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Quiet base for Provence

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Quiet base for Provence

Hello, i am looking for a place to base ourselves in Provence. We would like to see cotes du rhone area, Luberon, Aix, Camarque and , Calanques. We stayed last year on Amalfi coast between Amalfi and Positano in a little village called Praiano. It was very nice to "come home to" at the end of the day, yet still had good restaurants to walk to at night. We will have a car. Any recommendations for villages in Provence and near the coast on the water as we may pick 2 locations. Thanks!

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1. Re: Quiet base for Provence

I like L'Isle sur la Sorgue as a base. It's large enough that there is "everything" there including 2 great markets each week...... and it's right on the edge of the Luberon.

For a "beach" destination, you might like Cassis or St yr sur Mer.

No sure when you are travelling, but Cassis can be pretty "crazy" in July / August.

Edited: 03 November 2013, 20:26
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2. Re: Quiet base for Provence

In order to make really valid recommendations, we need to know

- how long you intend to be in Provence

- when you will be travelling

Hope to hear from you soon

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August or September travels. Would like to stay 7 to 10 nights. We like to explore during daytime and will have a car. We like to come home after a long day to rejuvenate. We are fine with walking to dinner or having some wine and cheese, etc. in our room. Not interested in late night activities beyond dinner! Thanks

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4. Re: Quiet base for Provence

September is a wonderful time to explore Provence. The weather is still wonderful, and the hordes of Summer tourists ( including families with their children ) will have gone home.

If you decide to spend 7 nights in Provence, and you can schedule them starting on a Saturday, I urge you to seriously consider renting a house or apartment, as opposed to staying in a hotel. Doing so will provide you with a real base that feels like home, as opposed to a place that has a sterile hotel feeling.

We love Maussane-les-Alpilles, a lovely village not too far from St. Remy - it has been our base for our annual month-long stay ( September ) every year since 1995. As of today, it's only 299 days until we're back in the place that we think of as Heaven-on-Earth - as you can tell, we can't wait!.

There are some relatively nearby wonderful seaside / beach places to visit for day-trips, including :

- the Camargue - gorgeous beaches and the departure site for the French Crusaders

- the Calanques - a number of stunning, steep-sided inlets, many of which are only accessible by boat

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5. Re: Quiet base for Provence

Alpillesgal, thank you for your reply! We would be interested in a house or apartment. Bed and breakfasts suit us fine as well. Do you have any recommendation for Maussane or St. Remy area?

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6. Re: Quiet base for Provence

Bonnieux is a great little perched village. Quiet but with a few really great restaurants that people come from all over to.

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7. Re: Quiet base for Provence

Totally agree about Maussane.

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