Provence is a place of many facets and offers a truly unique blend of three totally different identities: the Mediterranean Sea, Camargue and deepest Provence where you can pick from a vast variety of different holiday experiences. And there’s no ‘best’ season to visit, as the sun shines all year round here.
Flying pink flamingos in the Camargue Regional Park, classified biosphere world heritage by UNESCO. The pink flamingo is probably the most fascinating bird that can be observed in Camargue, whose colony is the biggest in the whole Mediterranean region and France’s only nesting site. Camargue is the ultimate wild territory as other animals such as bulls, horses, beavers, owls and herons can be observed in their native environment.
Olive trees fields in Provence. More than a culture, an emblem! According to different terroirs, the olives varieties are numerous and supplementary. Southern food is always well-oiled and anchoïade, tapenade, aïgo boulido and duck with olives are just some of the many culinary treats made from this little fruit. Along the olive oil routes of Provence, the Alpilles mountain range forms with the olive trees fields surrounding an astonishing and harmonious composition. From the top of its promontory, the medieval village of Baux-de-Provence, one of the most beautiful village of France, sculpted in the rock, overlooks a valley covered with olive trees. The human and cultural dimension of the villages melts then with the softness of the landscapes and the light.
The Calanques National Park is the great destination for learning paddle skills and discovering the shoreline in an unusual way. The Calanques (rocky coves) along the coast between Marseille and Cassis are of exceptional beauty by their striking relief, their scale and their white rocks. For more than twenty kilometres, the limestone cuts into the coastline, adding to the cities a splendid natural monument.An absolute must for kayaking, the area is also a hiker and rock climber’s s paradise.Hiking paths snake between the rocks, offering infinite possibilities for hikes, leisurely strolls and bathing. Every day during summer, a touristic cruise boat leaves the Old Port of Marseille, passes by the islands in Marseille Bay and goes into each of the Calanques as far as Cassis, the last stage of an unforgettable trip. You can also make the same trip from Cassis.