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Ideas for a base in Provence

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Ideas for a base in Provence

We are planning on spending 8 days in Provence - 5 in the Western region and 3 in Nice. We are taking the TGV from Paris to Avignon and renting a car. It would be my husband, our teenage daughter and I traveling. We want to see a variety of sites and enjoy the beauty and people of the area. We want to include Camaruge, Le Baux, ruins, markets and the bulls. Not planning on any museums as we will do those in Paris. Is Arles a good base, or does anyone have other suggestions? Will will drive to Nice to spend a couple of days and fly home from there.

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1. Re: Ideas for a base in Provence

Arles would be a good base for the places that you want to visit. Other bases that you might also want to consider include St. Remy-de-Provence and Maussane-les-Alpilles.

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2. Re: Ideas for a base in Provence

Do you see yourselves basing in the countryside or in a small town? Arles is ok, if you are thinking small town. St. Remy, likewise. But, there are lovely-lovely small villages with drop-dead views. Personally, I like those better, but this is me.

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3. Re: Ideas for a base in Provence

I'm not sure which we would prefer. A small village does sound intriguing. Also I forgot to mention, we are going in the summer time. thanks all.

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4. Re: Ideas for a base in Provence

Since you will be visiting the area in the Summer, which is High Tourist Season, you need to do your research and make your reservation(s) ASAP.

Arles, with a population of 52,000+ is what I would consider to be a small city. on the other hand, St. Remy (population of 10,000+ is more of a somewhat small town. While Maussane (population 2,000+ is a real Provencal village, surrounded by lovely olive groves and vineyards - it also has a number of lovely restaurants and good places to stay, in large part because it is situated just below Les Baux, and is well centered for visiting St. Remy, Arles and the Camargue.

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5. Re: Ideas for a base in Provence

We are hoping to rent an apartment or small villa. On VRBO for that time of year, most are 7 day rentals. Can anyone suggest an agency with rentals in the area?

Also, would you suggest spending more time in a village and skipping Nice?

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6. Re: Ideas for a base in Provence

You should check out the Ville-et-Village website. They are located in California, and arrange for property rentals in Europe - we have used them and fund that the properties were exactly as described.

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