Arguably France’s most beautiful region, Provence is renowned for its gorgeous cities, ocean vistas, and spectacular Mediterranean atmosphere. With hotels located all over Provence, you can opt for a vacation that suits your every wish. Experience the romance of Avignon, and have access to the incredible natural scenery of Luberon Natural Regional Park. Down on the French Riviera you’ll find the glamorous resort towns of Nice and Cannes, providing luxurious hotels for sun-seekers to unwind in style.
Hotels in Provence: Our selection of the best locations for the perfect vacation
Discover Marseille’s Port-side Charm
Home to an enormous port on France’s glorious Côte d’Azur, hotels in Provence’s largest city place you within easy reach of white sand beaches, luxury cruises, and intriguing historic points of interest. Upon arrival at your hotel, take a walk up to Marseille’s most iconic landmark – Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde. This impressive 19th-century, Neo-Byzantine basilica overlooks the Old Port of Marseille and is a popular spot to catch the sunset. For a slice of historic Marseille spend an afternoon in the city’s Le Panier district. Once the site of a Greek marketplace, and rebuilt after it was destroyed in WWI, the quarter is now woven with trendy artisan stores and alfresco cafes tucked away in hidden squares. Furthermore, head to the Vieux-Port district for its bustling daytime markets and stylish bar scene right on the water. Marseille’s most stunning natural attractions can be found to the south in the Calanques National Park. Cascading chalk cliffs plunge into turquoise water, creating a wonderland of for travelers seeking gorgeous beaches and thrilling hiking opportunities. Cruises from Marseille to the park also bypass Chateau d’If – an island fortress and former prison which literary fans will recognize as the setting for 1844 novel ‘The Count of Monte Cristo.’
Luxury and Festivals in Cannes
There are few places on the French Riviera that command the same glitz and glamour as Cannes. Famed for its iconic film festival, hotels in this Provence hotspot are a dream for vacationers seeking a slice of the highlife. The grandeur of this resort town can be witnessed in the luxury yachts that bob in its harbor, as well as the facades of the impressive Hotel InterContinental Charlton and Château Thorenc. Located on the Golfe de la Napoule, Cannes waterfront glistens with life, and its two-kilometer Promenade de la Croisette is peppered with designer stores, trendy restaurants, and five star hotels. For further excursions on the Mediterranean, take a cruise west to the peaceful Lérins Islands. Home to the fortified Lérins Abbey, the island of Sainte-Marguerite is ideal for a day exploring local history and preserved wilderness. Discover local seafaring history at the Maritime Museum and visit the Royal Fort, once home to the mysterious Man in the Iron Mask. Back on the mainland, book a hotel in the surrounding Provence region to catch some of the world’s most famous stars as descend upon the city for the Cannes Film Festival each May.
Avignon: Heritage and prosperity in Provence
Languishing on the shores of the River Rhône, hotels in Avignon are within walking distance from some of Provence’s most stunning UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The sprawling Palais des Papes is one of the most important medieval sites in Europe, and was a papal residence during the 14th century. Today the grand palace attracts visitors with its Gothic towers and delicate frescos, as well as its Grand Chapel where many former popes once worshipped beneath its souring domed ceiling. Another famous heritage site to visit is the famous 12th-century Pont Saint-Bénézet, or ‘broken bridge, ’ which juts out into the Rhône. A short distance from Avignon’s historic city center is the stunning Luberon Natural Regional Park. Idyllic landscapes meet rural hilltop villages in this protected area of Provence. Hotels in the region also offer peace and rejuvenation in off-the-beaten-path locations surrounded by verdant woodland and scenic walking trails. Discover the picturesque and lively market town of Bonnieux, the Melon Festival of Cavaillon, or hike the well-maintained trails that weave past the medieval villages which litter Lubéron Mountain and the surrounding region.