10 Romantics weekend ideas in Provence
Valentine's Day will be here again on February 14th, 2016! Enjoy a wonderful Valentine's Day in Marseille, Arles or Aix this year with our selection of novel, outdoor tips and romantic weekend in Provence to pamper your loved one!
No Valentine's Day would be complete without a tender kiss! So the question is "Where to Kiss?" and "Where can I find somewhere truly romantic?". Whether you're from the South or just visiting, Provence is literally packed with chic and trendy addresses, romantic hotels, gites and restaurants, unusual places and lovely walks perfect for cuddling up to and winning the heart of your Valentine! This year, we're opting for an outdoor Valentine's Day. What could be better than a kiss facing the sunset, a walk on the shore or a picnic in the woods?
Whether you're celebrating Valentine's Day in Marseille, Camargue, the Alpilles or Aix area, Provence is a dream destination for couples.
If you're seeking a romantic evening, a weekend for two, or simply a great place far from the madding crowds to declare your love for your chosen one, look no more… It's all here!
Valentine's Day in Cassis
Facing the sunset over Cape Canaille
We've all dreamt of a first kiss by the sea as the sun goes down right?! Opt for the impressive and majestic Cape Canaille, which you can admire from the little port of Cassis or from the clifftops. And to make the most of the spectacular views, book a room at one of our charming B&Bs such as Villa Andréa, L’Astoria, or the Château de Cassis.
Bimont Dam and the splendid scenery at the foot of Sainte Victoire mountain
Corbières beach in the Estaque quarter – an ideal spot for dipping your feet in the sand and revelling in the stunning views over Marseille
Cape Croisette in Marseille and its exceptional views over the Med
A romantic weekend in the Aix area
During a romantic picnic at Bimont lake
After exploring the splendid scenery at the foot of Sainte Victoire mountain, whip out your picnic hamper and finest tablecloth for a romantic lunch at Bimont Dam. And to add an extra-romantic touch to your escapade, we recommend taking time to discover the beautiful town of Aix-en-Provence, where you can savour a delicious dinner at the restaurant Il Etait Une Fois, followed by a cosy night at the Terrasses on the Roof or l’Epicerie.
Valentine's Day in Marseille
With your feet in the sand and panoramic views
How about kissing with your feet in the sand on one of the pretty Corbières beaches in the Estaque quarter, offering stunning vistas over Marseille? And if you're worried about getting wet, you can just admire the view, hand in hand, from Cape Croisette near Les Goudes. To wind up the day in style, we recommend an intimate moment, still with your feet in the sand, at Teavora, then making the most of the spectacular views over the Old Port (Vieux Port) and Notre Dame de la Garde in the warm atmosphere of La Caravelle, followed by a relaxing night stroll towards the new MuCem museum. Last but not least, treat yourself to the city's best cocktails at an underground venue...
A romantic break on the Côte Bleue coast
On the idyllic beach of Petit Méjean
If you're not familiar with this little corner of paradise at Ensuès-la-Redonne, Valentine's Day is the ideal moment to discover it with your loved one! And we promise you'll have your very own little nest between the rocks at Petit Méjean beach or on the pretty port of Niolon! If you haven't come up with a gift idea for your other half yet, we recommend the unusual designer boutique Tcheka. And to finish up the day with panache, give your tastebuds a treat at Auberge du Mérou – simply delicious…
Petit Méjean beach, a heavenly fjord at the gateway to Marseille
Between sea, town and mountain, the Caderaou and Figuerolles hills next to Martigues
A tender evening in Aubagne
In the heart of Coueste forest
Revel in the moment with a romantic stroll in Coueste forest, in the homeland of Marcel Pagnol… And if you want to continue lapping up the superb views over the Garlaban Hills, pamper yourselves with a magical evening at L’Hostellerie de la Source or Mas de la Nona.
Valentine's Day at Etang de Berre lake
Between sea, city and mountain at Balcon du Caderaou
Let yourselves be tempted by the Balcon du Caderaou – an intimate little footpath boasting magnificent views over the beaches, mountains and surrounding towns. If you want to explore the vicinity and local culinary specialities, head on to Martigues to taste the flavourful cuisine of the restaurant Le Bouchon à la Mer with a panoramic view, or, a little further on, La Table de Sébastien in Istres, for a moment of pure gourmet pleasure!
Château de l'Emperi in Salon-de-Provence, an art and costume museum and Provence's oldest castle
Romanesque art in the heart of Arles in the galleries of Saint Trophime Cloister
A romantic weekend in Salon-de-Provence
At Provence's most ancient castle
If stories about knights and princesses make you melt, you simply must take your loved one to L'Emperi, Provence's oldest castle and also an art and costume museum. And to stay on the medieval theme, book a charming room or table at the Abbaye de Sainte Croix, or discover the secret garden of an ancient oil and soap maker at La Salle à Manger – a genuine voyage back in time…
A romantic break in the Alpilles
By a bubbling spring
Set among fountains and streams, Maussane-les-Alpilles is an ideal choice if you're looking to discover an authentic Provencal village. If you're an art buff, make the most of your stay by booking a room at the charming and character-filled Maison des Beaux-Arts. Mas de l’Amarine in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence is another perfect romantic hideout. And if you'd rather head to the romantic village of Les Baux-de-Provence, Domaine de Manville offers a peaceful and prestigious setting for a night of romance.
Camargue, an exceptional natural area home to wild wetlands, exotic birds, horses and bulls
Take a stroll in the Alpilles Nature Reserve and discover the picturesque villages of Provence
A romantic evening in Arles
In the galleries of Saint Trophime Cloister
If you and your partner fancy an unusual and awe-inspiring introduction to Arles and Provence's Romanesque art, don't miss Cloître Saint Trophime, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Prolong the magic with a charming room at the Hôtel Particulier or Calendal, where you can enjoy some sensual pampering at the Spa. Alternatively, slip into the skin of Ernest Hemingway with a night at the Grand Hôtel Nord Pinus, or Christian Lacroix at the Jules César.
Valentine's Day in Camargue
On horseback or on foot, in the heart of Sambuc and wetlands of Camargue
If your heart sings at the thought of wild and untamed open spaces, opt for a romantic break amid the breathtaking wetlands of Camargue, home to an exceptional plant and animal life. The Cabanon de Camille welcomes you in the village of Saintes-Marie-de-la-Mer. And if you're feeling gastronomic, head to Le Petit Gourmet for a delicious dinner overlooking the marshes...