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Destination guide

Explore mountains and rolling vineyards from Provence villas

The Provence region in southeastern France is an ideal holiday destination for its unique Mediterranean environment as well as the geological diversity that's evidenced from the Alps to rolling vineyards. Anyone looking to relax in a holiday villa in France should consider Provence. The natural diversity of Provence is one of the top reasons to holiday here, as you can experience everything from sunny weather and wine tasting in the French Riviera to skiing the slopes of the Alps near Montpellier. The gastronomic tradition of the Provence region is internationally famous and is one of the reasons why celebrities holiday here.

 
History

Heritage near Provence holiday homes

Stunning estates, vibrant gardens and magnificent period architecture are found throughout Provence to delight the history buff. Holiday cottages are available near such attractions as the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, a chic, 20th-century villa with themed gardens overlooking the sea, and Musee Matisse, a 17th-century villa with a museum of paintings by Matisse. You could also visit the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, a modern museum that chronicles the regional history with artefacts and exhibits, or Abbaye Notre-Dame de Sénanque, a Romanesque abbey from the 12th century with lavender fields and guided tours. The Marc Chagall National Museum, a biblically-inspired museum dedicated to the paintings and works of Marc Chagall, is also a must for history and culture lovers.

Things to do

Things to do near Provence holiday homes

Provence has endless options for a beach holiday, historic tour, adventure outing and anything in between. Holiday homes can be found near locations like the French Riviera, a famously glamourous coastal area with stunning beaches and turquoise waters, and the Verdon Gorge, a scenic ravine overlooking cliffs into a deep canyon with white-water rapids. You could also visit Palais des Papes, a 14th-century papal palace with period architecture and frescoes, or walk along the Promenade des Anglais, a Nice beachfront with belle epoque architecture and quaint restaurants, taverns and ice-cream stalls.

Activities

Activities and attractions in and around Provence

Do you want to find top things to see and do during your stay? Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable holiday rental, you'll want to check out everything that Provence has to offer. Here are some of the top attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Golf du Luberon (5.5 mi / 8.9 km)
  • Chateau Val Joanis (10.3 mi / 16.6 km)
  • Chateau La Coste (14.1 mi / 22.7 km)
  • Lavandes Angelvin (14.9 mi / 24 km)
  • Sainte-Victoire Golf (18.6 mi / 30 km)
  • Set Golf (19 mi / 30.6 km)
Outdoor activities

Outdoor excursions near Provence holiday homes

The expansive landscape of Provence is a natural playground for outdoor enthusiasts. The mild climate and diverse landscape are perfect for activities like cycling, golf, horseback riding, karting, hiking and nature trails. Visitors also enjoy kitesurfing, kayaking, canoeing, wakeboarding, waterskiing, fishing and sailboarding in the many lakes, rivers, creeks and gorge waterways that traverse the landscape. No matter your skill level, you’ll find plenty of fun activities in the great outdoors of Provence near your holiday rental.

Natural features

Exploring the natural features in Provence

Whether you're looking for fun outdoor activities or just want to appreciate the scenery, Provence is a great spot to appreciate mother nature. Here are some of the area’s most stunning sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Montagne Sainte Victoire (14.3 mi / 23 km)
  • Les Vannades (11.1 mi / 17.9 km)
  • Montagne Sainte-Victoire (13.1 mi / 21 km)
  • Lac d'Esparron (14.1 mi / 22.8 km)
  • Colorado Provencal (15.6 mi / 25.1 km)
  • Terrain des Peintres (17 mi / 27.3 km)
How to get there

Transport options to and around Provence

The nearest airport is in Marseille (MRS-Marseille - Provence), located 29.8 mi (48 km) from the city centre. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could book a flight to Avignon (AVN-Caumont), which is 40.5 mi (65.2 km) away.

If you prefer to travel by train, Aix-en-Provence Meyrargues Station, Pertuis Station and Manosque-Greoux-les-Bains Station are the main stations in the city. You can see more of Provence by jumping on the metro at La Rose Station, Frais Vallon Metro Station or Malpasse Station.

How to get around

Getting to Provence holiday homes

Provence is easily accessible by flights, airport transfers, hire car, coaches and ferries throughout the area. Once in Provence, you can get around by scooter, taxi, hire car, bus services, train services and helicopter, giving you plenty of options to travel to and from your holiday rental. You may also be able to walk to nearby destinations from your holiday rental to enjoy the scenery and explore the area at your own pace.

Good for couples

Romance in Provence holiday cottages

If you’re seeking a romantic holiday, there’s no better place than Provence. The intimate locations and majestic natural beauty of Provence set the scene for romantic holiday outings near your holiday rental, such as Luberon, a massif with hiking and cycling trails and wine tours, and Mont Ventoux, a towering peak with cycling trails and spectacular views. The Massif des Calanques, an expansive national park with unique geological formations and coastal terrain with underwater cave inscriptions, and Pont d’Avignon, the historic ruins of a famous medieval ridge with spectacular arches and a small chapel, are great places to explore and bond.

How many holiday rentals are available around Provence?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 43,028 holiday lettings around Provence. From 7,302 villas to 14,945 houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Provence?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Provence. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Southern France: 137,957 holiday homes
  • Côte d'Azur: 36,731 holiday homes
  • Languedoc-Roussillon: 29,980 holiday homes
  • Italy: 148,098 holiday homes
  • Antibes: 11,222 holiday homes

HomeAway.co.uk offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in Provence! Please use our search bar to access the selection of self catering accommodations available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Provence?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in Provence with the largest selection of holiday lettings for a perfect city break:

  • Antibes: 11,222 holiday lettings
  • Nice: 7,617 holiday lettings
  • Villefranche-sur-Mer: 5,054 holiday lettings
  • Saint-Gervais-sur-Roubion: 371 holiday lettings
  • Arles: 2,098 holiday lettings

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

Can I find easy access holiday homes when travelling by plane to Provence?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of self catering accommodations near to airports. Airports with a large selection of self catering accommodations in Provence are:

  • Cagnes-sur-Mer (XCG): 13,884 self catering accommodations
  • Ales (XAS): 2,216 self catering accommodations
  • Aix-en-Provence (QXB- Aix en Provence TGV Train Station): 4,804 self catering accommodations

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near in Provence?

HomeAway.co.uk offers a large selection of holiday lettings near great places to visit in Provence. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the top popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Camargue Regional Nature Park: 1,232 holiday rentals
  • Arles (ZAF-Arles Train Station): 2,846 holiday rentals
  • Royal Mougins Golf Club: 16,268 holiday rentals
  • La Basilique Sainte Marie Madeleine de St-Maximin: 1,975 holiday rentals
  • La Grande-Motte Le Grau-du-Roi Station: 4,374 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Provence listed on HomeAway.co.uk where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday accommodations.

Explore destinations around Provence

Antibes
11,222 holiday rentals
Nice
7,617 holiday rentals
Villefranche-sur-Mer
5,054 holiday rentals
Saint-Gervais-sur-Roubion
371 holiday rentals
Arles
2,098 holiday rentals
St-Rémy-de-Provence
2,939 holiday rentals
Sainte-Maxime
8,652 holiday rentals
Grimaud
4,076 holiday rentals
Uzès
1,189 holiday rentals
Le Plan-de-la-Tour
857 holiday rentals
Cassis
3,505 holiday rentals
Flayosc
1,706 holiday rentals
Les Baux-de-Provence
1,903 holiday rentals
Beaulieu-sur-Mer
4,679 holiday rentals
Vallauris
9,360 holiday rentals
Vaison-la-Romaine
1,692 holiday rentals
Cheval-Blanc
2,924 holiday rentals
Le Lavandou
5,141 holiday rentals
Tourrettes-sur-Loup
6,949 holiday rentals
Cotignac
1,145 holiday rentals