Provence and Surroundings
Dramatic landscapes, low rainfall, idyllic villages, lavender, and the Mediterranean diet combine to make Provence one of the most popular tourist destinations in France.
Provence is the spiritual home of the Impressionists. A visit to nearby Arles, where Van Gogh spent a productive period, is a must. Paul Cezanne was born in Aix-en-Provence, whence he had a lifetime love affair with the nearby Mont Saint Victoire. Matisse, Picasso, Renoir and Chagall, too, spent time in Provence.
The beaches of Sausset-les-Pins and Carry-le-Rouet are about an hour's drive away. The beaches are crowded in July and August but the swimming is wonderful in September and October.
For bigger beaches try Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer. Getting there involves a trip across the Camargue, with its flamingoes, black bulls and white horses.
There are many reasons to go to Marseille, not least the old port, the daily fish market and this excellent shellfish restaurant.
3 Cours Saint-Louis
04 91 33 14 94
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Auberge du Mérou
A fantastic fish restaurant with panoramic views of Marseille and surroundings
Calanque de Niolon
13740 Le Rove
04 91 46 98 69