From the valleys of the Hautes-Alpes to the beaches of the Côte d'Azur, this stunning region is famous the world over. From its mythic sites to its secret corners, off the beaten track, a stay in one of its handsome character hotels or charming guesthouses will create unforgettable memories. Les Collectionneurs offers charming establishments where you can stay or have a wonderful meal in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur.
Provence will stun you with the diversity of its landscapes, from the Saint-Beaume massif to the Montagne Saint-Victoire, which inspired so many artists. Art-lovers should take time out to appreciate the astonishing underground exhibition space at Les Beaux-de-Provence or the large pictorial pieces displayed on the rockface of a former quarry.
The nearby nature reserve of Les Alpilles is worth a detour, with its steep and jagged hills. Nature-lovers will want to press on to the Verdon gorges and go hiking in the Luberon or Calanques (creeks) of Cassis. From Saint-Paul-de-Vence to Lourmarin to Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, the most beautiful and picturesque villages of Provence can be explored while wandering through shady narrow streets or colourful markets.
From Saint-Tropez, the little fishing village which became a mecca for celebrities, to Cannes, famous for the film festival held on the Croisette, or Nice, with its Promenade des Anglais which hugs the shore of the Bay of Angels, the towns of the South of France are internationally renowned. From Sainte-Maxime to Avignon to Draguignan, each has its own charm and personality which you can discover on your trip to Provence. To make the most of the region, travellers can book a hotel room right in the historic heart of a Provencal village.
Les Collectionneurs offer a wonderful selection of characterful establishments in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, all with spacious and comfortable rooms, fully equipped with all modern comforts. Guests will appreciate the high-quality bedding, a luxury bathroom or a flat-screen TV and unlimited wifi. Decorated with taste and refinement, these guesthouses give off a warm and cosy atmosphere for a romantic overnight stay or a family holiday in Provence. In the morning, breakfast can be savoured on a terrace with sea views or in lush, green gardens.
Ever since the Belle Époque, artists have been flocking to the Côte d'Azur. The pretty town of Aix-en-Provence is inseparable from the life of the painter Paul Cézanne. Travellers can follow in the footsteps of great men and stay in an iconic 'grand hotel'. For a romantic overnight stay, a double room with a private terrace overlooking the Gulf of Saint-Tropez will provide the perfect backdrop, with the Mediterranean sea at your feet. There's no better way to while away the daytime hours than relaxing by an infinity pool. For a relaxing stay, why not stop off at a spa hotelwhere you're sure to be seduced by Provence's charms. Steam room, sauna, jacuzzi, indoor and outdoor pools - all are an invitation to relax. Close to the coast whose climate is so prized, Marseille is an explosion of cosmopolitanism and exuberance. The universe of writer Marcel Pagnol is on display just a few steps from the Old Port. Spend a night in a hotel in Marseille in an 18th and 19th-century building completely and elegantly renovated, and you'll take away some unforgettable memories.
Inland, the PACA region is brimming with exceptional sites. Arles is worth the detour for its Roman arena and Gallo-Roman remains and it's also the jumping-off point for an idyllic walk in the Camargue. At the heart of this expanse of wild nature, enjoy a few nights in a typical Provencal farmhouse or 'mas', now transformed into a destination of choice. Travellers will wander the 'garrigue' between the valleys full of olive trees and lavendar fields before resting in a charming room in a 19th-century 'bastide', or a chateau.
In the Drôme or the Luberon, at the heart of some of the most beautiful villages in France, we recommend taking the time to set down your suitcases in an elegant country manor or an 18th-century olive oil mill with a decor of exposed wood and hand-crafted faïence. On the terraces or the patio, all year round, these stunning establishments set in lush greenery are real havens of peace. The vineyards of Provence are so important to the region's identity. Visitors can choose the unusual experience of staying in a former 'château de marquis' with crenellated towers rising from the vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Take a refreshing dip at the heart of the Coteaux de Provence to punctuate a relaxing day, after breakfast in magical surroundings overlooking the vineyards of Bandol.
Provencale cuisine uses a range of Mediterranean flavours. Olive oil, aromatics, thyme, basil, sun-soaked vegetables, etc. Southern gastronomy is also associated with sea food and fish. Restaurateurs make freshly-caught fish taste sublime by revisiting the region's most venerable recipes. It's impossible not to mention the art of wine-making, sincethe culture of wine is inseparable from the love of good food. Between the Mediterranean and the Alps, Provence's vineyards extend over 200 kilometres, across the départements of Var, Bouches-du-Rhône and part of Alpes-Maritimes. Provence's great rosé wines sit side by side with character whites and robust red wines with their fine tannins. If you like, you can enjoy a wine tasting at the heart of a wine domaine before sitting down in one of the fine restaurants selected by les Collectionneurs. Prolong the pleasure by booking a table in one of PACA's hotel-restaurants before starting out on a culinary journey in the establishment's gourmet restaurant.
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