Summer in Provence
Collected by Kate Appleton, AFAR Staff
Frolicking in a lavender field delivers that quintessential pinch-me-I’m-in-Provence sensation, and the next best thing may be browsing the area's flower markets. Consider the stalls that pop up a few mornings a week in the Place de l’Hôtel de...
9 Avenue Paul Cézanne, 13100 Aix-en-Provence, France
Paul Cézanne, the beloved Post-Impressionist painter, spent his final years (1902-1906) living and working here in Aix-en-Provence. The hilltop studio space looks much as it did then, arrayed with easels and inspiration for his still-life works: a...
Chemin du Clos de Ruou, 83570 Cotignac, France
Clos de l’Ours is a dream come true for Fabienne and Michel, who launched a new career as winemakers in 2008 and opened this guest house six years later. It’s also a family affair, run with the help of the couple's two grown children. They’re on...
Route de Montfort sur Argens, 83143 Le Val, France
A shaded terrace at the entry to Château Fontainebleau makes a spectacular first impression with its panorama of olive trees and nearly 35 acres of vineyards spread out below. It’s a delightful place to sample the fruit of that landscape and its...
20 Rue Gaston de Saporta, 13100 Aix-en-Provence, France
This 2016 newcomer to the centuries-old town of Aix-en-Provence lures passersby with samples. Inside, the shop stocks more than 15 varieties of nougat for your test-tasting pleasure, among them, nutella, rum raisin, and salted butter caramel. It’s...
83690 Sillans-la-Cascade, France
The petit village of Sillans-la-Cascade occupies a quiet corner of Provence, not far from Cotignac. Its main attraction is an easily accessible waterfall (“la cascade”) and, just footsteps further, a shaded swimming hole that’s a wonderfully...
83690 Sillans-la-Cascade, France
The cooking of Provence is at its colorful, flavorful finest at Restaurant Les Pins, a small-town spot that has received national recognition. What’s fresh and local is what makes the menu, which might feature chestnut ravioli, cabbage roll with...
83120 Sainte-Maxime, France
Here’s a handy tip from a Côte d'Azur local: rather than suffer through summertime traffic inching along the peninsula to reach Saint-Tropez, park the car in Sainte-Maxime and board the ferry. During the easy, breezy ride across the harbor, you’ll...
5 Rue des Remparts, 83990 Saint-Tropez, France
A Saint-Tropez institution since the 1950s, La Ponche has served all comers, from luminaries like Picasso and Sartre to fishermen and tourists. The restaurant feels a bit secluded, hidden around a corner in a small square overlooking a tranquil...
34 Place Général de Gaulle, 83570 Correns, France
Provence has its share of glamorous châteaux and dress-code restaurants, yet it can still also charm visitors with refreshingly unpretentious, good-value spots. Case in point: Auberge de Correns, a five-room property with a notable restaurant. In...
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