Spotlight on Provence

Last year Canvas ventured into the beautiful region of Provence for the first time. The appeal of rolling countryside, endless fields of lavender and plenty of outdoor activities left us wanting to find out more. We delved deeper into this region to find out what makes a holiday here so special.

Provence lavender

Lovely lavender fields

Just inland from the Côte d’Azur, Provence has something for everyone and is often considered one of the most stunning destinations in the world. In fact, it is so beautiful that it has inspired many famous artists such as Monet, Cézanne, Matisse and Van Gogh who all lived and painted here. Art lovers have more than just canvas (see what we did there!) to look at, as the region is scattered with stunning Roman monuments, and in some cases entire Roman towns as is the case of Vaison-la-Romaine, nestled between the banks of the river Ouvèze. Visitors will also be in awe of UNESCO listed Pont du Gard, an original aqueduct and the largest Roman structure still in existence.

Pont du Gard

Pont du Gard

The landscape is also something to marvel at, with rolling vineyard blanketed hills and crystal blue gorges – and that’s before even mentioning the beaches only a short day trip away. With almost year round sunshine, Provence is an outdoors sport lover’s dream. Why not travel in style by kayaking down the famous Gorges du Verdon, one of the deepest and most beautiful water paths in the world? Or you may want to throw on your hiking boots and explore some of the many local walking trails? Beach lovers need not head to the coast to top up their tan as the beautiful emerald green St Croix Lake offers numerous sunbathing spots on its sandy shores.

Gorges du Verdon

Gorges du Verdon

For those seeking to add a bit of city chic to their sun-drenched holiday, Provence boasts numerous options within easy driving distance of our campsites. Aix-en-Provence offers a slice of Parisian café culture with tree-lined boulevards and many pretty squares. Further North in Provence you will find the walled city of Avignon, home to a large arts and theatre festival every July. The region is also home to many traditional villages and it’s easy to pass an afternoon strolling, stopping to enjoy a refreshing drink on the terrace of a local café.

Aix en Provence


This gorgeous green region is just waiting to be explored and we can guarantee that whatever it is that you are looking for in a holiday – whether it be active, relaxing or a good mix of both, that you will find it here.


Fast facts

  • Capital: Aix-en-Provence
  • Largest city: Marseille
  • Currency: Euro
  • Language: French
  • Average summer temperature: 24°c
  • Flying time from UK: Around 2 hours
  • Driving time from Calais: 6.5 hours

Canvas Holidays has three campsites in the Provence region.

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