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OUR CURATED LIST FOR A Luxe Adventure in
The South Of France

After spending seven weeks in the South of France this summer, I got to know Provence on a much deeper level. Between the luxurious countryside hotels, the unforgettable local food and the picture-perfect landscapes, this stunning region is an absolute dream to explore. Enjoy our round-up of the most fabulous must-visit destinations for the jet setting woman entrepreneur.

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La Bastide de Gordes
Rue de la Combe, 84220 Gordes, France
+33 4 90 72 12 12

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Set against a lush Provence hillside and overlooking the resplendent Luberon, La Bastide de Gordes is like stepping into a French fairy tale. With architecture dating back to the 12th century, the hotel promises an intimate and luxurious stay, complete with three swimming pools and a restaurant, Peir, from three star Michelin chef Pierre Gagnaire.


Hotel Crillon le Brave
Place de l’Eglise, 84410 Crillon-le-Brave, France
+33 4 90 65 61 61

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Located on a gorgeous hilltop with magnificent views, this sprawling hotel encompasses seven historic cottages that are interconnected through winding staircases, stone passageways and beautiful open-air courtyards. Also, a stay here would not be complete without a meal of delicious seasonal fare from Head Chef Jerome Blanchet, offered with an ample selection of local Provence wines.


Domaine de Manville
13520 Les Baux-de-Provence, France
+33 4 90 54 40 20

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Immerse yourself in the Provençal harvest at Domaine de Manville, a former farming estate turned a five star paradise that will delight all the senses. Imagine waking up to the smells of rosemary, thyme, fresh bread and olive groves, while sipping on a glass of the best rosé that Provence has to offer and feasting on delicious seasonal local fare.


Chateau de Berne
Route de Salernes, 83510 Lorgues, France
+33 4 94 60 43 60

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Located on a 500-acre vineyard, the Chateau de Berne offers a mix of relaxing leisure and physical activity. Imbibe in the seasonal culinary delights of Head Chef Benjamin Collombat, or explore hiking and biking trails in the vast surrounding landscape, all while sipping on a nice cold glass of homegrown Chateau de Berne rosé.


La Bastide De Marie
144 Chemin du Petit Darbon- 74120 Megève – France
+33 (0)4 50 90 63 20

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Gina loved visiting this fabulous Maison&Hotels Sibuet property for lunch and a properly chilled glass of rosé. Jocelyn Sibuet has created the perfect mixture of a rustic Provençal vineyard and a modern luxury resort. It’s a lavender-scented intimate getaway offering all the best that the Luberon wine region has to offer.


La Villa Gallici
18 Avenue de la Violette, 13100 Aix-en-Provence, France
+33 4 42 23 29 23

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This five star 18th century residence brings a welcome splash of Italian style to the Provence region, while still offering a hushed boudoir atmosphere that feels quintessentially French. Whether you’re relaxing by the pool under the shady cypress trees, or taking a short walk into the heart of Aix-en-Provence, La Villa Gallici promises to be a sun-kissed, must-see boutique hotel experience.


La Coquillade
Le Perrotet, 84400 Gargas, France
+33 4 90 74 71 71

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A perfect spot for lovers of the great outdoors, La Coquillade overlooks the picturesque Luberon region and Mont-Ventoux. Get some sun while you explore over 90 acres of vineyards on the premises, or rent bikes and plan a picnic in the stunning surrounding countryside. And when you return, indulge in a variety of world-class spa treatments at La Coquillade’s brand new five-star spa.


Le Pigonnet
5 Avenue du Pigonnet, 13090 Aix-en-Provence, France
+33 4 42 59 02 90

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Step into a Cézanne painting at Le Pigonnet. The famed French painter was a frequent guest at the hotel, and could be seen wandering around the surrounding gardens, easel in hand, waiting for inspiration to strike. Between the chestnut groves, stunning greenery and world class service and amenities, Le Pigonnet is sure to inspire and delight the inner artist in any lucky traveler who comes to stay.


La Mirande Hotel
4 Place de l’Amirande, 84000 Avignon, France
+33 4 90 14 20 20

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A perfect blend of luxury hotel and private residence, La Mirande offers guests the chance to play house; in this case, the house is an 18th century French villa. Each room is outfitted in an ornate 18th century style, and offers views of the hotel gardens and the quietly bustling city of Avignon.


Hotel Du Castellet
3001 Route des Hauts du Camp, 83330 Le Castellet, France
+33 4 94 98 37 77

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A restorative spa and resort, Hotel du Castellet is a perfect oasis for the Provençal traveler. Wander the sun-kissed gardens, enjoy delectable cuisine by two star Michelin chef Christophe Bacquie, and rejuvenate in the world-renowned spa.


L’Oustau de Baumaniere
D27, 13520 Les Baux-de-Provence, France
+33 4 90 54 33 07

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If you are a craving an authentic taste of Mediterranean hospitality, look no further than L’Oustau de Baumaniere. This discreet family-owned country inn offers the best in the art of Provençal living, without any unnecessary bells and whistles. Simply the best!


Le Chateau des Alpilles
Route de Rougadou, 13210 Saint-Remy-de-Provence, France
+33 4 90 92 03 33

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Brought back to life in 1979 by an intrepid mother-daughter team, this gloriously restored manor supposedly dates back to the 13th century. The Manor, as it’s called, is surrounded by several acres of gardens and forests, including several centuries-old cypress trees. For anyone looking for beauty and privacy, Le Chateau Des Alpilles is a perfect Provençal pick.


La Bastide Saint Antoine
48 Avenue Henri Dunant, 06130 Grasse, France
+33 4 93 70 94 94

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Nestled in an olive grove in Grasse, the perfume capital of the world, La Bastide Saint Antoine offers guests a mix of classic Provençal style and modern, top-of-the-line amenities. This five star haven offers breathtaking views of the Mediterranean, Michelin-starred cuisine from Jacques Chibois, and is in close proximity to a number of can’t-miss destinations.


Hotel de Tourrel
5 Rue Carnot, 13210 Saint-Remy-de-Provence
+33 4 84 35 07 20

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Saint-Rémy-de-Provence is an essential Provençal destination, and the Hotel de Tourrel is an excellent point of entry. A former 17th-century French nobleman’s mansion, this small hotel of just seven suites is a perfect couple’s retreat in the heart of a storybook village.


Domaine de la Baume
2071 Route d’Aups, 83690 Tourtour, France
+33 4 83 13 27 27

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A renovated Bastide and the former home of French painter Bernard Buffet, this ochre-colored dream of a destination is a perfect way to experience lavender scented Provençal elegance. With glorious 18th century decorated rooms and a jaw-droppingly gorgeous surrounding environment, the Domaine de la Baume is a true jewel.


Domaine de Terre Blanche
3100 Route de Bagnols-en-Forêt, 83440 Tourrettes, France
+33(0)4 94 39 90 00

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With an award-winning spa and a Michelin-starred restaurant, Terre Blanche is an intimate getaway nestled in the lush natural landscape of Provence—but only 45 minutes from the Nice International Airport. The fabulous five-star hotel is disguised as an old stone village on a hillside, each room boasting its own private terrace from which to enjoy the incredible views.

 
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Restaurant Christian Etienne
10 Rue de Mons, 84000 Avignon, France
+33 4 90 86 16 50

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Right next to the famous Papal Palace in Avignon, this vine-covered medieval building is a romantic fairy-tale setting for a Michelin-starred meal. Local, honest and highly-nuanced, Chef Christian Etienne’s acclaimed cuisine follows the rhythm of the seasons.


Le Prieuré
7 Place du Chapitre, 30400 Villeneuve-les-Avignon, France
+33 4 90 15 90 15

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A dreamy terrace surrounded by fragrant jasmine and wisteria is the perfect place to enjoy traditional Provençal flavors. Try the Michelin-starred restaurant at this chic boutique hotel for lunch or dinner in this quaint town just across the river from Avignon.


Mas du Capoun
27 Avenue des Paluds, 13940 Molleges, France
+33 4 90 26 07 12

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In an old stone farmhouse in the heart of Provence, this family-run restaurant has a relaxed and cheerful atmosphere. In the summer months, meals are additionally served under the beams of a beautifully restored barn, allowing for a refined, yet simple country experience.


L’Oustau de Baumanière
D27, 13520 Les Baux-de-Provence, France
+33 4 90 54 33 07

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Nestled in the limestone hills of Les Baux, this Michelin two-starred restaurant serves haute Provençal cuisine with majestic views of the Alpilles. The wonder of it all has attracted an A-list crowd, including Queen Elizabeth, Hugh Grant, Bono and Johnny Depp to this fabulous Baumanière resort, where cooking classes, cellars and gardens make it a gastronomic institution.


La Cabro d’Or
Mas Carita, 13520 Les Baux-de-Provence, France
+33 4 90 54 33 21

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Not only is this restaurant DL Approved, we would file it under #lifechanging (order the filet mignon de porc). With a relaxed white-tablecloth atmosphere and EPIC food, the restaurant delivers the quintessential Provençal dining experience, in another gorgeous countryside property from Baumanière.


Restaurant Alexandre
2 Rue Xavier Tronc, 30128 Garons, France
+33 4 66 70 08 99

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First opened in 1983, Alexendre is the longtime project of chef-owner Michael Kayser, who now holds two Michelin stars recognizing his exceptional Provençal cuisine. Located just outside the ancient city of Nîmes, the restaurant opens onto a lovely park and offers experiential prix-fixe menus.


Le Petite Maison de Cucuron
Place de l’Etang, 84160 Cucuron, France
+33 4 90 68 21 99

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In a little yellow house on the banks of a petite pond, we adored the whimsical setting of this Michelin-starred restaurant. Chef Eric Saphin offers two prix-fixe menus a day, a leisurely six courses for dinner and something smaller for lunch. Expect fresh and sophisticated Mediterranean cuisine with optional wine pairings.


La Bastide de Capelongue
Les Claparedes, Chemin des Cabanes, 84480 Bonnieux, France
+33 4 90 75 89 78

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We’re absolutely in love with the food program at this splendid farmhouse hotel. There’s a fabulous Michelin two-starred restaurant, plus a chic, cozy bistro called La Bergerie where Gina returned three times. Start with the light-as-a-feather truffle pizza, then go for the blisotto (a spelt risotto with truffles). You can’t go wrong with any of the delightful entrees from the outdoor wood-fired grill, and to add something healthy try “The Joe”—a veggie and herb green drink that’s totally divine!


Le Saint-Estève at Les Lodges Saint Victoire
2250 route Cezanne, 13100 Le Tholonet, France
+33 4 42 27 10 14

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With a table on the terrace of this Michelin-starred restaurant, you’ll be able to gaze upon acres and acres of Mediterranean forrest, with the summit of the Montange Saint-Victoire rising in the distance. Chef Mathias Dandle specializes in traditional sun-drenched flavors showing off meticulously selected local ingredients, including seafood, game and truffles.


Domaine de Manville
13520 Les Baux-de-Provence, France
+33 4 90 54 40 20

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Gina was thrilled about her overnight getaway at this picture-perfect country resort in the commune of Les Baux. Along with a day at the luxurious spa, she enjoyed dining at their Japanese bistro and having an elegant lunch out on the terrace at their gastronomic restaurant, La Table.


Le Bistrot du Paradou
57 Avenue de la Vallee des Baux, 13520 Paradou, France
+33 4 90 54 32 70

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This place is worth the whole trip to Provence—end of story. Seriously, Gina still cries about the rabbit with homemade egg pasta she had here and wishes she were eating it for lunch right now. With tons of vintage charm and an upscale spin on French country cooking, each night offers a four course prix-fixe menu highlighting delicious Provençal favorites.


Le Château des Alpilles
Route du Rougadou, 13210 Saint-Remy-de-Provence, France
+33 4 90 92 03 33

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With gilded 19th-century moldings and mod furnishings, there’s a fresh elegance to the restaurant at this gorgeous family-run hotel. After your meal of classic French dishes, you’ll love to stroll down the path flanked by hundred-year-old cedar trees and explore the sprawling castle grounds.


La Cantina
18 Boulevard Victor Hugo, 13210 Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France
+33 4 90 90 90 60

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We’re not sure that it’s possible to tire of French food—but of course variety is the spice of life. Head to the charming village of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, where this Italian-style cantina is a sophisticated spot to satisfy your pizza and pasta cravings


Gus Restaurant
31 Boulevard Victor Hugo, 13210 Saint-Remy-de-Provence, France
+33 4 90 90 27 61

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Craving a taste of the sea? Look no further than this relaxed, yet stylish restaurant in central Saint-Rémy. Gina had a lovely sole meunière here, and along with stellar platters piled high with fresh shrimp, crab and lobster, the restaurant is also known for serving a pretty fab burger.


La Mirande
4 Place de l’Amirande, 84000 Avignon, France
+33 4 90 14 20 20

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Across from the Papal Palace in Avignon, this stately medieval residence, now a hotel, is a historic place to stop for breakfast, lunch or dinner. A daily changing menu celebrates the best flavors of the South of France, to be enjoyed either in the glamorous dining room done-up in art and tapestries, or outside in the hotel’s tranquil garden.

 
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La Bastide de Gordes
Rue de la Combe, 84200 Gordes, France
+33 4 90 72 12 12

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The Sisley Spa at La Bastide de Gordes is a serene environment dedicated to rejuvenating your body and mind. Treatments and products come courtesy of Sisley Paris, who use only the best essential oils and products. Indulge in a variety of Sisley Phyto-Aromatic Facial treatments, or simply relax with a massage or session at the day spa.


The Spa at Terre Blanche
3100 Route de Bagnols en Foret, 83440 Tourrettes, Provence, France
+33(0)4 94 39 90 00

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Located in the heart of a glorious Provencal garden, the Spa at Terre Blanche is the perfect place to unwind. Enjoy a 100% organic facial treatment, book a massage by Carita (a renowned Parisian beauty house) or simply enjoy a snack and cool beverage in the Infusion Tea Room.


Pure Altitude Spa at Les Fermes de Marie
144 Chemin du Petit Darbon- 74120 Megève, France
+33(0)4 50 90 63 20

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With over 17 spa treatment rooms, the Pure Altitude Spa in the Alpine village of Megève is singularly focused on your well-being and beauty. From visionary hotelière Jocelyn Sibuet, Pure Altitude offers a wide arrangement of pools, saunas and treatment centers that are sure to satisfy any spa-goer. Be sure to stop by the haircare and styling studio, with its huge selection of environmentally friendly, all-natural products and treatments.


Le Couvent des Minimes Spa L’Occitane
Rue les Jeau, 04300 Mane, France
+33 4 92 74 77 77

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Brought to you by the legendary L’Occitane, this spa is an extension of their excellent and essential products and treatments that you probably already know and love. A day here is guaranteed to restore your authenticity and sensuousness, as well as imbue your spirit with the essence of Provence.


The Spa at Chateau de BAGNOLS
69620 Bagnols, France
Tel. +33 (0) 4 74 71 40 00

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With a wide range of sumptuous treatments and the professionalism of Espa to boot, the Spa at the Chateau de Bagnols will restore your sense of peace and harmony. Come for an hour or a whole day—the stunning countryside and gorgeous Chateau are waiting for you.


Chateau de Berne
Route de Salernes, 83510 Lorgues, France
+33 4 94 60 43 60

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An elegant retreat, the Cinq Mondes spa will revitalize your senses and restore your spirit. With indoor pools, multiple Jacuzzis and can’t-be-beat views of the vineyards and olive groves, this is truly the heart of Provence and all of its magic.


Baumanière le Spa
Mas, 13520 Les Baux-de-Provence, France
+33 4 90 54 24 67

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Another Sisley spa, the Baumanière spa experience is a tranquil and serene one. With an abundant variety of massage and body treatment options, you’ll be relaxed and revitalized by their professional staff and a gorgeous setting in the heart of the Alpilles mountains.


Spa Des Écuries at Crillon Le Brave
Place de l’Eglise, 84410 Crillon-le-Brave, France
+ 33 4 90 65 61 61

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The brand new Spa at Crillon Le Brave features three new state of the art treatment rooms in a gorgeous old world atmosphere that is perfect for a solo retreat, or a romantic couples spa day.

 
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La Mirande
4 Place de l’Amirande, 84000 Avignon, France
+33 4 90 14 20 20

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When adventuring in Avignon, the living room-style bar at this luxury hotel offers a cozy spot to slow down and enjoy a cocktail by the fire. It’s just across the street from the Papal Palace in a converted 14th-century residence, with grand decor that adds to the historic ambiance.


La Coquillade Bar & Lounge
Le Perrotet, 84400 Gargas, France
+33 4 90 74 71 71

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Enjoy expansive views of the countryside while you relax out on the terrace at La Coquillade. Perched high up on a hill, this serene bar and lounge offers comfy seating in the shade along with fresh-squeezed fruit juices, traditional hand-crafted cocktails, fabulous local wines and savory snacks for aperitif hour.


Le Caveau des Minimes & La Cornue at Hotel Le Couvent des Minimes
Rue les Jeux, 04300 Mane, France
+33 4 92 74 77 77

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The terrace garden at this magic Provençal getaway is a relaxed and romantic setting for an evening sip in the country. Meanwhile, the hotel’s cellar, La Cornue, is a treasure trove of vintage wines and cheeses inviting you to explore the best that Provence has to offer. Make a reservation for four or more to indulge in a unique tasting experience.


Le 1924 & Côté Jardin at Hotel Le Pigonnet
5 Avenue du Pigonnet, 13090 Aix-en-Provence, France
+33 4 42 59 02 90

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After a day of shopping in Aix-en-Provence, the Hotel Le Pigonnet offers two chic spots to enjoy a fabulous drink. In the summertime, take a seat out on the teak terrace at Côté Jardin, surrounded by the hotel gardens and featuring live music every Tuesday night. October to May, Le 1924 offers a cozy British club-like atmosphere with a selection of cognacs and cigars.


Le Petit Verot
Le petit Verdot 7, Rue d’Entrecasteaux 13 100 Aix-en-Provence
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Tucked away on a side street, this hidden gem of a brasserie has an authentic, local vibe and a stellar wine list. With soft lighting and a chalkboard menu, it’s a lovely place to try delicious French wines and enjoy light bites made with fresh local produce.


Le Chimere Café
15 Rue Bruyès, 13100 Aix-en-Provence
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Date night, anyone? This sultry bar and restaurant offers a unique evening out. Choose from several different lounges with dramatic lighting and unusual decor to unwind with high-end cocktails crafted by passionate mixologists.


The Bar at Domaine de Manville
13520 Les Baux-de-Provence, France
+33 4 90 54 40 20

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Settle into a plush leather chair inside Domaine de Manville’s beautiful glass atrium, or grab a sofa out on the patio surrounded by trees. Offering lovely craft cocktails and gourmet bites, the bar is especially fabulous on Friday and Saturday nights, when live jazz completes the experience.


The Wine Cellar at Villa Gallici
18 Avenue de la Violette, 13100 Aix-en-Provence, France
+33 4 42 23 29 23

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Wine aficionados should not miss their opportunity to visit the most prestigious cellar in the region. Housed in an 18th century pavilion outside the pool at the glorious Villa Gallici, the elaborate cellar features a selection of 150 labels, including regional favorites and exceptional international bottles.


Hotel de Tourrel Wine Bar
5 Rue Carnot, 13210 Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France
+33 4 84 35 07 20

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This chic and modern wine bar in the lovely village of Saint-Rémy is an understated treasure. Pull up a sleek wood stool to sample select bottles, and perhaps even find something worth bringing home with you.


Avitus La Cave
11 Rue Vieux Sextier, 84000 Avignon, France
+33 9 84 27 57 97

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A classic wine shop and tasting room in the heart of Avignon, Avitus offers a quintessential Provençal experience. The welcoming and knowledgeable staff is happy to help you find the right wines for your taste and budget, which you can enjoy with a delicious charcuterie plate or cheese board.

 


Marseille Cathedral
Place de la Major, 13002 Marseille, France
+33 4 91 90 52 87

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With its green-and-white striped facade and Byzantine-inspired arches, there’s something one-of-a-kind about the Marseille Cathedral. Built in 1852 as a project of Prince Louis Napoleon Bonaparte, the gigantic, opulent church never fails to impress.


Parc National des Calanques
Bat A4, Parc Valad, Impasse Paradou, 13009 Marseille, France
+33 4 20 10 50 00

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With towering limestone cliffs plunging into clear turquoise waters, this wild and rugged stretch of the Riviera is one of the most magical places on earth. Take a boat tour from Cassis or Marseille to explore white sandy coves, caves and snorkel spots.


Roman Theatre of Orange
Rue Madeleine Roch, 84100 Orange, France
+33 4 90 51 17 60

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One of the best preserved Roman theaters dating back to the 1st century can be found in the town of Orange, in the Vaucluse region of Provence. Every summer you can watch incredible operas and multimedia performances as part of the annual Chorégies d’Orange festival. During the rest of the year the theatre is open to visitors who seek to explore ancient history.


Palais des Papes
Place du Palais, 84000 Avignon, France
+33 4 32 74 32 74

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When the first French-elected Pope decided to move headquarters from the Vatican to Avignon, he built the largest gothic palace in all of Europe for his home base, and decorated it splendidly with beautiful frescoes. Today this monumental castle and its impressive cathedral are open to visitors every day of the year.


Sénanque Abbey
84220 Gordes, France
+33 4 90 72 05 86

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Founded in the 12th century, this picturesque abbey with a front lawn of lavender fields is still home to a community of monks. For a serene day in the Luberon region of Provence, you might like to attend one of the beautiful church services, stroll the grounds, or spend some time in prayer and meditation.


Palais Longchamp
Boulevard du Jardin Zoologique, 13004 Marseille, France
+33 4 91 55 25 51

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For a cultured and beautiful afternoon, pay a visit to this spectacular 19th century palace and its surrounding park. Inside, you’ll find the city’s Musée des Beaux-Arts and natural history museum, while outside there are manicured gardens, beautiful fountains and pavilions worth exploring.


Pont du Gard
400 Route du Pont du Gard, 30210 Vers-Pont-du-Gard, France
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By far one of the coolest Roman ruins in Provence, the Pont du Gard was part of the aqueduct system that carried water to the city of Nîmes. Visit the museum to learn about the brilliance of ancient engineering, or go kayaking or boating on the river below for a more active experience.


Musée Picasso
Place Mariejol, 06600 Antibes, France
+33 4 92 90 54 20

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One of Picasso’s most prolific eras was the six months spent living and working from the splendid Chateau Grimaldi in the Riviera town of Antibes. When he left, Picasso donated many of his paintings from this era to the town, which in turn transformed the old 17th century chateau into the first museum dedicated to the artist.


The French Riviera
When en Provence, an extra dose of sunshine and glamour is never far. Consider a day or two on the glorious French Riviera, aka the Côte d’Azur, for a little seaside relaxation, shopping, wining and dining. Check out this month’s edition of Day Tripping as we take you to St. Tropez, Cannes, Antibes, Cassis and Monaco.


Les Baux-de-Provence
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A picturesque stone village nestled in the rocky Alpilles mountains, Les Baux is quintessential Provence. Stroll the small squares and narrow cobblestone streets, enjoy views of the limestone cliffs, see the art installation at Carrières de Lumières and definitely get a meal in—this town happens to be a foodie favorite.


Saint-Rémy-de-Provence
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In the heart of Provence, this charming village has plenty of treasures to uncover, from boutiques, art galleries and antique shops in the historic center, to the Roman ruins of Glanum just south of town. Check out our story with local lifestyle expert Vicki Archer for her mini-guide to shopping and dining in Saint-Rémy.


Saint-Paul-de-Vence
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This adorable hilltop village between Nice and Cannes is one of the oldest along the Riviera. In the 20th century, it became a hub for France’s modern art scene. Today the charming cobblestone streets are overflowing with galleries—though one of the best places to see fine art here is actually at La Colombe D’Or, a hotel and restaurant just outside town with a collection that includes names like Picasso and Matisse.

 
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Autour de la MAISON
64/94 avenue de la Vallée des Baux, 13520 Maussane, France
+33 4 90 54 40 49

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In the old mountain village of Maussane-les-Alpilles, this hidden gem of a home goods boutiques carries covetable gifts and furnishings with a special local charm. Inside you’ll find ceramics, baskets, decorative accessories and even handmade leather handbags.


Compagnie de Provence
63 Rue des Cordeliers, 13100 Aix-en-Provence, France
+33 4 42 27 37 41

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This chic brand of soaps, skincare, candles and fragrances offers the best in traditional Provencal scents. Luxurious bath and beauty products made according to time-honored practices are all presented in sleek and sophisticated glass bottles that look great on any counter.


Fragonard Parfumerie
20 Boulevard Fragonard, 06130 Grasse, France
+33 1 47 42 04 56

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No trip to the perfume capital of the world would be complete without a visit to one of the town’s legendary perfume factories—and the boutique at Fragonard might be the most fabulous place to shop the region’s classic fragrances.


CALISSONS DU ROY RENÉ
11 rue Gaston de Saporta, 13100 Aix-en-Provence, France
+33 4 42 39 29 90

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For those with even the slightest sweet tooth, a visit to this classic confectioner in the heart of Aix-en-Provence is a must. Try the famous Calissons candy and explore specialties like nougats, biscuits, chocolate and more.


Nicolas Alziari
318 Boulevard de la Madeleine, 06000 Nice, France
14 Rue Saint-François de Paule, 06300 Nice, France

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Not all olive oil is made equal. At Nicolas Alziari they’ve been perfecting the process for over a century, with attention to detail at every stage. Visit one of their gourmet shops in Nice to check out everything from olive oil and mustard to foie gras and jams—in other words, plenty of chic gift options for your foodie friends back home.


Fromagerie Andre Savelli
9 Rue des Marseillais, 13100 Aix-en-Provence, France
04 42 23 16 84

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This classic French fromagerie and wine shop in central Aix-en-Provence is any fine food lover’s dream come true! It’s the perfect place to pick up fresh goodies for a picnic, complete with an awesome bottle of wine.


Arum
1 Bis Rue de la Commune, 13210 Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France
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Tucked away on a popular shopping street in the lovely village of St. Remy, this adorable boutique carries home goods, gifts and bath products. The store has that charming vintage feel you only find in the South of France!


Marius-Fabre Savon de Marseille Soap Factory
148 avenue Paul Bourret, 13300 Salon-de-Provence, France
00 33 (0)4 90 53 82 75

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This legendary century-old soap brand continues to make the kind of heritage soaps Provence is so well known for. Visit their factory and shop to sample their luxurious products and find the fragrances that are right for you.


Marché — Saint-Rémy-de-Provence
Place de la République, 13210 Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France
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Every Wednesday morning a wide variety of local vendors set up shop in the center of old Saint-Rémy. At this bustling grand market, you can shop for fresh local produce, cheese and sausage from the surrounding farms, and peruse a selection of crafts, home goods, bath products and accessories that make for a special gift.


Marché — L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue
Avenue des Quatre Otages, 84800 L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, France
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On Sundays, this charming town along the banks of the Sorgue River offers a picturesque market experience. Beyond the usual food and craft items, L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue also happens to be the second-largest antiques center in France—so this is your chance to go hunting for treasure.


Marché — Arles
Boulevard des Lices, Arles 13200, France
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The largest market in Provence dominates the city of Arles on Saturdays. Stroll along the Boulevard des Lices to shop the never-ending selection of beautiful produce, gourmet goodies and local crafts.


Marché — Apt
Apt 84400, France
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If bustling crowds are not your thing, you may enjoy spending Saturday morning at the market in Apt, a village in the center of the Luberon nature preserve. Apt’s wide streets and large town square offer a slightly more comfortable shopping experience, with many of the same vendors from L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue.

 

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