Provence, the land which is the ancient province of the Romans is a rich tapestry of landscapes, culture and traditions. From the sunflower fields of Van Gogh`s Arles, to the sandy marshes of the Camargue, from the Cezanne like landscapes of Aix inland to the olive groves and lavender beds that surround the perched hill top villages, and finally to the dramatic coastline of the azure Mediterranean where the sandy beaches, craggy corniches and fishing villages have been transformed into a sophisticated holiday playground you experience a multitude of contrasting and complementary senses and images.
The perfumes of lavender, thyme, rosemary, citrus, pine and olive mingle in the air and the light is bright and clear. Add to all these sensations a wonderful climate, good food and local wine and unlimited sporting and sightseeing activities and you can understand why Provence is not just an ideal holiday destination but a romantic way of life. Provence still has miles of open road across country, tiny, sleepy villages, dramatic hills and craggy peaks, beautiful, sense enriching panoramas and aromas all waiting for you to explore and enjoy.
One of our favourite hotels in France is The Terre Blanche Resort, an elegant five star resort offering bright and spacious accommodation as well as a range of activities and dining options. A self-drive holiday in Provence is a perfect way to discover the region, either by driving all the way from the UK, flying to the south of France then exploring by hire-car - either staying in Provence or visiting other regions such as Tarn and Roussillon as well. A rail holiday is another alternative, allowing to enjoy relaxing train journeys to Avignon or Nice before exploring Provence by hire-car.
Average air temperatures in Centigrade: January 12.2, February 11.9, March 14.2, April 18.5, May 20.8, June 26.6, July 28.1, August 28.4, September 25.2, October 22.1, November 16.8, December 14.1.Source: Direction de la Meteorologique de France.
Cultural highlights include santons, Souleiado provencal fabrics, herbs and lavender, wine and olive oil, melons and pastis, boules and berets.
Self-drive: From Calais to Provence, the most direct route is along the motorway via Reims, Dijon and Lyon. We advise at least one, if not two, overnight stops each way to cover the distance in comfort. We recommend stops in Picardy, Champagne, Burgundy and Lyon. By Air: We recommend flying British Airways London to Marseille. Nice, Toulon and Montpellier are also possible. Motorail is a popular option from Calais to Provence with services into Avignon and Nice. Eurostar and TGV Take Eurostar to Lille and then TGV to Avignon. If you leave London at about 7am you are usually in Avignon just after 3pm. Collect your hire-car at Avignon and then take any of our holidays or touring holidays.
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