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?
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?!
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.
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.
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.
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