Th and 14 Th Centuries while many rulers came and went including the Popes who resided at Avignon from 1309 to 1376 and built impressive castles. In recent years, these towns have been home and motif to Cezanne, Van Gogh, and Picasso.
Provence Vacation Rental, Renting a House In Provence

The people of Provence work the land and cherish their traditions; the coliseum at Arles still features bullfighting two times a year along with its other underway to teach the ancient language of Provencal in the schools and many of the villages hold festivals throughout the year that include ancient music, dance, horsemanship, and bull fighting.
Where Is Provence:
to the Mediterranean, from Nice to the Saintes Maries de la Mere in the Rhone River Delta is called Provence. This region, rich in Roman ruins, Medieval walled cities, and Renaissance art, offers fabled towns like Roman-built Arles and the one-time capital, Aix-en-Provence, along with Solon de Provence, home of Nostradamus,  and St. Remy, haunt of the Impressionist painters. The walled cities of Provence ooze history; Roman aqueducts, coliseum-like arenas, Roman theaters, and Gothic and Renaissance castles are everywhere.
Although rich in history, this area had been largely overlooked by international tourist except those that toured coastal Provence while visiting Cannes, Nice, and St Tropez: the Cote d' Azur to French speakers, the French Riviera in English.     
Celebrity chefs like Julia Child then put Provence on the American cooking vacation circuit with her cookbooks and her praise for the bouillabaisse of Marseilles  (30 to 60 Euros a plate in Marseille's Old Port restaurants), and the olive oil.
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Provence Tradition
The hills and valleys of Provence were inhabited as far back as Neolithic times and still have rock tombs of early settlers. Later, nomadic shepherds built corbel vaulted beehive-like structures of stone called bories with an estimated 3000 still standing  around Gordes and Saignon.
Germanic Celtic tribes and Italian Ligurians inhabited Provence before the Greek (600 BC) and later Roman settlers (100 BC) built permanent dwellings of stone.
From the first century BC to the third century AD the Romans built an extensive road system throughout Provence, the best example perhaps, the first century Julian Bridge on the road between Gordes and Lacoste that, until recently, carried automobile  traffic over the Coulon River, a feeder of the Durance River.  
Provence History
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Impressionist painters, and the discovery of Provence's hiking, climbing, kayaking, and biking opportunities had generated a wave of American tourist keeping the rentals full nearly year round until the Euro became so much stronger than the dollar. Even with the dollar discounted around 30 percent, Provence still draws Americans, usually in May and June, and in September and October, the months when the European travelers are back to work and not on their six-week July/August vacations.

Many of the villages in Provence are storybook quaint, full of ancient stone buildings with tile roofs and narrow cobble streets open only to pedestrians. Lavender fields of rich purple color the hillsides in June and July and 12Th Century chapels crown the hilltops in the Medieval walled villages. Farming of rice in the south and wheat and lavender in the north along with raising of sheep and the practice of viticulture and olive production are the primary industries in largely rural Provence.  
Hiking Biking Kayaking
Many visitors rent a place in Provence to settle in for a brief period of living the village life, shopping for the daily provisions, and cooking with the locally grown produce. Others home base in a convenient village and make day trips by rental car to surrounding hill towns of stonewalls and Medieval castles and for reaching the hiking, biking, horseback riding, kayaking, and cliff the hills and river valleys.
Renting a house, even if it just for a week or two, is a good and economical way to enjoy all that Provence has to offer.
Renting a House
Rentals can accommodate  several families or just two people. When your search begins on the web, start first with the number of people that you will accommodate.
How Many People
Hautes Alpes, Alpes de Haute Provence, Alpes Maritimes, Bouches du Rhone, Var, Vaucluse, and the Drome Provencale.

Start a search with either the region you desire or the price range you seek. Some villages are more expensive than others but the area is well served by good roads so that you can base in one place and reach many villages and walled cities in an hours drive.
What Region
Medieval Castles
Provence," a book that prompted a herd of Europeans to fan out in the countryside of the Luberon and Vaucluse looking for distressed cottages and old farms to buy as fix-up vacation homes and rentals. Otherwise the countryside of Provence has changed little in five hundred years. No massive development, no malls, and just a few high-speed roads. The one major innovation, the high-speed TGV train; with top speeds of 180 MPH it puts Avignon two and a half hours from Paris.
A Year In Provence
A Villa or Vacation rental at the foot of a walled city could accommodate up to 15  or more and give good access to recreation, culture, shopping
Saignon  on the hilltop overlooking Apt is to offer transportation
Arles was a Roman city in the first century
A limited menu family run  restaurant in the Village of Apt, La Manade on Rue Rene Cassin should not be missed
Plain Trees
A Provence vacation in the South of France in June could include festivals with Non-lethal bull fighting
Markets in Arles
Season: High, Mid, Low
High: July August
Mid:  April, May  June, September, October,and School Vacations
Low: November,December, January, February, March
The Palace of the Popes in Avignon was the 1300s home to Popes who preferred to live in France
The Roman Arena in Arles still hosts bull fights
The Roman Theater in Arles
Take A Provence Travel Vacation in The South of France and book a Provence Vacation Rental House to Save Money on Lodging.
Try some Low Fat Cooking and Healthy Eating from your Provence Vacation Rental with a kitchen.
The Roman arena in Arles
Rental car? (30-60 USD per day and plentiful in the major cities and TGV stations) If not, lodging in one of the larger towns or cities would be a better option unless you want the solitude and isolation of a country villa or retreat.

Provence Rental Cars     

Transportation: Local buses make trips between major cities stopping at towns and villages along the way.  Schedule.
France: Exchange Rates; prices for rentals will list in Euros or the British Pound.
A Provence Travel Vacation could include the Roman Arena in Arles which still hosts bull fights
Camargue Accommodations
Provence Transportation
Where is Provence
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Saint Remy-de-Provence
Provence Sightseeing, Biking
Aix-en-Provence, Avignon, Arles
Provence Shopping
Provence Cooking Vacation
Reach Provence From Paris
  • Air
International flights serve Paris, Marseilles,  Local flights reach Nimes and Avignon.
  • Train
TGV Fast trains serve Avignon, Aix,  Nimes, and Marseilles from Paris.  Local trains serve Arles
  • Auto
Rental cars are available at CDG and at the TGV Stations in Paris, Avignon, Marseilles, and Nimes.  Available also in Arles.
AutoEurope is available in Avignon at the TGV  train station.
The Palace of the Popes in Avignon, home to the popes in the 1300s
The Palace of the Popes in Avignon where the Popes lived in the 1300s
The Palace of the Popes in Avignon, home to the popes in the 1300s
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