Its colorful scenery, beneficial climate, blue sky, hilltop villages, chirping cicadas, beautiful landscapes, a remarkable heritage (1800 sites are classified «monuments historiques» ), local traditions as well as the perfumes of lavender, rosemary and thyme make Provence the most visited region in France.
Besides cities as Avignon, Arles, Orange or Aix-en-Provence and monuments like the Pope’s Palace, the Abbaye de Sénanque or proofs of roman culture like the vestiges of Glanum you will find an incomparable diversity of landscapes: mountains (Luberon, Dentelles du Montmirail or Saint Victoire), natural reserves and rivers.
During your round trip to Provence you will discover the inspiring way of life, the lavender bloom end of June, the wild horses in Camargue, unusual places and backroads, taste the delicious products or local wines like Châteauneuf du Pape or Côtes de Provence – and eventually take a hike and relax. A wide selection of the most famous painters have been inspired here: Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Cézanne, Braque, Picasso or Matisse. Founded in 1947 by Jean Vilar, the Avignon Festival is today one of the most important contemporary performing arts events in the world (taking place every year in July)