Provence is a region in south-eastern France that begins from the east shore of the lower Rhone River, extending to the Italian border in the east and the Mediterranean in the south. Its largest city is Marseilles. Provence is said to have taken its name from Provincia, the first city established on the other side of Alps and has mainly a Mediterranean climate with mistral winds the speed of which can reach up to 100 km per hour particularly in winter months causing a difference in the climate.
Provence, with its natural beauty inspired authors like Emile Zola and artists such as Van Gogh and Cezanne. Cezanne, known as the father of modern art, was born and lived in Aix-en-Provence, one of the region’s most famous cities. If you happen to pass by here, you can go on a journey into the past by following his footsteps inscribed on the streets. Van Gogh lived in Arles and St. Remy for two years, and many of his paintings were inspired by the region’s natural beauty. It is unknown if the region’s legendary beauty were the secret of his prophecies, but the famous soothsayer Nostradamus was born in St. Remy, another important town in the region.
Apart from its natural beauty, the pleasant little towns like Arles, St. Remy, Les Baux, Avignon and Aix-en-Provence, the region’s Luberon National Park and surrounding towns of Gordes, Moustiers, Roussillon, Sault are famous for their lavender. Particularly in July and August, lavender fields reach a peak giving the smell and visual senses of visitors the joy of festivity with its sweet scent and spectacular lilac color of the lavender fields.
If you want to travel to the lavender scented towns and give your eyes a feast among the lilac lavender fields, now is the time…