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Provence is a vibrant mix of romantic tradition and surprising, fast-changing modernity: hilltop villages and colourful cities, châteaux and fishing cabins, lavender fields and spectacular rocky calanques, rosé wine and bouillabaisse, Cézanne and van Gogh, pétanque, scuba diving and Olympique de Marseille, cutting edge rap and elegant summer festivals of theatre and classical music.
Marseille sums up many of these contrasts. It is France's oldest city, with a rich and flavourful history. Yet it has also undergone a spectacular transformation under the ambitious Euroméditerranée development scheme and European Capital of Culture programme in 2013.
Today a tourist trip to Provence has never been easier, thanks to a brand-new high-speed TGV rail link from London direct to Avignon and Marseille which now runs all year round, low-cost flights to Marseille, Avignon, Toulon and Nîmes and very fast-expanding cruise ship traffic in both Marseille and Toulon.
This site covers the sights and attractions in the areas around Marseille, as well as around Aix en Provence and Avignon, both of them grand provençal cities in their own right, and the up-and-coming destination of Toulon. We also explore a selection of the region's other most interesting towns and most beautiful villages. As we grow, it will become a complete travel guide to Provence.
So, whether you're planning a weekend break, an extended stay, the purchase of your dream house or just an armchair visit to the most beautiful corner of France, do come and check regularly what's hot and fresh under the Mediterranean sun.
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