The Most Beautiful Towns of Provence

January 30, 2013 by

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The Most Beautiful Towns of Provence

The Most Beautiful Towns of Provence

Many people dream of Provence, except “Provence” isn’t really a place! The region is actually called Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, and as its name suggests, it covers a lot of real estate. So when you come to Provence on vacation, you’re going to want to know exactly to go! Hey, why not start with the most beautiful towns of Provence?

The Most Beautiful Towns of Provence

The Most Beautiful Towns of Provence

Gourdon

If you can deal with about a half-hour straight of hairpin turns, you will be richly rewarded with spectacular views from this tiny mountaintop hamlet. There’s also a vertiginous restaurant, quaint shops and an interesting garden at the entrance to the town. How did they even get that town up there?!

The Most Beautiful Towns of Provence

The Most Beautiful Towns of Provence

St-Paul-de-Vence

This old Medieval town is ripe for strolling, and there’s a pretty amazing cemetery that has arguably the best views in Provence. Stick around for the boules games that break out in front of the main cafe outside the city walls.

The Most Beautiful Towns of Provence

The Most Beautiful Towns of Provence

Tourettes

While this doesn’t have quite the views of Gourdon or St-Paul-de-Vence, it’s just as beautiful and blessedly less touristed than the more popular spots in this area of France. It’s an easy stroll that’s full of nooks and crannies that will have you reaching for your camera at every turn.

The Most Beautiful Towns of Provence. Photo courtesy of Kim on Flickr

The Most Beautiful Towns of Provence. Photo courtesy of Kim on Flickr

Les Baux-de-Provence

This haunting town has been left entirely to tourism—there are only 20 or so full-time residents—but Disneyland it’s not. Dating back to 6,000 BC, you can feel the history of the place as you walk to and through the ruins of the Chateau des Baux. A must-see.

The Most Beautiful Towns of Provence

The Most Beautiful Towns of Provence

Avignon

Avignon is the perfect base for Provence; it’s a large-ish city with good connections and all the amenities, but its intact walls protects this quintessentially beautiful Provençal town and let you live the fantasy for as long as your vacation lasts.

See these towns and more during a Provence Grand Tour

- Christine Cantera

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