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The Most Beautiful Villages of Provence

Michael Jacobs


A tribute to Provence, its villages and its spirit of place which continues to entrance visitors


The Greeks, the Romans, the barbarians of the North and the Moors have all left their traces in its villages and small towns, from the hills and mountains of the Lubéron to the villages perchés of the Alpes-Maritimes.

It is in smaller communities that the true Provençal spirit can be found: in sunlight falling across the tightly grouped terracotta roofs, or in the velvety shade in an ancient square – the country of Marcel Pagnol and Jean de Florette. Such scenes come alive here in Hugh Palmer’s radiant photographs and Michael Jacobs’ evocative accounts.

The book opens with the villages of the Vaucluse and the Bouches-du-Rhône then moves east to the Var and eventually the mountains of the Alpine départements, drawing out the special characteristics of each region. Here are the tranquil villages of the centre, but in stark contrast are the fortified hill villages of the east, perched on crests or terraced along the mountainside.

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'Evocative photographs whet the appetite for a trip to the south'
Sunday Express

'A glowing celebration of the lovely villages of Provence … a perfect choice for either armchair travel or to inspire your next trip to the South'
Destination France Magazine

'The photographs of simple churches, fountains, shady squares and cobbled lanes demand leisurely observation … beautiful. Highly recommended'
Library Journal

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Product Information

Book Details

Format: Paperback with flaps

Edition Type: Compact edition

Size: 24.2 x 19.5 cm

Extent: 216 pp

Illustrations: 304

Publication date: 14 May 2012

ISBN: 9780500289969

Contents List

Introduction • Vaucluse and Bouches-du-Rhône: Ansouis; Bonnieux and Pont Julien; Crestet; Gordes; Lacoste; Lourmarin; Ménerbes; Oppède-le-Vieux; Roussillon; Séguret; Vaison-la-Romaine; Venasque; Eygalières; Les Baux-de-Provence • Var and Alpes- Maritimes: Ampus; Bargemon; Cotignac; Entrecasteaux; Les Arcs- sur-Argens; Seillans; Tourtour; Trigance; Villecroze; Éze; La Brigue; Lucéram; Peillon; Saint-Paul-de-Vence; Saorge • Alpes-de-Haute- Provence: Annot; Colmars-les-Alpes; Entrevaux; Lurs; Méailles; Riez

About the Author

Michael Jacobs has written many books on European travel, including the Penguin Guide to Provence.

Hugh Palmer is one of most renowned photographers in the UK of gardens and rural life. He has contributed extensively to the Most Beautiful Villages... series.

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