Provence is one of my favourite places in the world. A charming region that I never get tired of: beautiful landscapes, wine, sun, picturesque villages, lavender fields, fountains, terraces... Literature and films portray it better than I ever will, but if I had to define Provence in one word, it would be "happiness."
In Provence I'm never in a hurry and at the same time, even if it may sound contradictory, I have no trouble getting up early in the morning. I wake up to the chirp of the birds and the sun that sneaks through the shutters. After a quick shower I go out to buy a baguette, and to have a butter croissant and a coffee on a terrace, while I watch the people go by.
My favourite day of the week is Market Day. The fragrances, the colours, the food - cheese, olives, vegetables -… I love being part of the hustle and bustle that goes on around the stands these days.
In Provence the best is to get around by car, to be able to discover the most charming spots of the region.
The surroundings of the Sainte-Croix Lake is my favourite place to admire the undulating fields of lavender. Once there, I recommend you to visit Moustiers-Sainte-Marie and to climb all the steps to the chapel of Notre Dame de Beauvoir, to admire the views. Do not miss the road that runs along the Verdon Gorge, not suitable for people with vertigo!
History lovers must pay a visit to the Thoronet Abbey, a beautifully restored Cistercian abbey that dates back to the 12th and 13th centuries. And if you want to discover a very well-preserved medieval village, I recommend you take a stroll through the old town of Les Arcs.
At Easter, the village of Tourtour is filled with Easter eggs and a fun gymkhana is celebrated specially for the children! From here you can drive to Sillans-la-Cascade to visit its waterfall on the way to Cotignac, a surprising town built half-way on a large rock.
If you want to spend a few days on the French Riviera, the best destination is Saint-Tropez, undoubtedly the most chic and charismatic village in the area. Although if you want to swim in the sea, my favourite place is the coves of Cassis. A true Mediterranean paradise!
For golf lovers, the best accommodation is Terre Blanche, an exclusive resort featuring one of the only two golf courses in France that are part of the European Tour, as well as a unique training center in Europe. After an intense day dedicated to this sport, you can relax in one of the best spas in France and enjoy dinner in the gourmet Michelin-starred Restaurant Le Faventia.
Terre Blanche is also the ideal starting point to discover the beautiful villages of Fayence and to reach Grasse, the world’s capital of perfumes. And we have a very special plan for the lovers of these delicious essences: a sensorial experience in the heart of the flower fields of the area, where you will be able to create your own perfume.
The experience is centred around the culture of the flowers, from the formula created by the perfumers to the final product, including harvesting and the production of the essences, as you discover the history of this art.
You will share this moment with a specialist who will reveal to you the mystery of the creation of a perfume. Producers and garden owners in exceptional locations will open their doors, often closed to the public. Passionate and fascinating people will tell you their secrets: how they extract the precious essences that you will find in the best perfumes.
And can you imagine a better way to finish your trip than admiring the beautiful Provence from the air, enjoying a flight on a glider?