PROVENCE ALPS: A UNIQUE VARIETY OF LANDSCAPES IN THE SAME REGION.

The Mountains areas:

L'Orenaye lake
Vars pass

Provence

Provence is located in the North and Eastern part of the Alps and is a place rich in wildlife and protected areas. Provence is home to:

 

  • Two National Parks: Parc des Ecrins and Parc du Mercantour.
  • Four Regional Parks: Parc du Queyras, Parc du Luberon, Parc du Verdon and Parc de la Camargue.

Glaciers and other geological features are high on the agenda for most visitors, as they come to Provence because it is a gigantic playground to explore the terrain, discover new sights and take part in extreme sporting activities, synonymous with the Alps. The many large rivers and lakes provide glorious aesthetics and offer people the chance to swim, sail and do white water sports. "Serre Poncon" is the largest artificial lake in Europe and people take part in water sports everyday.

Culturally, the region has rich heritage with many ancient villages still intact and equipped with religious monuments, fortifications, listed buildings and Baroque and Roman styled architecture. The Roya valley, situated along the Italian border illustrates cross-cultural styles in the form of Italian architecture and food. The town of "Briancon", because of its Vauban fortifications, was listed in 2008 as an UNESCO world heritage site.

The Durance valley cultivates an abundance of fruit and vegetables which are made available for consumption at local markets. During the summer months sheep and cattle graze on the fertile pastures, where a diverse range of flora make for beautifully succulent dairy and meat produce, as is evident in the local cheese and lamb dishes.

The Lavender Fields areas:

Sénanque Abbey
Roussillon village

Located in the Luberon around the Verdon gorges, the lavender fields are one of the primary symbols of Provence. The mountainous landscape hides beautiful villages with a colourful and rich history. It is the ideal area for moderate walking, cycling and discovering "Provençale" cuisine and culture.

You will also discover other cultural symbols of Provence such as, olive groves, vineyards with the "Côtes de Provence", "Côtes du Luberon", "faïence" and the sweet song of cicadas.

The Mediterranean Coast areas:

En Vau calanque
Monaco

From Marseilles to Nice, the Mediterranean coast offers much more than busy towns. It offers many preserved wild spaces, for instance "Les Calanques" are cliffs which hang over the sea, some of which are accessible on foot. Les Calanques span from Marseilles to Cassis and are a splendor to behold.

You will discover many quaint fishing villages which offer their fresh fish and local produce in markets, such as l'Estaque. There are local vineyards in Cassis offering locally produced wine, and restaurants combining all the produce to make a delicious all round culinary experience. Famous artists like Cézanne, Picasso and Van Gogh found inspiration in the landscape. You can follow in their foot steps and see for yourself what was so inspiring.