Provence – charming France

There are many reasons why I love Provence and maybe you will agree with me! If you like spectacular landscape with many small stylish villages (the original houses have typical blue wooden shutters) and unique combination of beautiful nature, impressive history and delicious local food no doubts you must visit this part of France! I am talking about special part of Provence – Avignon, Arles and CAMARGUE.

GOOD TO KNOW that famous painter Vincent Van Gogh stayed here with his friend Gauguin and another great painter Picasso loved bullfights and was inspired by them to do two paintings and any drawings!

MUST VISIT PLACES:

AVIGNON – is famous historical city and major centrum of region (1309 – 1377) was the seat of the Catholic popes.

  • Very beautiful is old town with POPE’S Palace and the PONT d’AVIGNON became a UNESCO 1995!

ARLES – is a small city in this Provence region with a lot of festivals, art and culture activities.

  • AMPHITHEATRE – was built for gladiator battles for app 25.000 inhabitants but today the city organizing another kind of interesting seasonal show for visitors – bullfights!!! The animals don’t get killed like in the Spain.
  • MONTMAJOR ABBEY – are monumental buildings and ruins from 12th century with amazing views.
  • VINCENT VAN GOGH FOUNDATION – is Museum of Modern Art with small but nice collection of Vincent Van Gogh fabulous works.

CAMARGUE this original natural ecosystem is only a couple of minutes by car away from Arles. The river delta of Rhône has created beautiful water meadows. TOURISTS can observe famous and elegant pink flamingos – their color is influenced by a peculiar kind of mollusks that they consume and white horses and black bulls!

What is the traditional local FOOD? Classical recipes are built on excellent fresh ingredients especially like olive oil, fresh herbs, fresh garlic and tomatoes. The famous dishes are for example: cooking snails, beef stew, ratatouille or mussels steamed in tomato. My favorite is bouillabaisse (fish soup)! Do not forget try excellent wine or very popular anise-flavored liqueur. 

TIP FOR OTHERS ACTIVITIES – this destination is perfect especially for horseback riding, hiking, cooking lessons, swimming on the sand beaches…

So what do you think? Maybe it is good tip for your next trip!