Characteristic are the wide vistas and especially fragrant herbs. On a hot summerday, close your eyes and sniff the scents ... Lavender, Rosemary, Laurel. And here and there the strong, typical scent of the fig tree and eucalyptus. Anyone who has smelled Provence once will never forget that rich bouquet of scents. These herbs have of course been used for many years and many tasty dishes areprepared in the Provencal kitchen. Wherever you go, it remains picturesque. Especially the small villages on the slopes of the mountains of Haute-Provence are impressive. These are the villages perchés (high-altitude villages), which are also known as nids d'aigles (eagle's nests).
In the same area are the lavender fields which account for an important basic ingredient for the perfume industry, which is concentrated around Grasse. In the Provence you will also find the breath-taking Grand Canyon du Verdon, one of thegreater natural wonders of France. Bird lovers can indulge themselves in the Camargue, with the large group of pink flamingos as a wonderful spectacle.
Close to the Camargue is Marseille, capital of the region and one of the five largest cities in France. The fascinating history of Massalia, as Marseille used to be, goes back to 600 BC. Here the grape first entered France. And of course it is part of this: enjoy one of the many terraces of the famous Bouillabaisse, which originated here.