Visit the most beautiful villages in Provence

Château de Berne is one of the most beautiful villages in Provence. 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 1 Michelin-starred restaurant.

Discovering Provence

There are plenty of reasons to come and discover Provence. It's one of the most attractive regions in France. Venture there to walk to the sound of the cicadas, awaken your senses with the gentle warmth of the sun and the scents of lavender and thyme. Enjoy the variety of its landscapes, fall in love with Provence's most beautiful villages and feast your taste buds on 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 love wide open spaces, discover the many activities on offer in the heart of the Alpilles nature park. Take a walk to the sound of the cicadas or go skiing in the Alpes de Haute Provence. Relax on the beaches of the Mediterranean or discover the salt marshes of the Camargue. A journey of the senses awaits you. The scent of pine trees and lavender, the sight of vineyards and olive groves, the mildness of the climate... Nature in Provence will give you the best of itself for your enjoyment.

The most beautiful villages in Provence

It's not easy to make a list of the most beautiful villages in Provence. There are so many places where the colours and authenticity of the stonework give you the feeling of being out of time, in suspension. More often than not, you'll find yourself in shady lanes, squares adorned with large plane trees where the most beautiful summer balls are held. Feel the heat of the sun and stop for a few minutes at the foot of a fountain to cool off. Explore the small art boutiques, antique shops and local craft workshops. Sleep in a small inn, and take the time to have a drink on a shady terrace in front of a few old people playing pétanque. Some places will dazzle you with their architecture and impress you with their location, built at the foot of a cliff, or on a rock like the remains of a fortified castle. Provence is also an atmosphere. Rediscover the atmosphere of Jean Giono or Marcel Pagnol, who so aptly described this region they adored. Discover the little churches and other Roman ruins. Whether it's for its nature, culture or history, or whether your tastes run to gastronomy or art and architecture, you'll always find a reason to visit Provence's most beautiful villages.

Provençal cuisine

Provence and cuisine have a long history. A gourmet's paradise and a gourmet's nest. From bouillabaisse and sun-drenched fruit and vegetables to truffles, wine and calissons, there's plenty to tantalise your taste buds. Stroll through the Provençal countryside and pick the aromatic plants (thyme, rosemary) that will give your dishes personality and exquisite flavour. Numerous Michelin-starred restaurants and more discreet venues offer colourful, generous cuisine bursting with flavour. 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

Provence's gastronomy is also its wine. The vineyards of Provence stretch over several hundred kilometres. From Nice to Avignon and from the Mediterranean Sea to the Alps. This sun-drenched region is home to a wide range of grape varieties, and while the three palettes of wine colours can indeed be found, rosé is still the mainstay of wine production.

Provence can be seen through wine tourism. As well as discovering the most beautiful villages in Provence, you can take a stroll through the vineyards, and in the midst of a discussion with the winemakers, you can 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's the perfect base for visiting the most beautiful villages in Provence. It is less than an hour from the region's most popular tourist attractions. Saint Tropez, Hyères, Saint Raphael and Toulon, for their beaches, scuba diving and history. The villages of Lorgues, Flayosc, Cotignac, Aups with its truffle market and Tourtour, listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France. The American cemetery at Draguignan. Hiking or kayaking in the waters of Lac de Sainte-Croix and the Gorges du Verdon. The abbey of Le Thoronet, high up in the hills, the village of Moustier-Sainte-Marie, famous for its fayence... The list of the most beautiful villages in Provence could be endless.

The Château de Berne estate offers a 5-star Relais et Châteaux hotel, with family rooms and suites. You can dine in its Michelin-starred restaurant or its gourmet bistro. For a break between two visits, take advantage of its 800 m2 luxury Spa, partnered by 5 Mondes and Vinésime to discover the benefits of vinotherapy.

The most beautiful villages in Provence are typical. Their steep, shady streets of old stonework reflect the sun. Come and 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. 

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