All the Reasons Provence Is the Most Amazing Part of France

The purple lavender fields are only the beginning.

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As soon as you take in all the beauty that Provence, France has to offer, you'll want to say "Who needs Paris?" The southeastern region of the country touches both Italy and the Mediterranean Sea and is known for being home to popular cities like Nice, Cannes, and Marseille. Trust us, it's the place to visit — and here's proof.

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1 The air smells amazing.
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If you love lavender, you'll love Provence. It's covered in gorgeous fields of this purple plant. But if you want to take in the famous colors and scents, plan your trip for sometime between June and August when they are in full bloom.

2 The temperatures stay comfortable year-round.
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Since the region experiences a Mediterranean climate, the summers are hot and dry and the winters are mild. As a result, outdoor breakfasts and night caps are a must.

3 You can enjoy the beach.
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The warm weather is also why this region is a sought-after beach vacation destination. The entire southern edge sits on the Mediterranean Sea, so there's no lack of sandy opportunities.

4 Not to mention plenty of great wine.
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And you know what else thrives in warm temperatures? Grapes. That's why this part of France leads the world in the production of .

5 The region is rich in historical wonders.
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If historical Roman ruins are more your thing, there are many options for you to pick from, including the Pont du Gard. This ancient aqueduct crosses the Gardon River and is a sight to behold.

6 You'll want to take the long way home.
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But even more than the weather, wine, and ruins, this part of the country is just seriously quaint. Cobblestone streets are lined with greenery, bikes, and, in this case, a pup.

7 There's curb appeal to spare.
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And the homes tend to offer the same charming characteristics, along with colorful doors and shutters. This home with light blue accents in particular makes us want to stop what we're doing, pack our bags, and throw on a beret immediately.

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