A land of rich experiences
CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS & CELEBRATIONS
Christmas in Provence traditionally last 40 days, from Saint Barbara's Day (La Sainte-Barbe on December 4th) to Candlemas (La Chandeleur, February 2nd). The region's time-honoured celebrations come into full swing as the year draws to a close and the local towns and villages roll out ancient customs and picturesque crib scenes. Families gather round the “Gros Souper” supper: a humble but copious meal served on Christmas Eve, ending with the legendary Thirteen Desserts. The crib scene is finally taken down at Candlemas, honouring the purification of the Virgin Mary and "new fire" – the time when nature is purified before it emerges from winter. Christmas is also a very special time for foodies, with gastronomic feasts galore and cookery classes held in exceptional locations. Spending Christmas in Provence is a great way to delve deeper into the authenticity of this unique and beautiful destination and its welcoming locals.
DISCOVER OUR NATURE RESERVE IN SLOW MODE
The ties between mankind and nature date back many thousands of years and here in Provence-Apes-Côte d'Azur, we continue to nurture them while striving to maintain a healthy equilibrium. Culture, history and ancient know-how... Discover man's life and work as you explore our beautiful natural sites.
Let's gain altitude! At only two hours from the sea, extreme and snow sports enthusiasts, and hiking and wide-open spaces lovers will be able to hit the road and go to the Southern French Alps. In summer and winter alike, the sunny mountain ranges are an ideal playground. Discover the villages of an authentic territory, with a wild nature and breathtaking landscapes.