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Quick Travel Guide: Provence, France

lavenderfields-provenceProvence in southern France is famous for its lavender fields, cobbled streets, and picturesque coastlines. The beautiful destination in France has been an inspiration for a good number of writers, artists, and travelers. Planning a Provence holiday though might be a bit tricky given the diversity of the region. Here are some travel planning tips to guide you for your next Provence holiday:

When to go

The best time to see the fields of lavender that ends on the horizon will be during summer. The best time is from June thru August. One downside though when you go during these months is the thick crowds and having to share the view with hundreds of people. The summer is also when the Festival Avignon happens.

You can still capture the picture perfect fields during the usual warm months of autumn. There are months though when a lot of hotels and restaurants closed shops for the off peak season. So it might be wise to stay in the major cities if you decide to go during these months. If you will be going during Spring, time your visit for the Peerinage des Gitans and the Fete des Gardians.

It will also be best to have a rental car to go around Provence. You are much in control of time with car rentals plus you avoid the hassles of transport strikes. There are also destinations in far flung towns which are not commonly reached by public buses or trains.

What to do

Here are the best things to do in Provence:

  • See the lavender fields – the best ones are near the Senanque Abbey or on the Plateau de Valensole.
  • Best food and drinks – try the flavors of the region at roadside stalls where you can sample their cheese and traditional dishes. If you want some sea foods head for Marseille.
  • Natural Wonders- Head to Camargue where you can visit a national park that boasts of a marshland serving as home to a wide variety of birds. There is also the Parc Ornitologique and its blushing flamingos. If you love the waters, go to Les Stes Maries de la Mer for a great coastal view and some delicious ice cream.

Top Travel Spots in 2010: 2

basqueNow, let’s head towards Europe — specifically, you need to think about a trip to Basque Country. This is a versatile vacation spot, because it spans both France and Spain. Plus, the scenery will absolutely take your breath away.

You can find some really incredible travel packages when you make the decision to visit the Basque coast — make sure you take advantage of that!

Chiloe, in Chile, is another hot destination in 2010. The country itself has an extremely rich culture, not to mention tons of adventure to be had. And Chiloe, specifically, is the best of everything you can find in Chile. The architecture tells a wealth of history, there are plenty of ghost stories and local tells, and some wild and crazy adventures just waiting for you!

Checking Into French Hospitality At The Chateau de Villereglan!

Chateau de Villereglan

France is such a beautiful place to experience – while I have never been there, my dreams are constantly filled with Paris, the beautiful landscape and of course the Eiffel Tower, however – the hotels are what I am really looking forward to.  Take the Chateau de Villereglan for example; this beautiful hotel in Southern France is one of the premier spots for true French hospitality.

While the hustling and bustling of Paris might sound appealing, if you want the scenic, provincial and cool feeling of France, the Chateau de Villereglan is going to be the place for you.  The Chateau de Villereglan has only four suites to choose from and you can be either in the main house or in a separate part in the orangerie, which is honestly true French countryside with extreme peace and seclusion – not to mention hospitality. 

At Chateau de Villereglan, you can happily stroll through the gardens and indulge in all sorts of different activity packages which include a two hour cooking course or even just a one hour massage – whichever is your poison.  The food is to die for and the scenery is something that is breathtaking.  Southern France people – the Chateau de Villereglan is the place to be!