Top 5 things to do in Provence

The entrance in the Old Port of Marseille, photo by dalbera/Flickr

Provence is a spectacular region of France. With numerous gorgeous sight, great beaches, beautiful countryside, several cultural attractions and dozens of entertainment possibilities, it is one of the country’s most attractive and popular tourist destinations. The abundance of attractions is so huge, that you perhaps won’t be able to choose which ones to visit and which ones to miss. Whatever your preferences, you will surely find at least one attraction which will become your favorite one. To help you choose the best attractions of Provence, below there will be presented the top 5 things to do in this magnificent region. These will surely make a memorable holiday for you.

 

Visit the spectacular city of Marseille

This beautiful city is one of the most visited cities in France. It is a wonderful port city situated on the southeastern coast of the country. There are dozens of attractions in this huge city, such as churches, museums, galleries, parks, beaches and so on. One of its major attractions is the Old Port or the Vieux-Port. If you are in Marseille, don’t miss the gorgeous port. Two forts guarded the port which can be still visited today.  There are also spectacular bars, shops and restaurants in the Vieux-Port where you can eat delicious seafood and traditional French dishes. At the end of the harbor you will find a fantastic fish market. Marseille is a wonderful city, I suggest you not to miss it.

The entrance in the Old Port of Marseille, photo by dalbera/Flickr

Relax on Cassis’ magnificent beaches

Do you prefer lying on the beaches instead of sightseeing? Provence offers spectacular beaches, too. Cassis is a fantastic commune which is situated in the eastern part of Marseille. It is a very popular destination among tourists. Cassis is famous for its beautiful limestone cliffs of white color and gorgeous sandy beach. There are also wonderful inlets here, called calanques. A great thing about Cassis is that the beach is not as crowded as other popular beaches in France. It is perfect for relaxation, sunbathing and swimming.

Admire the flamingos and wild horses in Camargue wetlands

If you are a nature- and animal-lover, Provence is the right place for you. Camargue wetland is a wonderful protected area in Provence, situated between the Mediterranean Sea and Rhone River Delta’s two arms. This region is characterized by the presence of beautiful marshes, rice fields and a spectacular wildlife. The area is home to hundreds of species of migratory birds, such as flamingos. It is also the habitat of the well-known gray Camargue horse. This small breed of horse lives freely in the wetlands of Camargue.

Camargue horse, photo by Wolfgang Staudt/Flickr

Go hiking in the Gorges du Verdon

The deepest canyon of Europe was formed by the river with the same name. It is considered one of the most beautiful canyons of the continent. It is very popular among tourists, attracting thousands of visitors every year. There are great hiking trails in the canyon. The views are spectacular. This natural wonder is surely the heaven for nature-lovers and hikers. If you are here, don’t miss to visit the wonderful medieval town, Moustiers Sainte Marie. A visit to this town is like passing back in the past.

Gorges du Verdon, photo by tristanf/Flickr

Take a relaxing bath in the thermal springs at Dignes les Bains

Dignes is characterized by gorgeous natural beauty, the region being known for its wonderful lavender fields. Dignes les Bains is famous for its curative thermal springs. Soaking in a lavender bath is a unique way of relaxing. You can also cover your body with mud with esthetic purpose or simply soak in the pools filled with thermal water. It is surely a remarkable way to relax and beautify yourself.

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