The one time Province of Rome is mainly
agricultural land dedicated to the growing of
lavender, cherries, apricots, and melons in the north
and grapes and olives in the south. Rice and salt
production are favored in the flat land of the
Camargue on the Rhone River Delta.
The farms of Provence have produced a regional
cuisine that has much to do with the available
produce in season.
The farmers of Provence work the land and cherish
their traditions. Many of the villages hold festivals
based on the spring planting and fall harvest.
Festivals include ancient music, dance,
horsemanship, bull fighting and traditional Provence
meals based on olives, rice, grape and roasted
Provence is bordered on the west by the Rhone
River, on the east by the border of Italy. The region
was inhabited in Neolithic times when settlers built
rock tombs and cave shelters.
Later, nomadic shepherds built corbel vaulted
beehive-like structures of stone called bories with
an estimated 3000 still standing around Gordes
and in the valley below the village of Saignon.
The river attracted Celtic tribes and Italian Ligurians
who inhabited Provence before the Greek (600 BC)
and later Roman settlers (200 BC) entered the river
and built permanent dwellings of stone along its
From the first century BC to the third century AD, the
Romans built extensively throughout Provence and
many of their structures still stand.
The regions of Provence are called
departments and include Hautes Alpes, Alpes
de Haute Provence, Alpes Maritimes,
Bouches du Rhone, Var, and Vaucluse.
If you are planning to rent a vacation house or
apartment in Provence, start a search with
the region you desire and your price range.
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
A Villa or Vacation
rental at the foot of a
walled city in
accommodate up to
15 or more and give
good access to
Saignon on the hilltop
overlooking Apt is in
the middle of
country east of Avignon.
A limited menu family run
mom and pop style
restaurant in the Village
of Apt, Provence, La
Manade on Rue Rene
Cassin should not be
Avignon Provence and its Palace of the Popes
(pictured) is a good base for a South of France
vacation and day trips to Apt, Gordes, and
Saignon, villages noted for lavender production
Where Is Provence, The South Of France
Provence, The South of France
The southeastern region of France from Montelimar to the
Mediterranean, from Nice to the Saintes Maries de la
Mere on the Rhone River Delta is called Provence.
Marseilles is one of the principle cities of Provence and
offers an international airport. Marseilles is located 483
miles south of Paris, three hours by TGV Train.
This region is noted for Roman ruins, medieval walled
cities, wine and olive production, and low-fat cuisine
based on olive oil and local herbs such as thyme.
Provence also offers great hiking, biking, and Kayaking.
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