From gathering chestnuts to baking macaroons, farmers’ markets in Anduze to the Arena in Nimes, great castles, old villages, and gastronomic delights in between, having Martine as a friend and a guide turned a vacation into an extraordinary experience. – Mary P

The regions you’ll experience during your vacation with Martine in Southern France

Anduze – Home to the Mediterranean villa
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The little old town of Anduze, straddling the Gardon River, is located in the sunny and spectacular Mediterranean countryside. At the border of Provence and Languedoc, it is one and a half hours from the Mediterranean coast of Camargue. You can enjoy the warm and vibrant climate of Provence, with its olive trees and lavender fields as well as the majestic beauty of the Cevennes mountains, with its old villages and narrow winding roads. Famous since Roman times for its pottery, Anduze is also near such well-known and historical cities as Avignon, Nîmes, Montpellier, Arles and Uzès. You will be able to explore a variety of indoor and outdoor activities for all ages and interests. Most of all, you will discover the colorful character of the Mediterranean and Cevenol people!

Provence villa vacation view

View from the villa

You can also find your daily needs in Anduze. There are many local grocery stores, boulangeries, banks, pharmacies, medical doctors, and bookstores. A weekly farmers’ market offers many local treasures of vegetables, fruits, meats, cheese, and other local wonders for travelers. There are also many exquisite local crafts, antiques stores, as well as a tourism office, and a wide selection of shops, cafes, bars, and restaurants to hang-out and enjoy the local atmosphere.


Arts in Provence and Languedoc

In Provence and Languedoc, you will find local artists, many beautiful museums, magnificent architecture from the Roman Empire to today. The landscape will delight you with its beauty, colors, and diversity. It will be a never ending source of joy and inspiration for you. You will be in awe at the wide variety of traditional crafts still practiced and alive in the area. During the high season you will be able to attend concerts and plays performed by world renowned artists in many towns and villages.

Anduze winery window

Anduze street scene

History of Provence and Languedoc regions

Provence and Languedoc are regions of France with a rich history, where religious wars between Catholics and Protestants (the Camisars), and against Cathars, were fought without mercy. The southern area of France, in constant contact with the Arabian universities and civilizations around the Mediterranean, was for a long time more developed and educated than the northern part of France where the King was staying. As a result, political fights for control of the area between the King of France in the north, and the powerful “Seigneurs” in the south, like the Comte de Toulouse, ended only when France became a united country after the victory of the King of France.


Avignon Palace of the Popes

Things to do and see in Provence and Languedoc

Provence and Languedoc pack a lot of excitement for all in addition to sightseeing: hikes, bikes, rafts, fishing poles, a kite for the beach, wine tasting, and curiousity for arts, crafts, monuments,and museums. And don’t forget your camera!

Coming back from the beach in Les Saintes Maries de la Mer


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