Lonely Planet Provence & the Côte d’Azur

  • 9 June 2003
  • UK

Fragrant lavender fields and sunny Mediterranean beaches, gastronomic delights and glamourous festivals. If you need more reasons to go, here are a few:


  • Fête de la Tarasque – five days of bonfires, fireworks, street processions and carnival (around 24 June).
  • Nice Jazz Festival (July) – one-week long jazz festival with main venue being a lovely old olive grove in Cimiez.
  • Festival d’Avignon – among Europe’s best-known theatre festivals, dating from 1947; Avignon in July. Festival Off is its funkier, fringe side.
  • Les Chorégies d’Orange – a two-week classical and choral music festival held in Orange’s Roman amphitheatre.
  • Festival de Lacoste – music with open-air concerts around Pierre Cardin’s restored castle, mid-July to mid-August, Lacoste.
  • Corse de La Lavande – Five-day festival to celebrate the lavender harvest, Dinge-les-Bains, first weekend in August.
  • Fête Mistralienne – the birthday of literary hero Frédéric Mistral is celebrated from 12-13 September throughout the entire Provençal region.

The new Lonely Planet Provence & the Côte d’Azur has tips on where to sip Chateauneuf du Pape or feast on Provençal fare, accommodation options for all – from farmhouses and monastries to historic chateaux, and insider tips on where to raft, walk or bike.

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