Aix-en-Provence, Brignoles & Draguignan
This area of Provence is known for its impressive architecture and rich culture which - when coupled with stunning landscapes, delightful little villages, and the Mediterranean coast within easy driving distance - make the interior of Provence a delightful destination for a holiday.
One of this vast region's main cities is Aix-en-Provence. It is an extremely popular town to visit, rich in culture, architecture and history with guided tours throughout the year, even on Christmas Day! It is perfectly located with a view of the Mont St Victoire in the background, made famous by Cézanne in his many paintings of this mountain that rears up from its surrounding landscape.
Brignoles is a very large market town, known for its peaches, honey, olives and olive oil. Its medieval town and main square lined with cobble-stoned streets, make it the fantastic destination that it is.
Draguignan resembles a medieval village, full of museums and beautiful churches. It makes a great place to step back in time and learn about the history of the area and admiring the many old buildings surrounding you.
Things to See & Do in Aix-en-Provence, Brignoles & Draguignan
Although a few miles inland from the coast, there are still some great places to swim nearby. One of the best spots is at Lac de Carcès, which is a 20-minute drive from Brignoles.
Towns and Villages
In addition to the main towns of Aix-en-Provence, Brignoles & Draguignan, there are many smaller towns and villages well worth a visit. These include:
- Aix-en-Provence. As well as being the home of the French artist Paul Cézanne it is known locally as "the town of 100 fountains". It was also a Roman town, and has a thermal spa that is open to the public. Well worth a visit. Aix is also well-worth a visit if you're looking for a varied range of restaurants (beyond the often predictable plat de jour often found in smaller towns and villages.)
- Bagnols en Foret is an 11th Century hilltop village with a pretty square lined with restaurants and shops.
- Bargemon is another pretty village with original 12th Century walls and many restaurants.
- Barjols, known as the doorway to Haute Provence and the hilly country of the Var.
- Callian is one of the oldest villages in the Var, full of charm and history.
- Carcès has plenty of shops and a regular market that supplies fresh local produce.
- Cavaillon is a small village famous for it's namesake, the Cavaillon melon, and has an annual melon festival!
- Cotignac is another pretty village, with a pretty square and regular craft and produce markets, known for it's limestone caves that were once used as homes by the locals.
- Eygalières is the birthplace of both Nostradamus and a village popular with Van Gogh. A quiet retreat with shaded squares lined with cafes and boutiques.
- Fayence is a great location for a walk to explore the winding streets or vineyards that surround the village.
- Gordes was voted one of the most beautiful villages in France and is known for it's far reaching views and beautiful surroundings.
- Lorgues is a pretty village with a regular market and a wide selection of shops and is surrounded by vineyards.
- Mallemort is worth a visit for the famous suspension bridge that spans the river Durance.
- Mazan is a great location for outdoor enthusiasts, with mountain biking, horse riding, fishing and tennis on the doorstep, plus great restaurants to refuel after a busy day outdoors.
- Rognes is another great location for anyone looking for outdoor sports and also for wine enthusiasts. There are regular tours of the village that are a great way to learn about the local history and culture.
- Rousset lies at the foot of Mont Sainte-Victore, in the heart of the landscapes painted by Cézanne. Among garrigue-covered hills and the vineyards of Arc, this little corner of paradise has preserved the quality of life and charm of a typical Provencal village. Enjoy a gentle stroll through its quiet, paved streets lined with shops and craft workshops.
- Ventabren has an interesting history and is also home to Aqueduct de Roquefavour, the largest aquaduct in the world.
Events and Festivals
As a busy tourist area there are arts, crafts, music and food festivals throughout the summer months. Here are few of our favourites.
- Fete des Tripettes in Barjols is a picturesque and traditional festival that has been held in the village for over 650 years!
- The unusual Fete du Melon is a celebration of, well, the famous local melon! and is usually held at the end of June.
- For an open air theatre and cinema, visit Cotignac, where there is a busy programme of events throughout the summer season.
- Wine and music lovers should check out Gordes, which holds festivals filled with both during high season.
Sights and Attractions
You're away from the coast so won't find any theme or waterparks around, but there is plenty for the outdoor enthusiasts.
- Pont Royal is a golfing resort built around an ancient domaine, with top-class eateries and in an idyllic setting.
Find a Holiday Villa in Aix-en-Provence, Brignoles & Draguignan
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Featured Holiday Homes in the Provence
- 6 bedrooms, sleeps 12
A restored and extremely comfortable provencal Mas set in the heart of the beautiful Luberon offering the best of modern amenities combined with old provencal charm. Furnished to a very high standard the house is perfect for families or groups of friends alike. 6 bedrooms / 6 bathrooms. Sleeps 12.
- 4 bedrooms, sleeps 8
Morningside, located in Bandol in Provence, is the perfect villa for families, thanks to the private swimming pool and gated garden. Being only a 5-minute walk from the heart of the town, this property is ideal for families or groups looking to relax to the fullest.
- 7 bedrooms, sleeps 16
Villa Romantic is just as the name suggests - a very romantic and beautiful hilltop Provençal-style Mas with separate cottage dating back to 1820. This property provides charm and comfort, but the main attraction is the stunning roman-style private swimming pool.
- 5 bedrooms, sleeps 10
This spacious property has been newly decorated and furnished in a luxury typical Provencal style. From its perched position surrounded by orchards and vineyards it offers far-reaching views over the surrounding picturesque villages of Bonnieux, Roussillon, Lacoste, and to the distant Mont Ventoux.
- 7 bedrooms, sleeps 16
A beautiful old converted stone farmhouse with heavenly uninterrupted views over the Luberon hills. Sleeps 10 in 5 bedrooms/5 bathrooms of the main house and 4-6 in the small house adjoining. Large heated swimming pool (12m x 8m), a tennis court and beautiful quiet lawned terraces with shady trees.
- 2 bedrooms, sleeps 4
Light and spacious first floor apartment offering lovely views of the Luberon Valley. Large, secure garden perfect for children and pets. Private, heated pool. Parking. Easy walking distance into village with all services and shops. All the ingredients for a perfect holiday in Provence!
- 3 bedrooms, sleeps 8
Villa Occitane is a luxury villa located on the Pont Royal Golf and Country Club, boasting a private swimming pool, internet, satellite TV and a beautiful garden to sit and relax in. With 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, this is the ideal place for a family or group of friends to enjoy their holiday together.
- 7 bedrooms, sleeps 13
Gorgeous, traditional-style provencal manoir renovated to a high standard and set in its own gated grounds. Heated pool. Spacious living both inside and outside, just three minutes drive to village of Salernes. Superb venue for weddings of up to 100 guests.
- 3 bedrooms, sleeps 6
Villa with 3 bedrooms and private pool just 0.5km from the village of Ste Anastasie sur Issole, it is approached via a lane which runs through wooded hills laced with vineyards. The hillside setting of the villa is tranquil and uncrowded; ten or so villas nestling amongst the trees.
- 2 bedrooms, sleeps 4
L'Appartement Chabaud is a fully renovated and refurbished apartment set within Le Prieuré, an 18th Century former silk factory and Priory. This apartment with shared heated pool is just a 5 minute walk to shops and restaurants although remains very secluded.
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