getting to provence

Travel Options

The region is served by both scheduled and 'no frills' airlines from a variety of UK airports. Nîmes, Marseille and Avignon are closest to the majority of our properties in the Vaucluse. Lyon and Nice airports are also well served from the UK and are around 3 hour's drive from our Vaucluse houses. For our properties in the Var, Toulon, Nice and Marseille airports are nearest.

Nowadays, the variety and choice of flights from UK airports to European destinations is considerable. We do not tie you in to a package holiday with prearranged travel; you are free to choose flights from your closest airport using any charter, scheduled or low cost airline.

We always recommend booking your flights and hire car as soon as you have decided on your holiday accommodation. You will find that fares are usually lower and the choice of flight times is wider.

If you need to place a 'hold' on your chosen property whilst you are booking your flights we are more than happy to do this for you. We can book flights on your behalf if you would like us to, for this service we charge a fee of £30 for each return flight booked

Fly from:

  1. Aberdeen
  2. Belfast
  3. Birmingham
  4. Bristol
  5. Cardiff
  6. East Midlands
  7. Edinburgh
  8. Exeter
  9. Gatwick
  10. Glasgow
  11. Heathrow
  12. Leeds Bradford
  13. Liverpool
  14. Luton
  15. Manchester
  16. Newcastle
  17. Norwich
  18. Southampton
  19. Southend
  20. Stansted

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Villages and towns in Provence

Vaison La Romaine

One of the principal towns at the northern end of the Vaucluse, Vaison la Romaine will enchant anyone with a love of history. In the quintessentially French lower town, modern day shops and restaurants jostle with Roman ruins, uncovered following extensive excavations. There is also an Archaeological Museum to visit and a superb cathedral with a lovely cloistered courtyard. A magnificent arched Roman bridge over the river Ouvèze leads to the medieval upper town, a maze of cobbled streets on a rocky spur. Vaison is always full of life, but particularly dynamic through the summer, when a plethora of festivals and events are held.

Saint Rémy de Provence

A picturesque and typically Provençal small town, St Rémy-de-Provence is a delight to stroll around, with its quintessential boulevards shaded by plane trees, fountains and squares to discover, and narrow streets dotted with galleries and boutiques. With plenty of restaurants and cafés, it is a lively place, particularly on a Wednesday when the market is in full swing. One of St Rémy’s most famous residents was Vincent Van Gogh, whose work is celebrated in the Estrine museum. And Roman history is still very much visible here, in the triumphal arch on the outskirts of the town, and at the archaeological site of Glanum nearby.

Nearby, Les Baux de Provence is a truly magnificent site, a fortified castle and medieval village perched atop a tall spur of rock with sheer cliffs on three sides, allowing superb views on a clear day down to Arles and the Camargue. Featuring on the ‘Most Beautiful Villages in France’ list, there is some beautiful architecture to see, but also just a lovely atmosphere of an authentic Provençal village with pleasant terrace cafés and art galleries to browse.


Manosque is a good sized market town with a well preserved walled old quarter, which is accessed via impressive 14th century gateways at the north and south. Other key sights are the Renaissance style Hôtel de Ville and the Notre Dame de Romigier church, and a walk up the hill to the ruined tower on the Mont d’Or is worth it for the great views. The Jean Giono Centre tells about the town’s most famous ‘son’, who wrote fiction set in early 20th century Provence, and at the ‘Maison de la Biodiversité’ you can take a wander through eight different style gardens.

The town is something of a hub for the surrounding hill villages, such as Montfuron, which boasts the region’s only remaining working windmill. Situated at the eastern edge of the beautiful Luberon Valley with its vineyards and lavender fields, and just west of the mighty Durance River and the dramatic Verdon Gorge, this area makes an excellent base for exploring and adventuring. Active pursuits are plentiful here; as well as walking and cycling, there is the chance to try canoeing on the Durance, lake fishing, or horse riding. In addition, sailing or windsurfing are offered on a lake just outside of Manosque, and there is an 18 hole golf course at nearby Pierrevert.


This historic village has many beautiful restored buildings made of local ochre and stone, a charming Romanesque church and a lovely shade-dappled square where you can enjoy a drink from the Café de la Poste. Newly refreshed, follow the waymarked trail around the restored ‘restanques’ (agricultural terraces) on the edge of the village, and get an insight into how this land was cultivated in days gone by. The village is surrounded by fields of lavender, which is at its peak in July, and it is also ideally positioned to visit the ochre villages, the lovely hilltop towns of Ménerbes, Bonnieux and Gordes, and the larger market town of Apt.


Sitting proudly on a hilltop overlooking the Luberon valley, Gordes is a picture postcard place, thoroughly deserving its inclusion in the ‘most beautiful villages of France’ club. Its meticulously restored stone houses ooze charm, and the château at the heart of the village provides a central focus, with various cafés, restaurants and boutique shops to discover in the surrounding lanes. Gordes’ subterranean world can be explored at the Caves du Palais Saint Firmin, where past generations have developed natural caves into store rooms, passages, wells, and even an oil mill. Another interesting site here is the unique ‘Village des Bories’, a restored settlement of 30 dry stone huts, originally shelters for shepherds but later used as dwellings.


Caromb has a lovely old centre with a main square dominated by its church, and a good selection of local shops and restaurants is on offer. Surrounded by vineyards, the village sits in a landscape dominated by the jagged ‘teeth’ of the Dentelles de Montmirail crags and the slopes of legendary Mont Ventoux in the distance, attractive to walkers, cyclists and nature lovers. Anyone with an interest in fine wines should make time to explore the nearby villages which lend their names to Côtes du Rhône ‘appellations’ such as Vacqueyras, Gigondas, Beaumes de Venise and Châteauneuf du Pape.

Le Barroux

This charming little medieval village is dominated by a 12th century château and a 14th century church with a tower and campanile. The quaint streets of Le Barroux are paved with a light coloured stone which matches many of the beautifully preserved buildings, and there is a handful of cafés and restaurants in which to pause and soak up the atmosphere. Set on the edge of the distinctive craggy mountain range known as the Dentelles de Montmirail, there are wonderful views to be had, whether you prefer taking a scenic drive or donning walking shoes. This is also a highly regarded wine producing area, with plenty of domaines and vineyards where you can stop and taste the local wines.

Pernes les Fontaines

As its name suggests, the distinguishing feature of Pernes-les-Fontaines is the large number of fountains dotted around. It is a lovely town to wander around in search of the 40 fountains, also taking in 17th and 18th century town houses, a covered market, remains of ancient ramparts and the 13th century Ferrande Tower. There is also a museum with displays of local traditional costume. Children will love the ‘Le Jarditrain’ in nearby Saint Didier, a detailed model railway running through a beautiful garden, and the Splash World water park in Monteux makes for a fun family day out.

A wealth of other picturesque villages to visit in this area include Vénasque, La Roque-sur-Pernes, and Saumane-de-Vaucluse, which has a superb golf course. Also Isle sur la Sorgue, the second biggest antiques centre in France with its Sunday morning ‘brocante’ market.

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