Bouches-du-Rhône, our region of the month, is a fantastic destination for sun lovers, with summer temperatures around 30C. It lies on the Mediterranean, further west than the Cote d’Azur, and there’s a great mix of mountains and sea, history and nature – especially in the capital city of Marseille and the legendary wetlands of the Camargue.
In the heart of the Alpilles mountains is a magical and unusual place that delights both adults and children. Located at Les Baux de Provence and called Carrières de Lumières, this is essentially a multimedia extravaganza where images are projected on to the walls and ground of a giant cave-like quarry, accompanied by synchronized music (see photo). This year’s theme is the artist Klimt and his native Vienna and visitors are raving the remarkable experience - one of those projects that are so well done in France.
A top new attraction in the cosmopolitan capital city is the History Museum of Marseiile, which tells the story of the city from its ancient origins to current day, including the various transformations made in the Middle Ages and 19th century. After a visit, enjoy a stroll in the grounds to explore the ruined fortifications of the ancient Greek port. The old Roman port is just a short walk away at the Musée des Docks.
For lovers of the outdoors, Montagne Sainte Victoire is very popular. It’s near the historic town of Aix-en-Provence, some time home to the artist Paul Cézanne, and this majestic mountain was the subject of several of his paintings. Enjoy a hike enhanced by the fragrance of wild rosemary, sage and pine and marvel at the view of a huge dam with a lake of turquoise water at the centre.
Our holiday rentals in this region include country cottages set amongst olive trees, farmhouse gîtes, stone village houses and majestic villas with their own pool. Travel is easy with a choice of flights to Nimes, Avignon or Marseille for easiest access to Bouches-du-Rhône, and by car Marseille is about an eight hour drive from Paris. Find more information and places to stay in our guide to Bouches-du-Rhone.