Provence inspirations

Provence & Tradition

Provence is rich in traditions. Seen from afar, its image can be rather folkloric and comical, but once you're here, you really experience the authenticity of our charming villages, food markets, lavender fields, 'Savon de Marseille' soap, 'Calanques' fjords, Feria and 'Santon' figurines. Let yourself be cradled by the story of Provence – it will make you want to linger forever!

Terroir

The Olive

Olives, olives everywhere. Olive oil, olive soap and olives with herbs…! Provence has always eaten olives, from the pre-Christian era to current day.

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Art de Vivre

The Calanques

The 'Calanques' – a life-size picture postcard

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Art-de-vivre

The Sun

Sunshine, one of the fundamentals of life in the South… The proof : the people of Marseille and sunshine : a genuine love story.

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Tradition

The soap

Made in Marseille, Made in Provence and now a protected name!

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Lifestyle

Rosé

Rosé, is the colour of summer. Finer by the year, Provence's rosés are chic, casual and loved by all and Provence is France's leading rosé wine producer

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Terroir

Sardines

Sardines, the Fish That Sparked Many a Tail…The Mediterranean's famous little blue fish is the stuff both legends and culinary delights are made of

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Terroir

Provence's markets

Intro: Markets adorn the Bouches-du-Rhône area, just like 'santon' figurines, sea and lavender… They are an integral part of local culture. Held in every town, they offer the local inhabitants and producers a regular chance to get together. They are a stage for all types of local products, whether food or craftwork. Among the shiny pottery and Provencal fabrics, you'll come across sun-packed fruit and vegetables, spices and, of course, Herbes de Provence. A cornerstone of sustainable tourism, they are also the best way to discover the local specialities.

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Tradition

Marcel Pagnol

In the footsteps of Marcel Pagnol

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Provence Lifestyle

Yes, here in Provence we love and pride in our clichés! Our siestas are like no other, we speak with a Pagnol accent, we defend the Olympique de Marseille football team even if we hate football, we play boules at all ages and we invented the pizza truck! In short, you'll know you're in Provence once you've read this!

Art de vivre

The accent

It's lyrical, endearing and funny – just like the people of Marseille! We have a strong accent and we're more than proud of it.

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Art de vivre

The Cagole

The dictionary definition of 'Cagole' goes like this: "Young lady with a provocative and vulgar attitude". And we're going to go a bit further, because the 'Cagole' isn't just that…

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Lifestyle

Fashion

A few hints for a “mode in Provence” style

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Lifestyle

The siesta

The Siesta, a national sport: find out why the afternoon nap is a genuine religion here and how to do it in style

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Terroir

The Sea Urchin

They're not easy to fish or select and it's impossible to tell whether the spikes hide weeny or good-sized tongues. What's more, nobody in the Mediterranean has ever managed to breed them… Let's set sail to discover the temperamental star of the local sea urchin festivals!

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Lifestyle

Villages of Provence

The villages of Provence evoke the typical atmosphere portrayed in the films of the great Marcel Pagnol. They are redolent of the very special ambience of the South.

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Terroir

The "Navette"

If you're really from Marseille, you just have to love it!

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Mediterranean Cuisine

Provence's typical dishes have every ingredient you need for a successful meal. Whether you're planning a picnic or a dinner party, you'll find all the flavours of the South on the local markets and in our restaurants: olives, sardines, rosé wines, Herbes de Provence and pastis! Here's a foretaste of what's waiting in your plate in Provence.

Tradition

Christmas in Provence and 'Santon' Figurines

From the decorated table to 'Santon' figurines – a Merry Christmas in Provence!

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Tradition

The Three Kings Cake

Cake, charms, tradition, the Three Wise Men; everything you need to know about Epiphany in Provence

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Tradition

The Feria

The Feria is a traditional and popular bull fiesta and much more. Enjoy the show in the arena and streets.

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Tradition

Lavender

Lavender colours and perfumes, happiness is in the lavender field, the flower that smells of Provence!

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Tradition

The Pastis

Watered down or served as a shot, this aniseed aperitif is an intrinsic part of life in Provence

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Lifestyle

The 'OM'

It's like Bouillabaisse – Marseille without the OM is simply impossible. In the skin of a lady supporter.

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Serving tourism

Bouches-du-Rhône Tourisme is a non-profit ‘association loi 1901’ organisation.It is entrusted by the Conseil Départemental (or regional council) to promote tourism in Bouches-du-Rhône while respecting the environment and local residents, and guaranteeing visitors a top-quality experience.

The best of the destination

So that everyone’s hopes and tastes are catered for, Bouches-du-Rhône Tourisme promotes must-see destinations which take visitors off the beaten track, using its deep understanding of the area and its neutral role as a non-profit organisation.