Wednesday, July 6, 2011

5 Top Provence Destinations

By Thom Sanders

With Provence being one of the most beautiful areas in France is it any wonder than many people choose this area as a holiday destination, staying in a local B&B or one of the many Provence villas in the area. It's brilliant vistas are well known for inspiring artists, with the sun soaked landscape, azure waters and fields of wild flowers. It's also a great destination for those who enjoy a little history, with roman ruins, old markets and traditional towns in abundance. This article will look a five of the tops destinations in the area.

First up is the beautiful city of Avignon. This is one of the most beautiful cities in the Provence area, with its rich history and many cultural wonders. The city features the world's largest Gothic palace, The "Papal Palace", set in some fantastic grounds along with the famous Pont St. Benezet or the Pont d'Avignon bridge.
Next up is the Gorges du Verdon, the deepest canyon in Europe. With is sparking azure waters flowing down its length enclosed in sheer rock walls, it's a truly unique location for a days walking. You can also enjoy a drive down parts of the canyon ending at the historical town of Moustiers Sainte Marie, a charming Medieval village.
Number three on the list is the village of Saint-Remy-de-Provence and its fantastic Roman ruins. The ruins include the beautiful Triumphant Arch of Glanum and many smaller sites around this small traditional Provence town. While you're in the town its market is also worth a look, with is brilliant mix of fresh produce and local crafts it's a great place to pick up a bargain.
If you're looking for a little bit more of a spectacle and a your visiting Provence in the summer months then a trip to Digne les Bains should be on your list to taking in the wonderful sights and smells of the lavender fields. The area also features many hot springs that are its namesake, which are believed to have curative powers.
Finally on the list is something for the shop-a-holics out there as it's the markets of Isle sur la Sorgue. This market has made its name as one of the major antiques markets in France and is the largest "marche aux puces" (or flea market), outside the capital Paris. It's a spectacle to behold and a great day out for any bargain hunters out there.


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