As you enter the Provence region of France, sensations become stronger. The sun will be warmer, the colors brighter, and the smells stronger. This enchanting land, a true feast for the senses, owes its lasting popularity to its rich and varied history and its pretty villages nestled on
rugged mountains or scattered on a radiant patchwork of fields, where the intensely blue lavender contrasts with the exuberant yellow sunflowers. And of course, let’s not forget the epicurean Provençal culinary tradition.
Wine is also king here, and there are many “Routes des Vins“ to choose from. Côte de Provence wines are sunny and fruity, the perfect reflection of their terroir. The most truly special is well-known for its lightness and delicacy: Provence’s rosé. It’s absolutely unique to the region and appreciated all over the world by connoisseurs and amateurs alike.
Now’s your turn to become acquainted with it!
If you are looking for a starting point for your explorations, the medieval town of Beaucaire on the mighty Rhône River offers endless possibilities with its proximity to the attractive cities of Avignon to the north, Nîmes to the west, and Arles to the south.
We have plenty of vacation rentals in Provence for you to choose from, like this bright, spacious 3-bedroom in downtown Beaucaire that can easily and happily accommodate a large group of people. It’s located in a stunning stone building and features a private terrace.
Further east, you will come across the inconspicuously charming town of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. Les Alpilles, a miniature sierra immortalized many times over by Van Gogh, overlooks the town. The area is also home to one of the oldest Greco-Roman settlements in Provence: Glanum, where a magnificent triumphal arch and mausoleum, collectively known as “Les Antiques,” still proudly stand. Saint-Rémy is worth more than just a detour; we highly recommend a stay!
New York Habitat has several options for you, including this quiet, private 2-bedroom Saint-Rémy-de-Provence vacation rental right outside of town in the countryside. The apartment is modern, comfortable, full of light, and the garden boasts of an irresistible swimming pool. What more could one want?
If you happen to be there on Whitsun weekend, you’ll also have a chance to witness the transhumance, during which shepherds in traditional costumes will gather no fewer than 3,000 sheep, goats, and donkeys into the old village before heading off to greener and cooler pastures for the summer.
You will also have plenty of opportunities to peruse local arts and crafts, as well as sample local foods and wines, during the festivities.Whether you’re there for visual, auditory, olfactory, or gustatory indulgence, Provence will have something for you. Have you ever been under its powerful spell? Share your story with us!