A villa holiday in Provence, an endlessly beautiful French region offers a beguiling blend of culture and calm. Roman ruins and fairytale villages perched on rocky outcrops are interspersed with bustling Provençal markets and acres of vibrant lavender fields, which glow purple in the sunlight. With picture postcard beauty that has inspired many artists and authors, and with glorious weather to match, a Provence villa holiday is bound to stay etched in your memory for a lifetime.
Handpicked for their dreamlike settings, our villas to rent in Provence are concentrated in the gorgeous areas of Aix-en-Provence, St. Remy de Provence and Gordes. Guests have front-row seats to the best spots in France's southeasternmost corner, and what's more, all of our Provence villas have a private pool for an added level of luxury.
Many of our villas in Provence put you within easy reach of historic towns, delectable restaurants, scenic countryside walks and local attractions, including vineyard tours and wine-tasting, weekly Provençal markets and lively festivals.
With so many activities on offer for both relaxing and indulging, it's understandable why Provence is one of the most irresistible destinations in France. Throw in our idyllic Provence villas to gather your nearest and dearest, and you have a timeless destination.
Things to do in Provence
With so many things to do in Provence, you won't get bored. This quintessentially French province is full of beautiful locations to visit and plenty of cultural sites for history lovers. Paris might be the city of love, but Provence will make you forget about it.
Located in Avignon, Pope's Palace is a UNESCO-listed building with a rich and exciting history. It was built in the 14th century as a residence for popes, and the architecture was simply stunning.
Going on a tour gives you access to the interior, which features lavish decorations and plenty of traditional rooms.
Carrières de Lumières
Art lovers travel worldwide to see this incredible attraction at Les Baux-de-Provence. Set in an old limestone quarry, the Carrières de Lumières features a range of HD image projections, creating an audio-visual experience for visitors.
The stones and ground come to life with imagery, and the theme changes each year, so prepared to be amazed by the beautiful images.
Stroll along the leafy boulevards and delightful old quarter of Cézanne's hometown of Aix-en-Provence, admiring the many art museums, artisan food shops and colourful boutiques.
The city is known by many as the city of fountains due to its extensive collection of water features and artistic design. While it's a university town, you'll love the beauty of the cobbled streets.
Step back in time and experience Roman life
Culture and history buffs will love journeying back to Roman and medieval Provence at the UNESCO-listed Pont du Gard, a towering Roman aqueduct, and strolling around Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, built on one of the oldest archaeological sites in Europe.
Vincent Van Gogh produced many paintings of the beautiful surrounding countryside here, and you can walk in his footsteps at the Monastère St. Paul-de-Mausole.
You'll come across many hilltop villages in Provence, but Gordes in the Lubéron region is one of the most beautiful, crowned by a magnificent Roman fortress and home to Abbaye de Senanque – a must-see on any itinerary in Provence.
Beaches in Provence
Although Provence is perhaps best known for its fragrant lavender-filled landscapes, ancient abbeys, and medieval towns, there are several picturesque beaches located throughout the region.
Whether you're searching for soft, golden sands with an array of watersports or a stretch of coves with crystal-clear waters, the beaches in Provence range from family-friendly and bustling to wild and secluded.
Our luxury villas in Provence provide easy access to some of the best beaches, or you can enjoy a lazy afternoon by your villa's private pool!
Nightlife in Provence
This region of France may not be the first place that springs to mind for after-dark entertainment, but there is still plenty going on, and each area has a unique feel.
The alfresco terraces of the lounges and bars come alive with a warm and friendly atmosphere, where revellers remain until late, thanks to the balmy climate.
After a drink and a dancefloor? The town of Aix-en-Provence offers a wide range of nightlife venues thanks to the high student population.
Alternatively, create your own evening entertainment in the comfort of your villa with card games around the pool, aperitifs at sunset and large family barbecues.
Food and Drink in Provence
The cuisine will play a big part in your villa holiday in Provence, whether you're wining and dining at a local brasserie, or attending one of the unique food festivals happening year-round.
Or, why not peruse a local market piled high with sun-soaked fruit and vegetables and flavourful cuisine?
At local restaurants, fresh ingredients transform into specialities such as bouillabaisse and ratatouille stews. You'll also find sweet patisseries, boulangeries and cheese shops in most towns and villages.
Don't pack too much in your suitcase – the natural larder of Provence, including truffles, olives, lavender honey and the region's beloved pale rosé, is too good not to take home!
History and Culture in Provence
For a dose of culture, head to the world-class Granet Museum, walk in Cézanne's footsteps on the marked pedestrian route and stop on Cours Mirabeau, once a street for horse-drawn carriages, now a bustling boulevard with busy pavement cafes shaded by leafy plane trees.
Let's not forget that Provence is also home to many famous vineyards, and most are open to visitors. You can taste wines, buy traditional French bottles and relax in the rolling countryside surrounding the vineyards.
Shopping in Provence
Provence also has an array of shops for all budgets. You can take a trip to the expansive Provence Designer Outlet and find great deals on designer clothing. Or, look at the local businesses and buy handmade soaps, lotions and candles.
Provence is also an excellent place for antique hunters, with L'Isle Sur la Sorgue being one of the top places to find historical items. However, don't forget to look at the smaller village shops villages, because you can find some treasures there too.
Enjoy our Provence holiday villas
Provence has so much to offer, and staying in a villa gives you more flexibility to enjoy the culture. Our villas are located in Aix en Provence, St Remy de Provence and Gordes, with many within walking distance to shops, restaurants and cultural sites.
Luxury villas in Provence
Provence is a world-famous destination, so there are plenty of holiday homes in the area. Our luxury villas go above and beyond general expectations and are perfect for a lavish holiday with private pools and all the amenities you could want.
St Remy de Provence is home to most of our large villas, and some of the most popular self-catering accommodation options come with a heated pool and even a hot tub. These villas take the word luxury and elevate it to new heights.
Family-friendly Provence villas
Of course, if you're looking for more affordable villas in Provence, we have plenty of options available. These villas are ideal for a family holiday and are in Provence's most popular and active areas.
All of our current options sleep between 6-15 people, and most come with WiFi, a swimming pool, air conditioning and a private garden area.
Book your villa today and experience everything Provence has to offer
The best thing about Provence is that there truly is something for everyone. From historic sites to art galleries and quaint local markets, you can enjoy a relaxing holiday combining culture and stunning scenery.
Please feel free to view our extensive collection of villas in Provence and choose the perfect holiday home for your stay. If you need help, our friendly team is always available to offer some holiday inspiration.