Ah, Provence. She is always dreaming, is not it? Its sweet smells of lavender, its singing accents, its warm wines, its colorful dishes … Forget Paris, and bet on the region if you are looking for a romantic destination! This article can perhaps inspire you for a special occasion – a birthday, a wedding, Valentine’s Day approaching – or simply to take a couple’s air, the time of an extended weekend …
Moreover, Provence is not only for the summer! The month of February offers sun and mild temperatures, without hordes of tourists. Then you’ll find everything – bustling cities, small isolated villages, abundant nature and a sea as far as the eye can see to the south. So, what do you choose? In any case, all these sites are within 1 hour of each other. Why not base yourself in a beautiful house of charm to recharge your batteries? To help you choose, we like the selection of Smartbox partners offering more pleasant settings than others.
This port city is an eclectic mix of history and influences, for those seeking animation, color, dynamism. You will find so many beautiful markets of Provence as lively bars (or stadiums!). Visit the old town, admire the elegance of Longchamp Boulevard, stroll along the Corniche, or see the Friuli Islands. For your breaks, small cafes abound. And for the flowers, head to the Stalingrad Square Market on Saturday!
Aix en Provence
Difficult to surpass the timeless elegance of the beautiful Aix-en-Provence, with its tree-lined streets, its old merchant houses and squares with terraces. You can follow a route leading to the childhood home of Paul Cézanne. The architecture is delightful, from the cathedral to the fountain of the Place des Quatre Dauphins, through the Cours Mirabeau, its Renaissance buildings and small cafes.
Need romance? For chocolates, it’s going on at the Patisserie Philippe Segond, and for the flowers, at the flower market on Saturdays.
With its charming fishing port, narrow streets and colorful buildings, Cassis is a less popular and less popular destination for a romantic stroll. There are many cafes and bars to sample local wine. Head inland to the village of Le Castellet – its narrow cobbled streets are ideal for romantic and secluded moments. The medieval town offers a superb glimpse of the life of yesteryear, with wonderfully preserved buildings.
In the evening, why not retire to the Hôtel Berard in La Cadière d’Azur, just outside Bandol? The hotel offers the lush indulgence of the Spa La Cadiere, but also a Michelin-starred restaurant, Jean-François Berard, with the Bistro de Jef, where you can dine under the stars – or almost, protected by a glass roof.
Finally, for nature lovers, head to the Natural Park of Calanques and its breathtaking views of the cliffs and the Mediterranean. Go in winter and you will have the landscape to yourself!
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