Provence is a region located in the South of France and has an idyllic Mediterranean coastline dotted with glamorous cities, charming fishing villages and beautiful beaches. Inland, colourful countryside and rural villages can be found and the foothills of the Alps provide some magnificent vistas. Hiring holiday villas in Provence gives you the freedom to spend your time in whatever way you like, whether it is exploring the sites of vibrant cities or simply relaxing by the pool at the villa in Provence.
Being adjacent to Italy, the food is a wonderful fusion of both French and Italian style cuisine and as most holiday villas in Provence are self-catering, you have the option to eat out whenever you like. In coastal locations, deliciously fresh seafood and shellfish can be found on most menus. Other dishes that Provence is renowned for are Ratatouille (a stewed vegetable dish), Niçoise salad, aioli (garlic and olive oil sauce) and the famous Herbes de Provence. Holiday villas in Provence are well-equipped to allow you to create your own culinary delights and you can buy deliciously fresh local produce at the markets.
Saint Tropez holds a lively open-air Provençal market every Tuesday and Saturday selling fruit and vegetables, fresh bread, cheese, meat and fish, and is popular with both locals and tourists. Being self-catering, staying in holiday villas in Provence gives you a fantastic opportunity to try some traditional French-style cooking for yourself. Another delightful market can be found in the old city of Toulon which is open daily selling food, household items, gifts and trinkets. Numerous fountains are dotted around this charming city and there are plenty of galleries and museums to investigate, as well as a magnificent ruined fortress.
Stretching from Hyères to Menton is the glorious Côte d'Azur and renting a holiday villa in Provence puts you in an ideal location from which to explore all of its affluent and stylish cities. The largest city in the region, Nice, is popular with visitors staying in villas in Provence who are looking to spend their holiday soaking up the sun on beautiful beaches and enjoying the exuberance of a large urban centre. Fashionable cafés and seafood restaurants line the legendary Promenade des Anglais where you will see people rollerblading, cycling, walking their dogs or simply taking a leisurely stroll while admiring the view of the shimmering Mediterranean Sea.
For more active visitors staying in holiday villas in Provence, many water sport activities are available in Nice and for those interested in art, the Musée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain (MAMAC) is located in the city centre.
Following the coast down to Cannes you will find another location that is ideal for hiring holiday villas in Provence. This elegant seaside city is perhaps most famous for its annual film festival and as a result, Cannes has become a popular holiday destination for the rich and famous. With palm trees lining the promenades and glorious sun-kissed beaches, it is no wonder that so many choose to stay in villas in this area of Provence. Glamorous restaurants, chic boutiques and casinos are predominant throughout the compact city centre and luxury yachts and casinos give the place an affluent ambience. A few historical buildings remind visitors of the city's past and the Musée de la Castre located in the heights of the Old Town houses an interesting collection of fine art.
Another exuberant location to visit for those hiring holiday villas in Provence is Monaco, an independent country with its own monarchy which is only around two squared kilometres in size. Filled with beautiful parks and gardens, plenty of fashion boutiques and trendy restaurants, the vivacity of this city attracts numerous celebrities. Monaco is renowned for the Monte Carlo Casino and villas in Provence are ideal to stay in during the annual Formula One Grand Prix that is uniquely held on its streets. The dazzling sight of multi-million pound yachts in the harbour speaks volumes of the country's wealth and old buildings such as the Prince's Palace built around 1215 and the magnificent St. Nicholas cathedral point to where it all began.