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!
The Three Kings Cake
Cake, charms, tradition, the Three Wise Men; everything you need to know about Epiphany in Provence
Art de vivre
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.
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.
Made in Marseille, Made in Provence and now a protected name!
A few hints for a “mode in Provence” style
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!
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
Art de Vivre
The 'Calanques' – a life-size picture postcard
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!
In the footsteps of Marcel Pagnol
Sunshine, one of the fundamentals of life in the South… The proof : the people of Marseille and sunshine : a genuine love story.
Art de vivre
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…
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
Olives, olives everywhere. Olive oil, olive soap and olives with herbs…! Provence has always eaten olives, from the pre-Christian era to current day.
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.
If you're really from Marseille, you just have to love it!
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.
Christmas in Provence and 'Santon' Figurines
From the decorated table to 'Santon' figurines – a Merry Christmas in Provence!
The Siesta, a national sport: find out why the afternoon nap is a genuine religion here and how to do it in style
The Feria is a traditional and popular bull fiesta and much more. Enjoy the show in the arena and streets.
Lavender colours and perfumes, happiness is in the lavender field, the flower that smells of Provence!
Watered down or served as a shot, this aniseed aperitif is an intrinsic part of life in Provence
It's like Bouillabaisse – Marseille without the OM is simply impossible. In the skin of a lady supporter.