HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW PROVENCE?
Provence is a south-eastern region of France, home to Le Mas Candille and centuries of exciting history, culture, and art. Also renowned for its beautiful landscapes and nature reserves, as well as for its beautiful Mediterranean coastline.
So, how much do you know about Provence? We’ve put together a list of 6 fun (and sometimes surprising) facts about the region. Check them out below!
PROVENCE IS STEEPED IN ROMAN HISTORY
The history of the Provence region is deeply intertwined with both Roman and Greek history. From the second century BC to the fifth century AD, Provence was under Roman control and authority.
Previously, the region was also home to Greek settlements.
Because of this history, Provence is scattered with remnants of Greek and Roman artefacts and infrastructure, including the Rome Colosseum-inspired Arena in Nîmes. For a glimpse into these artefacts, visit the Mougins Museum of Classical Art. Located in the old village of Mougins, just a ten-minute walk from Le Mas Candille, this museum hosts one of the largest private collections of antiquities.
PROVENCE ENJOYS APPROXIMATELY 300 DAYS OF SUN A YEAR
Provence is one of France’s sunniest regions. This makes it perfect for a holiday at any time of year!
This is also ideal for tailoring your Côte d’Azur holiday to your schedule, as you won’t need to worry about avoiding a spot of bad weather. It’s always sunny on the Côte d’Azur.
If you’re looking to book a holiday in the south of France, check out Le Mas Candille’s stay packages here.
IT IS HOME TO THE PERFUME CAPITAL OF THE WORLD
Provence is home to Grasse, which is the perfume capital of the world. Grasse has held this title since the 17thcentury! It produces approximately three-quarters of the world’s scents and attracts millions of tourists every year.
Grasse is a twenty-minute drive from Mougins and Le Mas Candille. For more information on Grasse and its perfuming reputation, check out our blog here. For more details on perfume-focused activities, read about our perfume workshop here.
PROVENCE HAS INSPIRED GENERATIONS OF ARTISTS
Provence is a region famed for its artistry. Picasso, Monet, Cézanne, Van Gogh, Matisse and so many more renowned artists spent years living in the region. Many of their works were directly inspired by the beauty of the local environment.
To explore more of this artistic heritage, get to know the region. Our blog on Picasso and the Côte d’Azur, as well as our exploration of Antibes and Mougins’ top art history spots, will help to get your exploring started!
PROVENCE IS THE OLDEST WINE PRODUCING REGION OF FRANCE
Historically speaking, Provence is France’s first, and therefore oldest, wine-producing region. It is said that the Phoceans brought the grapevine to Provence when they founded Marseille over 2,000 years ago!
Nowadays, Provençal wines remain world-renowned. The region is especially famed for its rosé wines. If you are interested in learning more about wine tasting and production, check out our blog here, or learn more about the southern French wine regions here.
PROVENCE IS FAMED FOR ITS LAVENDER FIELDS
As stated by the Condé Nast Traveller, Provence’s lavender fields are Europe’s answer to Japan’s cherry blossoms.
The region is famed for its annual lavender blooms. The peak of this season is mid-July, and the lavender begins to be harvested in August, finishing by the end of the month.
Heading inland to see these incredible landscapes is a perfect day trip idea from Le Mas Candille and Mougins!
Lavender has long been associated with Provence and you would be hard-pressed to visit the region without coming across delicate bundles of the dried flower. Useful for soothing headaches, relieving stress, helping find sleep and much more, be sure to pick some up during your visit!
PLAN YOUR TRIP NOW!
With its sunny days, beautiful landscapes, incredible wines and hefty cultural activities, Provence should be top of your list for a holiday.
Book with Le Mas Candille to ensure you’ll be in the middle of the action! Close to the beach, the Alps, and the gorgeous countryside, Mougins is perfectly located for your next trip.
Give us a call or check out our rates on our website here. We look forward to seeing you soon!