Provence & the Cote D'Azur

Brigitte Bardot first popularised the bikini on the beaches of the Cote d'Azur, and close by, but a world away, Van Gogh and Cézanne drew inspiration from the landscapes of Provence inland. The French Riviera remains the most fashionable stretch of coast in the Mediterranean for luxury holidays. Take a boat trip to explore Cap Ferrat or Cap d'Antibes, enjoying beaches, watersports and long lunches in the port-side restaurants of former fishing villages such as St. Tropez. Other attractions range from the flower market in Nice to the shops and casinos of Cannes and Monte Carlo. Inland, the attractions of Provence are very different, but no less appealing. Wander round any number of picturesque villages, tasting local produce at farmers' markets or sipping pastis beneath the plane trees of an outdoor café.

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  • Helicopter transfers on the Riviera are efficient, surprisingly reasonable, and the best way to avoid the stationary summer traffic.

Provence & the Cote D'Azur: the Detail

Explore the region's impressive Roman heritage in places like Arles, Orange and Vaison-la-Romaine, or go walking through fields of lavender and sunflowers.

For yet another aspect of Provence, head for the unspoilt wilds of the nearby Camargue, in the Rhône delta. Here you can enjoy excellent horse riding and see everything from flamingos to the famous long-horn Camargue bulls.

For those keen to minimise their carbon footprint, Provence can be easily reached by train using France's superb TGV network, and Eurostar trains now run direct to Avignon on certain dates throughout the summer so you can be in Provence just five and three quarter hours after leaving central London. The wonders of modern technology, eh?


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A note on price

A no-expense spared weekend on the Côte d'Azur can cost upwards of £2,500pp. Or, take a self-catered villa in Provence, arriving in comfort via the train to Aix en Provence and your luxury holiday over the May half-term week can be taken care of for less than £10,000. Based on 8 people self-catering. Learn more about our pricing

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  • Average Temp. — 6°C / 42°F
  • Rainfall — 5cm / 2.1 inches
Flight from London

2:00 hrs

Time Difference

GMT +1 hr


Top picks for Provence & the Cote D'Azur

Villa Marie

Villa Marie

Provence & the Cote D'Azur

Set in a lovely pine grove on a hillside overlooking the Baie de Pampelonne, Villa Marie is an oasis of calm in the village of Ramatuelle, yet with the beaches and St. Tropez in close proximity.

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Domaine Des Andeols

Domaine Des Andeols

Provence & the Cote D'Azur

The rooms are distributed among nine houses, each of which has its own distinct character, from the minimalist lines of the Maison Blanche to the ethnic interiors of the Maison du Voyageur.

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Hotel Crillon le Brave

Hotel Crillon le Brave

Provence & the Cote D'Azur

Forged from seven medieval buildings in a hilltop village in Provence, Hotel Crillon le Brave captures both the romance and views of the Côtes du Rhône wine region.

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Cycle Provence and the Cote D'Azur

Cycle Provence and the Cote D'Azur

Provence & the Cote D'Azur

What better way to enjoy the Mediterranean climate of the stunning French Riviera and Provence than by cycling through its picturesque landscapes and historic villages. The region has something to offer for every type of cyclist, whether you prefer to take casual day trips or hit the more challenging routes.

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La Pinede Plage

La Pinede Plage

Provence & the Cote D'Azur

La Pinede Plage is that rarest of beasts, a good quality French Riviera hotel that is also good value (relative to the competition).

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Chateau de Valmer

Chateau de Valmer

Provence & the Cote D'Azur

Chateau de Valmer is a magnificent family run old bourgeois manor house surrounded by a six- hectare vineyard and beautiful orchard and conveniently situated near the beach in La Croix- Valmer.

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