A villa holiday in the endlessly beautiful French region of Provence offers a beguiling blend of culture and calm, where 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 postcard-perfect beauty that has inspired so many artists and authors, and its 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
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 as you go. Culture and history buffs will love journeying back in time to Roman and medieval Provence at the UNESCO-listed Pont du Gard, a towering Roman aqueduct, and sauntering 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 a number of picturesque beaches located throughout the region. Whether you’re searching for soft, golden sands with an array or 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 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
Whether you’re wining and dining at a local brasserie, attending one of the amazing food festivals happening year-round or perusing a local market piled high with sun-soaked fruit and vegetables, flavourful cuisine is likely to play a big part during your villa holiday in Provence. At local bistros, fresh local ingredients are transformed into specialties such as bouillabaisse and ratatouille stews, and you’ll 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
Provence is home to a rich Roman heritage and religious architecture, so it’s a worthy excuse to leave your private pool for a day or two to explore its fascinating aesthetics. Aix-en-Provence is considered France’s most beautiful town, where charming streets and squares are speckled with ancient monuments, aristocratic palaces and hundreds of fountains: Aix-en-Provence is called the ‘City of a Thousand Fountains.’ For a dose of culture, head to the world-class Granet Museum, walk in Cézanne’s footsteps on the marked pedestrian route, and stop for a while on Cours Mirabeau, once a street for horse-drawn carriages, now a bustling boulevard with busy pavement cafes shaded by leafy plane trees.