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The Provence, in the south of France is known for its warm and pleasant climate, smells of lavender and delicious food. The magical light and landscapes of this region have been an inspiration for many artists. With Matisse and Chagall in Nice, Picasso in Antibes, Van Gogh in Arles and Cézanne in Aix, the Provence offers the broadest range of museums in France after Paris. A rich and diverse history of the Provence including the Papal Palace in Avignon, the Roman settlements in Arles and many beautiful cathedrals, squares and museums attract many visitors throughout the year.
From the buzzing Cote d'Azur to the quaint inland, the Provence has something to offer for everyone. The immense diversity makes the Provence ideal for a longer stay. There is so much to see and to do that it is sometimes difficult to decide where to start your vacation. But where ever you go, to the sleepy villages inland or to big cities like Marseille and Nice, everywhere you will see men playing the typical game of boules under the shade of trees in the park. Strolling around the Provincial villages and cities the smell of the delicious French Cuisine will make your mouth water. Bistro's and restaurants invite you to taste their Bouillabaisse, Provencal lamb or the catch of the day accompanied with a glass of regional wine. The Mediterranean mix of flavours like garlic, olive oil and aromatic herbs such as thyme and basil identify the Provincial cuisine. It's the land of the hum of the cicadas, the land of olive trees, lavender fields, cypresses, countless vineyards deep blue sea and high mountains. The Alps plunge straight down in the sea and at certain times of year you have to make the difficult choice to go swimming or skiing. The slopes and the Mediterranean Sea are only an hour apart by car! The sun shines 320 days a year and provides the Provence with its ideal climate.