Provence received its name from the Romans, who initially dubbed it Provincia Romana in the 2nd Century.
|When to go|
Provence gets 2,900 hrs of Sun per year, that is more than Los Angeles and Miami, meaning there’s really no bad time to visit. That said, the Mediterranean climate is especially inviting from late Spring into early Summer. Lavender is in bloom, rainfall is scarce, and hotels are busy, so book early.
|The food in Provence is as good as you have heard, especially at Marseille’s L’arôme, which blends French and Mediterranean influences into a unique melange that must be tasted to be believed. |
The local, organic fare is heavy on seafood and veal, but desserts like raspberry cake and cheesecake are not to be missed.
Also in Marseilles is Le Hippie Chic café, which lives up to its name with simple food made well. Gnocchi, waffles, and all manner of egg dishes are on the menu, each more delicious than the last.
| Nice, where to stay|
With an entire region to navigate, choosing a home base is particularly important. Le Dortoir, a surprisingly affordable hotel in Nice, checks all the boxes. Centrally located near Promenade de Anglais and Casino Barrière Le Ruhl, it has an ultra-modern aesthetic that does not come at the expense of comfort.
Pricier, but worth it is Les Mas des Herbes Blanches, a 5-Star hotel in Joucas. The rooms are lovely, but it is the extras, like their restaurant, bar, and spa that will inspire you to treat yourself.
Enjoy your travels
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