Visiting the most beautiful villages of Provence is a must at Château de Berne. In addition to discovering this place nestled in the heart of nature, the estate offers you a visit to its cellars, a 5-star hotel, and restaurants, including one with a star rating.
There are many reasons to decide to come and discover Provence. It is one of the most attractive regions in France. One ventures there to walk to the sound of the cicadas, one awakens one's senses through the gentle warmth of the sun, the scent of lavender and thyme. You can enjoy the variety of its landscapes, fall in love with the most beautiful villages of Provence and treat your taste buds to its gastronomy.
The landscapes of Provence
Situated between the Alps and the Mediterranean Sea, the land of Provence offers a unique diversity of landscapes. If you like wide open spaces, discover the many activities on offer in the heart of the Alpilles natural park. A walk to the song of the cicadas or skiing in the Alpes de Haute Provence. Relax on the beaches of the Mediterranean or discover the salt marshes of the Camargue. It is a journey of the senses that opens its doors to you. The scent of pine trees, lavender, the sight of vineyards and olive trees, the mildness of the climate... Nature in Provence will give you the best of itself for your happiness.
The most beautiful villages of Provence
It is not easy to make a list of the most beautiful villages of Provence. There are so many places where the colours and the authenticity of the stones give us the feeling of being out of time, in suspension. Most often, you will find yourself in shady alleys, squares adorned with large plane trees where the most beautiful summer balls are played. Feel the heat of the sun and stop for a few minutes at the foot of a fountain to refresh yourself. Explore the small art shops, antique shops and local craft workshops. Sleep in a small inn, and take time to have a drink on a shady terrace in front of some old people playing petanque. Some places will dazzle you with their architecture and impress you with their location, as they are built at the foot of a cliff, or on a rock like the remains of a castle. Provence is also an atmosphere. Find the atmosphere of Jean Giono or Marcel Pagnol who described so well this region they loved. Discover the small churches and other Roman ruins. Whether it is for its nature, its culture or its history, whether your attraction is to gastronomy or art and architecture, you will always find a reason to pass through the most beautiful villages of Provence.
Provence and cuisine have a long history. A gourmet's paradise and a gourmet's nest. From bouillabaisse, to sun-drenched fruit and vegetables, truffles, wine and calissons, everything is made to thrill your taste buds. Take a walk in the Provençal countryside and pick the aromatic plants (thyme, rosemary) that will give your dishes personality and an exquisite taste. Many starred restaurants or more discreet places offer colourful, generous and flavourful cuisine. Provence also has its markets. They have an international reputation and offer a festival of colours and smells not to be missed.
Wine tourism in Provence
The gastronomy of Provence is also its wine. The vineyards of Provence extend over several hundred kilometres. From Nice to Avignon and from the Mediterranean Sea to the Alps. This sunny region produces numerous grape varieties, and although the three palettes of wine colours can be found, rosé still has priority in wine production.
Provence can be seen through wine tourism. In addition to discovering the most beautiful villages of Provence, you will stroll through the vineyards, and in the midst of a discussion with the winegrowers, you will discover new wines.
The Château de Berne wine estate
The Château de Berne wine estate is located in Lorgues in the centre of the Var department in Provence. It is the perfect starting point to visit the most beautiful villages of Provence. It is less than an hour away from the region's most prominent tourist spots. Saint Tropez, Hyères, Saint Raphael, Toulon, for their beaches, scuba diving and history. The villages of Lorgues, Flayosc, Cotignac, Aups with its truffle market and Tourtour, classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France. The American cemetery in Draguignan. Hiking or kayaking in the waters of the Sainte-Croix lake and the Verdon gorges. The abbey of Thoronet, on the heights, the village of Moustier-Sainte-Marie famous for its fayence... The list of the most beautiful villages of Provence can be endless.
The Château de Berne estate offers a 5-star Relais et Châteaux hotel with family rooms and suites. You can eat in its Michelin-starred restaurant or its gourmet bistro. For a break between two visits, take advantage of its 800 m2 luxury Spa, partner of 5 Mondes and Vinésime to discover the benefits of vinotherapy.
The most beautiful villages of Provence are typical. Their steep and shady streets, made of old stones, reflect the sun. You will come to recharge your batteries and soak up the culture and history of this beautiful region that inspired Cézanne, Picasso and Van Gogh. A visit to Provence includes the Château de Berne.