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30 Images Of Provence's Exquisite Beauty

Picture of Natalie Marin
Updated: 9 February 2017
From ancient olive groves to rolling lavender fields, the sensuous and earthy landscapes of Provence reach heights of impossible beauty. Join us, as we navigate some of the most gorgeous scenes in this dreamy land.

In Southern France, you are never alone; carpets of lavender roll out to accompany every lonely road.

Valensole Plateau lavender fields | © ronnybas/Shutterstock
Valensole Plateau lavender fields | © ronnybas/Shutterstock

Sun-bleached cottages with bright shutters sit in the summer heat.

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Traditional buildings of Provence | © Dan Tautan/Shutterstock

And dreamy villages laze under the wide open sky.

It seems everything here is oriented towards soaking up the region’s beauty.

Color and light saturate this sensuous, earthy place.

Place de la Mairie | © decar66/Flickr
Place de la Mairie | © decar66/Flickr

And buildings will whisper stories if you come close enough.

Windows Provençeaux | © decar66/Flickr
Windows Provençeaux | © decar66/Flickr

Forgotten doors hold the memories of centuries.

Porte de caractere IV - Ansouis | © decar66:Flickr
Porte de caractere IV – Ansouis | © decar66/Flickr

Others clutch bundles of vivid color.

Another door in Roussillon | © HiP 1/Flickr
Another door in Roussillon | © HiP 1/Flickr

Others yet hold dark, exciting secrets.

Door to the castle of Marquis de Sade | © HiP 1/Flickr
Door to the castle of Marquis de Sade | © HiP 1/Flickr

Here, windows compete with the sky for color.

They’re so charming, they can’t resist turning around to look at themselves.

Some are impossible not to notice.

Market day in Malaucene | © EandJsFilmCrew/Flickr
Market day in Malaucene | © EandJsFilmCrew/Flickr

Others gaze out onto a world of loveliness.

Entrecasteaux | © Tim Gage/FLickr
Entrecasteaux | © Tim Gage/FLickr

Dreamy views roll on for days.

Peaceful village of southern France | © Franck Michel/Flickr
Peaceful village of southern France | © Franck Michel/Flickr

Even the trees can’t resist looking out over it all.

Landscape and tree | © x1klima/Flickr
Landscape and tree | © x1klima/Flickr

A sliver of cool turquoise splits the sunbaked landscape.

Les Gorges du Verdon | © ADT 04/Flickr
Les Gorges du Verdon | © ADT 04/Flickr

Still waters promise mountainous depths.

Lac St. Croix clear water | © Marcel Oosterwijk/Flickr
Lac St. Croix clear water | © Marcel Oosterwijk/Flickr

Secret swimming holes are an explorer’s reward.

Gorges du Verdon | © Alessandro Prada/Flickr
Gorges du Verdon | © Alessandro Prada/Flickr

And villages clamber to touch the sky.

Peillon Landscape | © Mark Fischer/Flickr
Peillon Landscape | © Mark Fischer/Flickr

Here, life’s decisions are pretty simple.

Honey Girls | © x1klima/Flickr
Honey Girls | © x1klima/Flickr

Which cheese shall we enjoy today?

Why eat doughnuts when chèvre is just as sweet?

Which is the best to taste the sun?

Life is so delicious, you could eat the stars.

Riez (60) | © ADT 04/Flickr
Riez (60) | © ADT 04/Flickr

The hours here move like a gentle breeze.

The villages seem content to just sit back and watch the days go by.

Clocher Moustiers | © decar66/Flickr
Clocher Moustiers | © decar66/Flickr

Who needs company when the landscape is so full of warmth?

Fontaine de la Fondue | © decar66/Flickr
Fontaine de la Fondue | © decar66/Flickr

With such irresistible beauty, even the sea comes up to kiss Provence.

And all the boats are docked because, who would ever want to leave?