South of France Must See Villages for your Honeymoon
Thanks to lovely Angelika Krinke for all the incredible tips for some of the lesser-known spots in Provence! This utterly enchanting region of France is undoubtedly one of our absolute favorite places on the planet (so far!)... if there is one single romantic little place that we'd recommend for Europe honeymooners, this would be it.
SOUTH OF FRANCE
From Angelika Krinke: "With beautiful natural surroundings, pleasant weather, delicious cuisine, and plenty of lesser-known towns that offer a slower pace of life than their jet-set neighbors, the South of France may just surprise you. Paris made it on the list of top 10 cities to visit on a multi-city trip, but it might be worth going a little south to find more “secrets” about the South of France.
The land route with a car is a wonderful trip with beautiful views and villages. I recommend always using the land route. It is maybe not the fastest way and somewhere with a little bit spirit of adventure but definitely the most stunning.
And the wine! Oh, the wine! Bordeaux might be the big name – but Languedoc is a world-class wine-producing region, and the wine industry’s best kept secret. Stop into any vineyard you happen to pass on the dusty country roads, and sample the fruits of these independent vintners’ labors – you won’t be sorry. Pick up a bottle after you hit your local morning farmer’s market, and voila – lunch is served!
Les domains de Patras
We have such a wonderful time on Les Domains de Patras near Orange. A little piece of paradise surrounded by lavender fields with very sweet and hospitable owner, old buildings (I love the fountain), cute donkeys and the most cozy big dog Pablo.
In this village in the heart of Provence, you'll find all the charm of a typically Provencal way of life. You'll soon be strolling along the boulevards. In this village in the heart of Provence, you’ll find all the charm of a typically Provencal way of life. You’ll soon be strolling along the boulevards under the shade of century-old plane trees. The“must-see” is Mausolée Saint Remy de Provence. Vincent van Gogh spent one year at the asylum there. This year was probably the most creative of his entire life as an artist. On this place he produce many of the best works of his career. Goos pimples feeling on this place!
The lovely Aix-en-Provence - an ancient town full of charm and Provençal atmosphere. Not anywhere like there we saw so many joung people. The most beautiful hotel Hôtel des Augustins. Downtown, makes us feel sorrounded by the history of the city. If you are going during "Market Time"---- what a wonderful thing to do for part of a day
Plateau de Valensole
The other “must see” thing for me in the area Plateau de Valencole. In the summer between Juni and August aromas of lavender and thym waft through the air confirming the fact that Valensole is one of the most important producers of lavender in Provence. This little Village smells like fresh washed. It is worth it to spend the whole day on this place to see and smell this miracle. And natural beauty abounds, with the famous surreal sunflower and luscious lavender fields in Provence that are a must-see in the summer months. If you want sty longer on this place, we have lovely stay for one night in Chateau du Grand Jardin. "