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16 Mar

A Gastronomic Holiday in Provence

Olive trees in ProvenceIndulge Yourself With A Trip To This French Foodie Heaven

Give your taste buds a treat on a vacation in the country synonymous with gastronomy and fine wine.

If you’re looking for a holiday to really indulge yourself then why not have your cake and eat it (quite literally) with a gastronomic tour of Provence, one of France’s most enchanting regions and famous the world over for its food.

An Inspiring Landscape

The sun-drenched south of France is the perfect place to unwind and relax: picture yourself sat at a restaurant table outside, amongst fields of lavender and olive groves, sipping on a chilled glass of rosé wine, a menu of delectable dishes to choose from and you will understand why Provence has such an enduring appeal.

From the mountains to the Mediterranean this region has been immortalised by painters who were drawn to the beauty of the area and its special light. Cézanne, Van Gogh, Picasso, Renoir and Matisse were all inspired by the landscape here and it’s not hard to see why, but as well as offering a feast of natural splendour one of the biggest draws to the region today is its wonderful produce, laidback lifestyle and some of the best cuisine France has to offer.

Famous for food…

The list of dishes that are famous the world over which originated from here is enough to whet the appetite: Aioli; Bouillabaisse; Daube Provençale; Escabeche; Fougasse; Pissaladiere; Ratatouille; Tapenade.

As well as these traditional staples on menus you will find several Michelin starred restaurants such as 3 starred Gérald Passédat’s Le Petit Nice in Marseille, where fantastic fresh fish dishes are at the heart of the menu and you can even swim straight from the rocks below the restaurant’s terrace. Passédat also owns some more casual brasserie style restaurants which means you can experience the food of one of France’s top chefs at more affordable prices.

… and Wine

Provence is well-regarded for its sun-drenched wines, particularly its dry rosés, but it is worth seeking out some of the spicy reds and aromatic whites that the region has to offer. You will find plenty of vineyards worthy of a visit, many specialising in organic viticulture.

Of particular note is Chateau la Coste with the added attraction of a collection of art and architecture from some of the leading lights of the international stage. Housed in a purpose built art centre designed by Tadao Ando and with sculptural works in the grounds from the likes of Andy Goldsworthy, Louise Bourgeois and Alexander Calder, this is a feast for the intellect as well as the palate.

A Recipe For Success

There are some spectacular towns and villages to explore with markets selling wonderful local produce. Be sure to try and explore some places off the beaten track and you will discover hidden gems not listed in the guidebooks.

To ensure your holiday is a recipe for success, don’t forget to take out travel insurance when planning your trip. Whether you are in the mood for local markets or Michelin star restaurants, Provence will not disappoint. Indulge your inner gourmet and treat yourself to a taste of the good life!