Number 5 : Provence
Nowhere embodies the French l’art de vivre like Provence. Indulge your romantic side among the lavender fields and olive groves that have long captured the world’s artistic imagination; unwind on a coast blessed with charming towns and turquoise calanques (hidden, steep-sided coves); explore chic Aix-en-Provence and bustling Marseille, which offer cool back-street bars, Michelin-starred eateries and a grittier, contemporary arts scene.
The arts continue to flourish here this year with the opening of the Fondation Carmignac exhibition space on Île de Porquerolles, plus an impressive artistic programme taking over the refurbished railway warehouses at the Frank Gehry-designed Fondation Luma in Arles. Getting to Provence will be even easier too as Eurostar reopens a direct route from London St Pancras International to Avignon and Marseille, offering services up to four days a week.
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(The sun sets over a Valensole lavender field in Provence, France © Tomáš Vocelka / 500px )