence

Indulge Yourself with a Slice of Tropezienne in St-Tropez

Known for its jet set, its beach clubs and for being the village of the beautiful Brigitte Bardot, this famous little village in the South of France is also a fishing village just waiting to be discovered. Its colourful houses and small cafés lend this southern village its distinctive charm. Wander the streets of Saint-Tropez and sample its speciality: the Tropézienne; an exquisite cake made of brioches and pastry cream. The perfect sweet treat.

Not to Be Missed in the South of France - Provence

Enjoy a Breath-taking View of Gordes

Although the region is blessed with a wealth of charming hilltop villages, the beauty of Gordes is unparalleled. It is a village that conveys a singular magnificence. Situated in the Vaucluse, 40 km from Avignon, this medieval jewel offers spectacular panoramas. But be sure to appreciate Gordes from the outside too, for an entirely different perspective. The views of Gordes from neighbouring hillsides are breathtaking. 

Not to Be Missed in the South of France - Provence

Go Canoeing or Kayaking in the Verdon Gorge

The Gorges du Verdon is a magical, almost unearthly site, comprising magnificent cliffs and dream-like coves. The Gorges du Verdon form the natural border between the departments of Var and Alpes-de-Hautes-Provence.  Kayaking in the heart of this immense wilderness is an unforgettable experience. Sport and visual beauty come together to create memories to last a lifetime.

Pick up your Groceries at the Market in Apt

Since as far back as the 17th century, the stalls of the emblematic little market have been filled with the products of the region's passionate producers. A real delight for the taste buds. Every Saturday, you can come and discover seasonal products before pulling up a chair at a table and enjoying your delicious finds. The items not to be missed: olive oil, goat's milk cheese and fresh produce. In winter, you can also find the famous village truffle market on the Place de la Bourgerie, which is sure to make your mouth water.

Not to Be Missed in the South of France - Provence

Visit Villa Baulieu, for a Tasting of Provençal Wines

The pride of the region's terroir, Vignes de Provence offers quality wines that simply must be tasted. The Villa Baulieu vineyard is located on the slopes of a dormant volcano near Aix-en-Provence. This unique geographical location provides the vines with a fertile soil ideal for the maturation of unique grapes full of flavour. Let yourself be guided with a personalised visit and savour the winery's superb selection of wines while learning about the history of the estate and the secrets of oenology.

Not to Be Missed in the South of France - Provence

Admire Art Displayed in a Stone Quarry

Discover art from a unique perspective in a stone quarry located in the village of Les Baux-de-Provence. This magical place opens its doors to visitors in search of a unique voyage of artistic immersion.  The walls of the quarry serve as a canvas for projectors showing images of paintings by famous artists such as Cézanne or Van Gogh.

Not to Be Missed in the South of France - Provence

Saddle Up in the Camargue

With a changing natural environment throughout the seasons, the Camargue is home to a unique fauna, including ducks, migratory birds and flamingos, alongside a rich variety of vegetation, making it the perfect place for a horseback ride. Take a ride through the wilderness on the back of a horse, a characteristic animal of the Camargue while breathing in the fresh air of the native salt marshes and rice fields. 

Not to Be Missed in the South of France - Provence

Stop for Lunch on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice

The Promenade des Anglais is a historical walk of worldwide renown. It stretches over 7km and runs along the Mediterranean coast to make for an unforgettable walk. Punctuated by small restaurants, there are ample opportunities to sit down at a terrace and indulge in the specialities of Nice and the Mediterranean along this mythical route in the south of France. Must-try dishes: salade niçoise, socca and a good piesalladière.

Discover our selection of luxury villas for your next trip Provence

Villa Vasquelle

4 Bedrooms

Villa Léontine

4 Bedrooms

Villa Ellyn

5 Bedrooms