With charming villages nestled on rolling hills, sweeping fields of fragrant lavender, sprawling olive trees and quiet almond groves, it is no wonder that Provence has served as powerful inspiration for artists like Van Gogh, Monet, Matisse and Picasso throughout the centuries. Provence’s mild winters, abundant sunshine and rich soil yield mouth-watering fresh fruit and savory olives and provide ideal growing conditions for some of the world’s best vineyards. And then there’s the cuisine. Renowned for its signature herbs de provence and legendary bouillabaisse, French Provençal cooking celebrates fresh ingredients and superior methods to craft exquisite food, best shared in the company of loved ones during a long, intimate meal. Against the backdrop of soaring cypress trees and vast pockets of idyllic rural landscapes, your spacious homes provide the best of Provence. Explore the vineyards of Châteauneuf du Pâpe, venture to the seaside villages of the Mediterranean, or simply lounge at home to soak up pure Provençal sunshine in your private pool. For those seeking a taste of culture, Provence offers more than 500 festivals that celebrate everything from jazz to apple harvests to Provençal folklore.