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SheilaAs a British journalist living just outside Marseille, I've long been astonished by the dearth of reliable, up-to-date tourist information in English and the poor design and maintenance of local websites. So I decided to build my own.

It currently focuses on the areas around Marseille, Aix en Provence and Avignon. In time, it will be a complete travel guide to Provence. Updates will be added regularly so, whether you're planning a weekend break, an extended stay, the purchase of your dream house or just an armchair tour of the most beautiful corner of France, do come and check regularly what's hot and fresh under the Mediterranean sun.

The site is entirely independent and unsubsidised. So, if you like it and find it helpful, please support it by booking your travel and hotel or by visiting and buying products through our advertisers.

We have affiliate sales arrangements with a range of providers, including booking.com, Rail Europe, P&O Ferries, British Airways, Owners Direct, carrentals.co.uk and Columbus Travel Insurance. They give us a small commission on accommodation or services booked through the site which helps us cover our costs and enables us to continue to expand and improve our service to you.

The site is also a participant in the Amazon EU Associates Programme, an affiliate advertising programme designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.co.uk.

If you would like to advertise on the site, or to sponsor one of our specialist pages, do contact us - [email protected]

Comments and suggestions are welcome - [email protected]

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Accommodation, Car Hire and Translation Services

anyairportcarhire - The lowest car hire prices at airports, including Marseille-Provence.

Day Translations - A global provider of language translation and interpreting services.

Flower Power Experience - Volkswagen camper vans for hire in the Marseille/Aix en Provence area.

French Holiday Directory - A resource for French rental properties.

Gracette - Furnished apartments and B&B in Les Milles (near Aix en Provence) and the calanque of Niolon.

Hendrickx Service - A real-estate agency covering Saint Tropez and the surrounding area.

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Francophile Websites, Blogs and Apps

Francophilia - A stylish news round-up of all things Gallic.

Marseille, City of Culture - Practical information, plus a blog with an eclectic selection of things to see and do.

Provençal Roaming: A Travel Guide - An iTunes app by writer Paul Shawcross.

Provence Calling - Angela Billows' stories about the people and customs of the Alpilles region.

The Provence Post News and views from the Saint Rémy-based journalist Julie Mautner.

The Provence and Languedoc Sun - Magazine and website for English-speakers in this beautiful part of the world.

Salut! - The British journalist Colin Randall on France, current affairs, travel, the media and more.

Wow! L'Herault - An English guide to what's on where in the "real" South of France.

Social and Business Networks

Accueil des villes françaises - An association welcoming newcomers to Marseille (with English-language area).

Anglo-American Group of Provence - An Aix-based organisation serving the English-speaking community.

Languedoc-Midi Info - An English-language information and business directory for Languedoc.

Marseille-Provence Greeters - Discover a secret side of Marseille with an enthusiastic local volunteer.

Neo'Z Arrivants - A website helping newcomers settle into Marseille (with English-language area).

Survive France - A network for English-speakers living and working in France.

Tourism and Travel

Cyclomundo - Guided and self-guided cycling vacations in France, Italy, Spain and Switzerland.

Provence Confidential - A concierge service offering personalised tours of Provence.

Provence Family Holidays - The website for active families in Provence.



Septembre en mer 2012 logo September by the Sea is a huge and fantastically diverse annual festival of marine-themed activities all along the coast around Marseille. 25 Aug-7 Oct.


Calisson d'Aix candyEat delicious sweets and feel saintly at the traditional Blessing of the Calissons in Aix on Provence. 2 September.


The Palais des Papes, Avignon in the early eveningThroughout August, the Palais des Papes in Avignon is open every evening for atmospheric sunset walks, gourmet suppers and classical music concerts.


Le petit Nice terrace in MarseilleA Festival of Gastronomy, free meals at Michelin-starred restaurants and the Gault & Millau Chef of the Year back in town: all the foodie news for Marseille.


Pavillon Noir, Aix en ProvenceWe discover the backstage secrets of the Pavillon Noir, base of the world-renowned Ballet Preljocaj in Aix en Provence.


Nimes airportFind live flight arrival and departure updates on our airport pages: Marseille-Provence, Avignon, Toulon-Hyères and Nîmes.


Olive oil in bottlesOlive oil in Provence was almost wiped out by the cold hard winter of 1956. Now a fresh generation of producers is reinventing a tradition of gastronomic excellence.


P&O Ferries logoOur affiliate partner, P&O Ferries is currently offering a great mid-week deal: three day trips to France for a car and up to nine passengers for just £39.


Batobus on Marseille's Old PortA huge success with both tourists and commuters, the batobus linking Marseille's Old Port with the beaches of Pointe Rouge continues till 15 Sept. It, plus a new route to L'Estaque, will resume in spring 2013.


Princess Grace in Les Baux de ProvenceGrace Kelly stars in a multi-venue show of photographs in Les Baux de Provence marking the 30th anniversary of the actress-princess' visit to the village and its historic links with Monaco. Until 15 Nov.


Organised beach activities in MarseilleFor two €uros, visitors of all ages can take part in any three supervised activities on Marseille's beaches, from a wide choice including pétanque, water polo, capoiera, chess and go-karting.


A marine jouster from SeteAs the water jousting season takes off in Provence, we survey this not-so-gentle art and suggest some spots to see it, from Cassis to Sète.


A cicadelle or leafhopper, the enemy of lavenderThe tiny insect that's threatening to destroy the Provence lavender harvest - and what locals are doing to combat it.


Boules playersLearn how to play pétanque in Marseille with free lessons from qualified instructors. Visit our guide to pétanque for full details.


French breathalyser kit or etholtestOn 1 July, a new breathalyser law came into force - and shops all over France have run out of the kits. Read our guide to the laws relating to driving in France, and buy a government-approved breathalyser kit online.


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